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PhD Programmes

PhD programmes are in the process of being adapted to the new regulations of third cycle studies. These regulations are to be included in the framework of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the new regulations of the Reviewed Lisbon Agenda and the development of the European Research Area.

PhD studies provide students with advanced training in research techniques. By completing the doctoral thesis, students are awarded the PhD, which is the highest academic degree and allows doctorate holders to engage in research and teaching activities at university level according to the current legislation. In this new structure students access the research period after taking a Masters' Degree as long as they have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits between undergraduate and graduate courses.


In order to access the research period of a PhD programme, students must hold an official Masters' Degree or a similar qualification by an official institution of the European Higher Education Area. In addition, students holding a degree different education system will be able to take PhD courses as long as their qualifications allow them to take doctorate courses in their corresponding countries. The admission in a PhD programme does not imply the previous degree or graduate courses of foreign students are officially recognized.

Likewise, students will be eligible for PhD courses as long as they meet the following criteria:

  • Having obtained 60 ETCS credits in one or more Masters' Degrees.
  • Hold a graduate degree of at least 300 ECTS credits.
  • Hold the Diploma de EstudiosAvanzados obtained under RD 778/98 or the suficienciainvestigadoraaccording to RD RD 185/85.

In addition, the University of Oviedo established that students admitted in the research period of PhD programmes must have taken:

  • a) At least 300 ECTS credits between their official undergraduate and graduate courses or equivalent university courses regarding the length of the programme.
  • b) At least 60 credits of the total number (300 ECTS) must have been obtained in an official graduate course. Students must have taken specific courses to acquire the basic research competences. This criterion is not to be applied in the future graduates in Medicine and Architecture.



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