Once the DD is finished according to supervisor’s criteria, a complete though provisional (without binding) version is delivered to the Academic Commission of the Programme (AC) for evaluation. The candidate will delivery a half-page Thesis abstract too. The AC carries out the evaluation process which will be mainly based on:
- an evaluation report by the supervisor;
- at least one external, double-blind evaluation report which will be asked for to an scholar who be an expert in the Thesis’ topics; and
- the results of an internal evaluation (Programme and Department). To allow for the latter, all the doctors of the Department will be informed about the Thesis that has been submitted for evaluation (title, author, and abstract). And they will be invited to examine the copy that will be available at the Department, as well as to make comments, suggestions or remarks on it, to be sent to the AC.
You may see here a list with the academics that have acted as external referees for thesis’ evaluation during the last years.
Once the external referee report has been received, the AC will send a copy of it, together with the results of the internal evaluation, to the Thesis supervisor. The supervisor will forward a copy of these reports/evaluation results to the candidate. Since these evaluation reports may contain remarks, suggestions, and/or recommendations intended to improve the Thesis, it will be however the supervisor who will decide on taking them into account and how, as far as modifying or amending the Thesis text. As a result, eventually a definite, final, version of the Thesis is produced by the candidate. This definite version will then be bound, and submitted to the AC.
This final definite version of the Thesis is delivered accompanied by a note from the supervisor pointing out 1) those changes that have been introduced, regarding the previous, evaluation-version text, as well as 2) his/her approval on that this final Thesis version go through the process of being defended by the candidate before the corresponding Jury. And, as a way of stating that, will formally endorse the Thesis by signing in its first page together with the candidate.
The AC, taking into account the prior supervisor’s evaluation report, the external and internal evaluation results, the final Thesis text, and the supervisor note, will produce a formal resolution in the terms of pass (’green light’) / not-pass .