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Tuition fees


Tuition fees for Ph.D. studies at public-funded universities in the Region of Madrid are set by the local government in the Decreto del Consejo de Gobierno de la Comunidad de Madrid.

Further information:  public fees for higher education degrees

Tuition costs


I. Academic fees


  • Academic monitoring of Ph.D. training year.  

-Regular fee (full-time, starting first semester): 390 €.

-Reduced fee* (full-time, starting second semester): 234 €.

-Reduced fee (part-time, starting first or second semester): 234 €.

*Full fees will apply in subsequent years.

Enrollment in this module is required for the academic year of your thesis defense.


  • Training credits

-Complementary training (only for students whose admission resolution establishes these credits as required for admission). 49,84 € or 69,93 € per credit, according to the field of research (or grado de experimentalidad). 

-Specific training (only for activities or courses requiring enrollment). 49,84 € or 69,93 € per credit, according to the field of research (or grado de experimentalidad).

-Research Skills training courses. 49,84 € per credit. For research skills credits earned at other institutions, enrollment at uc3m is required. A 25% fee will apply in these cases (12,46 € per credit).


  • Thesis defense. 143,15 €
  • Ph.D. Degree Certificate issuance. 229,86 €


II. Administrative fees


  • Registrar’s Office expenses. 6,11 €
  • Academic record proceedings (first-year students only). 27,54 €
  • University Student Card: 6,11 €


  • Academic record (transcript). 27,54 €
  • Transfer of academic record. 27,54 €
  • Teacher training certificate. 39,41 €
  • Advanced Studies Diploma (DEA). 118,20 €


III. Student insurance. 1, 12 €. Applicable to Spanish or international students (legal residents) under 28 years of age.

Further information on  Student Insurance


Students who fail to fulfill the payment of these fees will be dismissed from the Ph.D. program.

Payment options:


uc3m offers a variety of channels to fulfill the payment of your academic fees:

  • Bank deposit: You can make your payment in any of Bankia or Banco Santander branch offices in Spain by presenting your tuition fees invoice (abonaré) within ten days of enrollment.
  • Direct billing: You must enter the bank account details where the payment will be charged, as well as the personal details of the account holder. This option requires the account to be set up in one of the countries within the Single European Payments Area (SEPA) and have an IBAN code. Likewise, your current or term-time address must be within the SEPA zone, and must be the same address you registered with us upon enrolling (in the “personal data” section). Direct billing is obligatory if you are applying for a MECD scholarship.
  • Virtual POS (Credit/debit card): If you do not have an account that meets the above requirements or just prefer to use your credit/debit card, you can pay via online card billing. The funds available in your card or its credit limit must equal at least the sum of your tuition fees. 

Exemptions and bonifications


If you are eligible for any exemptions or discounts, you must submit certified copies of the pertinent documents to the Postgraduate Office on campus before enrollment proceedings*. You may send a copy by e-mail in advance, but the original must be sent to the Postgraduate Office on your campus at the earliest convenience.

These are the most common exemptions or bonifications:

a) Scholarhips or financial aid programs. Exemptions apply according to the specific terms established by each awarding institution.

Further information:  Doctoral Training Scholarships


b) Other. Spanish students may also benefit from other exemptions provided by our administration in the following cases:

-Large Family status (general or special).

-Disabled students (minimum 33% disability).

-Victims of terrorism, including their spouses and children.

-Children of civil and military servants who perished in the line of duty.


*Your exempted status will be shown in your enrollment application by default only if you previously notified uc3m about it. Otherwise, please  Contact your Information Office

These documents must be valid for the academic year for which the exemption is requested.