For admission to this doctoral programme, candidates must meet the general requirements set by the University as well as the specific requirements of the programme.
First, they must prove the meet one of the following requirements:
- They hold an official Spanish bachelor's degree, or equivalent, and university master's degree, or equivalent, and have passed at least 300 ECTS credits in these two degrees.
- They hold an official Spanish university degree, corresponding to previous university education systems, and have passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in these official university studies, of which at least 60 must correspond to a master's degree.
- They hold an official university degree from a country included in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that gives entitlement to admission to official master's degree courses, and have passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in these official university studies, of which at least 60 must correspond to a master's degree.
- They hold an official Spanish bachelor's degree whose duration, pursuant to EU regulations, is at least 300 ECTS credits. In this case, the student must obligatorily take the specific bridging courses, unless the corresponding doctoral programme includes research training credits, equivalent in formative value to the research credits from master's degree courses.
- They hold an official university degree and, subject to prior obtainment of a training place in the appropriate entrance examination for specialized health training places, have completed with a favourable assessment at least two years of training in a programme to obtain the official qualification for any of the Health Sciences specializations.
- They hold an official university degree from a non-EHEA country, without need for official recognition, subject to verification that the level of training is equivalent to that of an official Spanish university master's degree and gives entitlement to admission to doctoral studies in the country awarding the degree.
- They hold a Spanish doctorate obtained in accordance with previous university systems.
- Pre-EHEA graduates, architects or engineers who also hold the advanced studies diploma (DEA), obtained in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 778/1998, of 30 April, or have achieved the research proficiency regulated in Royal Decree 185/1985, of 23 January.
- They hold an official university degree that has obtained the equivalent of level 3 in the Spanish Qualification Framework for Higher Education (MECES), in accordance with the procedure set forth in Royal Decree 967/2014, of 21 November, establishing the requirements and procedure for the official recognition and declaration of equivalence for qualifications and at official university academic level and for the validation of foreign higher education studies, and the procedure for determining the correspondence with the levels of the MECES of the official qualifications of architect, engineer, pre-EHEA graduate, foundation degree holder or diploma holder.
If the candidate has not passed the credits required for admission to a university master's degree, they shall have to take the bridging courses that are specified by the Programme.
If the candidate holds only an official university bachelor's degree whose duration, pursuant to EU regulations, is 300 ECTS credits or they have not passed the credits required for admission to a university master's degree, permission to continue the doctoral programme is conditional upon passing the bridging courses that correspond to the module, study plan or initiation to research courses in the corresponding learning period.
Students must have appropriate knowledge for the concepts and basic tools used when carrying out competitive research in the field of bioinformatics. As such, the main and prioritised path for access to this Programme is completion of a master's degree focusing on research into one of the disciplines that make up the interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics.
The only alternative path is for for students who have not completed a master's degree but have completed a bachelor's degree of 300 ECTS credits or more (not including research credits) in one of the disciplines that make up the interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics, who may access the Programme on the condition of taking 30 ECTS credits of a master's degree in Bioinformatics taught at one of the universities jointly responsible for the Programme (see section 3.4), during their first year.
The Programme's vehicular language is English, thus another access requirement is to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to level B2 or upper intermediate independent user under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. For candidates with no accreditation of their level of English, this will be evaluated by the Selection and Monitoring Committee during the interview.