PhD Programmes

  • PhD Programme in Health Sciences

    General Information

    Number of places: 75

    Languages: Spanish

    • José Antonio Vega Álvarez


    • Jorge Benito Cannata Andía
    • Safwan Escaf Barmadah
    • Juan Manuel Cobo Plana
    • Concepción Fernández Rodríguez
    • Juan Carlos de Vicente Rodríguez
    • Marcelino Cuesta Izquierdo
    • Fernando Vázquez Valdés
    • Fernando Santos Rodríguez
    • Jesús Manuel Merayo Llovés
    • Ana María Navarro Incio
    • Ana María González Menéndez
    • Jorge Luis Arias Pérez
    • José Antonio Vega Álvarez

    PhD Programme in Health Sciences of the University of Oviedo

    PhD Programme in Health Sciences aims at educating researchers in the field of biomedicine, through well-defined lines of research in methodology and basic research. Furthermore, it is possible to research in the clinical sphere with the best specialists in the fields of Medicine, Surgery and Engineering of the University of Oviedo.

    The PhD Programme in Health Sciences of the University of Oviedo tries to face the unresolved problems in vision sciences, pediatry, infectious diseases, traumatology, maxillofacial surgery and neurosciences with tools of basic, traslational and clinical research. New therapeutical alternatives for blindness, diseases in infants, complications from infections or the application of regenerative medicine for ophthalmological, orthopedical and maxillofacial problems are considered by all the stages of research so that the new doctors may become autonomous researchers involved in the social context in which they have been educated, but who also can develop their careers in a global context.

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    Access and Admission

    Access Profile:

    The students who wish to enter the PhD Programme in Health Sciences will have to have an access profile related to an Undergraduate and/or Master's Degree in the field of Health Sciences, which encompass Medicine, Psychology, Nursery, Physiotherapy, Logopedy, Dentistry, Opticians and Optometrists, as well as those Degrees that in other countries, both European and Latin American, are considered within the field of knowledge and meet the requirements for acces.

    Those students who only partially meet the desired access profile (for example, a professional Master's Degree in Health Sciences with scarce formation in research or Graduates from Degrees not belonging to Health Sciences with a Master's Degree in Biomedical Sciences) and manage to access the PhD Programme in Health Sciences will have to take formative complements during the duration of the Programme.

    Criteria for Admissions:
    1. The selection will be made according to the academic record obtained by the student during the Undergraduate and Master's Degrees in the field of Health Sciences.
    2. Moreover, the Programme will take into account previous experience in laboratories of basic or clinical research acquired during their last years before graduating or during the Master's Degree, collaboration grants, published works, communications, presentations in congresses and awards given, with double points awarded for published works on JCR or if the activity took place during International Scientific Meetings.
    3. Every student will have to provide a motivation letter detailing the interests that have led them to access the PhD Programme in Health Sciences. In case of doubt or if deemed necessary, the student may need to be interview by a tribunal composed by the PhD Committee of the Programme (which may be done with the devices for teleconference offered by the University of Oviedo to the Programme). In the interview, the student will have to demonstrate their interest and research vocation in the field of Health Sciences. Said Committee is regulated by the Regulations for Postgraduate Studies of the University of Oviedo (available at the website of the Campus of International Excellence)


    1. Up to 8 points (4 for Undergraduate and 4 for Master's Degrees). If more than one Undergraduate or Master's Degree is available, the one best suited for the Programme will be evaluated.
    2. Up to 3 points (1 for a collaboration grant; 2 for published works; 1 for Communications and Congresses and 1 for awards and miscellaneous)
    3. Up to 9 points (9 for the letter and the interview, if applicable)

    Total to be achieved: 20 points.

    Par-time Students

    Part-time students may be admitted according to article 3 of the Royal Decree 99/2011, for which a personalized scheduling will be composed according to their dedication. An individualized planning will be adjusted to the time for study and research available that PhD student must develop to reach an adequate level of formation. Around 20 places of the total of accepted students by the Programme will be reserved for part-time students.

    Complementary Formation:

    Students who have graduated from Medicine and Biology will be exempt from having to take formative complements, as well as those from Nursery, Physiotherapy, Logopedy and Dentistry who have finished the Master's Degree in Health Sciences or similar subjects with these contents.

    In the case of Opticians and Optometrists, they would be required to take formative complements, as well as those students who have finished an Undergraduate Degree that, according to the regulations of communitary law, is of at least of 300 ECTS.

    Those students who require formative complements due to not having reached the levels required to start the PhD Programme will have to take the suggestions that the PhD Committee of the Programme proposes to the them and which may not exceed 4 ECTS, which will be completed with a Methodological or Fundamental course of a Master's Degree in Sciences of the University of Oviedo that offers the following or similar contents:

    • Identifying the different methods of research in Health Sciences.
    • Designing a research in Health Sciences.
    • Knowing the main statistical techniques that employ clinical and experimental research.
    • Deciding which is the most suitable technique depending on the situation.
    • Using different systems of registry.
    • Employing, on a basic level, computer tools that belong to the field.

    Learning Results:

    After taking the subject, the student is expected to be able to:

    • Choosing and treating properly data in the field of Health Sciences.
    • Understanding the problem involved in the measurement of biomedical variables.
    • Analyzing and estimating the properties of the instruments of mathematical evaluation employed.
    • Using the measuring instruments properly, according to the professional deontology.

    At the end of the course, a test on each subject will be conducted, made up of 25 questions with three alternatives. This exam constitutes 50% of the final grade. The remaining 50% belongs to a personal or group work, directed by the teacher.

    Formative Activities


    • Research Stays
      Total Amount of Hours: 100

      Description of the Activity: In-training researchers will have to make formative research stays in national or international universities, in order to improve and widen their research formation and their knowledge of lines, trends and methodologies connected to the field of study of their Thesis.

      These may take place any time during the three years of the development of their Thesis (five years for part-time students). Exceptionally, and based on well-grounded reasons, the PhD Committee may suppress this requirement. The recommended duration, both for full-time and part-time students, of the stays in other laboratories will be of 4 to 12 weeks, and it will take place in the centers with which the professors of the Programme in charge of the direction of the Thesis maintain scientific relations.

      These activities aim at working on and evaluating the CB13 and CB15 basic competencies, and the CA04 and CA06 personal capacities and skills.

      Monitoring Procedures: A detailed report of the activities carried out during the stay, clearly identifying the contributions of the stay to the research of the student. This report will be will be part of their document of activities of the PhD student (DAD), which will be regularly checked by the Tutor and the Director of the Thesis and evaluated by the PhD Committee.

      Mobility Actions:: The director of the Thesis, in agreement with the Tutor and the PhD Committee, will propose, from among the collaborating centers, the location, duration and the working schedule of the stay.

    • Cross-curricular Formation
      Total Amount of Hours: 60

      Cross-curricular Formation

      Description of the Activity: This activity aims at working on the basic competences and develop the general skills of the PhD students.

      It is composed of seminars and the PhD Conferences. The Seminars will approach, among other topics, contents related to the dissemination and communication of research or the quality entry in the working world as specific formation in the topics related with more than one field of research. The PhD Conferences combine conferences, panels and participative sessions, as well as the showcase of "posters" that explain the contents of the theses and the advances of the research that is being conducted by the PhD Students.

      A detailed annual scheduled will be composed and made available at the website of the International Center for Postgraduate Studies (

      The goal is that the PhD students acquire, among others, the following learning results:

      • Searching for scientific information online.
      • Creating, presenting and publishing scientific information.
      • Creating and presenting a patent.
      • Knowing the basic principles of enterprise creation and self-employment.
      • Exchanging knowledge between PhD students.
      • Disseminating their research activity among the enterprises and the whole of the Asturian society.
      • Finding professional alternatives to the development of their university research career.
      • Highlighting their role as innovator to the enterprise.

      This activity is compulsory for all the PhD students of the University of Oviedo, who have to attend for a minimum of 60 hours during their formative period.

      Teaching languages will be Spanish.

      Monitoring Procedures: An individualized attendance control will take place. When deemed necessary, the performance of the PhD student in these activities will be assessed with an essay or project whose precise specifications will be given to them by the people in charge of said formative activity. These controls of the PhD student will be part of their document of activities of the PhD student (DAD), which is evaluated by the Academic Committee in charge of the programmeme.

      Mobility Actions: Not applicable

    • Participation in Congresses related to the field of Health Sciences
      Total Amount of Hours: 30

      Description of the Activity:: In-training researchers will participate in national and international congresses recommended by the PhD Committee, and each student will be given an appropriate scheduling based on their formation, in agreement with their Tutor and Director of PhD Thesis. The student will be required to present communications or posters on their PhD Thesis.

      Preferably, these participations will take place during the second and third year for full-time students and during the third to fifth year for part-time students.

      This activity aims at working on the CE01 and CE02 competences, as well as the CA03 and CA06 personal skills.

      Monitoring Procedures: With the communications and posters, and the student will be required to present a copy of the certificate of attendance and the presentation of their communication or poster before the end of the academic year, and with a maximum deadline of three months after the end of the congress.

      Mobility Actions:: The director of the Thesis, in agreement with the Tutor and the PhD Committee, will propose the congresses that the PhD student must attend and the presentations they must make. The in-training researchers will have to attend at least one of these events per year, with the help of the grants and financial aid that the University or the research groups offer.

    • Composition and admission of at least one scientific article published in a journal indexed in a relevant Database, preferably JCR
      Total Amount of Hours: 200

      Description of the Activity: The student will create, send and modify until it is accepted, at least, one scientific article that will have to be published, with priority, in a journal indexed by the JCR. No research may be publicly defended if it had not been previously backed up through its publication or explicit admission of its future publication. This activity must be carried out during the third year of full-time students or during the fifth year of part-time students.

      This activity aims at working on all the competences, as well as in the CA02, CA05 and CA06 personal capacities and skills.

      Monitoring Procedures: Presentation of the article, which will be included in the DAD.

      Mobility Actions: Not applicable

    • Public presentation of the revision work on the state of the question of the topic of the research
      Total Amount of Hours: 6

      Description of the Activity: The student will have to create and publicly present a revision of the research topic chosen, an activity that will require the use of databases, primarily digital ones. The activity will be presented before the PhD Committee at the end of the first year.

      This activity aims at working on the CB1, CB2, CB4 and CB5 competences, as well as the CA01, CA02 and CA06 personal skills.

      Monitoring Procedures: Presentation in a Seminar before the PhD Committee and in-training researchers and storage of the presentation in Power Point or similar formats in the PhD Committee.

      Mobility Actions:: Not applicable

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    Centro Internacional de Postgrado

    Plaza de Riego, s/n, 33003- Oviedo
    985 10 40 75 / 985 10 40 76
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    • José Antonio Vega Álvarez