To access the doctoral programme, you must have an official university master’s degree or other degree of the same level, issued by a higher education institution in the European Higher Education Area.
Applicants who have a qualification from an educational system outside the European Higher Education Area can also access the programmes without the need for their degree to be endorsed, provided that it can be verified that the qualification demonstrates an equivalent educational level to a Spanish university master’s degree and that in the issuing country it would entitle the holder to access doctoral studies.
Under no circumstances does this imply any kind of endorsement of the previous qualification held by the applicant, nor does it recognise this qualification for any other purpose than admission to the doctoral programme.
In other cases, each doctoral programme will determine the conditions to be met by applicants who wish to embark on a doctoral thesis in the programme, in accordance with current legislation.
In accordance with Article 6 of Spanish Royal Decree 99/2011, the requirements for accessing a doctoral programme are as follows:
As a general rule, to access an official doctoral programme the applicant must have an official Spanish university master’s degree or its equivalent.
Nevertheless, access is also possible for people in the following situations:
Holding an official university degree from Spain or another country in the European Higher Education Area that authorises access to a Master’s degree course, in accordance with Article 16 of Spanish Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October 2007, having achieved a minimum of 300 ECTS from all official university studies, of which at least 60 must be on a Master’s level.
Holding an official Spanish university graduate degree whose duration, in accordance with Community law, is at least 300 ECTS. These graduates are required to also study the additional training referred to in Article 7.2 of these regulations, except if the study plan of the corresponding degree includes research credits that are equivalent in educational value to the research credits of a Master’s degree.
University graduates who, having obtained a training place on the corresponding access trials for specialised medical training, have completed at least two years of training with a positive assessment on a programme to obtain an official degree in one of the Health Sciences specialities.
Holding a qualification obtained in accordance with foreign educational systems, without the need for endorsement, subject to the University’s verification that this qualification accredits a level of education equivalent to that of an official Spanish Master’s degree and that it would give the holder access to doctoral studies in the country that issued the certificate. Under no circumstances does this imply any kind of endorsement of the previous qualification held by the applicant, nor does it recognise this qualification for any other purpose than admission to the doctoral programme.
Holding another Spanish Doctoral qualification obtained in accordance with previous university regulations.
You must hold a university qualification which corresponds to level 3 of the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education, according to the procedure established by Royal Decree 967/2014, of 21 November. This Royal Decree establishes the requirements and procedure for homologation (official recognition) and declaration of equivalence of a qualification at an official academic university level and for official recognition of foreign Higher Education study programmes. It also sets out the procedure to determine correspondence with the levels of the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education of the official qualifications of Architect, Engineer, Degree Holder, Technical Architect, Technical Engineer and Diploma Holder.
Application and Admission to Doctoral Programmes
Interested students should apply for admission to the doctoral programme in the period stated, filling in the form published on the University’s website and attached the required documentation.
The Doctorate Academic Committee establishes the procedures and criteria for admission to the corresponding doctoral programme. These may include a requirement for specific previous training in certain disciplines or methodologies. These procedures and criteria must be approved by the Steering Committee of the Doctorate School.
For students with special educational needs resulting from disability, these systems and procedures must include adequate support and advisory services to endorse the need for possible adaptations to the curriculum or courses, or alternative studies.
The Secretariat of the Doctorate School will submit the admission applications received to the Doctorate Academic Committee.
The Doctorate Academic Committee will study the admission applications and send a report on whether or not to admit the applicant to the Doctorate School. The Doctorate Academic Committee can delegate this task to the faculties, departments and institutions so they can prioritise the student admission criteria in accordance with the criteria defined for each line of research.
The selection of candidates is based on the following criteria:
Curriculum vitae and previous research experience
The subject of the research and its strategic importance
A personal interview
The Secretariat of the Doctorate School will notify the applicant of whether they have been accepted or not for the doctoral programme.
Enrolment on doctoral programmes
Each academic year, students admitted to the doctoral programme must formalise their enrolment, which entitles them to academic support, the use of the resources necessary for their work and all the rights envisaged in the regulations for doctoral candidates.
The formalisation of enrolment on doctoral programmes and the enrolment periods will be defined and managed by the Secretariat of the Doctorate School in accordance with the University regulations. In the event that a student is not enrolled in the doctoral programme for one or more years and wishes to resume their studies, he/she must reapply for admission to the doctoral programme and pay the corresponding administrative fees for the years in which he/she was not enrolled.
A student may request temporary suspension of studies if there is a properly justified reason for this, and in these cases will not be required to pay the administration fees mentioned in the above paragraph. Any such request should be submitted to the Doctorate Academic Committee through the thesis supervisor.
Students may only enrol in one approved doctoral programme. There is no option for enrolling simultaneously in another programme. At the time of enrolment, the applicant must attach the programme admission document and the doctoral candidate’s signed commitment document.