The legal framework within which EIDEMAR is constituted is the Reglamento UCA/CG10/2012, de 21 de noviembre, de Régimen Interno de la Escuela Internacional de Doctorado en Estudios del Mar del CEIMAR published in the BOUCA nº 152, de 21 de diciembre de 2012.

Internal regulations of EIDEMAR

The framework of the new Doctoral studies programmes is the Real Decreto 99/2011, de 28 de enero, por el que se regulan las enseñanzas oficiales de doctorado; similarly, those titles associated with the University of Cadiz are regulated by the Reglamento UCA/CG06/2012, por el que se regula la ordenación de los estudios de doctorado en la Universidad de Cádiz. Both of these frameworks significantly changed the former structure of the Doctoral programmes.

Real Decreto 99/2011 Enseñanzas oficiales de doctorado

Reglamento UCA por el que se regulan los estudios de doctorado

Article 9 in the RD 99/2011 contemplates the free creation of Doctoral schools. These schools can be created by individual universities, university coalitions or coalitions of different kinds of institutions (i.e. public bodies engaged in R&D), something which is also mentioned in the school’s regulations and also regional legislation. The final aim of these schools is to plan, organise and manage Doctoral training opportunities.

Doctoral schools must guarantee that the training strategy of universities is met. This strategy must be linked to research strategy and, if necessary, also to public research agencies and other institutions.

Following the directives set out in the royal decree, CEI·MAR created the International Doctoral School in Sea Studies (EIDEMAR). Its targets are similar to those of any Doctoral school, and are listed as follows:

  • TRAINING: Training is undertaken in all of the coalition’s universities, and students participate in workshops, conferences and other activities.
  • AVOIDING ISOLATION: We ensure that Doctoral students are aware of their colleagues, in order to avoid conditions of isolation (in the framework of the group within which the Doctoral thesis is being carried out or under the supervision of the group’s director).
  • INTERDISCIPLINARITY: Links are drawn between the Doctoral students and different research groups in order to ensure their participation in interdisciplinary research projects.
  • QUALITY: The high standards achieved by all participants guarantee the quality of the Doctoral training, regardless of the specific field of study.
  • FUNDING: Students are encouraged to apply for funding opportunities (scholarships, mobility, grants, etc.).
  • STRUCTURE: The centralised structure of the school simplifies administrative and financial management, training, tracking of alumni, etc.