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To be eligible for a doctoral degree course a candidate must hold an official Spanish bachelor's degree (or equivalent) and a master's degree.

However, candidates in any of the following circumstances are also eligible:

    1. Individuals holding an official university degree from Spain or any other country in the European Higher Education Area that, in accordance with the provisions of Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007 of 29 October, qualifies holders for master's degree courses, provided they have also completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits of official university coursework overall, of which at least 60 must be at the master's degree level.
    2. Individuals holding an official degree from Spain consisting of at least 300 ECTS credits, as required by European Union regulations. Individuals in this category are required to complete bridging courses unless the curriculum of the degree course in question included the same number of research training credits as would be required in a master's degree course.
    3. University graduates who, having passed the entrance examination for specialised medical training, have completed at least two years of a training course leading to an official degree in a health-sciences specialisation.
    4. Individuals holding a degree from a foreign education system. In these cases, homologation is not required, provided it can be shown that the university in question offers a level of training equivalent to that of the official Spanish master's degree and that, in the issuing country, individuals holding the degree in question are eligible for doctoral degree courses. Admission via this channel does not imply homologation of the degree in question, and the degree shall not be considered as recognised for any purpose other than eligibility for the doctoral degree course.
    5. Individuals holding a Spanish doctoral degree obtained under previous university regulations.

Note 1: Undergraduate degrees are not considered to be equivalent to master's degrees. Graduates must be able to prove they have 60 ECTS credits from a master's degree to gain admission to doctoral studies. (Office of the Assistant General Director for Academic Coordination and the Legal System of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, 13 February 2013)

Note 2
The academic committees for doctoral programmes require candidates to have passed a minimum of 15 ECTS credits for research-based subjects from a master's degree. Recognised credits will not be considered. (UPC Doctoral Studies Committee, 24 January 2013)

The admission is opened all year round. However, you will be assigned to one of the two yearly semesters (1-spring or 2-autumn) you want to apply. All the admission process is done on-line at the address This is the UPC web portal to the Master and Doctoral programs. Once you have entered your personal information, you have to create a new application request. Please select 'Signal Theory and Communications' in the list of Doctoral Degrees. You need to upload the following documents to be attached to your application:

  • Scanned copy of your degree(s).
  • Academic records of your degree(s).
  • Curriculum Vitae