Article 7. Access requirements for doctoral courses:
7.1 To access doctoral courses, candidates must hold an official Spanish bachelor's degree, or equivalent, and a university master's degree.
7.2 People in any of the following circumstances will also be admitted:
7.2.1. Holders of an official Spanish university qualification, or from any other country that belongs to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that entitles them to join a master's degree in accordance with the provisions set out in article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, and who have passed at least 300 ECTS credits in their university studies overall, of which at least 60 must be of master's degree level.
7.2.2 Holders of official Spanish bachelor's degrees that are only awarded if at least 300 ECTS credits have been passed, in compliance with EU laws. Such candidates must mandatorily take a bridging course, unless the curriculum of the degree course they passed included research training credits equivalent to the weighting of those awarded on a master's degree course.
7.2.3 Holders of a university qualification who, subsequent to obtaining a place on a specialised course in the health sciences by passing the entrance examination, have successfully passed at least two years of a training programme to obtain any of the official qualifications in the health sciences specialisations.
7.2.4 Holders of a degree obtained in education systems abroad, which will not be subject to homologation if the UdL is able to verify that the degree in question has been accredited to a level equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and that it entitles students from the issuing country to access doctoral courses. Under no circumstances will such admissions subject to the homologation of the degree held by the interested party or its recognition other than for the purposes of joining a doctoral course.
7.2.5 Holders of another doctoral degree obtained in accordance with the above university regulations.
7.2.6. Degree holders, architects and engineers who hold a diploma of advanced studies, obtained pursuant to the provisions of Royal Decree 778/1998, of 30 April, or who have obtained the research proficiency certificate regulated by Royal Decree 185/1985, of 23 January, as provided for in the second additional provision of Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January.
7.2.7 Holders of 300 ECTS credits, or the equivalent, who have subsequently passed 32 credits on doctoral programmes regulated by Royal Decree 185/1985, of 23 January, or 32 credits on doctoral programmes regulated by Royal Decree 778/1998, of 30 April, may directly access doctoral courses.
7.2.8 Holders of an official Spanish degree, or a diploma in a technical subject or architecture obtained in the education system prior to the official introduction of the European Higher Education Area, providing their admission is approved by the academic committee of the doctoral programme and it considers that they fulfil the access requirements set out in article 6.2a of Royal Decree 99/2000, of 28 January, which regulates doctoral courses.
Such admissions approved by the academic committees of doctoral programmes will only be valid for accessing a doctoral programme. Under no circumstances will they imply the recognition of credits from master's degree courses or the award of a master's degree.
7.3 For the purposes of calculating credits, 1 LRU credit (awarded before the introduction of ECTS credits) is equivalent to 1 ECTS credit.
7.4 Should the course documentation provided by students not show the number of LRU credits (1 credit = 10 teaching hours) or ECTS credits (1 credit = 25 hours of total workload) the following validations will be awarded:
- Three-year diploma course = 180 ECTS credits
- Three-year diploma course in a technical subject = 180 ECTS credits
- Three-year bachelor's degree course = 180 ECTS credits
- Two-year second cycle course in a technical subject = 120 ECTS credits
- Four-year bachelor's degree course = 240 ECTS credits
- Four-year degree course/course in a technical subject = 240 ECTS credits
- Five-year (or more) degree course/course in a technical subject = 300 ECTS credits
- One-year master's or postgraduate degree that entitles holders to access a doctoral course in the issuing country = 60 ECTS credits
- Two-year master's or postgraduate degree that entitles holders to access a doctoral course in the issuing country = 120 ECTS credits