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UC3M Ph.D. Equivalency for International Degrees

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    The equivalency certification validates a student's foreign degree as equivalent to a Ph.D. degree by uc3m's academic standards.

    • This recognition is considered valid in all of the Spanish territory from the date of approval and issue of the certificate.
    • Candidates may apply for equivalency to more than one academic institution at the same time. However, once a degree has been certified as Ph.D. equivalent, it cannot be subjected to another equivalency process in a different institution.

    The equivalency certification process is executed within a maximum period of nine months.

     

    Contact: escueladoctorado@uc3m.es

  • Application

    Applicants are required to submit a request to the Rector of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, indicating the Ph.D. program for which the equivalency is requested, attaching the required documents.

    Please note: Applicants must provide proof:

    • That the focus of the research project that served as basis for the thesis is related to the lines of research of the Ph.D. program for which the equivalency is solicited; 
       
    • That the project meets the quality requirements of the Ph.D. program, and that the candidate has the training considered mandatory by uc3m's standards to obtain a Ph.D. degree.
  • Documents

    For inquiries, please contact escueladoctorado@uc3m.es

    • Application for Ph.D. equivalency certification for foreign degrees, indicating the uc3m Ph.D. program for which the equivalency is requested (Template #1)
    • Identity Card or document (certified copy of ID, DNI, NIE or passport)
    • Master's degree certificate or equivalent required to access Ph.D. (or proof of payment of certificate fees) (certified and legalized copy) (*)
    • Academic transcript of Ph.D. equivalent degree, stating: duration of training in academic years, subjects, hours and grades (certified copy)
    • Detailed Report of Ph.D. thesis (English or Spanish)
    • Document stating the members of the Thesis Defense Committee and their assessment
    • Copy of Ph.D. thesis (uncertified copy, no translation required)
    • Ph.D. degree certificate for which the equivalency is requested (or proof of payment of certificate fees) (certified copy) (*)
    • Curriculum Vitae (updated)
    • Publications and contributions related to the thesis (including Impact Factor, if relevant) (no translation required)
    • Statement of simultaneous application for equivalency at other academic institutions in Spain (Template #2)
    • Statement by the applicant of the reasons to consider their foreign degree as equivalent to a Ph.D. degree by uc3m's academic standards (Template #3)

     

    All documents must be sumbitted to escueladoctorado@uc3m.es

    The Doctoral School will verify all documents and issue an invoice for the payment of the fees (160 €). A certified copy of this invoice must be sent back to the Doctoral School by the applicant to continue with the process. Fees are established in Additional Disposition 6, RD 967/2014, November 21st. (Fees payment will be fulfilled once the process is finished).

     


    Submission of hard copies of the documents below to the University's Registry is strongly encouraged:

    • Application for Ph.D. equivalency certification for foreign degrees, indicating the uc3m Ph.D. program for which the equivalency is requested (Template #1)
    • Identity card (certified copy of ID, DNI, NIE or passport)
    • Ph.D. degree certificate for which the equivalency is requested (or proof of payment of certificate fees) (certified copy) (*)
    • Statement of simultaneous application for equivalency at other academic institutions in Spain (Template #2)
    • Statement by the applicant of the reasons to consider their foreign degree as equivalent to a Ph.D. degree by uc3m's academic standards (Template #3) 

     

    (*) Documents must be certified by the proper diplomatic channels or, where applicable, by the Apostille of The Hague Convention, except for documents issued by authorities of member states of the European Union (EU) or the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).

    Each document must have attached its legal Spanish translation, duly certified through proper channels (except for the copy of the Ph.D. Thesis)

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