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General access requirements

In general, to gain access to an official PhD programme the candidate must hold a Spanish degree in English Studies or equivalent and a Master's degree in English Studies or in any other area of Humanities.

  • All candidates should have at least a C1 level in English. if necessary, this requirement will have to be certified by an official diploma or certificate.
  • Students who have completed the Master degree in Secondary Education may have access to the programme although they will have to undertake a number of courses from the Interuniversity Master in English Studies.

Access may also 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 completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in university studies, 60 of which at least must be at Master's level.
  • 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.
  • Holders 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 rules.
  • Holders of a degree who also have the Diploma of Advanced Studies obtained in accordance with the provisions of RD 778/1998, of April 30, or have achieved research proficiency under the terms outlined in RD 185/1985, of January 23.

Candidates who do not meet all the necessary prior learning conditions for full admission to the programme may be required to complete complementary courses from the UDC/USC/UVigo Master’s programme. The number of credits from these complementary courses will not exceed 15 ECTS credits, which students may choose to complete before or after enrolment in the PhD programme. Students who opt to complete additional coursework prior to enrollment should register for their extra courses at the same time as they do it for their PhD. Failure to complete additional coursework within a period of four consecutive terms will result in the termination of the student’s registration.