What are PhD studies?

The doctorate is the highest academic qualification that can be awarded by any university and its aim is to provide students with advanced training in research techniques.

Doctoral studies are organised through PhD programmes that carry out a training plan which consists of a series of training activities aimed at acquiring competences and skills, and which concludes with the preparation and defence of the doctoral thesis, an original piece of research work that completes the student’s training as a researcher. Its presentation and defence lead to the title of doctor being awarded and qualify the researcher to work independently in the field of R+D+i.

The title of DOCTOR level is level 4 of the MECES (Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education), which corresponds to level 8 of the European Qualifications Framework. Successful completion of doctoral studies entitles the holder to the title of Doctor, with the name that appears in the RUCT.