The PhD in Psychological Research is aimed at forming professionals with the competencies needed to explore this field of knowledge; it is based on a curricular structure that gives students the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct frontier research on relevant and contemporary topics, according to the candidate's interests and the lines of generation and application of knowledge of the basic academic nucleus of this PhD program. The program consists of a combination of academic activities, seminars, advisory sessions, and documentary and empirical research.
The study plan is made up of 12 core courses and two electives, which students take over four semesters.
The first semester includes four courses. Students enroll in three courses in both their second and third semesters, leaving two courses for the fourth semester.
Each student must work on a research project from the beginning, under the supervision of an academic advisor. At the end of the semester, an advisory committee made up of the main advisor plus two more academics, one of whom can be from another institution, will conduct an evaluation.
Students have up to eight semesters to conduct their empirical research and obtain the corresponding degree.
The study plan is made up of 76 credits: 48 credits correspond to core courses, 12 to elective courses and 16 to the thesis seminar. Seminars involve the study of methodological and theoretical approaches, as well as research designs that characterize scientific psychological knowledge, with an emphasis on the appropriate use of measurement instruments and statistical procedures, as well as the implementation of qualitative methodologies for data collection and analysis, according to the topics addressed and with an ongoing process of reflection and justification of the researcher's practice.
In addition, the elective courses help students to analyze the evolution of contemporary models and current trends in the program's lines of generation and application of knowledge, as well as emerging and frontier topics in the field of psychological, sociological and anthropological research that students may require as their research progresses. High priority is given to the research conducted by the students, and every semester includes a research seminar where they present and analyze their advances. These seminars are grouped into three thematic elements or areas of knowledge:
- Methods and techniques: this area consists of five courses— one introductory research seminar, two seminars on qualitative research, and two seminars on specialized statistics— which enable students to apply different scientific research designs to the field of Psychology. They also provide a solid formation in the use of computer programs for both statistical and qualitative research, to be used as resources to organize and interpret the results of their research. Below is the sequence of the seminars that make up this thematic area:
|1°||Doctoral Seminar on Qualitative Research I.|
|2°||Doctoral Seminar on Qualitative Research II.|
|3°||Doctoral Seminar on Advanced Statistics|
|4°||Multivariate Methods for Psychological Research|
- Research: this area consists of four consecutive project evaluation seminars, which allow students to receive continuous follow-up on their research activities from their first semester, as well as two seminars on the publication, dissemination, and defense of their thesis before the academic community. These seminars contain activities designed for students to analyze and reflect on the practice of researchers, as well as to learn about theoretical and methodological tools that they need. Below is the sequence of the seminars that make up this thematic area:
|1°||Project Evaluation Seminar I.|
|2°||Project Evaluation Seminar II|
|3°||Project Evaluation Seminar III|
|4°||Project Evaluation Seminar IV|
|5°||Scientific Publishing and Dissemination Seminar|
- Theory: this area consists of one mandatory course and two elective courses. Students chooses two options that relate closely to their research topic. The six elective courses offered enable students to deepen their knowledge on specific topics and incorporate them into more specialized studies according to one of the three lines of research developed within the program's basic academic nucleus. In addition, in accordance with the flexibility of the study plan, students can take an elective course in the form of a semester-long academic stay at another university or institution, within the country or abroad, and do joint work with other researchers, deepening their knowledge of specific topics that relate to their doctoral research. The selection of elective courses will be supervised by the student's advisory committee, and will be accredited by an evaluation conducted by the host institution under an inter-institutional agreement.
|1°||Selected Topics in Psychology|
Project research seminars will be evaluated based on the grade awarded by the Advisory Committee after each project is presented in the Colloquium, and on the partial competencies specified in the learning guide. The main advisor will award 6 points and the readers 2 points each. These three academics will incorporate observations for improving the project and sign the resulting document.
In other courses, professors will grade based on the criteria specified in the learning guides.
The minimum passing grade is 8 out of 10 possible points.
All of these elements are set forth in the PhD program's Inter-institutional Regulations.
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