General access requirements

In general, to gain access to an official PhD programme the candidate must hold a Spanish degree or equivalent and a Master's degree.

Access may be granted where the following cases apply:

  • Hold an official Spanish university degree or a degree from another country in the EEES which grants access to a Master's degree in accordance with article 16 of RD 1393/2007, of 29 October, and have achieved a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in university studies of which at least 60 must be at Master's level. In this case we must remember that the official university degree obtained correspondence to Level 2 of the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES), for official titles of Graduate or Engineer will be accounted for as a degree of 180 ECTS.
  • Hold an official Spanish qualification at graduate level, the duration of which, in accordance with community law, must be at least 300 ECTS credits. These graduates must take compulsory background credit referred to in article 7.2 of RD 99/2011, except where the syllabus of the degree course includes research training credits equivalent to the research credits awarded on Master's courses.
  • University graduates who, before obtaining a place as a result of the entrance exam for specialist health courses, have passed at least two years of a programme for an official qualification in one of the Health Science specialisations.
  • Holder of a qualification obtained in accordance with foreign educational systems without the need for official recognition, having previously confirmed with the university that this qualification accredits a level of training equivalent to the official Spanish university Master's degree and that it would serve as a means of access to a PhD in the country in which it was awarded. This admission does not under any circumstances imply official recognition of the previous qualification or recognition for any purpose other than access to PhD studies.
  • Holders of another Spanish PhD qualification, obtained in accordance with the previous university's rules.
  • Holders of a degree who also have the Diploma of Advanced Studies obtained in accordance with the provisions of RD 778/1998, of 30 April, or have achieved research proficiency under the terms outlined in RD 185/1985, of 23 January.
  • Hold an official university degree which has obtained correspondence to leve 3 ot the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES), for official degrees of Architect, Enginner or Bachelor.


Admission to the PhD programme is decided by the Rector and depends on having passed the bridging courses, where they exist.

Specific access requirements

For this PhD programme the general requirements are to have successfully completed the previous studies (master's degrees in Palaeontology, Geology and Geophysics of Reservoirs, Mineral Resources and Geological Hazards Nanotechnology and Materials Science) or to have another research-based official master's degree or equivalent.

However, in itself this is not sufficient to obtain admission.

The doctoral programme’s academic committee may require the applicant to undertake bridging courses.

Selection criteria

This PhD programme applies the following evaluation criteria.

  • Previous studies (3 points).
    Priority is given to graduates in Geology, Biology (any specialisation within bioscience), Environmental Science, Geological Engineering, Mining Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, and Geography and History. The doctoral programme’s academic committee may also allocate maximum points for other studies. Graduates in Physics, Chemistry or other subject areas are also considered (maximum 1.5 points). Regarding postgraduate studies, consideration is given to master's degrees in the field of geology and palaeontology from any university in Spain or another country, such as the UAB official master's degrees: Palaeontology, Geology and Geophysics of Reservoirs, Mineral Resources and Geological Hazards, or Nanotechnology and Material Science (maximum 1.5 points).
  • Grades (3 points).
    There is no cut-off score for access, but the following points are given.
    • A maximum of 1.5 points for the bachelor's degree.
    • A maximum of 1.5 points for postgraduate studies.
  • Statement of interest (1 point)
    Applicants must explain their reasons for seeking admission and why their profile is suited to this programme.
  • Knowledge of languages (1 point)
    Proven knowledge of English, German, French or other languages is taken into account.
  • Grants (1 point)
    Grants already awarded to the applicant through a competitive process organised by a public or private institution.
  • Curriculum Vitae (1 point)
    Other aspects that have not yet been taken into account (such as professional or institutional experience) are evaluated in this section.

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