Doctoral programme of the UPF Doctoral School, governed by Royal Decree 99/2011
The main aim of the doctorate in Biomedicine is to train students to produce a doctoral thesis in the field of health and life sciences. The programme provides all the necessary tools (analytical, experimental and theoretical) to that end. The doctorate in Biomedicine is an international programme attended by a large number of students from outside Spain.
In order to be admitted to Biomedicine PhD Programme offered by UPF, candidates must provide accreditation that they have obtained an accreditedundergraduate degree (Bachelor degree or recognised equivalent degree from an accredited Higher Education Institution).
Moreover, they have to proof that they have obtained or are in position to obtain an accredited graduate/master's degree(equivalent to a Spanish Master Universitario/Oficial, Master's of Research.... ) which enables them to access a Phd programme in their home country.
In order to access to a doctoral programme at UPF, you need to have completed 300 ECTS credits, 60 of those have to correspond to an official graduate, research orientated master's programme.
Students holding one of the following degrees are not required to have completed a Master’s degree:
Spanish DEA (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados) according to RD 778/1998
Suficiencia Investigadora according to RD185/1985
undergraduate degree of 300 ECTS credits (such as Medicine...)
undergraduate degrees with the equivalence to MECES level 3, according to RD 697/2014
Mandatory documents to be submitted
A photocopy of the undergraduate degree/diploma or Certification/proof of degree completion (Bachelor degree or recognised equivalent degree from an accredited Higher Education Institution).
A photocopy of the official final undergraduate transcript.
If you have finished your Master's degree when you formalise your application, you will need to send us the following documents:
A photocopy of the graduate/master's degree/diploma or Certification/proof of degree completion.
A photocopy of the official final graduate/master's transcript .
However, if you have not yet completed your graduate/master's studies when formalising application, you will need to provide us with the following documents:
A signed declaration of obtaining your graduate/master's degree before the commencement of the PhD programme.
A photocopy of the provisional graduate/master's transcript.
If the diploma or the academic transcript are not written in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese or Italian, you will also have to include the respective sworn translations into Catalan or Spanish.
Students holding a Spanish DEA (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados) according to RD 778/1998 / Suficiencia Investigadora according to RD185/1985 or an undergraduate degree of 300 ECTS credits (such as Medicine...) will not need to have completed a master's degree.
All candidates must also present the following mandatory documents:
The PhD Programme in Biomedicine requires that the research group hosting the PhD student has funds to guarantee the viability of the research project and the thesis supervisor must declare in the letter of acceptance (see below under mandatory documents) the name and reference of the project that will provide funds to conduct the research of the doctoral student.
-To have current or recent accredited research experience with at least five recent publications.
-To be PI of a research project obtained in competitive calls which is active. -To be able to assure a continuity in the contractual relationship that allows the correct and complete development of the doctoral thesis
Personal and research data of the PhD thesis supervisor (Only in case the PhD thesis supervisor does not belong to the UPF)
Please, ask your future thesis supervisor to complete this form in order to collect this personal and research data.
Once filled, he/she will receive a copy of the responses via email. Ask him/her to keep a copy of these answers in a pdf document so you can upload during the registration process.
Acceptance letter signed by a UPF Principal Investigator to act as tutor of the student. (Only in case the PhD thesis supervisor does not belong to the UPF/CRG/IBE/EMBL)
Research project(Short description of the future project that will be developed to specify the field of research).
Identity Card or Passport.
Take into account that the programme has a limited number of admitted students for each academic year, up to 120. In case of receiving more than 120 applications, the CA will have to use the research evaluation criteria to assign the admission registers available.
In addition to having met the general access requirements established by current regulations, in the event that the number of applications submitted exceeds the number of places offered, the following admission criteria will be applied to applicants, which will be counted out of a maximum of 10 points:
The suitability of the applicant's research interests to the lines of research defined in the research programmes of the DCEXS (MELIS) or to the lines of research of the collaborating institutions (EMBL, CRG) (up to 5 points).
The suitability of the applicant's research interests to the lines of research developed by the biomedical research institutions located in the PRBB environment (IMIM, BBRC, CBC, ISGlobal, IBE) (up to 3 points).
That the research to be developed by the applicant has the support of a DCEXS (MELIS) researcher (up to 4 points).
That the research to be developed by the applicant has the support of a researcher from the collaborating institutions (CRG, EML) (up to 2 points).
That the applicant has obtained or formally applied for a predoctoral scholarship (up to 1 point).