Doctoral Programme in Neuroscience
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 ideal profile for those who are interested in enrolling in the Neuroscience Doctoral Programme is that of students who have completed at least one Degree in the area of Biomedicine, Science and Engineering (Biology, Biotechnology, Pharmacy, Medicine, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Veterinary, Physics, Mathematics, Telecommunications Engineering, Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Computer Engineering) and an official research Masters Degree potentially related with the aforementioned degree. Admission shall also be possible if the requirements of Article 6 of Royal Decree 99/2011 of 28 January governing the official doctoral teaching are met.
In the case of graduates from non-EU countries, the provisions of Article 6 letter D of RD 99/2011 will apply, considering the peculiarities of the procedures of each university involved in the programme. In these cases each institutional coordinator shall establish a criterion of compatibility between the foreign degree and the corresponding Spanish degree in accordance with the rules of each university in observance of the list of degrees mentioned in the preceding paragraph.
Students need to have a strong vocational component which is required, once started, to complete the doctoral training in this area of great current scientific and professional interest and which is generating highly specialised job positions today. The personal interview, in-person or by videoconference, will be a key tool to establish the level of motivation and the qualities of the candidates for the development of a scientific career in the field of research on the nervous system.
Candidates to the Neuroscience Programme must have a good command of English, proven both for reading the specialised literature and for understanding the activities programmed.
The Doctoral Programme does not provide any specific complementary training. Students selected by the Academic Committee shall be deemed to be fully qualified for their training as researchers within the programme, ensuring a satisfactory acquisition of the intended skills. However, 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. It shall be accessed by Degree or Bachelor Degree graduates, with at least 300 ECTS, whose studies may not include a specific content in research training, and the Academic Committee of the programme shall decide for each admitted student, depending on the admission profile, whether or not there is the need to acquire this research training. The training will be acquired by performing a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 20 ECTS in subjects of Official Masters Degrees offered by the participant universities in the area of Neuroscience or other equivalent training in terms of research competencies, in which students will enrol, advised by their tutor or supervisor, once they have enrolled in the Doctoral Programme.
Specifically, these University Masters Degree subjects shall be:
-Introduction to Neuroscience (8 ECTS) Experimental Techniques in Neuroscience (12 ECTS On-Line)
Criteria for admission to the program
Once the documentation has been submitted, the institutional Coordinators will proceed to a selection of pupils based on the following criteria:
Mark. The Programme Director shall establish, previously with the institutional Coordinators (Academic Committee), the mode of application of the criteria and content and assessment modes of the interview to objectively to achieve a homogeneous level in the selection of students. To do so, a scale shall be determined according to the following criteria and percentages:
Criteria Weight in %:
Average mark of the academic record 40%
Specific training in the fields of neuroscience 15%
Research merits 5%
Command of English 20%
Personal interview (aspects to be valued: motivation, interest, initiative, attitude, willingness to learn, oral expression) 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.