Doctoral Programme in Cognitive Neuroscience


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

The Doctorate Programme in Cognitive Neuroscience is aimed at students who have studied the Master's Degree in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language, or another university master's degree in Cognitive Neuroscience, or a master's degree with similar characteristics, or 60 university master's degree credits that are related to the multidisciplinary field of Cognitive Neuroscience, such as Psychology, Biology, Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Linguistics.

In order to provide students with sufficient information prior to the start of the course in order to be able to plan their access and training process, the programme will have the following information:

1. Structure and objectives of the doctoral programme.

2. Profile and skills.

3. Access and admission requirements. Enrolment process.

4. Supplementary training required (if applicable)

5. Information on scholarships and grants.

6. Doctorate regulations.

7. Information on the process of reading and defending the thesis.

Complementary trainingShow/hide subpages

According to the provisions of Article 7 of RD 99/2011, of 28 January, regulating the official teaching of PhDs, the Doctoral Programme may include specific complementary training as may be required The programme does not provide for its own training supplements as it has a specific research master programme for the programme (the Master's Degree in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language) whose theoretical and methodological courses can be used to supplement the training of students who do not have the appropriate training to carry out their doctoral thesis because they have studied other related master's degrees. In such cases, the doctoral commission may require the completion of training supplements and the student will be accepted or admitted to the Doctoral Programme, but on a conditional basis. Supplementary training may be linked to research credits or to theoretical or methodological training.

Criteria for admission to the programShow/hide subpages

When selecting the candidates, the criteria considered by the academic committee will be:

(1) Candidate's academic record in undergraduate and master's degrees (35%)

(2) Specific training in the field of cognitive neuroscience (15%)

(3) Knowledge of English (20%)

(4) Scientific publications and other research merits (10%)

(5) Personal interview with assessment of the following aspects: theoretical and methodological knowledge, previous experience, motivation, interest, initiative, attitude to learn (20%)

Based on all these criteria, the academic committee will decide whether the candidate is (a) accepted, (b) rejected, or (c) accepted subject to the completion of a given number of training credits.

The Academic Committee will notify the candidates of their results. Once notified, students must contact their tutor and complete the enrolment process. Within a maximum period of three months, the academic committee, together with the tutor and the doctoral candidate, will assign a thesis director.

Places availableShow/hide subpages

Full time places:
Part time places:

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

  • English