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 PhD programme in Tourism has no specific admission requirements.


Selection criteria

The programme’s academic committee applies the following selection criteria and weighting to assess applications.

  • Academic transcript. Preference is given to applicants with the highest grades on their academic transcript. The transcript is assessed in terms of the average grade of the bachelor's degree and the master's degree, respectively. Attention is paid to whether the previous studies (bachelor's and master's degrees) are in fields related to the lines of research of this PhD programme, focusing in particular on the master's degree dissertation. (Weighting: 25%)
  • Suitable research topic. The assessment is based on the student's initial interest in conducting research within one of the programme's lines of research. Applicants may consider modifying the topic during the admission process, on the recommendation of the programme's academic committee. Admission is conditional on the agreement of the thesis supervisor proposed by the doctoral programme’s academic committee. (Weighting: 30%)
  • Statement of interest and personal interview. Applicants need to provide a detailed CV and a statement of interest that sets out their intentions and preferences. They can opt to include their master's dissertation or other publications in digital format. Having submitted the above documents, applicants are called to a personal interview (conducted online if necessary) to assess their verbal communication skills. (Weighting: 20%)
  • Research funding. Account is taken of grants or equivalent financial aid awarded. This funding may be from public or private sources, within the framework of awarding processes at nationwide, autonomous-community or university level, from ongoing research-group projects, or international sources. (Weighting: 5%)
  • Language competence. Applicants must provide proof of having level B2 in English and, where necessary, a knowledge of other languages needed to properly carry out their research, so as to ensure they are able to disseminate their research findings. (Weighting: 10%)
  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methodological techniques. Applicants should be familiar with tools related to quantitative and qualitative methodologies, in order to carry out the empirical studies needed for the thesis. This is assessed through the applicant's academic transcript. (Weighting: 10%)


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