Objetivos y competencias

The Doctoral Degree in Food Science, Physiology and Health, whose development and organization are overseen by the School of Pharmacy, is framed within the University of Navarra Doctoral School, established under the provisions set out by RD 99/2011, which provides planning, coordination and monitoring of doctoral programs.

This program is adapted to the European Higher Education Area and meets the requirements indicated in Royal Decree 1393, dated October 29, 2007, which regulates official university education. It was evaluated by the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA) and approved by the Council of Universities on June 10, 2009. This official degree program is registered in the Registry of Universities, Centers and Qualifications (BOE, Official State Bulletin, February 10, 2010).

The program has been adapted to the verification procedures stipulated in RD 99, dated January 28, 2011, which regulates official doctoral education (BOE, Official State Bulletin, February 10, 2011); it has received a favorable report from ANECA and a positive assessment from the Council of Universities.

This doctoral program has been awarded the Citation of Excellence (MEE 2011-0136) by the Ministry of Education for the 2011-2012, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic years, receiving an overall weighted score from ANECA of 97 out of 100, according to the Secretary General of Universities resolution dated October 6, 2011 (BOE, Official State Bulletin, October 20, 2011).

This program has its roots in a former doctoral program called Physiology and Food Science, which was regulated by RD 778/1998 and approved as an Official Graduate Program by the Ministry of Education and Science pursuant to Royal Decree 56/2005, and which obtained and maintained the Citation of Quality awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science (reference MCD-2007-00012). This program has now been discontinued.

The University also offers a master's degree linked to this doctoral program, the European Master's Degree in Food Science, Nutrition and Metabolism, an official master's degree (reference MO2006-00958) in accordance with RD 1393/2007. The degree has received a positive evaluation from ANECA's VERIFICA program. This master's degree constitutes the training period for those students who wish to register for this doctoral program.

The following University of Navarra departments and centers participate in the development of the program:

· Department of Food Science and Physiology of the School of Pharmacy

· Department of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry of the School of Pharmacy

· Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the School of Pharmacy

· Department of Chemistry and Soil Science of the School of Pharmacy

Depending on the doctoral thesis project, professors from other science departments at the University of Navarra and the Clínica Universidad de Navarra may participate in developing the program, primarily through the joint supervision of doctoral theses.

The program also enjoys the participation of professors and PhDs from other Spanish and foreign institutions, whether through the joint supervision of doctoral theses, leading seminars, mobility initiatives (for both PhD candidates and academic staff) or participation in thesis defense committees convened to award international/European doctoral degrees, etc.