Access requirements

Access

To be eligible for admission to official doctoral studies it is necessary to fulfil at least one of the following requirements:

  • Holders of one of the official Spanish undergraduate degrees, or equivalent, and a university master’s degree, or equivalent, provided a minimum of 300 ECTS credits have been earned overall.  
  • Holders of an official university degree from Spain or any other country in the European Higher Education Area that qualifies holders for master’s degree studies, provided a minimum of 300 ECTS credits of official university studies have been earned overall, of which at least 60 must be at master’s degree level.
  • Holders of an official undergraduate degree from Spain, consisting of at least 300 ECTS credits, as required by European Union regulations. Such degree holders are required to complete bridging courses, unless the curriculum of the undergraduate degree completed includes research training credits whose training value equals the research credits obtained from master’s degree studies.
  • University degree holders who, having passed the entrance examination for specialized medical training, have completed at least two years of a training curriculum leading to an official degree in a health-sciences specialization.   
  • Holders of a degree from a foreign education system. In this case, homologation is not required, provided that the university can verify that the level of training of such degree is equivalent to that of the official university master’s degree and that, in the issuing countries, holders of the degree in question are eligible for doctoral studies.
  • Holders of a Spanish doctor’s degree.
  • Holders of an official Spanish doctor’s degree, or equivalent, who have achieved research proficiency (pursuant to Royal Decree 185/1985 of 23 January).
  • Holders of an official Spanish degree, or its equivalent, who have obtained a diploma of advanced studies (pursuant to Royal Decree 778/1998 of 30 April). 

Further information on admission can be found in the following chart

Admission

On the basis of the pre-enrolment forms submitted, the Academic Committee of each doctoral programme shall apply the specific requirements and merit assessment criteria established for admission to the corresponding programme.

  • The Academic Committee may publish lists of admitted students before the established deadline in September.
  • The Academic Committee shall publish the final list of admitted students on 19 September.

Admission to doctoral programmes may require specific bridging courses.

Contact details

Doctorate: + 34 923 29 44 00 Ext. 1548
Thesis: +34 923 29 44 00 Ext. 1182
Finance: +34 923 29 44 00 Ext. 3069
Doctorate: n.doctor@usal.es
Finance: economia.doctorado@usal.es
Thesis: tesis@usal.es
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