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 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.
Evaluation criteria
Access application evaluations is 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.
Calendar

1 December 2020: Start of the application period for grants and admission to the 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.

Calendar
December 2022: Start of the call for applications for grants and access to doctoral programmes.
February 2023: Aplication period deadline.
April 2023: Provisional resolution of the candidates admitted to the programmes and those who have obtained a UOC grant.
May 2023: Beginning of the period of allegations.
May 2023: Final resolution of the candidates admitted to the programmes and those who have obtained a UOC grant.
July 2023: Start of enrolment for the academic year 2023-24.
September 2023: Start of teaching academic year 2023-24.

 

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