Access requirements

Revised by the Management Committee of the School of Doctoral Studies in session 4/12, of 12 April 2012, and in session 03/16, of 25 April 2016, in accordance with RD 99/2011, of 28 January, which regulate official doctoral degree studies.

The persons who fulfil one of the following requirements can be admitted onto a doctoral programme:

  1. With an official qualification of the Spanish university system:
    • Holder of a undergraduate degree, holder of an engineering degree or holder of a degree in architecture:
      • If the qualification obtained corresponds to level 3 (master) of the MECES (Marco Español de Cualificaciones para la Educación Superior ), the doctoral degree can be accessed directly. On the MECD website is a list of degrees with this equivalence: Correspondencia entre Títulos Universitarios Oficiales (“pre-Bolonia”) y niveles MECES  . The Academic Committee will request that these students do 40 hours as bridging courses from the courses offered at the School of Doctoral Studies.
      • If the qualification obtained does not correspond to level 3 of the MECES, the student must prove 60 ECTS official university master's degree level credits.
    • Holder of a diploma, a technical engineering degree or a technical architecture degree: a minimum of 120 credits ECTS official university master's degree level credits must be proven.
    • Bachelor's degree: 60 credits ECTS official university master's degree level credits must be proven, except for bachelor's degrees with 300 or more ECTS credits, by virtue of the common guidelines (degrees established in European directive 2005/36/EC, which are Medicine, Veterinary Science, Pharmacology, Architecture and Odontology). If the bachelor's degree obtained does not include any research work, the Academic Committee will ask for bridging courses to be completed in the form of introduction to research courses (research methodology), which add up a minimum of 3 ECTS credits if they are master's courses, or 30 hours if they are courses offered by the School of Doctoral Studies. The Academic Committee can ask for other bridging courses to be completed if they believe it opportune.
  2. With a qualification from one of the university systems that form part of the European Higher Education Area: the provisions in section 1 must be accredited.
  3. With a qualification obtained from a foreign education system without the need for official recognition: a level of education equivalent to that of the official Spanish qualification of university master's degree must be proven, and this qualification must entitle the holder to access doctoral studies in the issuing country.
    In all cases, if the master’s degree obtained does not include any research work (for example, the Master in Teacher Training for Compulsory Secondary Education and Upper Secondary Education, and the professional master’s degrees), the Academic Committee will ask for bridging courses to be completed in the form of introduction to research courses (research methodology), which add up a minimum of 3 ECTS credits if they are master's courses, or 30 hours if they are courses offered by the School of Doctoral Studies or the Josep Pallach Institute of Education Sciences. The Academic Committee can ask for other bridging courses to be completed if they believe it opportune. 
  4. Having passed at least two years of education on a programme to obtain the official qualification of a Health Sciences major (regulated by Royal decree 183/2008, of 8 February ), provided that it was accessed by the corresponding entry test for specialised health education places.
  5. With a Spanish doctoral qualification: this can be accessed directly.
  6. With doctoral programmes completed, regulated by RD 778/98 or RD 185/85: the research proficiency attained must be proven.