Access and Admission Requirements for Doctorate Courses

General Requirements for Access

The general requirements for accessing the doctorate studies are shown in Article 11 of Regulation UCA/CG06/2012 of the 27th of June 2012, which governs the organisation of Doctorate Studies in the University of Cádiz. According to said article:

In general terms, in order to access an Official Doctorate Programme, applicants need to be in possession of an official Spanish degree qualification or an equivalent and a university master’s degree. Additionally, those who are in any of the following situations can gain access:

  • Those wo are in possession of an official university qualification from Spain or from another country of the European Higher Education Area which can be used to access a Master’s Degree, in accordance with that establishedin Article 16 of Spanish Royal Decree 1393/2007 of the 29th of October. These applicants must also have obtained a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in a set of official university studies and at least 60 of said credits must be from a Master’s level programme.
  • Those who are graduates, achitects or engineers and in possession of the Avanced Studies Diploma obtained in accordance with that established in Spanish Royal Decree 778/1998 of the 30th of April, or who have carried out sufficient research according to Royal Decree 185/1985 of the 23rd of January.
  • Those who are in possession of an official Spanish graduate qualification, the duration of which, in accordance with community law, must be the equivalent of 300 ECTS credits. All graduates must obligatorily obtain the specific educational complements referred to in Article 12 of the regulations, unless the corresponding study plan of the degree includes credits for training in research credits from Master’s studies.
  • University graduates who, having obtained a training placement in the corresponding entrance test for specialised healthcare training, hace successfully spent at least two years of training in a programme for obtaining an official qualification in any of the Health Sciences specialities.
  • Those who are in possession of a qualification obtained in accordance with an overseas education system (there is no need for it to be adapted for recognition), as long as the University can prove that it accredits a level of education equivalent to that of an official Master’s Degree from a Spanish university and which would grant the possessor of the qualification access to doctorate studies. This admission will in no circumstances involve the prior adaptation for recognition of the qualification held by the interested party nor will it be recognised for any effects other than for accessing the doctorate studies.
  • Those who are in possesion another Spanish Doctorate Degree obtained in accordance with previous university regulations.

Specific Admission Requirements

In accordance with that established in Article 12of Regulation UCA/CG06/2012, the Academic Commissions of the doctorate programmes can establish additional requirements and criteria for the selection and admission of students, in the event that there are diverse applicant profiles. Said criteria may be included in the corresponding verification reports of the programmes.

Charesteristics of the Doctorate Programmes

  • The duration of the doctorate studies will be a maximum of three years, working full time, to be counted from the admission of the student in the programme to the presentation of their doctoral thesis. The doctorate studies can be carried out on a part-time basis, if there are duly justified causes and after having obtained authorisation from the Academic Commission responsible for the programme. Additionally, there is a possibility that students can obtain an extension or a temporary hiatus (Article 14 of Regulation UCA/CG06/2012 of the 27th of June).
  • The doctorate programme is formed of an organised set of training and research activities, each of which involves a minimum number of hours of work. In order to pass these activities, students will need to complete a minimum of 600 hours, in accordance with that established in the programme’s summary verification.
  • When submitting their application, candidates must indicate their preferred line of research from among those offered on the doctorate programme. The programme’s Academix Commission will assign the lines of research and designate the doctorate student’s tutors and directors. In accordance with that established in Article 15 of Regulation UCA/CG06/2012, the tutor is the person responsible for adapting the student’s training and research activities to the principles of the programmes and, if applicable, to the doctorate schools. Furthermore, the tutor also has the obligation to oversee the student’s interaction with the Academic Commission of the programme and to supervise their education. The monitoring of the specific activities to be undertaken by the student, as agreed upon with the tutor, will be carried out using a personalised register, specifically the student’s so-called Document of Activites.
  • As stated in Point 2 of Article 4 of Instruction UCA/I03VP/2016, which defines the procedures for the management of the system of dedication and persistence in doctorate studies in the University of Cádiz: at the time of their admission, if this is possible or in any case within the deadline of three months after their enrolment, each doctorate student will be assigned a thesis director by the Academic Commission of the programme. For academic reasons, the Academic Commission may authorise the co-directorship of the thesis.Preferably, the thesis director will perform the duties assigned to the tutor. The designation of a tutor who is not the thesisdirector shall occur when the latter is not associated with the doctorate programme in which the student is enrolled.
  • Before de completion of the first year after enrolment, the doctorate student will create a Research Plan which will include, at the least, a summary of the research they intend to carry out, the explanation of the background, the methodology to be used, the objectives they intend to achieve and the available bibliography with brief comments. The Plan will describe the means available for its realisation and it will include a proposal for a schedule plan. Every year, the programme’s Academic Commission will evaluate the Research Plan and the Document of Activities of each student, along with the reports which, to that effect, must be presented by the tutor and thesis director.
  • The doctorate will culminate with the successful defence of a doctoral thesis, which will consist of a work of original research created by the student. The thesis must be related to the scientific, technical or artistic field of the doctorate programme they undertook and it must prepare the student for autonomous and professional work in the field of R+D.