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

This PhD programme has the following specific admission requirements.

  • Bachelor's degree, master's degree or Spanish PhD degree involving studies in the field of sociology, enabling the student to apply the discipline's main approaches to the study of social reality. Suitable candidates are therefore those with degrees in the social sciences (sociology, political science, geography, anthropology, social education, economics, labour relations, etc.) who have taken specific credits within the area of knowledge of sociology.
  • At least 12 of the 60 ECTS credits required corresponding to a master's degree must have been for research training or methodology and aimed at mastering the research methods of the social sciences and their basic and advanced techniques (both quantitative and qualitative). Of these 12 credits, 6 must correspond to a master's dissertation assessed by an examining board.
  • The subject area of the doctoral thesis must coincide with one of the lines of research of the groups participating in this PhD programme.
  • Proof of English level B2 or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (e.g. First Certificate in English: FCE).

Selection criteria

The doctoral programme’s academic committee allocates a score of up to 20 points to each application, based on the following criteria.

  • Match-up between the doctoral thesis pre-project and the programme's lines of research and explicit backing from one of the programme's research teams. (8 points)
  • Grants or other funding for doctoral studies. Maximum points will be given to pre-doctoral grants from regular, competitive awarding processes organised by public bodies such as the Spanish Ministry of Education or the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat). (5 points)
  • Academic record (4 points).
  • Curriculum Vitae, to evaluate applicants' academic background (scientific collaborations, research stays, publications, etc.) (3 points).

Applicants need to submit the relevant documents for this purpose. The doctoral programme’s academic committee may also interview applicants where necessary.

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Additional information: http://www.uab.cat/departament/sociologia/