Doctorate in Health Sciences and Technology.

Doctorate in Health Sciences and Technology.

Looking for a PhD in Health Sciences? Find out more about CEINDO CEU's Doctorate in Health Sciences and Technology.



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Program size:

20 students

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Welcome to the Doctorate Program in Health Sciences and Technology

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The goal of the doctoral program is to train students wishing to master a body of knowledge in health sciences and technology, and to provide an answer to the industry’s growing demand for cutting-edge technology, better and safer medicines, and research in the field of prevention, treatment and personal health.

The expected expansion of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies’ R&D&I efforts over the medium-term, both in Spain and its neighboring countries, along with the development of health-related technologies, and the health and wellness industry at large, underscore the need to educate outstanding specialists.

CEINDO CEU Doctorado Internacional

Over 75years

Of experience at all educational levels.

What sets us apart?

1. Research

Work with the top researchers in their fields.


2. Global in Scope

Conduct research abroad.

3. Professional Development

Develop your research skills and advance your professional career.

Academic Committee Comisión Académica Programa Doctorado


Beatriz de Pascual-Teresa Fernández
[email protected]
José Terrado Vicente
Assistant Coordinator (UCH CEU)
[email protected]
Antonia García Fernández
[email protected]

Research Coordinators

  • LINE 1. Electronic and electrochemical technologies in health and environment.
    Flaviano García Alvarado [email protected]
  • LINE 2. Molecular and metabolic basis of disease.
    Ignacio Pérez Roger [email protected]
  • LINE 3. Biotechnology of plants and microorganisms.
    Agustín Probanza Lobo [email protected]
  • LINE 4. Food safety, nutrition, and food technology.
    Elena Alonso Aperte [email protected]
  • LINE 5. Drug discovery, development, and evaluation.
    Ana Mª Ramos González [email protected]
  • LINE 6. Human and animal pathology and health.
    Juan José Quereda Torres [email protected]
  • LINE 7. Structural and functional basis of biological systems.
    Federico Guillén Salazar [email protected]

Postdoctoral Advisors

ResearchLíneas de Investigación

LINE 1. Electronic and electrochemical technologies in health and environment

Flaviano García Alvarado
Research Coordinator

Focuses on the development of cross-cutting technologies and their effect on devices designed to improve the technological aspects of equipment, and produce better health and environmental outcomes by reducing the impact of human activity.

LINE 3. Biotechnology of plants and microorganisms

Agustín Probanza Lobo
Agustín Probanza Lobo
Research Coordinator

Applications of biotechnology in medicinal and food-related plants. Researches the interaction between plants and microorganisms, its effect on plant metabolism, and its ecophysiological basis. Focus on ecophysiology, and Mediterranean and Neotropical vegetation.

LINE 4. Food safety, nutrition and food technology

Elena Alonso
Elena Alonso Aperte
Research Coordinator

Primarily focuses on holistic safety in the food chain, on our understanding of the composition and properties of food, as well as on the effects of new forms of food production and marketing. Our research also covers nutrition and related problems at different stages of life, physiological events, and in both traditional and emerging pathologies. The molecular basis of human nutrition, nutrient-nutrient, nutrient-drug, and gene-environment interactions are other critical areas of interest.

LINE 5. Drug discovery, development, and evaluation

Ana Mª Ramos González
Ana Mª Ramos González
Coordinadora de línea

Research concerning different aspects of drug discovery. This area of interest includes groups engaged in organic synthesis and design, and 3D structure and intermolecular interactions studies, using NMR and computational methods, in the search for new active compounds. There are also groups working on pharmaceutical and regulatory development, drug analysis and control automation, and new pharmaceutical analysis methodologies.

LINE 6. Human and animal pathology and health

José Terrado Vicente
Research Coordinator

Involves researchers from a variety of fields, including parasitology, microbiology, pathological anatomy, immunology, surgery, anesthesiology, and diagnostic imaging. These areas of research share the goal of improving health outcomes and focus on diverse etiological agents, on the diagnosis, pathogenesis, injuries, treatment, and clinical management of a variety of diseases and pathological processes, in both animals and humans.

LINE 7. Structural and functional basis of biological systems

Federico Guillén Salazar
Federico Guillén Salazar
Research Coordinator

Deals with basic research work aimed at understanding the structural and functional basis that govern biological systems (e.g. dynamics of social systems, tissue repair strategies in the central nervous system, effect of mycotoxins on adult neurogenesis, etc.).

Admissions Profile

Students must possess a solid background in the natural, technological, and health sciences, especially in those subjects related to their intended line of study.
Proficiency in English is preferred, especially in terms of reading comprehension, along with a sound level of spoken and written communication. Candidates may receive an invitation for a personal interview to assess their language proficiency and highlight any potential areas of improvement. Applicants must be able to synthesize their knowledge of a particular discipline; critically engage with and draw conclusions from data; and demonstrate the creative, analytical, and critical thinking skills that contribute to the development of new ideas on the program´s scope of research.
See our General Admissions Criteria.

Specific Criteria for Admission

The Academic Committee is responsible for evaluating those applications that fit the recommended admissions profile and requirements, and putting forward proposals for admission. Students will be prioritized according to the criteria specified below. Admission criteria and procedures for part-time students are the same as those for full-time students. Successful applicants must exceed the minimum score established under Point 2 (academic transcripts), and obtain no less than 30 points after aggregating the whole set of criteria.Point 1A. Alongside the admission application, candidates must also attach their résumé or CV, and a letter of intent identifying (where applicable) the tutor and/or director of their doctoral thesis project, as well as the area of research and topic they intend to pursue. However, the Academic Committee of each program will always be free to assign a director and/or tutor other than the one proposed by the applicant (Art. 9.3 of the Regulations governing doctorate programs).

Point 1B: A proposal explaining the line of research to be conducted as part of the PhD program, reasons supporting this particular choice, and scientific goals must be submitted. Once submitted, the proposal will be evaluated in terms of its adequacy to the doctoral program´s areas of interest, scientific value, originality, and specificity. 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. This section carries a maximum score of 20 points.
Point 2. Academic transcripts (up to 40 points; a minimum score of 15 points is mandatory in order to meet this requirement): the score is obtained by multiplying the candidate´s grade point average by 10, based on the following 1-to-4 scale: 1. = Pass; 2 = Good; 3= Very Good; 4 = Excellent.
– The grade point average reflected in the academic transcripts will be calculated taking into account all of the applicant´s prior coursework, including all credits and courses completed beyond the PhD program requisites.
The score of every course credit will then be calculated and added, i.e. each grade (based on a 1-4 scale) will be multiplied by the number of credits assigned to each subject, from both Undergraduate and Master´s degrees; finally, the total will be divided by the total number of credits completed (Undergraduate and Master´s coursework).
– For students who have not completed their Master´s degree as of the date of application, a grade equivalent to the Master´s degree average will be obtained based on the in their current academic transcripts.
– For students who have not completed a Master’s degree, but have completed PhD courses in programs to be discontinued in accordance to Royal Decree 778/98, April 30, and have received a DEA (Diploma of Advanced Studies), a grade equivalent to the Master’s degree average will be obtained based on the grades obtained in the PhD courses mentioned above.
– The grade average obtained in degrees from two or more universities must contain all coursework and credits completed, along with their respective grades. Accepted coursework will be equivalent to the point score of the grade assigned by the student´s previous academic institution; grades for adjusted coursework will be calculated according to the grade assigned by the student´s previous academic institution. Credits without a grade or obtained in the course of training activities not included in the curriculum, will not be accepted for the purpose of calculating the grade average, in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 1044/2003, August 1, and Royal Decree 1125/2003, September 5.
– For coursework partially or fully completed at a foreign, EHEA accredited institution, the grade average will be based on the full Undergraduate (or equivalent degree) course load. In the event that the number of Undergraduate credits is less than 240 ECTS credits, the grade average will be calculated based on the courses mentioned above, plus all completed Master´s degree credits, which must amount to a minimum of 300 credits, overall.
– For coursework partially or fully completed at a foreign, non-EHEA accredited institution, the grade will be based on all coursework carried out in completion of the degree, following the equivalency rules of the Spanish university system.
In the case of grade averages for courses taken at a foreign institution, regardless of its accreditation status, the provisions under General Directorate of Universities Resolution July 16, 2008, establishing the criteria applicable to the calculation of grade averages for students with fully accredited foreign university degrees, will be applied.

Point 3. English proficiency (up to 10 points). The highest score will be given to students who have completed Level C1 or above, according to the table of equivalences shown here:
and to students who are either native English speakers or conducted their studies in English. Students who have reached an accredited Level B2 proficiency, as per the previous equivalency table, or are deemed suitable by members of the Academic Committee and/or delegated PhD program faculty following a successful interview, will receive a score of 5 points.

Point 4. Up to 10 additional points may be earned according to the following distinctions: 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 lecturers, 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. The Academic Committee may communicate directly with the providers of these references in order to obtain more information about the candidate.
The Academic Committee, where applicable, will deem if the applicant must carry out any specific additional training in order to conform to the Admissions Profile.

Admission procedures for students with special educational needs due to disability.
In the case of students with special educational needs due to disability, the Academic Committee of each program will issue a pre-admission report evaluating the possibility of a modified curriculum, courses and/or alternative studies in accordance to the principles of equal opportunity, without prejudice to the competencies of the universities´ Equal Opportunity programs.


Mandatory Training

Advanced document search and management techniques applied to research

Assessment and evaluation of scientific production
Ethical uses of scientific documentation

Advanced document search and management techniques applied to research
Assessment and evaluation of scientific production
Ethical uses of scientific documentation
Advanced document search and management techniques applied to research
Assessment and evaluation of scientific production
Ethical uses of scientific documentation

Mandatory Annual Activities

Mandatory for all students, regardless of class year and full or part-time status
Pre-doctoral Day
Work meetings with supervisor(s)

Complement Training

The doctoral program Academic Committee will decide whether additional training (courses, research work) may be required.


– Comprehensive understanding of a field of study and mastery of related skills and research methods.
– Ability to devise, design, create, implement and adopt a significant process of research or development.
– Ability to push the limits knowledge through original research.
– Ability to analyze, assess, and synthesize new and complex ideas in a critical fashion.
– Ability to engage the academic and scientific communities, and society at large, with your fields of knowledge, through international scientific standards and languages
– Ability to promote, both academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic and cultural progress within the knowledge society.
– Coping in contexts where specific information is limited.
– Finding the key questions that must be answered in order to solve a complex problem.
– Designing, creating, developing, and undertaking new and innovative projects in your field of knowledge.
– Working both independently and as part of a larger team, in an international or multidisciplinary context.
– Integrating knowledge, dealing with complexity and forming opinions based on limited information.
– Criticism and intellectual defense of solutions.

Doctoral Thesis

You can consult the procedure below for the deposit and defence of the thesis at the CEU International Doctoral School (CEINDO):

Specific requirements of the Doctoral Program in Health Sciences and Technology.


You can consult the regulations established in article RD99/2011 and other external regulations, as well as CEINDO’s internal regulations at:

You can consult the information related to mentions at:

You can consult the thesis defended at:

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Programme Results


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