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Duration of Ph.D. studies

The regular length of a full-time Ph.D. program is 4 years. This period can be extended up to 5 years.

The regular length of a part-time Ph.D. program is 7 years. This period can be extended up to 8 years.  

Royal Decree 576/2023 of 4 July, which amends Royal Decree 99/2011 of 28 January.

You may apply -for justified reason- for either an extension or a leave of absence from your Ph.D. training period to the Academic Committee of your Ph.D. program. To do so, please download these documents:

If you are the beneficiary of a pre-doctoral contract with the uc3m, you must be full-time for hte entire duration of the contract in apllication of article 21 of Law 14/2011, of 1 June, on Science, Technology and Innovation.