General requirements

To be eligible for the doctoral program, candidates must meet the general requirements of the University and those specific to the programme.

First, prospective candidates must demonstrate that they meet one of the following requirements:

  • Holding an official Spanish bachelor's degree, or equivalent, and a university master's degree, or equivalent, and having completed at least 300 ECTS credits in all these two programmes.
  • Holding an official Spanish university degree, corresponding to previous regulations of university teaching, and having completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in all official university studies, of which at least 60 must be at master's level.
  • Holding an official university degree from a country that is part of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that qualifies for entrance to official master's degree courses, and having completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in all official university studies, of which at least 60 must be at master's level.
  • Holding an official Spanish graduate degree, the duration of which, in accordance with Community law, is at least 300 ECTS credits. In this case, students must take the specific training components on a compulsory basis, unless the corresponding doctoral programme includes research training credits equivalent in formative value to research credits from master's degrees.
  • Holding an official university degree in which, after obtaining a training place in the corresponding test of access to specialised health training places, they have completed at least two years of training in a programme to obtain an official degree in one of the specialities of the health sciences with a positive evaluation.
  • Holding an official university degree from a country outside the EHEA, without the need for official validation, after verifying that the level of training is equivalent to that of official university master's degrees and that it allows access to doctoral studies in the country issuing the degree.
  • Holding a Spanish doctoral degree obtained in accordance with previous university regulations.
  • Holding a degree in architecture or engineering with an advanced studies diploma, obtained in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 778/1998, of 30 April, or having achieved the research sufficiency regulated in Royal Decree 185/1985, of 23 January.
  • Holding an official university degree that has obtained correspondence with level three of the Spanish Framework of Qualifications for Higher Education (MECES), in accordance with the procedure established in Royal Decree 967/2014, of 21 November, establishing the requirements and procedure for officially validating and declaring equivalence with regard to the official university degree and academic level and for validating foreign higher education studies, and the procedure for determining correspondence with the MECES levels of the official titles of architect, engineer, graduate, technical architect, technical engineer and diploma holder.


Prospective candidates who have not earned the credits for initiation to research in a university master¿s programme shall be obliged to undertake the complementary training determined in each case by the programme.

Admission to the doctoral programme of prospective candidates who hold only an official undergraduate degree which under EU law has a duration of 300 ECTS and who have not completed the courses and earned the credits for initiation to research in a university master's programme will be contingent on successful completion of the complementary training corresponding to the module, itinerary or initiation to research courses for the corresponding training period.

The programme's working language is English, so another access requirement will be to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to level B1 or high intermediate level as independent user of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The level of English of the students who do not have an English level certification will be assessed by the Selection and Monitoring Committee during the course of the interview.

Admission requirements

The minimum requirement for language proficiency in English is an officially accredited B1 certification. In this table, you can consult examples of the titles that correspond to the levels from the Common European Framework of Reference.


Students admitted in the last call for applications: 8

Admission documents

If you are applying for admission to a UOC doctoral programme, you must provide the following documentation:

  • A photocopy of your identity card or passport.
  • A letter of motivation/presentation in which you give a brief presentation of your career; it should also include the specific motivations behind your candidacy, a description of your research interests and your relationship with the research group.
  • A letter of endorsement stating the name of the researcher who endorses your project.
  • A curriculum vitae stating the master's or postgraduate programmes and courses taken related to the research interests expressed in the motivation letter and, if applicable, previous scientific production.
  • Example of recent academic work (in Catalan, Spanish or English).
  • Academic certificates corresponding to training prior to the doctorate, stating the subjects taken and the grade obtained, the call, the type of subject, the number of credits, as well as the average grade of the academic transcripts if these have not been provided to prove compliance with the entrance requirements.
  • Certification accrediting the level of English required by the doctoral programme.
  • Documentation accrediting compliance with the entrance requirements. You will find more information in the corresponding section in the Campus Procedures.

University degrees obtained in higher education systems outside the EHEA and not recognised in Spain must be authenticated through diplomatic channels (or, if applicable, using the apostille of the Hague Convention). When the certificates, degrees and academic transcripts are not in one of the official languages of Spain or in English, they must be accompanied by documentation of their certified translation to Catalan, Spanish or English. Failure to submit this documentation or discrepancies between the information it contains and that provided in the application may result in denial of admission to the doctoral programme.

Once the entrance documentation has been reviewed and your application has been accepted, admission to the doctoral programme is conditional on the presentation of official documentation.

Evaluation criteria

Admission to the programme will be decided according to the considered criteria in the following way:

  • Academic record of the bachelor's degree providing access to the doctoral programme: 30%.
  • Academic record of the master's degree providing access to the doctoral programme: 40%.
  • Letters of recommendation written by university teachers or members of other research institutions with direct knowledge of the ability and competence of the candidate (5%).
  • Research experience or other research-related merits (20%).
  • Accredited knowledge of a foreign language commonly used by the scientific community in the academic field in question. (5%). The minimum level required according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is B1.

In the event that the number of applications exceeds the number of places offered, the Academic Committee will conduct personal interviews with applicants where it deems necessary. The interview assessment criteria will be as follows:

  • Knowledge of the programme (25%).
  • Candidate's interest in the programme's lines of research and coherence of the interview with their letter(s) of recommendation. (50%)
  • Candidate's predisposition, motivation and personal commitment to complete their doctoral thesis. (25%)

1 December 2021: Start of the call for applications for grants and access to doctoral programmes.
12 February 2022: Aplication period deadline.
30 April 2022: Provisional resolution of the candidates admitted to the programmes and those who have obtained a UOC grant.
2 May 2022: Beginning of the period of allegations.
27 May 2022: Final resolution of the candidates admitted to the programmes and those who have obtained a UOC grant.
July 2022: Start of enrolment for the academic year 2022-23.
September 2022: Start of teaching academic year 2022-23.

Upcoming admission: April 2021

Teaching starting: September 2022