Requirements for admission to a Doctoral Program at CEINDO, CEU International School of Doctoral Studies.

General Admission Requirements

  1. Typically, admission to an official doctoral program requires an officially recognized Spanish degree qualifications, or their equivalent, and a university Master’s degree, or its equivalent, provided that a minimum of 300 ECTS credits have been successfully completed over both degrees.
  2. Those meeting the following qualifications may also apply:
    • An official university degree issued by a university in Spain or other countries in the European Higher Education Area, that qualifies for admission to a Master’s degree as provided by Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, October 29, including a minimum of 300 ECTS completed credits during all official university studies, of which at least 60 must belong to a Master’s degree.
    • An official Spanish degree which, according to European law, must comprise a minimum of 300 ECTS. These students must complete additional training mentioned in Article 7.2 of this regulation, unless the relevant degree´s curriculum includes research training credits, equivalent in training value to the research credits from a Master’s degree.
    • Successful completion of a minimum two years of training in an official Health Sciences degree program, upon registering for the relevant admissions exam.
    • A degree obtained in accordance to foreign educational systems, not requiring official approval, and verified by the university, accrediting a level of training equivalent to that of Spain´s official Master’s Degree, and authorizing admission to a doctoral program in the issuing country. Admission does not imply, under any circumstance, official approval of the degree held by the interested party or its recognition for purposes other than being admitted to a doctoral program.
    • A Spanish PhD degree obtained in accordance to former university regulations.
    • An official university degree equivalent to level 3 of the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education, under the provisions of Royal Decree 967/2014, November 21, laying down the requisites and procedures recognizing the equivalence of a degree at the official university level, and validating foreign Higher Education courses, as well as the procedure for determining equivalence related to the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education regarding the official qualifications for Architect, Engineer, Graduate, Technical Architect, Engineer.

General Criteria for Admission

Once the Doctorate School has verified that the application meets all admission requirements, each of the doctoral programs’ Academic Committee will decide whether or not the applicant fits the profile and criteria for admission. The criteria for admission are described in each program curriculum.

Typically, admission is based on the following criteria:

  • Academic Transcripts.
  • Good knowledge of foreign languages, especially English.
  • Other qualifications: Scientific production (authorship of published scientific-technical papers, participation in congresses), Erasmus, SICUE-Séneca or similar placements, specialization courses attended outside official university teaching, and prior professional experience in the doctoral program scope of interest.

Up to two letters of recommendation written by university faculty, researchers and, exceptionally, professionals who have had a relationship with the candidate and have participated in their academic or professional training may also be taken into account.
A proposal explaining the line of research to be conducted as part of the PhD program and reasons supporting this particular choice, as well as the name of a tentative Dissertation Supervisor.
If necessary, the Academic Committee and/or delegated program faculty may invite the applicant for a personal interview to further discuss the content of the proposal.
Admission criteria and procedures for part-time students are the same as those for full-time students.

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