Admission is the action whereby the respective PhD programme grants an eligible applicant entry to the specified higher education programme. It is equivalent to the effective acceptance of a student for a specified programme of studies at a specified higher education institution.
The PhD in Software, Systems and Computing Academic Committee shall first check that students meet the UPM entry criteria and then proceed to select and admit students according to the number of places established by the PhD programme.
Students shall be admitted to the PhD in Software, Systems and Computing Programme based on the criteria and weights listed below. Submission of all required documents is mandatory:
- Curriculum Vitae (20%)
- Professional and research experience: Consideration shall be given to previous experience, especially any related to the PhD programme research areas.
- Academic information: Degree certificates and academic transcripts (25%)
- For students who have taken any of the master's degrees associated with this PhD programme, consideration shall be given to students' academic attainment.
- For students of other master's degree programmes, consideration shall be given to academic attainment and the similarity of the competences and knowledge acquired through the master's degree with the PhD research lines.
- Consideration shall be given to students' higher education academic record.
- Certification of foreign language proficiency (15%)
- Students shall have to certify to having a proficiency level of B2 (CEFR) or equivalent in English.
- Letters of recommendation (15%)
- At least one letter of recommendation from a PhD programme faculty member (or School of Computer Engineering faculty member or another respected doctor), appraising the motivation, expertise and ability of the student and agreeing to supervise his or her thesis in the event of admission. Alternatively, the faculty member may email this undertaking to the programme coordinator. (10%)
- Other letters of recommendation by respected researchers and professionals appraising the student are optional. (5%)
- Letter of motivation (5%)
- Students should submit a letter of motivation, stating, at least, their areas of interest, their grounds for applying for admission to this PhD programme and the reasons for wishing to specialize in a particular area.
- Interview (20%)
- The PhD Programme Academic Committee may invite candidates to a personal interview.
Students who do not conform to the admissions profile established for this PhD programme but are considered capable of learning the competences required for admission may be admitted conditionally upon taking a number of Bridge Courses established by the PhD Programme Academic Committee.