Doctoral Programme in Chemical Sciences and Technology

Admission and Registration

All information on admission and registration is available on the websites of the two universities.

General requirements

In general, in order to access an official doctoral programme, it will be necessary to have the official Spanish degree titles, or equivalent, and a university Master, or equivalent, as long as it is over, at least, 300 ECTS credits as a whole in these two sectors of education.

In addition, there are other possibilities that allow access to the official doctoral studies:

  • The student with a foreign degree without validation may apply for admission to doctoral studies provided they prove a level of studies equivalent to an official Spanish university master title that authorises the access to doctoral studies in the country where the title will be given. This admission will not imply, in any case, the validation of the previous title nor recognition for other purposes than access to these studies. 
  • If necessary, in the student application for admission, there is also the possibility of simultaneously doing the application for equivalence. The CAPD will value the academic adequacy of the studies completed by the applicant and this circumstance must be included in the proposal of those accepted in the programme. 
  • The resolutions of equivalence will be recorded in the student´s record and can be certified as any other aspect included. 
  • Students may enrol without having to wait for the equivalence resolution, but the validity of their enrollment will remain conditional upon this declaration.


Admission profile

The degrees that provide access to this Doctoral Programme without supplementary training are the following:

  • In general, any official master's degree in Chemistry, taking as reference those involving the faculties of Chemistry of the University of Santiago and Vigo (Master's in Chemical Research and Industrial Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry and Computational modelling, Colloids and Interfaces).
  • Students holders of the Diploma of Advanced Studies obtained through the USC's Doctoral Programme in Chemistry and Doctoral Programme in Organic Chemistry, as well as the University of Vigo's Doctoral Programme in Chemistry: Foundations and Applications.
  • Students holders of a similar Diploma of Advanced Studies that academically corresponds to that of the previous doctoral programme.

Admission criteria

The evaluation criteria of the applications will be the following:

  1. Academic record: 70%
  2. Curriculum: 20% 
  3. Personal interview with members of the CAPD: 10%

Training complements

In the case of other profiles different to the above, the Academic Committee will assess each case individually, in order to decide whether they students will require supplementary training (maximum up to 15 ECTS credits), specifying the subjects that must take (maximum three).

In the case of students who have not completed a master's course, they will need an equivalence of training in research credits at least equal to those of the master's that provides access, which equals at least 60 ECTS credits.

In the case of completing the additional training simultaneously with the academic supervision, the student must enroll for such training at the time of enrolling for the academic supervision in the doctoral programme.

Trining complements must be completed in the maximum period of three consecutive terms; if not, the PhD student will have to leave the corresponding doctoral programme.

These training complements will, for the purposes of public prices and the granting of scholarships and study grants, be considered as doctorate-level training. These credits will not compute for the purposes of the common requirements for access to the doctoral program.

In general, Training complements is made up of the compulsory and optional subjects of the Master in Chemical Research and Industrial Chemistry offered by the universities of Santiago de Compostela and Vigo.