PhD Sustainable Energy Technologies and Strategies Joint Doctorate (SETS EMJD)

Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid

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Tuition fee:
  • € 7,200 / Year (EEA)
  • € 7,200 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 48 months
Partnership: Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
Project type: Predefined
Educational Form: Academic , Professional

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The Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in Sustainable Energy Technologies and Strategies (SETS) is an international programme offered by six of the most renowned universities in this field of knowledge.

The doctorate copes with the challenge to lead the technological transition required by todays world, where a compromise must be reached between energy and sustainability. Some of the research topics of the programme are future energy networks, regulation and economics of energy systems in future European scenarios and sustainable development.

SETS Joint Doctorate is the only Ph.D. programme on energy and sustainability awarded the Erasmus Mundus excellence label by the European Commission. This excellence label has been granted only to twenty two international doctorates in all disciplines and Universities across Europe so far.

The general subject of SETS Joint Doctorate is sustainable energy, technologies and strategies. Research in this area will contribute to addressing the aforementioned European energy strategy needs, taking on the challenge of providing the same level of power while consuming less energy and reducing the dependence on fossil fuels.

Defeating this challenge will entail a renewed European joint effort with a new global approach to energy. The main goal is the education and training of a new generation of researchers and high-level professionals with the knowledge tools and research skills required to contend successfully with these challenges in an international and multidisciplinary research environment.

According to European strategic lines of research and the research interests of the HEIs and industrial partners, every academic year the consortium will define a set of priority lines of research, subject to the approval of the SETS PhD Supervision Board.

Learning outcomes

The core subject of the SETS joint degree is sustainable energy, a cross-sectoral vector, to which the programme adopts a technological and strategic approach, covering applications in a number of areas, from policy to industry, including services and even end consumers.

Students conduct their activities within research groups in projects closely associated with industry needs. As a result, the research findings meet social needs and contribute to student employability. Furthermore, companies, students and HEIs work together within the Supervision Board to better address programme objectives, monitor the quality and applicability of programme results and ensure optimal implementation of programme activities, in keeping with the needs of the industry and society.

Mobility is instrumental to the SETS PhD. Students are involved in different research projects at the HEIs, in which Europe- and world-wide industry participate. This provides them an overview of the energy industry that prepares them to deal with the global challenges facing European energy sector.

After completing the SETS doctorate, students should have developed the following competences and skills:

* a systematic understanding of the energy industry and related sustainability issues;


* a full mastery of the research skills and methods associated with technical, economic and regulatory approaches to the subject;


* the ability to conceive, design, implement and adapt ground-breaking research with scholarly integrity;


* the ability to conduct original research that extends the frontier of knowledge by developing a substantial body of work, some of which merits international refereed publication;


* the ability to critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise new and complex ideas;


* the ability to communicate with peers, the larger scholarly community and society in general about their areas of expertise;


* the potential ability to promote, within academic and professional contexts, technological, economic or policy advancement in a knowledge based society.



Graduates achieving SETS aims will be in a position to initiate successful professional research careers in sustainable energy in higher education institutions, research bodies, the industry or policy-making institutions.

Contents

Structure and ContentsTraining and Research

The programme comprises training activities, research activities and mobility. To follow the program, each doctoral candidate is assigned to a research line (RL) with a supervisor and a specific mobility pathway. Tutors are also assigned to support supervisors when doctoral candidates are away of their home HEI (supervisor HEI). In order to take advantage of all the training and research opportunities of each HEI within the mobility pathways, both activities can be performed in parallel. Training activities consist in at least 60 ECTS credits regarding doctoral courses. All the training activities from doctorates of the HEIs within the consortium are eligible as SETS doctoral courses. Additionally, new courses could be created specifically for the SETS programme. Current training activities counting toward ECTS credits must be agreed between doctoral candidates and supervisors. Training activities must be scheduled to be completed before the end of the 3rd year. Nevertheless, in justified cased courses can be taken also during the 4th. The common language of instruction is English.

The doctoral research will be conducted within a research group of one the degree awarding universities (Comillas, TU Delft or KTH). Students will participate in their groups activities, which will include collaboration in a specific international project.

Following specific mobility pathways, students will perform their activities in different consortium countries. In this regard, all students will spend at least nine months in another university than their research group university and, in addition, students spending time in the country where they earned their preceding university degree will spend at least six months in a third university.

Courses overview

Training activities consist in at least 60 ECTS credits regarding doctoral courses. All the training activities from doctorates of the HEIs within the consortium are eligible as SETS doctoral courses. Additionally, new courses could be created specifically for the SETS programme. Current training activities counting toward ECTS credits must be agreed between doctoral candidates and supervisors. For the time being, the eligible doctoral courses can be selected from the following links:

* Doctorate Programme in Engineering Systems Modelling (Comillas)
* Doctorate Programme in Power Systems (Comillas)
* TUDelft study Guide
* KTH doctoral courses

Research Lines

The scope of this research lines include:

* Future energy networks: multi-energy carrier systems; security and reliability of energy systems; integration of renewables; integration of electric vehicles; demand side management; active networks; and de-centralized control.
* Regulation and economics of energy systems in future European scenarios: regulatory schemes for promoting energy transition, including new decision-tools for policy makers; regulatory incentives to promote energy efficiency; and new market designs.
* Sustainable development: definition and quantification of economic and sustainability indices for regional grids and microgrids; environmental life-cycle analysis; power system operations and design for sustainability; analysis of government policies designed to promote sustainability, including design and evaluation of international environmental agreements; monitoring and enforcement of environmental regulation.

Each HEI will contribute specifically to these lines of research depending on its expertise, under an interdisciplinary approach based on technology, economics and policy-making. The focus will be on the analysis of sustainable energy technologies and strategies (SETS) in place across the board, contributing to economic growth and sustainable development with the implementation of new approaches and technologies, as well as other research findings.

Funding

Erasmus Mundus Fellowships Categories

* Category A fellowships can be awarded to doctoral candidates selected by EMJD consortia, who come from a Third country (other than Member States of the European Union, an EEA-EFTA State, Turkey, the Western Balkan countries or Switzerland) and who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of these countries. The only exception to this rule applies to Third-Country doctoral candidates who have previously received an Erasmus Mundus masters scholarship in order to follow an EMMC.


* Category A fellowships Turkey and Western Balkans can be awarded to doctoral candidates selected by EMJD consortia, who come from a WB&Turkey country (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia & Turkey)


* Category B fellowships can be awarded to any doctoral candidate selected by EMJD consortia and who do not fulfil the Category A criteria defined above.



Number

SETS Joint DoctorateEMJD tender 2011, offers:

5 Category A fellowships

1 Category A WB&Turkey fellowship

3 Category B fellowships

Management

COMILLAS will draft students PhD contracts and allocate the funds as specified in the individual fellowship table set out in the programme guide for Category A and Category B research contracts:

* Fixed contribution for travel, relocation and any other costs: Category A fellowship: 7500. Category B 3000. To be allocated to students and paid in equal instalments, depending on the students pathway during the 3 years of the EM doctoral-fellowship.
* Fixed living allowance (gross): 2 800 per month, during 36 months - 3 years funded by the EM doctoral-fellowship for both Categories. Students will be parties to an employment contract, which according to Spanish labour law, includes social security, health care insurance, tax and the students net monthly allowance; student insurance will also be deducted from this amount.

Where students also need financing for their fourth year of SETS studies, the universities will draw on their own funds and on funding from private companies and other sponsors to ensure students complete their doctorate. Each HEI may make fourth year arrangements in accordance with its usual practice for doctoral students.

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Accreditation

SETS Joint Doctorate was awarded in 2009 with the Erasmus Mundus excellence label by the European Commission. This excellence label has been granted only to 22 doctorates and 126 Masters in all disciplines and Universities across Europe so far.

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