PhD Marine Sciences, Technology and Management (DOMAR)


What you learn

DO*MAR includes research areas covered by the four clusters of research (and 12 areas of specialization) of Campus do Mar:

  • R&D Cluster – THEMES Ocean Observation and Global Change. R&D sub-cluster - SPECIALISATION AREA: Ocean Observation; Global Change
  • R&D Cluster – THEMES Sustainable Use of Marine Resources. R&D sub-cluster - SPECIALISATION AREA: Management and Use of Resources; Aquaculture; Transformation and Appreciation
  • R&D Cluster – THEMES Integrated Management of the Sea. R&D sub-cluster - SPECIALISATION AREA: Analysis and Environmental Assessment of the Coastal Zone Coastal Planning; Coastal Protection and Maritime Safety: Engineering and Regulation.
  • R&D Cluster – THEMES Technological Progress, Engineering and Business Management. R&D sub-cluster - SPECIALISATION AREA:Naval Technology & Systems; Port Infrastructures, Management & Maritime Transport; Management, Rights and Competitiveness; Energy.

This breadth of choice means that DO*MAR includes hundreds of researchers willing to supervise students in Marine Science, Technology and Management. A comprehensive list of researchers with keywords describing their research field can be found click here.

Generic skills

General Competency 1 (CG1) Development of the ability to design, demonstrate and defend scientific papers.

General Competency 2 (CG2) Building the capacity for reflection on management implications for sustainable development.

General Competency 3 (CG3) Skills in the management and development of complex analytical tools, such as mathematics, statistics or computer.

Specific skills

Specific Competency 1 (CE1) Acquiring skills for analyzing and solving complex problems related to the marine environment

Specific Competency 2 (CE2) Ability to manage and carry out research projects and technology transfer related to the marine environment

Professional and academic career

Professional and academic career

DO*MAR trains specialist in all fields of Marine Science, Technology and Management, from marine biology to marine engineering through fisheries economics.

Companies and institutions involved

-Centro Tecnológico del Mar – Fundación CETMAR

-Centro Técnico Nacional de Conservación de Productos de la Pesca de la Asociación Nacional de Conservas de Pescados y Mariscos (ANFACO-CECOPESCA)

-Centro de Investigaciones Marinas (CIMA)

-Instituto Tecnológico para el Control del Medio Marino de Galicia (INTECMAR)

-Agencia Española de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición (AESAN)

-Centro Tecnológico Gallego de la Acuicultura (CETGA)

-Centro de Supercomputación de Galicia (CESGA)

-Centro Tecnológico de Telecomunicaciones de Galicia (Gradiant)

-Centro Tecnológico de Eficiencia y Sostenibilidad Energética (EnergyLab)

-Centro Tecnológico del Naval (CETNAGA)

-Centro Tecnológico AIMEN (Asociación de Investigación Metalúrgica del Noroeste)

-Centro Tecnológico de Automoción de Galicia (CTAG)

-Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigación Marina y Ambiental (CIIMAR)

-Plataforma TECNOPEIXE

-Plataforma Tecnológica Gallega Agroalimentaria (PTGAL)

Research lines

This are the main research lines for current study.

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Planning for teaching

Additional subject teaching

Candidates who do not meet all the necessary prior learning conditions for the programme may be required to complete additional courses in the form of subjects and modules from UDC Master’s and undergraduate programmes. The number of credits from additional subject teaching will not exceed 15 ECTS credits, which students may choose to complete before or after enrolment in the PhD programme.

Students who do not opt to complete additional coursework prior to enrolment should register for their extra subjects or modules at the same time as the PhD. Failure to complete additional coursework within a period of three consecutive terms will result in the termination of the student’s registration.

See also UDC PhD Policies and Regulations, Article 16: Applications.

EIDUDC teaching and training activities

EIDUDC teaching and training activities

Programme-specific teaching and training activities

DO*MAR includes multidisciplinary and flexible courses and seminars so that each student, under the advice of his/her supervisors, may choose among the offer of the PhD Programme.

The offer is divided into three types of courses and students must pass at least 8 ECTS of advanced courses and a minimum of 14 ECTS (advanced courses + cross-training courses).

The annual course offerings can be seen in click here.

Supervision agreement

The PhD supervision agreement defines the academic relationship between the candidate and the University, the rights and responsibilities of each (including any intellectual and/or industrial property rights resulting from the candidate’s research), the procedures in place in relation to conflict resolution, and the duration of the agreement. It also specifies the duties of the PhD tutor and supervisor.

The supervision agreement must be signed by the candidate, tutor and designated university representative (or representatives) within a maximum period of one month as from the date of registration. The supervisor’s signature may be added subsequently, once a supervisor has been appointed.

When the document has been signed by all the relevant parties, the agreement is then added to the candidate’s record of activities.

See also UDC PhD Policies and Regulations, Article 31: Supervision agreement.

Research plan

The candidate must prepare a research plan within six months of registration, with information regarding methodology, objectives, resources and milestones. The research plan is submitted together with the report of the supervisor and/or tutor for approval by the Academic Committee for PhD Programmes (CAPD). Improvements to the plan may be introduced with the approval of the supervisor and/or tutor based on the annual review of the student’s research progress.

Research plans are subject to annual review by the CAPD, including the report(s) of the supervisor and/or tutor and the candidate’s record of activities. Students will be permitted to continue with their studies if the outcome of the review is satisfactory. If the outcome is negative, the student will be required to submit a new plan within a period of six months. If the committee is still not satisfied, the candidate will be removed from the programme.

See also UDC PhD Policies and Regulations, Article 30: Research plan.

Student mobility

UDC holds student mobility agreements with universities and other third-level institutions across four continents. Students are offered several opportunities each year to apply to study abroad in one of these centres (for a single term or for a whole year), with the guarantee that all credits obtained will be duly recognised in their academic record upon their return.

For each round of applications, the University publishes the list of exchange options available to students and, where relevant, the specific conditions associated with each. Students may also apply to the University for funding for international work experience placements and internships.

Work experience placements are accredited in the student's academic record and the European diploma supplement. Students are free to decide in which host company or academic institution within the EHEA they wish to carry out their placement. To assist them in their search, the University has created an online noticeboard with jobs postings and other news.

Work-study placements in A Coruña are arranged by the International Relations Office (ORI) of the UDC in collaboration with the international relations coordinators in the student’s home university. The general entry criteria, rights and obligations of students, and admission and acceptance procedures for the programme, are regulated by the UDC Mobility Policy.