The Doctoral Degree in Education and Psychology, whose development and organization are overseen by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, 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. This official degree program is registered in the Registry of Universities, Centers and Qualifications.
It 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.
Since its creation in 1952, the University of Navarra has shown a clear interest in being present in all areas of expertise and in contributing as much high-quality research as possible to the academic community at the national and international level. The field of education is no exception.
The Doctoral Degree in Education offered by the Department of Education at the University of Navarra originated in the creation of the Educational Sciences Division, which was incorporated into the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and first appeared in 1975.
From the moment the School and its different specialist programs were created, the professors have made a special effort to introduce students to research work. As soon as the new study programs were launched, the School began to offer doctoral programs, supervise the first minor theses and defend the first doctoral theses.
Since then, the doctoral programs offered by the University of Navarra have been adapted in accordance with general legislation, including the provisions of Act 14 of August 4, 1970 (the General Education Act), the Organic Act on University Reform of 1983, and since their enactment, the provisions of RD 56/2005 and RD 1393/2007, which up to now have regulated third-cycle study programs.
The long history of awarding doctoral degrees, the commitment to research that underpins the founding principles of the University and is being continued by the current academic staff, the number of doctoral theses defended and resulting publications, as well as the theses currently under way as part of the Doctoral Degree in Education, serve to demonstrate its importance. Initially, the teaching and research unit to which the program belonged was the Educational Sciences Division. After the School was reorganized into departments, the academic unit responsible for developing the program became the department. This is the body responsible for the development and organization of the program in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The Doctoral Degree in Education at the University of Navarra took on a new dimension in the 1987-1988 academic year when it signed an agreement with the Universidad de La Sabana in Colombia.
It was the first time that the University of Navarra's Department of Education had established an agreement with a non-Spanish university in order to facilitate and promote exchange programs for teaching staff and students, as well as to raise awareness about the graduate programs at both universities.
This first agreement paved the way for six more in successive years with universities in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Peru.
As is widely known, doctoral studies are the highest level of teacher and research training that a university can offer its students. The natural transition from the licentiate degree launched in 1975 was the doctoral degree, for two reasons that are still valid today: firstly, doctoral studies may act as a source of future teaching staff, for both the University of Navarra itself and other Spanish and foreign universities, and secondly, the growing and justifiable desire to make the Spanish university a vibrant and dynamic research center hinges on a few essential tools. The doctoral degree is certainly one of these, and perhaps the most effective.
The University of Navarra established the Doctoral School under the framework established by RD 99/2011, which provides planning, coordination and monitoring of doctoral programs.
It is presided over by the Vice President for Research and has an Executive Director and three deputy directors who represent the three main areas of the University: the Area of Social Sciences, Law and Humanities (to which this doctoral program belongs), the Area of Experimental and Health Sciences, and the Area of Engineering and Architecture.
The School sets the objectives and strategic lines for doctoral studies at the University and is responsible for ensuring that they are fulfilled.