Ph.D. in Software, Systems and Computing


Entry refers to the right of a qualified candidate to apply for possible admission to a particular higher education level. Under the terms of the Lisbon Convention, it means the right to apply for admission to a particular higher education institution to complete a programme of study.

Entry to the PhD in Software, Systems and Computing Program is subject to the provisions of R.D. 99/2011 and the regulations implementing the UPM PhD Model, passed by its Board of Governors on 21 December 2011 and amended by the Board of Governers on 19 December 2013. Within this framework, a student that wants to apply for entry to any UPM PhD program shall have to meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Hold an official university degree issued in Spain or or by another member country of the European Higher Education Area qualifying the holder for entry to master's programmes in the issuing country and have earned at least 300 ECTS throughout their official higher education, of which at least 60 shall have been at master's level.

    Equivalences with official Spanish university degrees previous to RD 1393/2007 are established such that a full-year course is considered to be equivalent to 60 ECTS credits.

    If the total number of credits earned in the degree programs listed under item 1 were equivalent to fewer than 300 ECTS earned as part of a single degree program or through a degree of fewer than 300 ECTS credits, plus a second-cycle degree bringing up the total to at least 300 ECTS credits, 60 of the total ECTS credits shall be considered, exclusively for the purpose of entry to the PhD program, to have been earned at master's level, where such recognition shall not constitute eligibility to apply for a master's degree.
  2. Hold an accredited Spanish undergraduate degree, whose duration, in conformance with EU law, is at least 300 ECTS credits. Such degree holders shall have to take bridge courses.
  3. Hold a degree earned in conformance with international educational systems, without the need for approval, subject to UPM checks that the degree certifies to a level of education equivalent to an accredited Spanish master's degree and qualifies degree holders for entry to PhD studies in the issuing country. In no case shall admission imply the approval of the previous degree of which the applicant is a holder nor its recognition for purposes other than entry to the PhD program.
  4. Hold another Spanish PhD degree earned in conformance with earlier higher education regulations.

The Office of the UPM's Vice Rector of Academic Planning and Doctorate Programmes shall be responsible for checking that students who apply for admission to the PhD program meet the above requirements, especially that the academic level attained through studies abroad provide qualifications equivalent to a master's degree and that such master's degrees qualify holders for entry to PhD programs in the issuing country.

The entry and admission process starts with student application through the UPM web application on the dates stipulated for the purpose.

The UPM's Vice Rector of Academic Planning and Doctorate Programs shall contact candidates, if necessary, to gather any additional or fill in any missing information.

Once the Office of the Vice Rector has approved entry, the PSSC Committee shall start the admission process.