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.
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:
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.
The criteria used to assess applicants' merits in the selection process are as follows.
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.
To access the application form, you will need a university identification number (NIU) and a password. To obtain these:
Select the PhD program that interests you.
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.
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'.
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: