Entry

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, this means the right to apply for admission to a particular higher education institution to complete a study programme.

Entry to the PhD in Software, Systems and Computing Programme is subject to the provisions of R.D. 99/2011 and the regulations implementing the UPM PhD Model. Under this framework, a student who wishes to apply for entry to any UPM PhD programme must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Hold an official university degree issued in Spain or 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 credits 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 programmes listed under item 1 are equivalent to fewer than 300 ECTS earned as part of a single degree programme or through a degree with 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 programme, to have been earned at a 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 conformity with EU law, is at least 300 ECTS credits. Such degree holders must take bridge courses.
  3. Hold a degree earned in conformity with international educational systems, without the need for approval, subject to UPM verifications that the degree certifies a level of education equivalent to an accredited Spanish master's degree and qualifies degree holders for entry into 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 into the PhD programme.
  4. Hold another Spanish PhD degree earned in conformity with previous higher education regulations.
  5. Hold an official university degree that has obtained correspondence to level 3 of the Spanish Framework of Qualifications for Higher Education.

The entry and admission process begins with student application through the UPM web application on the dates stipulated to this end.

The Office of the UPM's Vice-Rector of Research, Innovation and Doctorate Programmes shall be responsible for verifying that students who apply for admission to the PhD programme meet the above requirements. The UPM's Vice-Rector of Research, Innovation and Doctorate Programmes shall contact candidates, if necessary, to gather any additional or missing information required.

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