PhD in Nutrigenomics and Personalised Nutrition

Academic year 2019-20

New student profile and admission criteria

The Doctoral Programme targets postgraduate students interested in the research in the field of Nutrigenomics and Personalised Nutrition. The candidate students must have a solid base in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Nutrition and Physiology. The possible sources of students are different graduate/bachelor studies (European and overseas) in fields related with sciences and health sciences (such as Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Nutrition, Biology, Genomic Sciences, Biotechnology, Pharmacy, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Nursery and other related studies). The students must have finished a Master degree of at least 60 ECTS credits (or equivalent depending on the academic system of origin), according to the present legislation for the access to PhD studies. The titles of Master or previous postgraduate studies can be diverse and related with health sciences.

To access the PhD programme, different criteria will be taken into account, as explained below (with the percentage of value of each item to be evaluated):

  • Academic marks of the previous studies, including the weighted average of the graduate/bachelor and postgraduate studies (50%).
  • Valuation of the abilities and capabilities of the student to move with ease in a research environment (50%). Within this valuation different points will be considered:
    • Curriculum vitae (CV): the mark obtained (in the previous studies) in the Final Master’s Work will be considered, or the authorship of technical reports. Other achievements will be also taken into account such as congress communications, published papers in research journals and patents. 15% of total.
    • Personal interview: the capacity for autonomous and independent work and for team work will be considered, together with the capacity for critical analysis of bibliography and research data and to understand new theoretical and practical information, as well as the personal motivation for the doctorate. 25% of total.
    • Grants, prizes and other achievements. Grants and prizes obtained during the university studies will be considered, such as collaborating grants (of MEC for Spanish students), or grants of the university/institution of origin to collaborate in research tasks, Erasmus grants, and other grants or prizes of similar category. The attendance to congresses, seminars or workshops related with topics related with the doctorate will also be considered. Also, it will be taken into consideration the skills in other languages, to have more than one graduate/bachelor degree, other non-official postgraduate studies, practical training stays, practical training in other labs, and stays in foreign institutions not related with research. 10% of total.

Tutoring plan

The procedure of the Academic Commission of the Doctoral Programme in Nutrigenomics and Personalised Nutrition for the assignment of the thesis Tutor and thesis Director is as follows:

  1. Every academic year, the Commission will designate for each research line one or more Thesis Tutor/s within the lecturers/researchers linked to the programme.
  2. Once the student is accepted in the programme, the Commission will assign the corresponding tutor depending on the line of research chosen in the admission application form.
  3. The Tutor will propose to the Commission a Thesis Director, chosen within the lecturers/researchers participating in the Doctoral Programme, taking into account the research line and the situation of the student as full- or part-time student.

The Thesis Director will be formally assigned to the PhD student by de Academic Commission in a maximum due date of 6 months from the enrolment in the programme.

The Doctoral Programme also foresees a continuous monitoring of the progress of the PhD Students by the following mechanisms:

  • Regular and direct supervision by the Thesis Tutor of the progress of the PhD Student and of the Document of PhD Student Activities.
  • Regular and direct supervision of the Thesis Director of the education and experimental progress of the PhD student. The thesis director will act as instructor and guide and will promote the diffusion of the research results.
  • To a better efficiency in the supervision process, the Thesis Tutor and Director will be the same person whenever possible.
  • The Director of the Doctoral Programme will supervise the thesis Tutors and Directors and will be regularly informed of the experimental results and the learning of the students. The specific activity “Research seminars (senior researchers and PhD students)” will be used by the Director of the Programme as a forum of information and debate.
  • When the thesis project is related to research lines mainly associated to members of different research teams of the programme, the co-direction of the thesis will be promoted, including members of the teams involved (maximum 2 directors).
  • The realization of thesis including stays in foreign institutions (thus allowing obtaining the mention of International Doctor) will be promoted, although this will be optional for each PhD student.

The direction and supervision of training activities and the doctoral thesis conform the
"Procedures for doctorates of UIB (RD99/2011)"

Composition of the Academic Committee

Coordinator
Andreu Francesc Xavier Palou Oliver
Secretary
Paula Oliver Vara
Members
  • Manuel Suárez Recio
  • María Puy Portillo Baquedano
  • Catalina Picó Segura
  • Francisca Serra Vich
  • Mª Luisa Bonet Piña
  • Joana Sánchez Roig
  • Joan Ribot Riutort
  • Alfredo Fernández Quintela
  • María Teresa Macarulla Arenaza
  • Ana M. Rodríguez Guerrero

General objectives

The PhD studies in Nutrigenomics and Personalised Nutrition offer an specialised education focused on training professionals able to do research in the most cutting-edge and innovative aspects in the field of Nutrition. In particular, is aspects related to Molecular Nutrition, with special emphasis in new technologies such as transcriptomics, epigenomics, proteomics, metabolomics and the concept of systems biology, which are fundamental for the new professionals in the field of nutrition, who also need to know concepts related with gene-nutrient interaction, food safety, functional food, etc. The doctorate programme addresses the latest aspects in the field of Nutrition, which are demanded by the food enterprises for their R+D+I projects. In the last years, the European Commission has highlighted the importance of the most leading-edge topics in research by creating the “Networks of Excellence”. One of the pioneer excellence networks is NuGO (The European Nutrigenomics Organization, www.nugo.org), the most outstanding European exponent and world leader in Nutrigenomics; various members of the research teams of the PhD programme participated in the foundation of NuGO.

This doctoral programme has inter-University character, coordinated by the UIB but also participating the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV). Other important aspect is the international projection of the studies, both in terms of promoting the participation of doctoral students in European research projects and by the capacity to attract talented international students to the Spanish University. The main object of the interuniversity collaboration in the doctorate in to foment the excellence in education and research, and the collaboration in work and joint research projects as well, putting together the efforts of research groups that already have a wide experience in collaboration.