Ph.D. in Software and Systems

Entry

The term "entry" means the right of a qualified candidate to apply for possible admission in a level of higher education. Under the terms of the Lisbon Convention, it means the right to apply for admission to a particular university to do some specific studies.

In application of the current legislation (Royal Decree 99/2011), the PhD in Software and Systems will be extinguished in September 2017. The PhD in Software and Systems and the PhD in Advanced Computing for Science and Engineering, PhD programs from the UPM Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos both distinguished with a Ministry of Education Quality Mention distinction, have decided to merge into the new PhD program of PhD in Software, Systems and Computing by the UPM, which will begin in 2014.

For entry and admission to any UPM PhD programme, candidates have to apply online for the programme within the stipulated deadlines by the UPM.

All the documents required to assess whether students meet the entry requirements should be submitted via the online platform. The list of admitted students shall be published on both the UPM and the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos websites at the end of the application period. Students admitted to the programme shall be entitled to enrol. The UPM establishes the enrolment schedule. There are at present two enrolment periods: one in July, for the first semester, and another in February, for the second semester.

The degree entry requirements are as stipulated in R.D.1393/2007, Article 19:

"The same entry requirements shall apply for the taught period of a PhD programme as for official master's degrees, stipulated in Article 16 hereof."

And these conditions are:

Additionally, for the research period, Article 19.2 adds:

For admission to the research period of the PhD programme candidates shall have to hold an official master's degree or similar issued by a higher education institution in the European Higher Education Area. Additionally, holders of degrees earned in conformance with educational systems outside the European Higher Education Area shall qualify for entry without the need for official approval provided their degree is found to certify to an educational level equivalent to the respective Spanish master's degree and entitles holders to enter PhD programmes in the issuing country. Admission shall in no case imply the official approval of the earlier degree held by the applicant, nor its recognition for any other purposes than taking the PhD programme.

Additionally, applicants that meet any of the conditions below may also be eligible for admission:

For any students holding degrees earned in conformity with educational systems outside the European Higher Education Area, the UPM's Postgraduate Committee shall be responsible for confirming that their degree certifies an educational level equivalent to the respective Spanish master's degrees and qualifies holders for admission to PhD programmes in the issuing country.

Admission Requirements

Admission to a UPM PhD Programme shall be subject to programme-specific requirements provided that both the admission requirements provided in R.D.1393/2007 and the UPM's general admission requirements are met. These general requirements state that candidates shall be eligible for entrance to the research period of a UPM doctoral programme, provided they:

  1. Have earned at least 300 ECTS credits in undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
  2. Have earned 30 ECTS credits by research at the UPM.

Should candidate training and experience be far removed from the topics covered by the PhD programme, candidates may be admitted by the PhD Programme Academic Committee subject to the condition that they complete some specified courses in conformity with the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos Internal Quality Assurance System "Foundation Actions" procedure.

For more information on the PhD programme application and enrolment procedure for Spanish, European Union and non-European students, candidates should visit the UPM website (http://www.upm.es).

Admission for the taught period

The Master in Software and Systems requirements and selection and admission procedures also apply for the taught period of the PhD in Software and Systems Programme.

Admission for the research period

The admission requirements for the research period are listed below:

Consideration shall also be given to the points listed below:

Credit transfer and recognition: system proposed by higher education institution

Credit transfer

All the credits earned by students in previous official education completed at the same or another higher education institution leading to the award of the degree of doctor shall be entered in the students' official academic documents.

Credit recognition

The Universidad Politécnica de Madrid shall determine the general requirements for recognition in accordance with the provisions of R.D.1393/2007. The PhD in Software and Systems Programme Academic Committee may recognize credits earned by students of other master's degrees in which they have acquired competences related to the taught period of the PhD in Software and Systems programme. In this respect, the PhD Programme Academic Committee shall, in each case, decide on any recognitions and the conditions under which they are granted, respecting at all times the generally applicable criteria established by the UPM.