General requirements

To be admitted to the doctoral programme, applicants must meet both the general requirements stipulated by the University and the programme's specific requirements.

First of all, students must certify that they hold one of the following:

  • Official Spanish bachelor's degree, or equivalent, and an official university master's degree, or equivalent, having passed at least 300 ECTS credits in the two degree courses. 
  • Official Spanish university degree, corresponding to past university education systems, having passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in all of the official university studies taken, of which at least 60 credits must correspond to a master's degree-level qualification.  
  • Official university degree from a country that is a member of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that entitles the holder to admission to official master's degree courses, having passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in all of the official university studies taken, of which at least 60 credits must correspond to a master's degree-level qualification.  
  • Official Spanish bachelor's degree whose duration, in accordance with the rules of EU law, is at least 300 ECTS credits. In this case, the student will have to take the necessary specific training courses, unless the corresponding doctoral programme includes research training credits, equivalent in formative value to the research credits obtained in the master's degree studies.  
  • Official university degree for which, prior to obtaining a place through the corresponding examination for access to a specialized medical training programme, candidates had to have passed with a favourable assessment at least two years of training in a programme to obtain the official certificate in any of the health science specializations. 
  • Official university degree from a non-EHEA country, without need for its official recognition, after verification that the level of training is equivalent to that of an official university master's degree and that it entitles the holder to admission to doctoral studies in the country where the degree was awarded. 
  • Spanish doctoral degree obtained in accordance with past university education systems.
  • Official llicenciatura, arquitectura or enginyeria degree along with an advanced studies diploma, in accordance with the provisions of Spain's Royal Decree 778/1998, of 30 April, or the certificate of research proficiency regulated in Spain's Royal Decree 185/1985, of 23 January.  
  • Official university degree that corresponds with level three of the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES), in accordance with the procedure set forth in Spain's Royal Decree 967/2014, of 21 November, establishing the requirements and procedure for officially recognizing and declaring equivalence with respect to the official university degree programme and academic level and for validating foreign higher education studies, and the procedure for determining correspondence with the MECES levels of the official certificates of arquitectura, enginyeria, llicenciatura, arquitectura técnica, enginyeria tècnica and diplomatura degrees. 

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 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.

Admission requirements

This programme does not require a specific level of English, although it is necessary to have a minimum knowledge of the language in order to thoroughly understand scientific articles, interact fluently and naturally and produce scientific texts.

If you apply for a UOC grant, you must accredit a level equal to or higher than B2 from the time of application. For other grants, financial aid or research contracts, please consult the terms and conditions and requirements for each case (level of English and part-time or full-time format).

Admission documents

If you are applying for access to a UOC doctoral programme, you must submit the following documents:

  • A photocopy of your national identity document (e.g. ID card or passport).
  • A letter of motivation/introduction, in which you provide a brief presentation of your career, and which must also include the specific motivations behind your candidacy, a description of your research interests, and your association with the research group.
  • A letter of recommendation form faculty and/or research staff stating the full name, affiliation, postal address and email address of the person providing the reference. It is recommended to include a letter of recommendation from a research professor associated with the LPE doctoral programme.
  • A CV with details of the master's degree and postgraduate programmes and courses you have studied that are linked to the research interests mentioned in your letter of motivation and, where applicable, any previous scientific output.
  • A sample of your recent academic work (in Catalan, English or Spanish).
  • Academic certificates of any studies prior to the doctoral course, showing the courses taken and the mark given, the exam sitting, the type of course, the number of credits and the average grade in the academic record (if these have not already been submitted to meet the access requirements).
  • Documentation certifying compliance with access requirements. You will find more information in the relevant section in the secretary's office section of the Campus.
  • If you have university qualifications from outside the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), you will need to legalize your certificate through diplomatic channels (or with the Hague Apostille where applicable). If your academic certificates are not in English or one of the official languages of Spain, you will need to provide a sworn translation in Catalan, English or Spanish. You may not be admitted to the doctoral programme if you do not provide these documents, or if any of the details they contain are not consistent with those entered in your application.
  • After we have reviewed the access documents and accepted your applications, you will be admitted to the doctoral programme on the condition that you submit the official documents.
Evaluation criteria

The admission process is evaluated using criteria that assess the applications that have been submitted, taking defined criteria and merits into account:

Criterion Weighting
Academic excellence of the candidate (based on the academic record of university bachelor's and master's degrees completed and passed). 40%
Suitability of the candidate's training, experience and research interests to the programme's research lines. 10%
Commitment to research and research maturity level (based on experience). Evidence of specific research interests and of theoretical and methodological knowledge of the field. 25%
Commitment and responsibility when submitting the application and documentation. 10%
Consistency with the priorities of potential thesis supervisors of the programme lines. 15%
TOTAL 100%

1 December 2022: Start of the call for applications for access and admission to doctoral programmes.

12 February 2023: End of the call for applications for access and admission to doctoral programmes.

15 February 2023: Publication of the provisional lists of applications to be assessed. The lists will be published on the Doctoral School website.

16 February to 25 February 2023: Period for appeals of the applications to be evaluated.

27 February 2023: Publication of the final lists of applications to be assessed. The lists will be published on the Doctoral School website.

2 May 2023: Publication of the provisional resolution on the accepted online and granted candidates. The lists will be published on the Doctoral School website.

3 May to 19 May 2023: Period for appeals of the selection of online and granted candidates.

26 May 2023: Publication of the final resolution on the candidates admitted to the doctoral programmes and those who are granted. The lists will be published on the Doctoral School website.

July 2023: Start of the enrolment period 2023-24.

September 2023: Start of the academic year 2023-24.


Step 1 : Apply for the Welcome and Information Service

Apply for the Welcome and Information Service is a free, no-obligation procedure that provides you with a user name and password that will allow you to enter the UOC's Virtual Campus, from where you will be able to:

1.    Contact experts who will help you settle any doubts you may have about applying.
2.    Consult the Campus Secretary's Office for information about the programme of studies, enrolment prices, documentation, etc.

Access requirements

Before requesting access, check that you meet the requirements for the programme you want to be admitted to.

Access form

On the access form, you must give your personal details and the educational level you have attained.

Access Documentation

You will find a list of the documentation you need when you request access and can consult the Campus Secretary's Office.

Step 2 : Access the Campus and contact the researcher

Virtual campus

After you have requested access, you will receive a user name and password that will allow you to access the Virtual Campus, where you will find all the information and resources you may need.


You will find the information to contact the lead researcher in the "research lines" section. The researcher can provide support for preparing your application and will be your sponsor, if he or she agrees. Once you have been admitted to the programme, he or she will advise and guide you in choosing courses, in accordance with your prior academic background, your interests and the amount of time you have.

Virtual Secretary's Office

There is a Procedure on the Campus where you can consult and manage all academic matters, such as viewing the programme of studies, payment options or the discounts available. 

Step 3 : Apply for admission

You can complete the admission form the virtual campus Procedures / Doctoral programme admission documentation, where you will have to give your academic details, whether you want to apply for a grant and the research line you are interested in. 

You must submit an enrolment proposal after having chosen the courses you want to follow during the semester, which your tutor will analyse so that you can complete enrolment with his or her counselling. It is a step prior to completing enrolment.

Step 4 : Send the digital documentation

Having completed the previous step, you must attach the documentation in the same section. You can see which documentation you must attach in the corresponding section within Procedures / Doctoral programme admission documentation

When you have completed all the steps, the doctoral programme's academic committee will assess the applications that have been submitted. 

If you pass the first phase of the admission process, you will receive notification confirming that you have entered the second phase and a telephone interview will be scheduled.

If you pass the second phase of the admission process, you will receive notification to confirm that you have been admitted. You will have a maximum of one month (counting from the admission notification) to confirm your acceptance of the place on the doctoral programme; if this confirmation from you is not received, you will not be admitted to the programme.

It is at this point that you will be able to complete enrolment, choosing your preferred payment option from among those available. If you are eligible for any of the discounts stated in the Price Decree, you will have to submit the appropriate documentation, following the instructions given by the virtual Secretary's Office.

Remember that once you have enrolled, you will have ten days to send the admission documentation.

Price and enrolment fees


Price and enrolment Fees

Price per credit:                                   32,28 €/cr*
Price per learning resources credit                                   14,30 €/cr*   

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Teaching starting: September 2023