Access to PhDs

To access a doctoral programme under Royal Decree 99/2011, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • In general, for access to an official doctoral programme it will be necessary to be in possession of the official Spanish degree, or equivalent, and a university master's degree, or equivalent, provided that at least 300 ECTS credits have been earned in these two courses.
  • Likewise, those who are in any of the following situations will be able to access the programme:
    • To be in possession of an official Spanish university degree or from another country belonging to the European Higher Education Area that qualifies for access to the master's degree in accordance with the provisions of article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007 and pass a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in the set of official university studies, of which at least 60 must be at master's level.
    • To be in possession of an official Spanish graduate degree, the duration of which, in accordance with EU law, is at least 300 ECTS credits. Graduates must be required to take the complementary training required by the programme, and the syllabus of the corresponding degree includes research training credits equivalent in training value to the research credits from master's degree studies.
    • University graduates who, after obtaining a training place in the corresponding access test to specialised health training places, pass with positive evaluation at least two years of training in a programme to obtain the official degree in any of the specialities in health sciences.
    • To be in possession of a degree obtained in accordance with foreign educational systems, without the need for its homologation, after verification by the university that this accredits a level of training equivalent to that of the official Spanish university master's degree and that it qualifies in the country issuing the degree for access to doctoral programmes. This admission will not imply, in any case, the homologation of the previous degree that the interested person holds, nor its recognition for purposes other than access to doctoral programmes.
    • To be in possession of another Spanish doctoral degree obtained in accordance with previous university regulations.
    • Be in possession of an official university degree that corresponds to level 3 of the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education  (MECES). Correspondence can be consulted on the MECD website.
  • Those graduates, architects or engineers who are in possession of the diploma of advanced studies obtained in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 778/1998, of 30 April, or who attain the research sufficiency regulated by Royal Decree 185/1985, of 23 January, may access doctoral studies.

See Doctoral Programmes

Registration in a Doctoral Programme

Furhter information:

Postgraduate Studies Management Service
Edificio Filomena Dato
As Lagoas, Marcosende
36310 Vigo
+34 986 811 950