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Admision UC3M

To access our Ph.D. programs, candidates are subject to an admission process in which the Academic Committee of each program evaluates their academic background and curriculum vitae, as well as their interests and/or research experience.

According to art. 6 of the PhD studies regulation (RD 99/2011), in order to access the PhD studies it is required to have a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) and a Master's degree (or equivalent), provided that at least 300 ECTS credits have been passed in these two cycles as a whole, or the equivalent degree qualifies for level 3 of MECES (Marco Español de Cualificaciones para la Educación Superior, Spanish Framework for Higher Education Qualifications).

Likewise, access is available to candidates in possession of foreign degrees from countries integrated into the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) when the degree can be accredited as level 7 in the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), as long as the aforementioned degree allows access to PhD level studies in the country of expedition; and candidates with a degree which is equivalent to a Spanish Master's degree, obtained in foreign education systems outside the EHEA, as long as the aforementioned degree allows access to PhD level studies in the country of expedition. 

A favorable review by the Academic Committee enables the applicants to get enrolled on the program.

For general information about our Ph.D. studies, please check previously:

Admission requirements

Check the general requirements for admission and other aspects to consider before, during and after the application:

Additionally, each program can establish specific requirements and criteria:

  • Ph.D. Programs  (click on the ACCESS section of each Ph.D. Program)

Ph.D. Programs at UC3M require face-to-face activities throughout the training period.

Application for admission

Applications for admission must be submitted online. Please follow the indications to access our platform:


Scholarships or Financial Aids

As a general rule, Ph.D. scholarship granting bodies require candidates to submit proof of application to a Ph.D. Program. Therefore, we strongly encourage to apply for our Ph.D. programs in advance. Please check the specific requirements of each awarding organization.

Admission and enrollment on a Ph.D. program is required for all scholarship recipients before the acceptance of the scholarship and the signing of the contract as a researcher in training (when applicable).