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International Doctoral School


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It coordinates the different doctoral programmes of the University, their procedures and training activities, promoting the interdisciplinary training of doctoral students and stimulating mobility through cooperation agreements with national and foreign research entities.

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It coordinates the different doctoral programmes of the University, their procedures and training activities, promoting the interdisciplinary training of doctoral students and stimulating mobility through cooperation agreements with national and foreign research entities.

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Mission and objective

Created in June 2012, the Comillas International Doctoral School is responsible for the organisation and management of doctoral studies at Comillas governed by Royal Decree 99/2011.

The main objective of the School is the coordination of the different doctoral programmes, their procedures, training activities and monitoring of student progress, generating synergies in the use of resources and the intensification of the interdisciplinary training of doctoral students.

In this sense,
training activities and seminars are organised for all doctoral students, in which they are exposed to research topics in disciplines other than their own, and which help to stimulate interdisciplinarity and the adaptation of doctoral programmes to the demands of society, as well as mobilising the potential of the University and its research networks.

The School is the University's single point of reference for doctoral programmes, which facilitates its integration in inter-university networks such as the Aristós Campus Mundus programme, cooperation agreements with national and foreign research entities, the attraction of international talent to doctoral programmes, and funding for students on these programmes.

Areas of research

Don't miss out on our offer of areas and programmes

Our programmes

  • Business
  • Doctorates
  • English
  • 4 years full time and 7 years part time
  • Law
  • Doctorates
  • Spanish
  • 4 years full time and 7 years part time
  • Business
  • Doctorates
  • English
  • 4 years full time and 7 years part time
  • Law
  • Doctorates
  • Spanish
  • 4 years full time and 7 years part time

What makes us different?

Training of researchers connected to society and business Training of researchers connected to society and business.

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Doctoral Programmes

277

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PhD students

+30

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Theses defended

during the 2019-20 academic year
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student at work

Information on admission.

In general, access to the programmes requires the possession of an official Spanish Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, and a Master's degree. The Academic Committees may establish additional requirements and criteria for the selection and admission of students to a specific doctoral programme.

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student at work

Access requirements to a doctoral programme

In general, access to an official doctoral programme requires the possession of an official Spanish Bachelor's degree or equivalent, and a Master's degree or equivalent, provided that at least 300 ECTS credits have been passed in these two courses.

The Academic Committees may establish additional requirements and criteria for the selection and admission of students to a specific doctoral programme.

Access is also open to those who are in one of the following situations:

  • Hold an official Spanish university degree, or from another country belonging to the European Higher Education Area, which qualifies for access to a Master's degree in accordance with the provisions of Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, and have passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in official university studies, of which at least 60 must be at Master's level; - Hold an official Spanish Bachelor's degree, the duration of which, in accordance with Community law, is at least 300 ECTS credits. These graduates must be required to take the training complements referred to in article 6.3 of this regulation, unless the syllabus of the corresponding bachelor's degree includes research training credits, equivalent in training value to the research credits from the master's degree.
Graduation

  • Be in possession of an official university degree that has obtained the correspondence to level 3 of the Spanish Framework of Qualifications for Higher Education, in accordance with the procedure established in Royal Decree 967/2014, of 21 November, which establishes the requirements and procedure for the homologation and declaration of equivalence to official university degree and academic level and for the validation of foreign higher education studies, and the procedure for determining the correspondence to the levels of the Spanish Framework of Qualifications for Higher Education of the official degrees of Architect, Engineer, Graduate, Technical Architect, Technical Engineer and Diploma.
    - University graduates who, after obtaining a place in training in the corresponding entrance examination for specialised health training places, have passed with a positive evaluation at least two years of training in a programme for obtaining the official qualification in one of the specialities in Health Sciences.

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  • Holding a degree obtained in accordance with foreign education systems, without the need for official recognition, after verification by the General Doctoral Commission that it accredits a level of training equivalent to that of the official Spanish Master's degree and that it entitles the holder to access doctoral studies in the country issuing the degree. This admission will not imply, in any case, the homologation of the previous degree held by the interested party or its recognition for purposes other than access to doctoral studies.
    - Holding another Spanish doctoral degree obtained in accordance with previous university regulations.
    - Doctoral students who have started their doctoral programme in accordance with university regulations prior to Royal Decree 99/2011.
    - Graduates, architects or engineers in possession of the Diploma of Advanced Studies obtained in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 778/1998, of 30 April, or who have achieved research proficiency as regulated in Royal Decree 185/1985, of 23 January.

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student on campus

Grants and financial aid

We are aware that research is an essential task in any university and that it allows us to create the knowledge that will later be transferred to students and society, so we have various programmes to help train researchers.

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student on campus

Information of interest

Consult all the details about the study plan, processes and the most relevant academic information. It will help you to have a complete overview of the doctoral programmes and the possibilities they offer.

Quick guide to the PhD at Comillas
Syllabus
International Doctoral Mobility
Industrial Doctorate
Recent doctoral theses
Documents

Events

Check the events calendar.

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Pedro Linares Llamas
Director of the International Doctoral School

At Comillas we promote comprehensive and multidisciplinary doctoral training.

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Meet the team

Consult the organisation. The General Doctoral Committee, the Scientific Committee and the corresponding Academic Committees.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Consultation on admission, enrolment for doctoral training, follow-up and development of the programme

  • In general, in order to access an official doctoral programme it will be necessary to hold an official Spanish Bachelor's degree or equivalent, and a Master's degree or equivalent, provided that at least 300 ECTS credits have been passed in these two courses.

    The general requirements, established by current legislation, can be consulted in detail on the website of the International Doctoral School.

  • The doctoral programmes regulated by RD99/2011 are configured on a semester basis. Enrolment must be formalised during the months of September and February.

  • A maximum of three years, full-time, and five years, part-time, from admission to the programme until the application for submission of the doctoral thesis is made.

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