To submit an application for one of the doctoral programmes at the Doctoral School of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, you must fulfil any of the following:

a.     Hold a an official university master's degree issued by a higher education institution in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and have passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits out of all official university courses.

b.    Hold an official Spanish university degree, or one from an EHEA member country, that allows them admission to a master's course, and have passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits out of all official university courses, of which at least 60 must be at the master's level.

c.     Hold an official Spanish graduate degree of at least 300 ECTS credits in line with EU legal regulations.

d.    Candidates with degrees from education systems outside the EHEA, whose degrees do not require homologation (official recognition by the Spanish Ministry of Education), must hold a level of education equivalent to Spanish university master's degrees that authorizes admission to doctoral studies in the country issuing the degree.

e.    Be a university graduate and have passed with a positive assessment at least two years of education on a programme to be awarded the official degree of any of the health sciences specialities.

f.     Hold a Spanish doctoral qualification in accordance with the previous university system.

g.    Be a graduate, architect or engineer and be in possession of the Advanced Studies Diploma (DEA), awarded in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 778/1998, of 30 April 1998, or have obtained research proficiency, regulated in Royal Decree 185/1985, of 23 January 1985.

Admission requirements


In addition, candidates who are not citizens of English-speaking countries are required to accredit their level of English as equal to or higher than level B2 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Part-time (online) doctoral programme candidates who do not reach the required level will have the opportunity to gain admission to the doctoral programme with level B1 if they agree to achieve level B2 before the research project is delivered at the end of the first year. If the student does not achieve this level, their research project cannot be approved, with the consequences as established in the regulations.

If the student applies for a grant, they will have to accredit a level equal to or higher than B2 from when they make the application. In any event, the ability that candidates display when providing a clear explanation in English about their academic projects will also be taken into consideration by the academic committees during the selection process.

The UOC School of Languages offers English courses to achieve the minimum levels required to gain admission to the different doctoral programmes (B2). 

If the candidate has been schooled or has completed a bachelor's or master's degree (or equivalent condition for admission to the doctoral programme) in English as a vehicular language in a country where English is the official language, their level will be recognized as correct for admission to the corresponding doctoral programme.

The UOC accredits a knowledge of English through level tests for this language conducted online, which can be accessed via this link. A score of between 72 and 94 accredits a level that corresponds to that of B2 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. To take this test, you need to specify the code that corresponds to the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya: 4418. This code does not exempt the student from payment of the cost of the exam and corresponding fees.

The student may also demonstrate their English language skills with another official qualification that accredits a level equivalent to or higher than the one required. You can use this equivalency table to consult examples of qualifications that correspond to these levels.

Acces documentation

Once inside the virtual campus and the Secretary Office’s> Registration> Documentation of access and admission, you have to provide documentation to revise both the access requirements as for academic committees issued their assessment.

The documentation that you have to deliver in digital format consists of: a photocopy of your ID or passport, a statement of interest, a letter of endorsement, a curriculum, a recent academic paper, academic certificates and degrees, a certificate of the level of English and the letter of recommendation.

You will find more information within the section of each doctoral programme and within the virtual campus.