Students going for the official University Master’s degrees must finish their degree within a period that spans the academic year(s) planned in each degree’s Report. The Report details what is necessary for the completion of those studies.

However, once the term has expired, it may be extended one extra year for those students who have earned the majority of their Master’s degree credits and can sufficiently justify not being able to devote the necessary dedication to the studies.

The extension must be requested within the last official year of the degree through a petition addressed to the University Dean’s Office. They will make a final decision and a report will be sent to the Board of Directors.

When there is sufficient reason and it is deemed best for the student, departments can propose their own specifications of the regulations to the Dean’s Office.

Students with special educational needs or who are taking classes part-time, who can not abide by these provisions, must present their situation each year before officially enrolling. This way they can adapt their schedule in order to ensure they can complete their studies.

Relevant permanence regulations will still apply for students who are enrolled in Master’s degrees not adapted to the European Higher Education Area or are in University-specific degrees.

The studies or courses taken within other curricula leading to an official Master’s degree may be recognized. Credit transfers can be accepted from the Universidad de Navarra or any other university that provides Master’s degrees or its equivalent.

Credits in other official higher education or university education leading to qualifications referred to in Article 34.1 of the Organic Law 6/2001 (December 21) may also be recognized. Accredited work and professional experience may also be recognized in the form of credits. The credits can be included to earn a degree, provided that said experience is related to the degree. The number of credits converted from work or professional experience and unofficial university education may not exceed 15% of the total credits that make up the degree. The recognition of these credits does not include any grades or scores, ensuring the official transcripts are not altered. Regardless, the credits from the degrees themselves may in certain circumstances be recognized in a higher percentage or in their entirety, provided that the corresponding degree has been dropped and replaced by an official degree. The verification report of the official degree must include this stipulation as well as the associated required information.

Outside credits are never recognized to cover the credits corresponding to the final thesis for the Master’s program.

In addition to those previously indicated, courses taken at another university can be recognized as an exchange program or through an agreement signed by the university.

These credit recognitions will be reflected in the academic transcript of the student. They will be computed in order to obtain an official degree, after paying the fees established for each case.

All credits earned in official courses previously studied (which have not led to an official degree) will also be included in students’ academic transcripts.

All credits earned by the student in official courses taken at any university will be included in their academic transcript and reflected in the European Diploma Supplement. These credits include those taken at another university, transferred, recognized by the Universidad de Navarra, and passed to earn the corresponding degree.


The student must present his/her credit recognition request at the Administration Offices at the university for registration. Along with the request, the student must attach the academic transcript that certifies the completion of the studies he/she wishes to have recognized as well as the corresponding program.

The Administration Offices sends the academic transcript to the department responsible for the master’s.

The Master’s Recognition Commission evaluates the proficiencies acquired in the previous studies and issues the mandatory recognition report.

Based on the recognition report, the Dean issues the corresponding decision.

The Administration Offices make the student aware of the final decision by postal mail and email.

Each Master’s degree has a recognition commission appointed by the corresponding department. The commission investigates the credits earned by students and their proficiencies within other institutions, which they publish in the recognition report.

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the act of copying or paraphrasing the work or ideas of another person without giving explicit credit to said person. This includes work in any format, published or unpublished, manuscripts, printed or in electronic form.

Collaboration can be another form of plagiarism. When students or people work together on a project or assignment that was meant to be completed individually, it is considered plagiarism.

The cases of possible plagiarism in university work will be evaluated in the light of the disciplinary regulations that cover examination behavior. Plagiarism, whether intentional or unintentional/unnoticed may incur serious penalties, including termination of studies or expulsion from the university.

Why is plagiarism such a serious issue?

It would be a mistake to describe plagiarism as a minor offense, or as a matter of academic formalities. On the contrary, plagiarism is a serious breach of academic honesty.

It is a principle of intellectual honesty that all members of the scientific community recognize the credit of the authors of any ideas, work, or data that form the basis of the work they present. To pass off someone else’s work as your own not only shows a lack of solidarity and cooperation, but also signals a failure in the learning process. Deliberate plagiarism is ethically wrong and can cause serious consequences for your future professional career. At the same time, it breaks the rules of the institution and program in which it takes place.

What are the different forms of plagiarism?

  • Textual citations in academic work without giving due recognition to the author. Citations should always be clearly identified by quotation marks or italics and a bibliography. The reader should see clearly which parts are your own work and which are based on the ideas or words of others.

  • Paraphrasing the work of others by altering a few words and changing their order, or by closely following the structure of their argument. It is plagiarism because you take the words or ideas from others’ work without giving them credit. Even if you include a reference to the author, you can give the false impression that the paraphrased sections are actually your own. It’s best to write a short summary of the author’s complete reasoning in your own words than to paraphrase whole paragraphs from their work. This will ensure that you are truly the author of your own work and will avoid the difficult job of attempting to paraphrase without plagiarizing. You must also give a concrete reference to everything in your work that you learned from reading or any outside sources.

  • Copying and pasting from the internet. Any information found on the internet should have an in-text citation with its corresponding reference and should be included in the bibliography. It’s important to carefully examine all information found on the internet, because the internet is much less trustworthy in its information than books are.

  • Collusion or dissimulation is prohibited collaboration between students. It occurs when a student receives help from someone else for individual work or the instructions given for group work are not followed. It is everyone’s responsibility to know the parameters of any collaboration that is allowed and to what parts of the work they correspond.

  • Incorrect citations. It is vital to cite correctly, according to the style of each academic discipline. In addition, you should not include any citation in your in-text citations or bibliography which was not actually used in your work. If the source has not been studied, it should be clear from the citation that your knowledge comes from a secondary text (for example: Bradshaw, D., Title of book, analyzed in Wilson, E., Title of book (London, 2004), p. 189).

  • Omission of recognition. You must clearly state all sources used in preparation for your work, including peer advice or other external support. This necessity is not applicable in the case of help from a tutor or advisor or peer editing. However, it is necessary to recognize any other guidance that led to substantial changes in the writing of content or point of view.

  • Businesses or professional agencies cannot be used to complete any work, nor can you present material that others have written on your behalf (upon your request or through websites which sell work). It is vital for your learning and intellectual development that you take on the research and writing process without (external) help.

  • Auto plagiarism. You may not turn in any work that you have previously presented or turned in (partially or completely) to fulfill the requirements in another course or assignment.

Plagiarism does not only refer to texts. The obligation to give due credit does refer to texts, but also to other media, such as electronic documents (webpages), illustrations, graphics, etc. It also refers to texts published in books and periodicals and unpublished texts, whether they are conference materials, theses, or other students’ essays.

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