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General entrance requirements

To gain admission to a doctoral programme, applicants must have an official Spanish bachelor’s degree or equivalent and a university master's degree or equivalent, together comprising a total of at least 300 ECTS credits.

Applicants who meet one of the following conditions are also eligible for admission:

  1. Holders of an official degree awarded by a university in Spain or any other country in the EHEA who have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 must be at the master's degree level. This includes holders of official Spanish pre-EHEA degrees. The degree must correspond to Level 3 in the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES)(1)

  2. Holders of an official bachelor's degree of at least 300 ECTS credits (e.g. the degree in Architecture). In this case, you must take bridging courses if your degree does not include research training that is equivalent to the research credits on the master's degree of which the bridging courses form part. 

  3. Holders of a degree awarded in a foreign education system. In this case, homologation is not required, but the UPC must verify that the degree certifies a level of training equivalent to an official Spanish master's degree and qualifies the holder for admission to doctoral studies in the country where it was awarded. This does not imply the homologation of your degree and is solely for the purposes of admission to doctoral studies. (2)

  4. Holders of a Spanish doctoral qualification issued under previous university regulations.

  5. Holders of the Diploma of Advanced Studies, in accordance with Royal Decree 778/1998.

  6. Holders of the Diploma of Research Proficiency, in accordance with Royal Decree 185/1985.

  7. Holders of an official university qualification who, having gained a trainee post in the entrance examination for specialised medical training posts, have successfully passed at least two years of training on a programme leading to an official degree in a health-sciences specialisation.


Further information:

Royal Decree 43/2015, of 2 February, which amends Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, establishing official university course regulations, and Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, regulating official doctoral studies.

Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, which regulates official doctoral studies.

  1. Doctoral studies entrance regulations for holders of an undergraduate degree awarded before the introduction of the EHEA (CG 47/02 2014)

  2. Governing Council Decision 64/2014, which approves the procedure and criteria for assessing the fulfilment of academic admission requirements for doctoral studies by holders of non-homologated foreign degrees (CG 25/03 2014)