General requirements

To be admitted to the organized research period of the Doctoral Programme in Health and Psycology, students must meet both the general University and specific programme requirements.

To this end, students must first submit proof of meeting one of the following sets of requirements:

  • Hold a an official university master's degree issued by a higher education institution in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and have passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits out of all official university courses.
  • Hold an official Spanish university degree, or one from an EHEA member country, that allows them admission to a master's course, and have passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits out of all official university courses, of which at least 60 must be at the master's level.
  • Hold an official Spanish graduate degree of at least 300 ECTS credits in line with EU legal regulations.
  • Candidates with degrees from education systems outside the EHEA, whose degrees do not require homologation (official recognition by the Spanish Ministry of Education), must hold a level of education equivalent to Spanish university master's degrees that authorizes admission to doctoral studies in the country issuing the degree.
  • Be a university graduate and have passed with a positive assessment at least two years of education on a programme to be awarded the official degree of any of the health sciences specialities.
  • Hold a Spanish doctoral qualification in accordance with the previous university system.
  • Be a graduate, architect or engineer and be in possession of the Advanced Studies Diploma (DEA), awarded in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 778/1998, of 30 April 1998, or have obtained research proficiency, regulated in Royal Decree 185/1985, of 23 January 1985.
  • Candidates who have not successfully completed the initiation to research credits for a university master's degree programme will have to take those bridging courses specified by the programme, if any.
  • The continued enrolment on the doctoral programme of candidates who hold only an official university bachelor's degree that, in accordance with EU law, consists of 300 ECTS credits or who have not taken and successfully completed at least 20 initiation to research credits as part of a university master's degree programme is contingent on the successful completion of the relevant bridging courses for the initiation to research module, pathway or subjects for the corresponding training period.

Applicants who have not passed the Introduction to Research credits in a university master's degree will need to take the bridging courses determined by each programme, as appropriate.

In the case of applicants who only have an official university bachelor's degree certificate which, in accordance with the rules of EU law, has a duration of 300 ECTS credits, or have not taken and passed a minimum number of Introduction to Research credits in a university master's degree programme, their continuation in the doctoral programme is conditional upon them passing the bridging courses corresponding to the Introduction to Research module, pathway or courses for the corresponding period of academic training.

Students must have sufficient knowledge of the basic concepts and tools required for performing competitive research in bioinformatics. Consequently, the main and preferred admission pathway to the Programme is to have taken a master's degree focused on research in any of the disciplines that make up the interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics.

As the sole alternative option, students who have not taken a master's degree but have taken a bachelor's degree with 300 ECTS credits or more that does not include research credits, in any of the disciplines that make up the interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics, may be admitted to the Programme on the condition of taking 30 ECTS credits, during the first year, from a master's degree in Bioinformatics given by one of the universities involved in the Programme (see section 3.4).

The programme's vehicular language is English. Therefore, another admission requirement will be to provide evidence of having attained a level of English equivalent to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages' independent user level B2 (upper intermediate). If no accreditation of the level of English can be provided, the Selection and Monitoring Committee will assess the level during the interview.

Admission requirements

The selection of candidates admitted to the doctoral programme's research period is guided purely by scientific and academic criteria.

In addition to the admission requirements that future students must meet, other aspects are taken into account that are decisive for successful development of the research project, for example: the sufficiency of the candidates' training, their academic background, their research experience and interests with respect to the fields of knowledge associated with the doctoral programme. Other factors considered for admission include the future students' previous experience and scientific output, and their motivation in the development of work dynamics necessary for successful completion of doctoral theses.

The selection criteria are the following:

1) Students wishing to be admitted to this doctoral programme must have one of the following qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree in the field of Health Sciences (among others, Psychology, Nursing, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Physiotherapy or Medicine) or similar qualifications accepted by the Qualification Committee (based on the candidate's specific profile).
  • A Spanish or foreign university master's degree in the field of Health Sciences (for example, an eligible master's degree would be one of the following offered by the UOC: University Master's Degree in Nutrition and Health, University Master's Degree in Neuropsychology, University Master's Degree in Food for Physical Exercise and Sport, or University Master's Degree in E-Health), or Psychology (for example, an eligible master's degree would be one of the following offered by the UOC: University Master's Degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology: Intervention Techniques and Strategies or University Master's Degree in Learning Difficulties and Language Disorders). The Academic Committee may consider admission of students with master's degrees in other fields of knowledge, depending on their professional profile, experience and training. 

2) If the student applies for a grant, they will have to accredit a level equal to or higher than B2 from when they make the application. In any event, the ability that candidates display when providing a clear explanation in English about their academic projects will also be taken into consideration by the academic committees during the selection process.

The UOC School of Languages offers English courses to achieve the minimum levels required to gain admission to the different doctoral programmes (B2). 
If the candidate has been schooled or has completed a bachelor's or master's degree (or equivalent condition for admission to the doctoral programme) in English as a vehicular language in a country where English is the official language, their level will be recognized as correct for admission to the corresponding doctoral programme.
The UOC accredits a knowledge of English through level tests for this language conducted online, which can be accessed via this link. A score of between 72 and 94 accredits a level that corresponds to that of B2 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. To take this test, you need to specify the code that corresponds to the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya: 4418. This code does not exempt the student from payment of the cost of the exam and corresponding fees.
The student may also demonstrate their English language skills with another official qualification that accredits a level equivalent to or higher than the one required. You can use this equivalency table to consult examples of qualifications that correspond to these levels.

3) Candidates should preferably have previous experience in the preparation of scientific output (although admission of doctoral students with little previous research experience, for example, students who have recently obtained their university master's degree, will also be encouraged). 

4) Candidates should have a clear interest in taking the doctoral degree in a field of knowledge that is related to this programme and its research lines and groups.


Admission documents

All candidates who apply to be admitted on a doctoral programme at the UOC should submit the following documents:

-       A photocopy of their DNI, NIE or passport.

-       A statement of interest in which the candidate makes a short presentation of their career and explains the candidate's specific reasons for applying to the programme (their motivations), a description of their research interests, as well as a brief research proposal and the links with the research group. 

-       A letter of endorsement that appears in the name of research that supports the personal doctoral project, as well as its intention to be your tutor.

-       A curriculum that describes the programmes and master's degree or postgraduate courses the candidate has taken that are related to the research interests described in the statement of interest and, if applicable, a description of previous scientific output.

-       An example of a recent academic paper (in Catalan, Spanish or English).

-       Academic certificates for the doctoral student's previous training, which state the subjects taken and the mark obtained, the sitting, the kind of subject, the number of credits and the average mark in the academic transcript, if this has not been submitted to prove that the admission requirements have been met.

-       Certificate of the level of English required by the doctoral programme.

-       Documents that prove that the candidate meets the admission requirements, you will find more information on this section within the Office's Secretary Campus. 

In the case of university qualifications obtained in higher education systems outside the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and not homologated (officially recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education), the university degree must be authenticated via diplomatic channels (or, if necessary, in a Hague Convention apostille). When certificates, degrees and academic transcripts are not written in an official language of the Spanish state or in English, these documents must be accompained by their sworn translation into Catalan, Spanish or English. Failure to provide these documents or the fact that the details they contain do not match what was stated in the application may lead to non-admission on the doctoral programme.

Once the admission documentation has been reviewed and your application accepted, admission to the programme depends on your presenting the official documentation. 


Evaluation criteria
Access application evaluations are subjected to the criteria defined in the official doctorate report, which is public and accessible on the UOC website. A rubric based on these criteria is used as an evaluation instrument and can be consulted here.

1 December 2010: Start of the application period for grants and admission to doctoral programmes.

12 February 2021: Aplication period deadline

May 2021: Publication of the list of candidates of the UOC grant recipients.

June 2021: Publication of the list of candidates admitted to the programmes.

June 2021: Start enrolment period 2021-22.

September 2021: Teaching starting academic course 2021-22.

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