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

The doctoral programme’s Academic Committee has established the following requirements and criteria for the selection and admission of students:

  • A bachelor's and master's degree in Social Sciences, Law, Humanities, Engineering, Health Sciences or Basic Sciences.
  • A minimum overall grade as indicated on the bachelor's and master's degree transcript of 7/10 (or equivalent) in both degrees.
  • Competence in English (equivalent to a minimum level of C1) or in Spanish (equivalent to a minimum level C1) in the case of foreign students.
  • Successful completion of a personal interview.
  • Submission of a document (maximum 5 pages) specifying previous training/education and the line of research within the PhD programme in which you wish to be admitted.
  • Letter of recommendation from an academic of recognised prestige.

The student must have recognised training/education in research, knowledge of concepts, instruments, and tools in the field of Physical Activity and Sports Science, or other academic disciplines applied to the area of Sports Science related to the distinct lines of research offered by the programme.


Selection criteria

  • Academic transcript, degree, and relevance of studies to the indicated entry profile and to any of the lines of research within the PhD programme or to Sports Science in general (50%).
  • Research activities and experience related to one of the lines of research in the programme (participation in conferences, publications, membership of research projects) (15%).
  • Knowledge of Spanish (for foreign students) or English with a level higher than C1 in all cases (10%), with the exception of students whose country's official language is English
  • Research or study stays abroad (5%). In the case of foreign students, this must be outside their country of origin.
  • Obtention of grants and/or scholarships with a pre-doctoral contract (15%).
  • Successful undertaking of methodological-training credits on a master's degree (5%).


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