Application for Admission form and admission process
The candidate will present the Application for Admission to the “Secretaría Técnica de Investigación” (Administrative Office for Research) either in person or by regular postal mail. Said office will then record and later send the application to the Academic Committee of the program. At the same time that this application is handed in or mailed, a payment of 65 euros (payment of 80 euros if made from outside of Spain) must be made. The following documents must accompany the Application for Admission form in order to cover the administrative application fees:
a) The original Application for Admission form which should include at least one photograph. Academic documentation: Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree
Original or certified copy of the personal academic record that shows all the classes and the grades received for each one of the two degrees.
Certified copy of both the Bachelor’s degree and the Master’s degree or a receipt showing that you have requested said certified copies.
If it is an officially accredited degree: certified copy of the document that accredits said recognition.
Official certification may be done before a public notary or competent public authority, or at the university that handed out the degrees. If the copy has not been certified (officially stamped), the original document, together with its copy, must be shown to personnel in the “Secretaría Técnica de Investigación office” (Administrative Office for Research). This office will then provide an official stamp for the copy.
If you hold a foreign title not recognized in Spain you will have to present academic credentials directly from the issuing institution. These credentials should specify that your diploma allows you to start a PhD program in the country where the diploma was obtained.
If the degree was issued by the UN (Universidad de Navarra), it is not necessary to provide this document.
b) Student’s Identity document.
Spanish students: Photocopy of DNI (Spanish National Identity Document).
European Union students: Photocopy of your identity card, issued in your country (document analogous to the Spanish DNI).
Students of other countries: Photocopy of passport. An NIE card is not valid for presentation.
The Academic Committee will then:
Interview the candidate and if necessary (if specified by the Program for admission), the candidate will take objective tests that evaluate his/her abilities and the minimum requirements for entrance, and if necessary, the knowledge of foreign languages.
Establish a thesis director(s) and if necessary, educational complements and a Thesis Reviewer if established by the program.
Issue a positive/negative report regarding admission to the program.
Send all the documentation to the Governing Board of the center in charge of the program.
When the Governing Board of the Center gives its approval, the admission petition will then go onto the School of Doctoral Studies.
Finally, the Office of the Executive Council of the University delegates the job of reviewing the paper work to assure that all requirements for entrance have been met to the School of Doctoral Studies.
The “Secretaría Técnica de Investigación” (Administrative Office for Research): will send the “carta de admission” (acceptance letter) to the candidate by regular postal mail or by email. This correspondence will include at least the following information: Name of the Doctoral Program, Name of the Thesis Director, and when necessary, the prescribed educational complements as well as information regarding registration.
1. In general, in order to enter into an official doctoral program the candidates must have received his/her Bachelor’s Degree, or the equivalent, and a university Master’s Degree.
2. Likewise candidates can enter the doctoral program if their circumstances fall into one of the following categories:
a) To have received an official Spanish university degree or degree from some other country within the European Higher Education Area which allows entrance into a Master Program as established by article 16 of the Royal decree 1393/2007, of October 29 and having received a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in the total official university studies, of which at least 60 must correspond to the Master level.
b) To have an official Spanish undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree, whose duration, conforming to the European Union law, is of at least 300 ECTS credits. Said degrees are required to cover the educational compliments referred to in article 7.2 of the RD 99/2011, unless the study curriculum plan corresponding to the undergraduate degree includes education research credits, equivalent to the research credits in Master studies.
c) The candidates with university degrees that, after having been accepted into specialized health care education have had a positive evaluation during their two years of health care training in a program for obtaining an official degree of one of the specialties in Health Sciences.
d) To have obtained a degree in accordance with foreign educational systems, without the need of having it officially accredited as being equivalent to a Spanish degree, after having the university give its approval, affirming that said foreign degree is equivalent to a Spanish Master’s degree and that in the country where said degree was handed out, the holder of said title has earned the right to enter a Doctoral program. However, in this case where the university has considered the foreign degree to be an equivalent, this does not mean that the university officially accredits the foreign degree or previous foreign degrees nor that it recognizes this foreign degree for any reason other than to gain entrance into a doctoral program.
e) To have obtained another doctoral degree consistent with university organization regulations.
3. Likewise, students with recognized research sufficiency or Diploma of Advanced Studies obtained from previous legal regimens.
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