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Doctoral Degree in Education

Educational programs for researchers in various fields working towards a doctoral degree.

Preguntas frecuentes sobre el doctorado

  • 1. What are the legal requirements to be admitted on the PhD course?

    It is usual to have taken an Official Master's Course within the European Higher Education Area. If these courses were completed outside Europe, credentials should prove that this qualification would be valid for admission to the PhD course in the country of origin, and implies having taken at least 600 hours of classes.

  • 2. How do I apply for a PhD at the University of Navarra?

    Admission must be applied for by following the instructions on this website: http://www.unav.edu/web/estudios/futuros-alumnos. The paperwork is quite complicated, so it is advisable to present it at least 1 month before the admission letter deadline. Before getting started, it is advisable to write to the Programme Coordinator: Prof. Javier Laspalas (jlaspalas@unav.es). 

  • 3. What is the admission process for a PhD in Education?

    The Programme Coordinator receives applications that were handed in to the Technical Research Secretary. At that point, applicants may be asked for further information.

    a) Evidence of a good command of Spanish (copy of the Master's Thesis) and English (qualification or proof of studies).

    b) Initial research project design giving details of the goals, methodology and basic bibliography.

    c) Applicant appraisal issued by two persons following the model attached. At least one of them should have a PhD from the University of Navarra. Referees for each applicant should send their report directly to the Programme Coordinator.

    The rest of the documentation should be sent by the applicant.

    When the Academic Committee receives the application, it studies the documentation as a whole, and subsequently sends it to the relevant Doctorate School. The Doctorate School will inform the applicant of their decision.

  • 4. Is this course open to people who have not previously studied education?

    From a legal point of view, there is no problem. However, there should be a certain relationship between the chosen Thesis topic and the applicant's prior studies. This will be assessed case by case in the admission process if necessary. In these cases, it is usual for the Academic Committee to require "additional training".

  • 5. Is it possible to take the PhD course without living in Pamplona?

    There is a distance learning method with minimal classroom attendance required. However, in that case, it is compulsory to stay for one month at the University of Navarra every year.

  • 6. How long does the course last?

    The legislation in force in Spain only states the maximum deadline to defend a Doctoral Thesis: 3 years, that can be extended by one more year, and exceptionally one more, when studying full-time; 5 years, with the chance to extend it by 3 more, when studying part time.

  • 7. What is the class load?

    There are barely any classes in the PhD course, given that the basic task is to prepare, write and defend the Doctoral Thesis.

    However, there is what is known as "additional training" that might be assigned, depending on each student's profile. This represents between 6 and 12 credits.

    There is also a series of activities (courses or seminars given by the University of Navarra, national or international visits, conference attendance, publications, etc.), that are usually carried out by doctorate students, helping them to improve their training.

    Anyone taking the distance learning course should try to plan their month's stay so that they can include these activities in similar conditions to the rest of the students.

  • 8. How much does the PhD in Education cost?

    These amounts might increase slightly depending on inflation in Spain.

    Annual fees: €1200

    Secretarial fees: €95 (when paying the annual tuition fees)

    Additional Training: between 6 and 12 ECTS (€158 for each ECTS). This can be paid in successive years, thereby dividing the cost into several instalments.

    Reading and defending the thesis: €600

    Obtaining the Doctorate qualification: €430 

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