Doctoral Program in Analytical Science in Chemistry


This PhD program has a long experience in the education and training of analytical chemistry doctors. It got the Excellence mention in 2005 (code MCD2005-00286) that was renewed in 2011 ( reference number MEE2011-0046, BOE October 20th 2011). Nowadays, it is a program redesigned according to the EEES conventions and requirements.


Administrative address :
Secretaría del Departamento de Química Analítica
Facultad de Ciencias
Pedro Cerbuna, 12
50009 Zaragoza

Teléfono: 976762254 - Ext.: 842254

Administrative information:
Teléfono: 976761290 - Ext.: 841290

The Academic commission (AC) of the PhD program is formed by the following doctors:

Gemma Cepriá Pamplona, Coordinator and head of the AC

Jesús Salafranca Lázaro, Secretary

Francisco Carlos Laborda García

Martín Resano Ezcaray

Vicente Ferreira González

Basic Skills

The students of the program acquire the basic competences indicated in article 5 of Royal Decree 99/2011 on doctorate. They are the following:

  1. Systematic understanding of their field of study and mastery of research skills and methods related to that field.
  2. Ability to conceive, design or create, implement and adopt a substantial process of research or creation.
  3. Ability to contribute to the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge through original research.
  4. Ability to perform a critical analysis and evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
  5. Ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general about their fields of knowledge in the modes and languages commonly used in their international scientific community.
  6. Ability to promote, in academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advancement within a society based on knowledge.

Personal Abilities and Skills

The RD 99/2011 highlights the high professional training of doctors in various fields, especially those that require creativity and innovation. Therefore, the doctors of the program will have acquired, at least, personal skills and abilities to:

  1. Develop in contexts in which there is little specific information.
  2. Find the key questions that must be answered to solve a complex problem.
  3. Design, create, develop and undertake innovative and innovative projects in their field of knowledge.
  4. Work both as a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary context.
  5. Integrate knowledge, face complexity and formulate judgements with limited information.
  6. The criticism and intellectual defence of solutions.

General Information


The requirements for access to doctorate studies are set in RD 99/2011 and can be consulted in the corresponding Instruction of the Doctorate School (pdf). In general, an official Spanish Bachelor's and Master's degrees or equivalent are required, with a minimum global extension of 300 ECTS credits.

Candidates with university degrees issued by a country of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) may request admission directly (info). If the degree is issued by a country outside the EHEA, the application for access with a non-homologated foreign degree must be submitted (info).

Those interested can expand their information in the administrative section of the Doctoral School (web) or the administration of the program (see contact data in the program general information section).


The Doctoral School will establish in the academic calendar of the year the period of application for admission in its programs. The application for admission will include a motivation letter indicating the research line(s) of interest. It may also include the proposal of a researcher for thesis director. In the resolution of admission, if this is favorable, the Academic Committee will appoint the tutor and the director of the thesis and assign the research line, or lines (up to two), of the thesis. It will also establish the type of dedication of the doctoral student (full or partial time) and, if appropriate, the training complements that must be completed. Exceptionally, the director's appointment may be postponed until three months after the date of the doctorate's enrollment in the program. The Academic Committee may declare a candidate as unsuitable for the program, based on the information contained in the candidate's motivation letter.

If the admitted applicant does not enroll in the doctoral program, the admission will expire one month after its concession date. In this case, individuals interested in starting doctoral studies must apply again for admission to the program. Open vacancies will be covered by the Academic Committee according to the corresponding waiting list.

Programs with available places will accept subsequent admission applications, until completion of the number of places offered by the program.

For all purposes, a candidate does not acquire the status of doctoral student at the University of Zaragoza until he/she formalizes his or her enrollment in the corresponding program. PhD students must register annually for academic tutelage.

Program Specific Information

Oferta de plazas: 20

The applicant has to fulfill the requirements specified in the RD99/2011. It means that the candidate obtained a university degree equivalent to at least 240ECTS and a master degree of at least 60 ECTS.

It is required that the candidates should have general knowledge of chemistry and basic knowledge of mathematics and physics. If there are more candidates than the program can receive, the Academic Commission should priorize the applicants according to the following items:

Academic CV 60%

Grants and awards: 25%

Research experience 10 %

Other 5%

The candidates should include the following information along with its application to the program:

The application form

The academic CV

A photocopy of the passport

A photocopy of the documents that confirm the degree and the master

A letter from a professor or an assistant professor of the program in which it should be specified the research line in which the student would work in case the applicant is admitted and who might be the supervisors of the student.

Specific Training Activities

According to the profile of the candidate, the AC should recommend training complements to adequate the formation of the candidate to the specific requirements of the program. These complements would be chosen among the courses of the masters of the University of Zaragoza. The total amount of ECTS associated to the candidate will never exceed 20 ECTS.

Enrolment Dates, Deadlines and Procedure

Doctoral students, as researchers in training and students of the University of Zaragoza, have to formalize every year the enrollment with the corresponding rights to the academic tutorship while continuing their doctoral training. The enrollment period will be set  in the academiccalendar approved each year by the Doctoral School. 

As a general rule, enrollment will be done online through the Secretaría Virtual ofthe University of Zaragoza. Previously a personal identification number (NIP) and password will have been obtained in the identity management service. Face-to-face registration will be allowed to those who cannot do it online, by going to the doctoral school during public service hours. PhD students must submit every year in which they enroll, documentation about their previous studies, depending on whether they have been taken in countries of the European Education Area or outside that space.

Full and up-to-date information on the enrollment procedure, including key points, is provided on the website of the Doctoral School, as well as prices, discounts and insurance, legalization and translation of documents and some others practical details.

Thesis Supervision

The procedures for the supervision of doctoral students are set in article 11 of Royal Decree 99/2011, which regulates doctoral studies. The doctoral student admitted to the program has to enrol each academic year in academic tutelage at the University of Zaragoza. The Academic Committee of the program will assign a Thesis Director and a tutor, who may or may not be the same. The Thesis Director will be the person in charge of the overall management of the doctoral student's research tasks, of the coherence and adequacy of the training activities, of the impact and novelty in his/her field of the subject of the doctoral thesis and of the guide in other projects and activities where the doctoral student is involved. The tutor is responsible for the adaptation of the training and the research activity to the principles of the program and the Doctoral School and will ensure the interaction of the doctoral student with the Academic Committee of the program, the body responsible for supervising the progress of the research and training and the authorization of the thesis presentation of each doctoral student of the program.

The supervisory functions of the doctoral students will be documented in the Doctorate Letter which, once the registration is made, will be signed by the doctoral student, its tutor and its director, the program coordinator and the director of the Doctoral School. Those interested can expand the information on the thesis supervision in the administrative headquarters of the program (see contact information in the general information of the program) or by consulting the program coordinator.

Student's Follow-up and Evaluation

The follow-up of the training process leading to the presentation of the doctoral thesis is carried out through the research plan and the doctoral student's document of activities. The research plan is presented before the end of the first year of enrolment and includes, at least, the methodology to be used and the objectives to be achieved, as well as the means and the temporal planning to achieve it. The plan may be improved and detailed later and must be endorsed by the Director and the tutor. The document of activities is the register of all the activities -research stays, courses, attendance to congresses, or others- that the doctorate carries out from his enrolment until the presentation of the doctoral thesis. Annually, the Academic Committee of the program will evaluate the follow-up of the research plan together with the document of activities. The positive evaluation will be an essential requirement to continue in the program. In the case of a negative evaluation, the doctoral student must be evaluated again within a maximum period of six months. Those interested can expand this information in the administrative headquarters of the program (see contact information in the general information of the program) or by consulting the program coordinator.

Once the thesis is concluded, the doctoral student must proceed to deposit and defend it according to the dispositions included in the thesis regulation of the University of Zaragoza (info).

Transversal Training Activities

The Doctoral School offers an annual series of voluntary activities for all doctoral students. This formation has a transversal and interdisciplinary nature. The offer is dynamic and covers the following formative aspects: communication (oral and written), access and information management, and skills for a future social and professional performance.  Information about the activities, admission and enrolment can be found in the website of the Doctoral School  (info).

Additionally, other formative activities of interest for a wide range of our doctoral students are disseminated through our web (info).

Specific Training Activities

The PhD program has several specific training activities: scientific congress, meetings and seminars Attendance, research stage in foreign research centers and writing scientific papers.

Among all of them, the attendance of at least one scientific meeting and writing a paper are mandatory.


Doctoral students enrolled in doctoral programs benefit from mobility aids established in various national and international calls. The calls for the Erasmus + program stand out.

In the Erasmus + Studies mode, doctoral students can choose a wide range of destinations, since most of the agreements signed by the University of Zaragoza with other universities include places for PhD students of all branches.

In the Erasmus + Stays / Practices in companies modality, PhD students access two calls: the one from the University of Zaragoza and the one carried out by the Iberus International Campus of Excellence for the universities that comprise it, the one from Zaragoza among them.

Other mobility calls are specifically designed for Latin American students and for international stays of students with predoctoral contracts. The mobility of doctoral students of the University of Zaragoza is also encouraged with cotutela agreements signed with foreign universities.

Research Lines

  • Direct analysis of solids
  • Materials and Packaging 
  • Analytical environmental nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • Analytical Chemistry of flavour
  • Analytical Sensors

Research Teams

Sensores Analíticos

  • Juan Ramón Castillo Suárez
  • Vicente Cebolla Burillo
  • Francisco Javier Galbán Bernal
  • Susana de Marcos Ruiz
  • María Isabel Sanz Vicente
  • Juan Carlos Vidal Ibáñez

Materiales y envases

  • Margarita Pilar Aznar Ramos
  • María Celia Domeño Recalde
  • Luisa Marín Nieto
  • María Consolación Cristina Nerín de la Puerta
  • María Laura Ruberte Sánchez
  • Carlos Enrique Rubio Navarro
  • Francisco Jesús Salafranca Lázaro
  • Jesús Vela Rodrigo

Nanociencia y nanotecnología medioambiental analítica

  • Laura Asín Pardo
  • Susana Aucejo Romero
  • Eduardo Bolea Morales
  • María Angélica Fernández Castel
  • María Teresa Gómez Cotín
  • María Valeria Grazu Bonavia
  • Lucia Gutiérrez Marruedo
  • María Sierra Jiménez García-Alcalá
  • Francisco Carlos Laborda García
  • Ángel Javier López Molinero
  • Jose María Mir Marín
  • Josefina Pérez Arantegui
  • Joanna Szpunnar

Química analítica del aroma

  • Juan Francisco Cacho Palomar
  • Ana María Escudero Carra
  • Vicente Ferreira González
  • Ulrich Fisher
  • María Purificación Hernández Orte
  • Ricardo Javier López Gómez
  • Amparo Querol Simón
  • María Pilar Sáenz Navajas

Análisis directo de sólidos

  • Jesús Manuel Anzano Lacarte
  • María Teresa Aramendia Marzo
  • Ana Rita Araujo Nogueira
  • Miguel Ángel Belarra Piedrafita
  • Ricardo Cassella Jorgensen
  • Miguel Escudero Tellechea
  • María Esperanza García Ruiz
  • Roberto Jesús Lasheras Molina
  • Cristophe Pecheyran
  • Martín Resano Ezcaray

Academic Regulations

The Doctoral School of the University of Zaragoza has rules and procedures to achieve its various goals, which have been written with the agreement of the different levels of the Doctoral School, and are published on its website.

The regulations section of the Doctoral School website contains other important regulations, both national and of the University of Zaragoza, such as RD 99/2011 por el que se regulan las enseñanzas oficiales de doctorado, el Reglamento de los Estudios de Doctorado (2012) y el Reglamento sobre tesis doctorales (2014).

PhD Duration and Their Management Rules

Rules of duration and permanence in the doctorate are established in Instrucción de23 de mayo de 2018 de la Escuela de Doctorado relativa al acceso, admisión,dedicación y permanencia en los estudios de doctorado de la Universidad deZaragoza (R.D. 99/2011).

Full-time thesis should be complete in three years, from the date of admission to the doctoral program, although the Academic Committee of the program may authorize the extension of this period for one more year. Part-time doctoral students will have five years from their admission to the presentation of the thesis, and the Academic Committee may authorize an extension for two more years. Exceptionally, an additional year of extension can be added.

PhD candidates may request a change in dedication (full-time / part-time) as well as the temporary withdrawal for justified reasons of the Academic Committee. They can cause a definitive withdrawal and see their file closed in these cases: if the available time to deposit the thesis is exceeded or if they receive two consecutive negative evaluations of the research plan.

These processes are explained in detail on our website (info) and the doctoral students are told how to proceed in cases of temporary withdrawal (info).

Academic Calendar

The academic year is governed by the deadlines established in the specific Doctoral School´s academic calendar.

This calendar sets the periods of request for entry, admission to the programs, enrollment at the University of Zaragoza, as well as how the students must present every year the research plan and the activities document, deadlines for defending doctoral theses, etc.

The Doctoral School website publishes the calendar of the current course as well as the two previous courses (info).

Learning Resources

All the research groups involved in the PhD program have fully equipped laboratories in which the student can develop the research work to achieve successfully the end of the PhD project. They can also count on the general infrastructure of the university that provides a broad and well supported libraries service and several services related to the general needs of an outstanding research work like microscopy, XRD and XRF, chemical analysis, animal experimentation, biomedics, image treatment, cryogenic liquids and precision mechanic.

The students can count on several grants offered by public (Erasmus grants…) and private organizations ( Banco de Santander grants…) to finance their stages in foreign research centres. Up to now 85% of our students have obtained grants for the stages on different countries of the EU and USA and Australia.