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

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Complete Curriculum Vitae
  • A statement of interest (one page maximum) detailing their reasons for joining the programme, their expectations, the line(s) of research that interest them and their career plans.
  • Reference letters from prestigious researchers may be attached to the application.

Applicants are interviewed by lecturers working on the line of research they are interested in, who will then report to the programme’s academic committee.

English language certificates may be submitted, but are not a requirement. Students from other countries whose first language is not Spanish should have a proven level of spoken and written Spanish that is comparable to the DELE intermediate level of the Cervantes Institute.

The academic committee may require students to undertake further studies to prepare for joining this programme. This may involve taking subjects from one of the master's degrees related to the programme.

Students taking part-time studies.

Students in certain circumstances (work, family, disability, etc.) may be allowed to study part-time on this programme. The admission criteria are as outlined above.

Selection criteria

The final decision on admission to the PhD programme in Prehistoric Archaeology is taken by the programme’s academic committee. The programme applies the following selection criteria and weighting to classify applications in rank order.

  • Academic record and master's degree grade: up to 30%.
  • Research experience: up to 20%.
  • Degree of motivation, as seen in the interview with the tutor/supervisor and reference letters submitted by the applicant: up to 15%.
  • Match-up to the profile of the programme: up to 15%.
  • Level of English or other languages: up to 10%.
  • Other merits, such as academic or research stays abroad or attendance at conferences: up to 10%.