Doctoral Programme in Language Analysis and Processing


Admission and registration

General access requirements to the doctorateShow/hide subpages

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 admissionShow/hide subpages

Being an interdisciplinary doctoral programme in the field of computational linguistics, adequate entrance profiles to access this doctoral programme are those that include:1) Knowledge about some of the following thematic areas:- Artificial intelligence, intelligent systems and applications - Natural Interaction (spoken and written) Multimedia Systems - Software engineering and process management - Telecommunications Engineering - Robotics - Information systems - Philology (any branch) - Linguistics - Translation 2) Recommended knowledge of English, at reading and writing level. An English level equivalent at least to B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).3) Ability for working in a group and for synthesis.

Complementary trainingShow/hide subpages

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 programShow/hide subpages

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%

Places availableShow/hide subpages

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Students with specific needsShow/hide subpages

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.

Part-time studentsShow/hide subpages

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.

Teaching languagesShow/hide subpages

  • Spanish
  • Basque
  • English