Admission application


Candidates who wish to access a PhD program must apply to the academic committee for admissions using the online application form and follow the procedure established by the coordinators or administrative managers responsible for the PhD program for the proposal of a tutor and thesis supervisor.

You can find more information about the academic tutor and supervisor of the thesis in the section "Lines and supervision" in this file.
Before beginning your application make sure you satisfy the admission requirements, have all the necessary documents which you will need to scan and have seen the admissions calendar.

If you want to apply for a place on a PhD program, please note the sections that you must fill in on the application form.

Access requirements

In general, to gain access to an official PhD program the candidate must hold a Spanish degree or equivalent and a Master's degree.

Access may be granted where the following cases apply:

  • Hold an official Spanish university degree or a degree from another country in the EEES which grants access to a Master's degree in accordance with article 16 of RD 1393/2007, of 29 October, and have achieved a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in university studies of which at least 60 must be at Master's level. In this case we must remember that the official university degree obtained correspondence to Level 2 of the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES), for official titles of Graduate or Engineer will be accounted for as a degree of 180 ECTS.
  • Hold an official Spanish qualification at graduate level, the duration of which, in accordance with community law, must be at least 300 ECTS credits. These graduates must take compulsory background credit referred to in article 7.2 of RD 99/2011, except where the syllabus of the degree course includes research training credits equivalent to the research credits awarded on Master's courses.
  • University graduates who, before obtaining a place as a result of the entrance exam for specialist health courses, have passed at least two years of a program for an official qualification in one of the Health Science specialisations.
  • Holder of a qualification obtained in accordance with foreign educational systems without the need for official recognition, having previously confirmed with the university that this qualification accredits a level of training equivalent to the official Spanish university Master's degree and that it would serve as a means of access to a PhD in the country in which it was awarded. This admission does not under any circumstances imply official recognition of the previous qualification or recognition for any purpose other than access to PhD studies.
  • Holders of another Spanish PhD qualification, obtained in accordance with the previous university's rules.
  • Holders of a degree who also have the Diploma of Advanced Studies obtained in accordance with the provisions of RD 778/1998, of 30 April, or have achieved research proficiency under the terms outlined in RD 185/1985, of 23 January.
  • Hold an official university degree which has obtained correspondence to level 3 of the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES), for official degrees of Architect, Engineer or Bachelor.

Admission to the PhD program is decided by the Rector and depends on having passed the bridging courses, where they exist.

Program specific access requirements

Before you apply to this Ph.D. Program through the website of the Doctoral School (link) you need a written acceptance of a thesis supervisor (“director de tesis”) responsible for the scientific development of the thesis. The acceptance letter must be uploaded to the pre-inscription website and also forwarded to the program coordinator by e-mail.

To find an appropriate thesis supervisor you may consult the different program research lines at the “Research and Supervision” section. Researchers with a Doctoral degree not listed there, e.g. from another University or research institution, can also act as thesis supervisors. In such case, please contact the Program Coordinator who will forward this proposal to the academic commission of the program and, if accepted assign an academic tutor from the UAB. Supervisors of the program, listed in the “Research and Supervision” section can act as academic tutors of the supervised student and no additional academic tutor must be assigned.

Preferential access to this PhD program in Plant Biology and Biotechnology is given to students with prior training at master's degree level in plant biology and biotechnology, including a minimum of 15 ECTS credits for research training, or the research proficiency component. In the case of master's degrees not specifically related to this area, the doctoral program’s academic committee will examine the applicant's Curriculum Vitae and will issue a report on his/her suitability, stipulating, where necessary, the bridging courses that must be taken, from the compulsory course modules of the official Master's Degree in Plant Biology and Biotechnology.

Selection criteria

The criteria used to assess applicants' merits in the selection process are as follows.

  • Academic record and affinity of previous studies with the field of plant biology and biotechnology (30%)
  • Research grants obtained (60%)
  • Research experience (participation in conferences, publications, research projects) (5%)
  • Personal interview (5%)
Training supplements

The admission process for PhD programs may require the applicant to have passed specific bridging courses according to their previous education, as well as research initiation training which takes place as official postgraduate activities organized by the university.

In terms of fees and grants, these specific bridging courses are considered to be at PhD level and are not factored into the established limit.

Bridging courses: 

  • You sign up for these when you register.
  • They must be passed during the first year of the PhD.
  • They must not exceed 30 ECTS credits.

Summary for the 5 steps to follow in your application

  • 1.- Access

    To access the application form, you will need a university identification number (NIU) and a password. To obtain these:

      • If you are not a UAB student, enter identification details to register.
      • If you are already or have been a UAB student, you already have a NIU assigned and you can remember your password you can directly access the application form.
      • If you are already or have been a UAB student, but you cannot remember your NIU and/or your password, re-enter your identification details to recover them
  • 2.- Select

    Select the PhD program that interests you.

  • 3.- Enter

    Enter your personal and academic details in the appropriate parts of the application form.
  • 4.- Scan

    Scan the necessary personal and academic documents and attach them to your application. Documents should be in .pdf, .jpg or .doc format (maximum 4 MB).
    At this link you can find the document that you need to include which gives the approval of your supervisor/tutor (filled in and signed), in case it is a program requirement.

  • 5.- Download

    You can download the proof of receipt of your application. Decisions on applications will be sent by e-mail to the address indicated in the pre-registration application. You can consult the stage of the application process at the same link as the application form.

Consult some indications that may be useful for you to pre-register online:

What to do if you have taken a master's degree in Spain and you do not find it in the list of masters that are listed in the university where you studied it?
If you have a master's degree (official) in a Spanish university and when you indicate the university does not appear in the list of masters, you can indicate as follow:
  1. Choose the option "Master obtained outside Spain".
  2. In the country selection popup screen, enter "Spain" and search for the university (you can use * to facilitate the search, for example: * Rioja *).
  3. In the field of studies indicate the name of the studies you have taken (for example: "Master in Information Technology").
Remember that you will have to indicate if you have finished it or not and, once informed this field, click the 'Next' button to continue the online application.
What to do if you are a former UAB student and you do not have the institutional mail of the UAB and you cannot make the application of preinscription online?

The UAB is working to solve this situation. While it is resolved, you must send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. indicating that you are affected by this incident, including the name and surname, the DNI / Passport and the NIU / NIA. Once received this mail, the Doctoral School will have resold the incident and will tell you to continue the application.

If you apply for more than one doctorate at the UAB...
If you apply for more than one doctorate at the UAB, the application will retrieve the information of the mandatory documentation that you indicated in the first application for doctoral access. If the second request asks for other documentation, you can indicate it in the optional documents.
If you do not find your university registered in the system...
If you do not find your university registered in the system, you must select any other university in your country and in the field of observations of the same application indicate the name of the university where you got the degree.




Once your application has been saved, you will enter the selection process. The result will be communicated by email within the dates set out in the admissions calendar.

Documentation necessary for admission

Applicants must be able to accredit before the coordinators or academic managers of the PhD program that their previous studies are sufficient for access to a PhD program in accordance with prevailing legislation and must provide this obligatory documents relatet to previous studies (degree and academic certificates) on registering (see the required documents in the 'Documents to be submitted for registration' point on the 'Enrolment' section in this website).

In the 'Admission' section you can also see all the possible paths for access to PhD programs that are permitted under the current regulations.

The required documents may be presented in Catalan, Spanish or English. Any documents issued in French, Italian or Portuguese can be presented as translations carried out by the UAB Language Service. Applicants must organize their own translations and pay for them. For documents issued in any other language, they must be presented as translation into Catalan, Spanish or English by a sworn translator, working for any diplomatic or consular service of Spain abroad or the Spanish consular or diplomatic representation of the applicant’s national country.

To legalize the documentation accrediting studies carried out abroad, follow the procedure set out in the 'Legalization' section on this website. Non-legalized documents may be presented for admission to the PhD program even though legalization will be required for the registration stage.

If, at the time of application, you still do not have the corresponding certificate or provisional certificate, because you have not yet completed your studies you must indicate this on the application form and admission proposal in the 'Academic details' section, by marking the option "Pending completion'.

Compulsory documents

  • BA Degree certificate or transcript, with details of the subjects studied, ECTS credits (or hours), calls consumed, the qualifications of each subject and overall grade.
  • BA Degree diploma or DEA certificate.
  • Certificate or transcript of the Master / DEA, with details of the subjects studied, ECTS credits (or hours), calls consumed, the qualifications of each subject and overall grade.
  • Master's Degree Diploma (if you do not have it, you'll get it later).
  • Letter of acceptance from the thesis supervisor.

Optional Documents

  • Curriculum with merit proof that includes: research experience, publications, professional experience, stays abroad and scholarships and research grants obtained (if applicable).
  • A reference letter.



The School for Doctoral Studies, on the indications of the PhD coordinator, may issue pre-registration letters for future PhD students before the end of the admission period for the purpose of applying for a grant or administrative procedures in their country.

On the International Welcome Point website you can see more information about future foreign students related to residencies in Catalonia, legal procedures and the UAB campus.

Monitoring your application

You can monitor your application using the same page as you made it. Below are the explanations of the different stages:

  • Application made by student: your pre-registration has been saved.
  • Incomplete application: there are documents missing from the application.
  • Validated by the administrative office: the application and attached documents have been checked.
  • Admitted: the coordinator has considered the pre-registration and proposed an offer or admission.
  • Offer of admission: The Doctoral School has considered the proposals for admission made by the coordinator and has made a definitive offer. The PhD student will also receive an e-mail informing them of this decision. The PhD student must wait to register.
  • Waiting list: the coordinator has considered the pre-registration and has agreed on admission but there ara no places on the PhD course.
  • Application rejected: the coordinator or the Doctoral School have considered the application but do not agree to admission as not all the requirements have been fulfilled.