Please consult the University of Salamanca’s doctoral programme offerings and the research areas of each programme (in the section on human resources) and complete an application or preregistration within the set time frame, which usually starts in May. You can find more information about preregistration here.
Your preregistration, together with the accompanying documentation, will be studied and evaluated by the Academic Committee for the doctoral programme, which will determine whether or not to admit you (a reason will be given in the case of nonadmission). It can also request other information or documentation not provided with the application. The list of admitted students will be published on the website.
The doctoral programmes include organized aspects of research training that do not require structuring based on ECTS credits. These include both transversal and specific training and are as follows:
It falls to the Academic Committee for each programme to establish if it is necessary to carry out these activities in person.
Doctoral degrees regulated by Royal Decree 99/2011 are established for completion in 3 years (plus 2 extensions of one year each) for full-time students and in 5 years (plus 2 extensions of one year each and, exceptionally, a further 1 year) for part-time students.
For the purposes of calculating continuance on the programme, sick-leaves, pregnancy or any other causes not envisaged in the current regulations shall not be taken into account.
The current regulations are laid down in Royal Decree 99/2011 of 28 January regulating official doctoral studies. (The consolidated text includes the latest amendment published in the Official State Gazette of 3 February 2015 and the previous one of 13 July 2013. The original text was published on 10 February 2011).
The Doctoral School is only in charge of the annual call for students enrolled in programmes envisaged in Royal Decree 99/2011, referred to publications and conferences. The relevant information can be consulted clicking on the Calls link.
Acess and admission
To be eligible for admission to official doctoral studies it is necessary to fulfil at least one of the following requirements:
Further information on admission can be found in the following chart
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.
Admission to doctoral programmes may require specific bridging courses.
Yes, by sending a pre-registration form for each of the programmes requested. If admitted in several, you can only enrol in one of them.
No. The admission form is for a specific academic year. Students that are admitted but do not enrol for such year must request admission again to enrol for a different year.
Enrolling in and continuing the doctorate
The price of enrolment as a doctoral student, as well as that of the supplementary services, is annually established by Decree issued by the Governing Council of Castile and León for all the public universities of the Region.
The prices can be consulted by clicking the Public Prices link.
You can request a one-year temporary withdrawal from the programme, which can be extended a further year, for justified reasons, submitting the temporary withdrawal form for its approval by the Academic Committee of the Programme.
If the application for temporary withdrawal is not processed and enrolment is not formalized, you will lose your student of the University of Salamanca status and be withdrawn from the Doctoral Programme. To apply for enrolment reactivation or change to a different doctoral programme in subsequent years, you will be required to pay any outstanding enrolment amounts (art. 15.3 of Decree 10/2016, of 14 April, establishing the prices for public universities of Castile and León for the 2016-17 academic year).
The supervision commitment is a document signed by the Head of the Doctoral School on behalf of the USAL, the coordinator of the doctoral programme and the doctoral candidate, once enrolment has been formalized.
This document will state the academic relationship between the doctoral candidate and the USAL, rights and duties, including any possible intellectual property rights arising from research, and the understanding of the dispute settlement procedure.
It will also include the respective rights of the doctoral candidate’s tutor and thesis supervisor.
This commitment will be attached to the doctoral candidate’s Activities Document.
The activities conducted by the doctoral candidate in the frame of the doctoral programme shall be recorded on the Doctoral Activities Document, which will be individual for each doctoral candidate.
Doctoral candidates can access their Activities Document through the Register of Activities in the web-based application, entering the activities carried out and leaving them as “Still in Review” so that they may be authorized and approved by the candidate’s tutor/supervisor.
The Doctoral Activities Document will include the relevant annual reports drawn up by the thesis tutor/supervisor, as well as the annual assessments issued by the Academic Committee.
The Doctoral Regulations of the University of Salamanca establish that the Research Plan is to be presented before the end of the first year. As a general rule, it should be sent to the Doctoral School’s Administration Office before 1 June of the corresponding academic year, so that it may be forwarded to the different Academic Committees for approval.
Any holder of a doctoral degree of the University of Salamanca involved in the corresponding Doctoral Programme (consult Human Resources for each Programme) and with proven research experience may act as tutor.
When possible, tutor and thesis supervisor will be the same person, in which case the annual report on the Research Plan and the Doctoral Activities Document shall be issued as a single document, as drawn up by tutor and supervisor.
Doctoral theses may be supervised by any Spanish or foreign doctoral degree holder with proven research experience, authorized by the Doctoral Programme’s Academic Committee. If not a member of the Programme (consult Human Resources for each Programme) it will be necessary to appoint a tutor within the Programme.
Yes, subject to approval by the Academic Committee, for duly justified reasons, once doctoral candidate and supervisor or co-supervisor/s have been heard.
No. Article 17 of the Doctoral Regulations of the University of Salamanca on the deposit of doctoral theses established that “Once the deposit request has been made, the doctoral thesis shall not be modified in any way”.