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Requirements to access an official doctoral programme

In accordance with Royal Decree 576/2023, of 4 July, last amendment of Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, regulating the official teaching of doctoral degrees

Generally, prospective doctoral students must have an official Spanish bachelor's degree certificate or equivalent, plus a university master's degree or equivalent, providing that they have passed at least 300 ECTS credits across these two courses.

People can also access these studies in one of the following cases:

  • Being in possession of Spanish official university degrees or equivalent Spanish certificates, as long as at least 300 ECTS credits have been passed in total and that level 3 is accredited in the Spanish Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (MECES)
  • Being in possession of another doctoral certificate.
  • Having previously obtained a place of education in the relevant entrance test for places in specialised healthcare education, to have successfully completed at least two years of education on a programme to obtain teh qualification of one or more of the specialisms in Health Sciences (regulated by Royal Decree 183/2008, of 8 February).
  • Being in possession of a certificate obtained in foreign educational systems belonging to the European Higher Education Area (EEES), without the need for standardising it, that accredits level 7 of the European Qualification Framework, providing certificate entitles the holder to access doctoral studies in the country of issue. Admission to the doctoral degree does not imply, under any circumstances, the standardisation of the holder’s previous certificate to any other effect than that of access to the doctoral degree.
  • Being in possession of a certificate obtained in foreign educational systems outside of the European Higher Education Area, without the need for standardising it, after the University has been able to check that this certificate accredits a level of education equivalent to the Spanish official university master's degree certificate and that it entitles the holder to access doctoral studies in the country of issue. Admission to the doctoral degree does not imply, under any circumstances, the standardisation of the holder’s previous certificate to any other effect than that of access to the doctoral degree.

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