Doctoral studies adapted to the European Higher Education Area
(R.D. 56/2005 of 21 January, published in the Official State Gazette on 25 January)
Doctoral studies are third-cycle higher education courses leading to the degree of doctor. All national 2nd-cycle, that is, official master's degree holders are eligible for admission.
Admission to the Doctorate
Students applying for admission to doctoral degree courses must:
- Be holders of an official master's degree
- Have taken at least 300 ECTS throughout their undergraduate and postgraduate higher education and at least 60 ECTS as part of official postgraduate programmes.
For admission to doctoral studies as part of the Facultad de Informática's official postgraduate programme, they are also required to meet the following conditions:
- For students from the Facultad de Informática's official postgraduate programme:
- Have taken a minimum number of ECTS as part of the programme's Computer Sciences Module Advanced Courses, as follows:
- 20 ECTS, if applying for admission to the doctorate from the Master in Information Technologies;
- 6 ECTS, if applying for admission from any other official postgraduate programme master course.
- Have applied for and obtained exemption from the above requirement by accrediting, to the Admission Committee's satisfaction, at least one relevant research-related publication.
- For students not from the Facultad de Informática's official postgraduate programme:
- Have taken at least 30 ECTS as part of one of the programme's master's degrees;
- Having applied for and been granted exemption from the above requirement by the Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies.
Candidates can apply for admission to the doctorate before taking the master credits. In this case, they will be granted conditional admission (upon earning the above credits). Candidates should apply on-line by the scheduled closing dates and attach the following documentation:
- List of grades (and subject workloads) received on their master's degree course
- List of grades (and subject workloads) received on their undergraduate degree course
- Copy of any exemptions awarded under provisions 1 and 2 above, if applicable
- Planned research proposal, signed by a postgraduate programme professor and doctor
Enrolment, supervision and thesis development
Once admitted to doctoral studies, doctoral candidates shall have to enrol for the official postgraduate programme subjects, worth up to a maximum of 20 credits, specified by their thesis supervisor or, failing this, the programme coordinator. In academic years when students are not enrolled for any subject, they shall be under the obligation to pay the academic supervision fee in order to retain their status as a programme student.
Doctor Europaeus Degree Certificate
This is a special mention on the doctorate certificate that may be added to the actual certificate if the following conditions are met:
- In the course of their doctorate programme training, doctoral candidates must have completed a stay of at least three months at a higher education institution of another European state outside Spain taking courses or undertaking research recognized as part of the programme.
- Part of the doctoral thesis, at least the summary and the conclusions, must have been written and presented in one of the official languages of the European Union other than the official languages of Spain.
- At least two experts belonging to a higher education institution or research institute of a European Union member state other than Spain must have reported on the thesis.
- In addition to the two experts mentioned above, at least one member of a higher education institution or research institute from a European Union member state other than Spain holding the degree of doctor must have sat on the board evaluating the thesis.