Entry and Admission to the Research Period

General principles

Access to the Menéndez Pelayo International University will be based on full respect for fundamental rights and the principles of equality, merit and capacity. Likewise, the principles of universal accessibility will be taken into account according to current regulations on equal opportunities, non-discrimination and universal accessibility for people with disabilities.

Entry Requirements 

In order to access an official doctoral program, the candidate, in general, should hold official Spanish Qualifications at both Graduate level, or equivalent, and University Master's level, or equivalent, provided that at least 300 ECTS credits have been earnt in the course of both degree courses (Royal Decree 99/2011).

However those who come under one of the following categories can also apply:

  • Applicants holding an official Spanish University Degree, or from another member State of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), which grants access to Master's Degree program in accordance with the contents of art. 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, having completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in official university studies, of which at least 60 credits must be at Master's level. You can consult in this link what is established for this case the Additional Provision of the Regulations for Doctoral Studies of the UIMP.
  • Applicants holding an official Spanish Graduate Degree, whose duration has to be equivalent at least to 300 ECTS credits according to European Union law. These degree holders must agree to undertake obligatory, additional training as decided by the Doctoral Academic Committee except in those cases that the Study Plan undertaken within the Grado Degree includes research credits. These credits must be equivalent, in training credits, to those of a Master's Degree.
  • University graduates who having gained a training placement following the corresponding exam to access specialized health training placements, will have completed at least two years of training with positive evaluations in a program related to a recognised degree in one of the specialities of Health Sciences.
  • Applicants holding a a Degree Qualification obtained from education systems outside the EHEA, will be granted admission, without homologation being required, but only after verification that the Degree Qualification certifies a level of educational training equivalent to the corresponding Spanish Masters' Degree Qualifications, and which, in the country of issuance, entitles the holder to admission to Doctorate-level Studies. This admission will, in no case, imply the official equivalence of the aforementioned qualification held by the interested party nor its recognition for any other purposes than to gain access to Doctoral studies.
  • Applicants holding another Spanish Doctoral qualification awarded in accordance with previous university regulations.
  • Applicants holding the Diploma in Advanced Studies awarded in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 778/1998, of 30 April, or having achieved the Aptitude for Research Qualification as regulated by Royal Decree 185/85, of 23 January.
  • Applicants holding an official university qualification that has obtained the equivalence at Level 3 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 the procedure for equivalence testing and the declaration of the equivalence of an official university qualification and academic level and for the convalidation of foreign Higher Education studies, and the procedure to determine the correspondence at levels of the official qualifications of Architect, Engineer, Licentiate, Technical Architect, Technical and Diplomate Engineer.

Criteria of Admission

Students will be admitted to a specific Doctoral program in keeping with the specific requirements and merit assessment criteria that may be set for each of them, amongst which may be included requirements for prior training in certain disciplines.

The admission process to a Doctoral Program will be resolved by the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Program, in accordance with the conditions set out in the Study Plan and UIMP regulations.

At the time of admission to the doctoral program or no later than three months after enrolment, the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Program will assign a tutor to the doctoral student and a thesis supervisor, which may or may not coincide with the previously referred tutor.

Each student is advised to consult the website of the corresponding Doctoral Program and make sure that he or she meets all the entry requirements, as well as the specific criteria for admission and that he or she check the documentation required of him or her.

Supplementary Training

The Academic Committee of the Doctoral Program shall examine the documentation provided by the candidate and may establish specific supplementary training that must be included in the Study Plan of the Doctoral Programme.

The training supplements will be communicated to the interested party at the time of admission and must be completed before or simultaneously with the Doctoral Program in which the doctoral student has been admitted.

For the purposes of public prices and the granting of scholarships and study aids, these complements will be considered as training at doctoral level and their development will not count towards the limit established in the permanence regulations.

In the case of candidates with special educational needs, derived from some type of disability, the admission systems and procedures will include the appropriate support and advisory services, which will evaluate the need for possible curricular adaptations, itineraries or alternative studies.

Special educational needs 

Universal accessibility will be guaranteed and the necessary resources and support will be monitored for those students with disabilities in order to assure the correct completion of the program. We ask that these students indicate their specific needs when enrolling.

In this link you can consult the UIMP Protocol for the attention of students with specific educational needs derived from disabilities