Doctoral Programme in Language Analysis and Processing
Admission and registration
General access requirements to the doctorate
Generally, Royal Decree 99/2011 establishes that to gain access to a doctoral program applicants must hold official Spanish bachelor's and master's degree qualifications, provided that they have completed at least 300 ECTS credits in all their university studies, at least 60 of which must be at master's degree level.
In cases in which the master's qualification has been obtained at a foreign university, access must be approved by the Postgraduate Commission of the UPV/EHU.
Similarly, any of the following applicants may apply for doctoral programs:
- Holders of bachelor's degrees in Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry, without the need to study a master's degree (1).
- Graduates, Higher Engineers and Architects.
- Graduates who have successfully completed at least two years of training on a program to obtain an official qualification in any of the specialities of Health Sciences.
- Holders of a foreign university qualification, subject to verification that the level of education achieved is equivalent to a master's degree and that it grants access to doctoral studies in the issuing country. On no account will this admission imply the official recognition of the prior qualification or its recognition for any purposes other than to apply for access to doctoral teaching.
- Holders of Diplomas of Advanced Studies (Royal Decree 778/1998) or proficiency in academic research (Royal Decree 185/1985).
- Holders of other Spanish doctoral qualifications awarded under previous university regulations.
(1) Bachelor's Degrees in Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry from the UPV/EHU and other universities which recognise the master's degree level (level 3 of MECES).
Note: These requirements are of an exclusively informative and non-legal nature and therefore may not be used as the basis for any appeal.
Profile for admission
The recommended profiles for admittance to this doctoral programme belong to people with one of the following qualifications:
- Master's degree in Language Analysis and Processing from the UPV/EHU.
- EMLCT master's degree
- Master's degree in Computer Engineering from any Spanish public university
- University master's degree in Information Technology from any Spanish public university
- Any university master's degree giving full qualification to enter the regulated profession of Telecommunications Engineer
- Master's degree in Smart and Adaptive Software Systems from the University of Vigo.
Other official master's degrees from Spanish universities or equivalent master's degrees from universities in another country that form part of the European Higher Education Area in a subject area related to Information and Communications Technology on Mobile Networks are also considered to be recommended profiles for admittance.
In any case, those wishing to enter this Doctoral Programme must have a university training related to Information and Communications Technology.
OTHER PROFILES FOR ADMITTANCE
As well as the above-mentioned recommended profiles for admittance, this doctoral programme provides for other possible profiles for admittance:
a) Applicants holding an official Spanish university master's degree in Mathematical Engineering, Industrial Mathematics or the equivalent, with an academic training in an area related to the foundations and application of mathematics in Engineering.
b) Applicants who meet the requirements for admittance and have earned 60 ECTS master's credits in university courses providing an academic training in an area related to Information and Communications Technology on Mobile Networks.
c) Applicants holding an Advanced Studies Diploma as provided for in Royal Decree 778/1998 of 30th April 1998, or who have attained the research proficiency in accordance with the stipulations of Royal Decree 185/1985 of 23rd January 1985, with an academic training in an area related to Information and Communications Technology on Mobile Networks.
d) Applicants holding a qualification from a university outside the European Higher Education Area equivalent to an official master's degree related to Information and Communications Technology on Mobile Networks (approved or otherwise) that gives access to doctoral courses in the research stage in their country of origin.
e) Holders of another Spanish doctorate obtained in accordance with previous university regulations, with an academic training in an area related to Information and Communications Technology on Mobile Networks.
f) Doctorands who have begun their doctoral programme in accordance with previous university regulations, with an academic training in an area related to Information and Communications Technology on Mobile Networks.
Admittance profiles a) b) c) d) e) and f) will be considered individually by the Academic Committee, which may confirm or otherwise the suitability of the applicant's previous training to this Doctoral Programme and will, if appropriate, determine which specific complementary training the applicant must follow.
This program does not establish any specific supplementary training. However, bearing in mind that access is open to graduates with bachelor's qualifications or higher, with at least 300 ECTS credits, whose studies may not have included any specific education in the area of Language Processing, the Academic Committee of the program will decide on the need for each student to acquire this research training, depending on their entry profiles.
The training will be acquired by means of the obtaining of 9 to 15 ECTS credits in subjects of official master's degrees offered by the UPV/EHU in the area of Computer Engineering and Telecommunications or Humanities in the branches of Linguistics, Philology and Translation, for which students will enroll following assessment by their tutors or thesis directors, once they have enrolled on the Doctoral Program.
- Supplementary training for graduates whose studies may not have included any specific education in the area of Language Processing: Computational Linguistics: Morphology and Syntax (9 credits).
- Supplementary training for graduates from engineering studies: Foundations of Linguistics (6 credits).
- Supplementary training for graduates from Humanities: Introduction to Programming (6 credits).
Criteria for admission to the program
The admission criteria are mainly based on the curriculum and qualifications of applicants.
Being a multidisciplinary doctoral programme, degrees in Computer Engineering, Telecommunications, Mathematics and Humanities in what regarded Linguistics, Translation and Philology will be considered.
The following four paragraphs will be valued:
- Curriculum and academic record
In this section we will consider the appropriateness of the curriculum to the subject of the programme. Curriculums that do not correspond to the degrees required for access to the programme will be weighted with 0.7; for the rest, no weighting will be applied.
- Motivation of the doctoral student to pursue this programme.
Doctoral students will be asked to give a brief description of the benefits they hope to get by participating in this doctoral programme.
- Additional courses related to the area of Language Technologies
Participation in courses related to the area will be valued, both from a computer and a linguistic perspective; online courses, attending degrees offered by any Spanish or foreign university.
- Other merits related to the area
Other merits such as stays in research groups, other languages, collaboration grants, work experience in the area will be an asset.
In summary, the assessment criteria of merit are:
Curriculum and academic record: 65%
Doctoral student motivation to pursue this programme: 10%
Additional courses related to the field of language technologies: 5%
Other merits related to the area: 20%
- Full time places:
- Part time places:
Students with specific needs
Aspirants to the doctoral program with special educational needs arising from disabilities should initially address the coordinator of the Doctoral Program to inform him or her.
They should also contact the Care Service for People with Disabilities, through the channels established on the website indicated, so that it can solve the specific needs of each candidate, offering information, advice and guidance. To do this, candidates for the Doctoral Program should complete an application form with their specific needs.
This service currently provides care units on the campuses in Araba, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa. Similarly, the UPV/EHU has a guide for care for students with stabilities.
At the UPV/EHU students may carry out part-time doctoral studies. Any such studies can have a maximum duration of five years from the student's admission to the programme to the presentation of their Doctoral Thesis. In the event that the thesis deposit application has not been submitted when this five-year period has elapsed, the Academic Committee for the Doctoral Programme may authorise this period to be extended by two additional years, and in exceptional cases, it can be extended by a further year, under the conditions established in the relevant Doctoral Programme.
Admission as a part-time student must be assessed and authorized by the Academic Committee for the corresponding Doctoral Programme.