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General requirements

To access* the PhD programme regulated by R.D. 99/2011, as a general rule, the following will be required:

  • To hold an official Spanish university degree, Undergraduate or equivalent, and a Master’s degree, or equivalent, provided that at least 300 ECTS credits have been obtained in both courses.

Access to a PhD programme is also open to those in the following situations:

  • Those with an official Spanish or EHEA university degree that qualifies for access to a Master’s degree who have passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in official university studies, of which at least 60 must be at Master’s level.
  • Holders of an official Spanish Undergraduate Degree, the duration of which, in accordance with the rules of Community law, is at least 300 ECTS credits and is included in the European Directive 2005/36/EC. These Undergraduate Degrees are: Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Architecture and Dentistry. If students are admitted to a PhD programme, they must take compulsory complementary training, unless the syllabus of the Undergraduate degree includes research training credits, equivalent in training value to the research credits from the Master’s degree.
  • University graduates who, after securing a place in specialised health training, have successfully completed at least two years of training in the programme of the speciality in Health Sciences
  • Those with a degree obtained in accordance with foreign education systems, without the need for official approval, after verification by the university that it certifies a level of training equivalent to that of the official Spanish Master’s degree and that it entitles the holder to access PhD studies in the country issuing the degree. This admission does not imply official approval of the previous qualifications or accreditation thereof for other purposes. View Foreign degrees
  • Those with another Spanish PhD degree obtained in accordance with previous university regulations.
  • To be a PhD student in accordance with previous university regulations after admission by the corresponding university, in accordance with the provisions of RD 99/2011 and the university’s own rules (training period of 60 ECTS in RD 1393/2007 PhD programme).
  • Holders of a Bachelor’s Degree, Architects or Engineers in possession of the Diploma of Advanced Studies obtained in accordance with the provisions of R.D. 778/1998 or having achieved research proficiency regulated in R.D. 185/1985.
  • Those with an official university degree that is compliant with level 3 of the Spanish Framework of Qualifications for Higher Education, in accordance with the procedure established in RD 889/2022,de 18 October.  View: Compliance between Official University Degrees (pre-Bologna) and MECES levels

*In application of art. 3.5 of this year’s registration rules, students who are able to obtain the access requirement before the end of the registration period may apply for admission to a RD 99/2011 PhD programme.