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Investigación y Doctorado

Doctorate and Research School

Research and Doctorate School

At the Research and Doctorate School of the Universidad Europea, we’ve designed and implemented an academic model that fosters research, innovation, and experiential learning for our students, permanently ensuring the quality of all our degrees.

Through the Department for Research and Doctoral Studies, Universidad Europea leads and encourages the participation of professors and students in research projects. This approach empowers professors to incorporate the most up-to-date knowledge and new advances from their own research and the wider scientific community into their teaching.

Research in Numbers

116

Research Groups

From 4 major areas of knowledge, made up of more than 700 researchers

6

Accredited Doctoral Programmes

In which 27 doctoral theses were defended in 2020

984

Scientific Publications

In the year 2020 (798 in JCR/SJR, 561 in Q1/Q2)

4 Major Research Areas

Communication and Social Sciences

Research Groups

  • Universidad Europea de Madrid
  • Universidad Europea de Valencia
  • Universidad Europea de Canarias

General Research Topics:

  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Innovative Learning Methods
  • Simulation and Gamification
  • Linguistics and Migration
  • Finance and Economics
  • Ethics and Responsibility
  • Tourism
  • Criminology
Architecture, Engineering, and Design

Research Groups

  • Universidad Europea de Madrid
  • Universidad Europea de Valencia
  • Universidad Europea de Canarias

General Research Topics:

  • Educational Technologies
  • Energy, Environment and Climate Change
  • Architecture, Sustainable Urbanism and Accessibility
  • Big Data, Data Mining and the Internet of Things
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
  • Architectural Heritage, Landscape and City
  • Sustainable Management
Exercise and Sport Sciences

Research Groups

  • Universidad Europea de Madrid
  • Universidad Europea de Canarias

General Research Topics:

  • Education Through Sport
  • Sports Performance
  • Exercise and Health Benefits
  • History of Sport
  • Sports Facilities
  • Sports Methodology
  • Exercise Management
  • Physiotherapy
Biomedical and Health Sciences

Research Groups

  • Universidad Europea de Madrid
  • Universidad Europea de Valencia
  • Universidad Europea de Canarias
  • 18 hospitals associated with the Universidad Europea de Madrid

General Research Topics:

  • Health Education
  • Chronic Illnesses
  • Biotechnology
  • Oncology
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Biomedicine
  • Mental Health
  • Genetics
  • Rare Diseases
  • Ageing
  • Ocular Health
  • Quality of Life and Wellbeing
  • Epidemiology and Methodology
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • New Therapies and Treatments

Resources for Research

The Universidad Europea has a series of procedures, resources, and tools to support research, which are detailed below.

Alongside the library, the Centre is an important support hub for researchers. It stores the institutional repository of publications (ABACUS), contributing to the dissemination of research outcomes. It also organises training sessions for individuals who wish to get started in the world of research and bibliographic search.

The Committee ensures the protection of individuals’ fundamental rights; the welfare of animals and the environment; and respect for the ethical principles and commitments held by the scientific community. It is made up of members of the Department for Research and Doctoral Studies, as well as experts from various areas of knowledge.

The Universidad Europea annually launches a Call for Research Groups, open to all the staff from its three campuses (Madrid, Valencia and the Canary Islands). The Research Groups in the different areas of knowledge are classified as either consolidated, emerging or in training. In the 2020 call for proposals, 33 new Research Groups were created in the 4 main areas, making a total of 116 groups.

In its commitment to support Research Groups, the Universidad Europea launches a Call for Internal Research Projects in order to fund and support high-quality research projects, aligned with the University’s research strategy and proposed by members of its Research Groups. The evaluation of these projects is external and competitive. This call promotes the incorporation of students from the Universidad Europea in research projects through the awarding of grants, so that they can acquire highly practical training and begin their research careers with our researchers.

In the 2020 call, 38 internal projects were accepted, with more than 200 researchers involved.

The aim of this call is to free up some teaching time for those professors with a clear research profile (backed by their research outcomes). The call will allow them to grow in their scientific career both within the University itself and at other research centres, with which they can establish collaborations and gain access to new technologies.

The amount of teaching time freed up for research per professor is dictated by an objective and transparent assessment, where data such as the number of scientific publications, participation in research projects and collaboration in doctoral programmes are measured.

Since 2014, Universidad Europea has been working on evaluating the research activity of its teaching and research staff (on contract or otherwise permanently linked to the University), through an agreement signed with the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (abbreviated ANECA in Spanish).

This evaluation is carried out within the framework of a call that the University makes in ANECA’s annual publication. The body that carries out the evaluation is the National Commission for the Evaluation of Research Activity (CNEAI in Spanish), whose president is the Director of ANECA. To date, Universidad Europea has 80 six-year-term researchers that have been positively evaluated by CNEAI—62 from the Universidad Europea de Madrid, 11 from the Universidad Europea de Valencia and 7 from the Universidad Europea de Canarias.

Universidad Europea has both basic and advanced facilities and infrastructures for all professionals and students to carry out their research projects. We have several labs spread over the different campuses and schools, specialised in the University’s various research areas.

Universidad Europea is committed to the communication and dissemination of research results in order to expand their reach and share knowledge. To this end, the University has a documentation repository called ABACUS where all of its scientific publications, doctoral theses, communications, etc. are stored, facilitating greater dissemination and citation of research work.

The Universidad Europea of Madrid also offers its employees a team of methodologists, statisticians and medical writers to help in the preparation and writing of scientific articles, thus promoting the publication of research results in international journals.

Likewise, the Universidad Europea financially supports the publication of scientific results in high-impact and open-access journals, as well as participation in research conferences for the communication of project results. Additionally, the Department of Communication provides support for the dissemination of scientific results and the work of our researchers.

In 2020, the researchers actively participated in the publication of three journals—VALUE, REIA and KRONOS—contributing with various articles and facilitating the dissemination of science to society.

In 2020, the Universidad Europea de Madrid had 5 Accredited Doctoral Programmes:

  • Programa de Doctorado en Actividad Física y Deporte
  • Programa de Doctorado en Biomedicina y Ciencias de la Salud
  • Programa de Doctorado en Ingeniería de Control y Sistemas Inteligentes para la Salud y el Medioambiente
  • Programa de Doctorado en Medicina y Cirugía
  • Programa de Doctorado en Ingeniería de Instrumentación Industrial Aplicada a Transporte Inteligente y Energía Sostenible

In addition, verification has been obtained for a new Inter-University Doctorate Programme in Innovación Socioeducativa (“Socio-educational Innovation”), in which the Universidad Europea de Madrid, the Universidad Europea de Valencia and the Universidad Europea de Canarias are participating, to be implemented in the 2021-22 academic year. In 2020 we had 275 students enrolled in our doctoral programmes.

Students enrolled in doctoral programmes offered by our University join one of the Research Groups, acquiring the status of Researcher in Training. The Research and Doctorate School of the Universidad Europea de Madrid accompanies doctoral students until they present their doctoral thesis before a panel of judges. The School is established as the supervisory body through the signing of an official document, which is also signed by the doctoral student, their tutor and the director. During 2020, a total of 27 doctoral theses were defended at the Universidad Europea de Madrid—6 in the Programa de Doctorado de Actividad Física y Deporte, 19 in the Programa de Doctorado en Biomedicina y Ciencias de la Salud, and 2 in the Programa de Doctorado en Ingeniería de Control y Sistemas Inteligentes para la Salud y el Medioambiente.

In addition, professors from the University participate in the co-supervision of doctoral theses carried out in other universities, both national and international, in those areas in which the University does not have its own doctorate programme.

Scientific Production

Thanks to the ABACUS tool, available at the CRAI Dulce Chacón Library, the University carries out continuous monitoring of the institution's scientific production.

Universidad Europea supports researchers in the process of publishing their results, from the preparation of doctoral theses to the publication of scientific articles. As indicated above, the University has a team of methodologists, statisticians and medical writers who help our researchers in the design, analysis and preparation of all scientific production.

In 2020, researchers from Universidad Europea have achieved a total of 984 scientific publications, 798 of which featured in journals indexed in JCR/SJR, and 561 of which featured in Q1/Q2 journals.

Labs

These are some of the labs in which our researchers carry out their studies:

Hospital Simulado en campus de Villaviciosa de Odón

Campus of Villaviciosa de Odón

Simulated Hospital

The Simulated Hospital’s facilities allow health professionals to undergo clinical training using simulation methodology led by accredited instructors.

Universidad Europea

Campus of Villaviciosa de Odón

Research Laboratories

Different laboratories are available to carry out research studies, developing projects in different areas

Túnel de Viento Universidad Europea de Madrid

Campus of Villaviciosa de Odón

Wind Tunnel

With this device, students better understand the effects of wind on objects; measuring the forces objects are subjected to, the wind speed and visualizing air current lines.

Taller Automoción Fórmula UE

Campus of Villaviciosa de Odón

Automotive Workshop and FÓRMULA UE

Practical activities in the field of mechanical development and the motor world are carried out in this workshop.

Universidad Europea

Campus of Villaviciosa de Odón

Fluids & Hydraulics Laboratory

Through lab practice, students can better understand the static and dynamic behaviour of a fluid.

Campus of Villaviciosa de Odón

Industrial Robotics and Mechanical & Additive Manufacturing Laboratory

In this workshop, students carry out hands-on activities in the field of mechanical development.

Campus of Villaviciosa de Odón

Design Innovation Workshop

In this workshop, design students carry out research on product design.

Campus of Villaviciosa de Odón

Digital Fabrication Laboratory FABLab

The worldwide FABLab network is an organisation that groups together prototyping laboratories that follow guidelines set forth by MIT. The premise of these guidelines is that in a FABLab, the limit must be set by the human imagination and not the machines

Universidad Europea

Campus of Villaviciosa de Odón

Chemistry Lab

Students of various degrees will be able to consolidate the knowledge acquired in their theoretical classes.

Universidad Europea

Campus of Villaviciosa de Odón

Maud Menten Chemistry Laboratory

The Maud Menten Chemistry Laboratory is the perfect environment to carry out experimental practices related to the field of chemistry.

HPR Lab Madrid

Campus of Villaviciosa de Odón

Human Performance Research Lab (HPRLab)

A state-of-the-art space for learning and research.