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Duration of study programme: Change from full-time to part-time status or vice versa

  • DESCRIPTION: Doctoral students may choose to study their doctoral degrees full-time or part-time. If there is no specific reason why a student must study full-time (e.g. funding conditions, visa requirements, etc.) it is recommended that they study part-time because this will mean that they have a longer period in which to complete and deposit their thesis.

Administrative procedure


After registration, the doctoral student or authorized person on presentation of the necessary identification.

Those doctoral students who are the beneficiaries of a grant or a bursary that stipulates full-time status shall not be permitted to apply for part-time status.


Via the online administrative procedures on the URV's intranet.

If doctoral students cannot carry out procedures online, they can present the application in person at the URV's General Registry or at any of its auxiliary registries.


At any time during the academic year but no later than three months before the deadline for depositing the doctoral thesis. Doctoral students can check when this deadline is in the SAD.


Students must present:

  • An application sent to the President of the Academic Committee of the doctoral programme.


This procedure has no cost.


  • The Campus/School Secretariat will send the application to the corresponding Academic Committee.
  • Those doctoral students who have been registered for at least one year as part-time students before the extensions will have five years in which to complete and deposit their thesis, as from the date of registration.


Resolution of the application


The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme.


When it will be required.


  • The Academic Committee, evaluate the application and, if it is valid, accept it by digitally signin the document and sending it to the Campus/School Secretariat.
  • The Campus/School Secretariat shall update the student's file and forward the corresponding resolution by electronic notification to the interested party. Send a copy of this resolution to the Doctoral School and to the Secretary’s office of the corresponding department.
  • If a student applies for a change from full-time to part-time during the first extension, it will be for two years, but the time prior to the extension will not be recalculated and will remain three years. 
  • Students cannot apply for a change from full-time to part-time during the second extension, because it has no effect on the calculation of duration.
  • The resolution will remain valid for the duration of the programme.


  • The resolution will remain valid for the duration of the programme.
  • Doctoral students must maintain their administrative relationship with the URV by registering annually up until the moment when they deposit and defend their doctoral thesis.