Chapter II. Recognition and transfer of credits

Management Regulations for Official Masters

Recognition and transfer of credits

Article 14.- Definition

Recognition refers to the acceptance by a university of credits that, having been obtained in the pursuance of official study at the same or another university, are applied in other studies towards an official degree. Recognition can also be awarded for credits obtained through university studies towards a Bachelor's degree, undergraduate degree (diplomatura) or degree in engineering, architecture, technical engineering or technical architecture.

Article 15.- Effect

Students whose prior learning has been accredited through credit recognition must complete only the number of credits for which recognition has not been given until the number of credits required for the degree has been fulfilled.

Article 16.- General criteria

The unit of recognition will be the subject, depending on the learning outcomes (i.e. competencies), and recognition associated with the credits completed. To this end, it is essential that the student provide sufficient information on the competencies acquired through the course of study completed for which recognition is being sought under Article 16 of these Regulations. Reports on applications for credit recognition written by the Academic Committees of Master's programmes must contain references to the similarity in competencies achieved and contents taught for all associated credits as a whole, and not merely to the similarity in contents and duration between subjects. Partial recognition of credits cannot be granted for a subject. Recognition can be awarded for required subjects, electives and external practical experience, provided that their nature, objectives and competencies are similar. In any event, recognition will not be granted for credits associated with the final project completed at the end of the Master's programme.

In the case of joint inter-university studies regulated by specific agreements, whether for mobility or for joint degrees, requirements will be adapted to the provisions of these agreements unless the provisions are expressly contrary to the regulations of the University of the Basque Country.

In the case of Master's programmes with their own regulatory guidelines, credit recognition for subjects will be granted in accordance with the provisions of said guidelines.

In addition to the accreditation of full subjects, accreditation for documented workplace and professional experience can also be granted in the form of credits that apply towards an official degree, provided that the experience is related to the competencies inherent to said degree.

The total number of credits awarded on the basis of prior professional or workplace experience and non-official university studies must not exceed 15 per cent of the total credits required for the degree. In these cases recognition will not include the marks earned in said studies or experience; therefore they will not be included in assessment of the student's transcript.

Notwithstanding the above, in exceptional cases the institution may recognise a higher percentage of credits earned in pursuance of non-official degrees than the above-mentioned percentage or, where applicable, grant full recognition, provided that the non-official degree has been repealed and replaced by an official degree.

The Academic Committee of the Master's programme will assign a value in credits to non-official prior learning submitted by the student, taking into account the content and level of competencies completed across all credits assessed. These credits will appear in the student's transcript as 'recognised credits'. A maximum of 15 per cent of the credits required for a postgraduate degree may be granted according to this procedure.

Article 17.- Recognition procedure

In order to begin the recognition procedure, a student must be enrolled in the Master's programme for which he or she is seeking the accreditation of courses and work completed at official institutions or other institutions of recognised standing. Once enrolled, the student must follow the procedure described below:


The student will request approval for credit recognition from the Academic Committee of the Master's programme, submitting the following documents. The deadline for this request is one month after the start date of the academic year.

  • Printed application form, duly completed.
  • Certified personal academic transcript, or a copy and original thereof for comparison purposes.
  • Description of the subject or course, or details of postgraduate activity.

Within one month of receiving an application for recognition of credits, the Academic Committee of the Master's programme will submit its proposals regarding the requested accreditation of studies to the Credit Recognition Committee of the school responsible for the Master's programme, along with the complete student application.

The school's Credit Recognition Committee will make a ruling and notify the Academic Committee and the student of the accreditation granted. Said ruling shall indicate which credits have been recognised and which have not, and must be accompanied by an explanation of why any requested credits were not awarded.

Interested parties may lodge an appeal against the ruling of the school's Credit Recognition Committee before the Postgraduate Committee of the University of the Basque Country within one month of the date of notification of said ruling.

The ruling regarding the application for recognition of credits must include the following:

  • The number of credits that are recognised, with the names of the standard subjects with which they are associated.
  • The subjects from the course of study for which credits are recognised.
  • The number of credits associated with workplace and professional experience and with courses taken when pursuing non-official University degrees that the Committee has awarded.
  • The number of requested credits that will not be awarded, where applicable, with an explanation of why they were not eligible for accreditation.

Credits awarded through the recognition process will appear on a student's transcript as 'recognised credits'; thus, subjects from the course of study considered to have been completed as a result of the successful completion of this study, as well as the subjects corresponding to the recognised credits, will be recorded, together with the course description, type of study, number of credits and marks recorded in the original transcript and the name of the school where this study was completed.

Fees for recognition of credits:

Students will pay the University the fees for recognised credits set for each academic year by the Department for Education, Universities and Research of the Basque Government.

Article 18.- Transfer of credits

The transfer of credits consists of the inclusion in the student's transcript of credits obtained as a result of official instruction received previously, whether at the University of the Basque Country or another university, that did not result in the awarding of an official degree.

1.- Effect

Official academic documents confirming instruction undertaken by each student must include all credits obtained through prior instruction, whether at the same or another university, that did not result in the awarding of an official degree.

2.- Purpose

This will occur in cases in which students begin a new degree that is different from the incomplete university studies accredited.

3.- Procedure

Credits will be officially transferred when a student transfers from one programme to another. The student's transcript will include all credits obtained by the student during the course of official instruction received previously at the same or another university that did not result in the awarding of an official degree.

Transferred credits will be recorded in the student's academic transcript under the terms of Article 16.