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Ph.D. Academic Equivalency Certification for International Degrees by UC3M

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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

    Application

     

    Applicants must address a formal request to the Chancellor of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, indicating the Ph.D. program for which the equivalency is solicited, and 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 connected 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 program, and that the candidate has the training considered mandatory by uc3m's standards to obtain a Ph.D. degree.
  • DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

    For inquiries on this matter, 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)  (*)
    • National identity card or document (certified copy of ID, DNI, NIE or passport (*)
       
    • Master's degree certificate or equivalent required for access to Ph.D. studies (or proof of payment of certificate issuance fees) (certified copy) (*)
       
    • Academic transcript of the training completed by the applicant to obtain the PhD-equivalent degree, certifying: duration of the training in academic years, subjects, hours and grades (certified copy)
       
    • Detailed report of the Ph.D. thesis (English or Spanish)
       
    • Document certifying the members of the thesis defense committee and their assessment
       
    • One copy of the Ph.D. thesis (uncertified copy, no translation required)
       
    • Ph.D. degree certificate for which the equivalency is requested (or proof of payment of certificate issuance fees) (certified copy) (*)
       
    • Updated Curriculum Vitae
       
    • Publications and contributions related to the thesis (including Impact Factor, if relevant) (no translation required)
       
    • Statement of simultaneous application for equivalency in other academic institutions in Spain (Template #2)  (*)
    • Cover letter by the applicant stating the reasons for their foreign degree to be recognized 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 in order to continue with the process. Fees are established in the Additional Disposition 6, RD 967/2014, November 21st. (Fees payment will be fulfilled once the process is finished).

     


    It is required to submit also physical copies of the following documents to the University's Registry:

    • Application for Ph.D. equivalency certification for foreign degrees, indicating the uc3m Ph.D. program for which the equivalency is requested (Template #1)
    • National identity card or document (certified copy of ID, DNI, NIE or passport)
       
    • Master's degree certificate or equivalent required for access to Ph.D. studies (or proof of payment of certificate issuance fees) (certified copy)
    • Statement of simultaneous application for equivalency in other academic institutions in Spain (Template #2)
    • Cover letter by the applicant stating the reasons for their foreign degree to be recognized as equivalent to a Ph.D. degree by uc3m's academic standards (Template #3) 

     

     

    Documents must be certified by the proper diplomatic channels or, if applicable, by the Apostille of The Hague Convention seal, 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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