Access to doctoral studies

The purpose of doctoral studies is to provide advanced training in research techniques. These programmes comprise a training period and a research period.

To access the doctoral programme in its research period, it is necessary to hold an official university master's degree or another of the same level issued by a higher education institution of the EHEA. In addition, those who hold a degree obtained in accordance with educational systems outside the EHEA may also be admitted, without the need for homologation, but after verifying that the degree accredits a level of training equivalent to the corresponding Spanish university master's degrees and that it entitles the holder to access doctoral studies in the country issuing the degree. This admission does not imply in any case the homologation of the student's previous degree.

Admission is also open to those who:

  • Passing 60 credits included in one or more university master's degrees.
  • Holding a graduate degree with a duration of at least 300 credits.
  • Are in possession of the DEA (Advanced Studies Diploma) obtained in accordance with RD 778/98 or have achieved research proficiency in accordance with RD 185/85.

Furthermore, the University of Oviedo establishes that for students to be admitted to the research period, they must have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS between their undergraduate and official postgraduate studies or university training activity considered equivalent in terms of duration in years.

The following equivalences shall be used for this purpose:

  • Bachelor's degree/Engineer/Architecture or equivalent: 240 ECTS undergraduate credits.
  • Diploma/Technical Engineer/Technical Architect: 180 ECTS credits at degree level.
  • Teaching period of a Doctorate Programme according to RD 778/1998 or equivalent: Up to a maximum total of 30 official postgraduate ECTS credits.
  • Two years of training in a programme leading to an official degree in one of the specialities in Health Sciences: Up to a maximum of 60 postgraduate credits.

Admission procedure

Further information

International Graduate Centre: