Vicerrectorado de Planificación de Enseñanzas

Thank you for your interest in the University of Murcia. Please take into account these general rules for international applicants:

  • University degrees issued within the EU or in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, do not need to be legalized.
  • All other University degrees: the documents have to be legalized, with the Apostille of the Hague or through Diplomatic Channels.
  • International applicants must supply certified translations of all documents not in Spanish.
  • Remember that if your degree has been issued outside the European Higher Education Area, you will have to apply for the verification of the level of your studies before applying for admission (see question 4).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. When and how to apply for admission?
  2. Language requirements for international students
  3. Do I have to obtain the accreditation or equivalence on my academic credentials ("homologación") to study a Doctoral programme at the University of Murcia?
  4. What is the verification of an equivalent level of studies?
  5. What ́s the difference between obtaining the accreditation or equivalence of my academic credentials ("homologación"), and the verification of an equivalent level of studies?
  6. Documents required for students with degrees issued within the EEHA European Higher Education Area (EHEA) to be enrolled in Doctoral Programmes at the University of Murcia
  7. I can access Doctoral Programmes in my country with my university degree. Can I access a Doctoral programme at the University of Murcia even though I don ́t have a Master ́s degree?
  8. Documents required for students with degrees issued outside the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) to be enrolled in Doctoral Programmes at the University of Murcia
  9. How much do Doctoral programmes cost?
  10. How long does a Doctoral Programme take?
  11. Scholarships
  12. What ́s the equivalence of the academic credentials or "Homologación"?
  13. What do I have to do to obtain the equivalence of the academic credentials or "Homologación"?
  14. How to legalize documents
  15. How to obtain the certified (sworn) translation
  16. Contact the Postgraduate Office of the University of Murcia


1. When and how to apply for admission?

Applications must be submitted on line from July until September to http://www.um.es/web/vic-estudios/contenido/doctorados/preinscripcion . We suggest you to get in contact in advance with the coordinator of the Doctoral programme you intend to study. You can find the contacts and specific deadlines on this website.
 
 
Remember that if your degree has been issued outside the EHEA, you will have to apply first for the verification of an equivalent level of studies (see question 4).

2. Language requirements for international students

Unless required for a specific Doctoral programme, applicants do not need to present proof of their knowledge of Spanish. If you want to research in a language other than Spanish, you will have to consult the coordinator of the Doctoral programme you intend to study.

3. Do I have to obtain the accreditation or equivalence on my academic credentials ("homologación") to study a Doctoral programme at the University of Murcia?

Not necessarily.
If your degree has been issued by a University within the European Higher Education Area, you will have to submit your University and Master ́s degrees and their academic transcripts, properly legalized (if needed) with its certified translation into Spanish. Additional documents might be required for specific studies.
If your degree has been issued by a University outside the European Higher Education Area, you don ́t need to obtain the equivalence of your degree; you can request the University of Murcia to verify the level of your studies (it is called "Comprobación de Nivel de Formación"); if that verification is positive, with this positive resolution you will be able to apply for admission to a Master or Doctoral programme.

4. What is the verification of an equivalent level of studies?

It is not an exam. If your degree has been issued by a University outside the European Higher Education Area, we would need some specific documents to check that your University and Master ́s degree are adequate to study a Doctoral Programme at our university (it is called "Comprobación de nivel de formación de estudios"). You must send or bring us your academic documents (properly legalized and translated). You will need the positive resolution allowing you to access postgraduate studies at the University of Murcia, to apply for admission.
Please bear in mind that the processing will take some weeks so you need to send the documents in advance in order to have the resolution on time to apply within the admission deadline.
  •  Who examines the documents and decides on the verification?
Your academic documents will be examined by the Commission corresponding to your field of study. If the report is positive, the resolution will be authorised by the General Doctoral Commission of the University of Murcia
To find the application form and information about the required documents, please consult this link and the following questions:


5. What ́s the difference between obtaining the accreditation or equivalence of my academic credentials ("homologación"), and the verification of an equivalent level of studies?

Obtaining the recognition or equivalence of a foreign university degree ("homologación"), means that it is recognised as equivalent to an official Spanish university degree, with full academic and professional effects in the whole country, and therefore in the European Higher Education Area.
The verification of an equivalent level of studies is a procedure for the University of Murcia for degrees issued outside the EHEA, which consists of checking that your level of studies is adequate in order to study a Master course or a Doctoral programme at our University. It does not grant any other academic or proffessional effect, nor does it imply that you will later be admitted to the specific Doctoral programme.
Please consult the following questions for more infomation.

6. Documents required for students with degrees issued within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) to enroll on Doctoral Programmes at the University of Murcia

First thing you will need to do is to get in contact with the coordinator of the Doctoral Programme you intend to study. You can find the contacts and specific deadlines in this website.
 
To apply for admission, you need to bring or send the following documents to the Postgraduate Office (Edificio Rector Soler, 3a planta, Campus de Espinardo, CP 30100 Murcia, Spain) :
  1. COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT
  2. COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM
  3. UNIVERSITY DEGREE with its certified translation into Spanish.
  4. ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT of your university degree (a document which certifies the official length of the study programme; completed subjects, hours per subject and marks) with its certified translation into Spanish.
  5. MASTER ́S DEGREE (POSTGRADUATE) with its certified translation into Spanish.
  6. ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT of your Master ́s degree (a document which certifies the official length of the study programme; completed subjects, hours per subject and marks) with its certified translation into Spanish.
Legalization is not required for documents issued within the EU or in Norway, Iceland, Switzerland or Liechtenstein Legalization is required for documents issued in all other countries
All the documents you bring or send must be originals or copies with the original legalization (original Apostille or original stamp of the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your country).
IMPORTANT: please note that only Postgraduate Master ́s degrees give access to Doctoral programmes. In some countries, a Master ́s degree is awarded as the last year of an undergraduate programme, so in this case the degree would not entitle to access the Doctoral Programmes in our University.

7. I can access Doctoral Programmes in my country with my university degree. Can I access a Doctoral programme at the University of Murcia even though I don ́t have a Master ́s degree?

No. Even though your university degree might entitle you to access Doctoral programmes in you country, the regulations of the University of Murcia require an Official Master ́s degree issued by a Spanish University, or a degree of the same level (postgraduate level) issued by a foreign University, to access Doctoral programmes.


8. Documents required for students with degrees issued outside the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) to enroll on Doctoral Programmes at the University of Murcia

First thing you will need to do is to get in contact with the coordinator of the Doctoral programme you intend to study. You can find the contacts and specific deadlines in this website.
 
We would need some specific documents to check that your university and Master ́s degrees are adequate to study a Doctoral programme in our university ( it is called "Comprobación de nivel de formación de estudios", see question 4). You must send or bring us your academic documents (properly legalized and translated). You will need the positive resolution allowing you to access postgraduate studies at the University of Murcia to apply for admission.
Please bear in mind that the processing time will take some weeks so you need to send the documents in advance in order to have the resoluction on time to apply within the the admission deadline.
Please send or bring the following documents to the Postgraduate Office (Edificio Rector Soler, 3a planta, Campus Universitario de Espinardo, CP 30100 Murcia, Spain):
  1. COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT
  2. COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM
  3. UNIVERSITY DEGREE properly legalized with its certified translation into Spanish.
  4. ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT of your university degree (a document which the official length of the study programme; completed subjects, hours per subject and marks) properly legalized with its certified translation into Spanish.
  5. MASTER ́S DEGREE (POSTGRADUATE) properly legalized with its certified translation into Spanish
  6. ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT of your Master ́s degree (a document which certifies the official length of the study programme; completed subjects, hours per subject and marks) properly legalized with its certified translation into Spanish.
  7. CERTIFICATION ISSUED BY YOUR UNIVERSITY which states that your degree allows you to study a Master programme in the country where the degree is issued, properly legalized with its certified translation into Spanish. This is not necessary for students coming from China, since there is an agreement with this country.
  • Requirements about the documents
  1. The documents have to be properly legalized (with the Apostille of The Hague Accords or through diplomatic channels).
  2. All the documents you bring or send must be originals or copies with the original legalization (original Apostille or original stamp of the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your country)..
  3. Certified translations of all documents not in Spanish is needed.
  • Where to present the documents
Once the documents are legalized and officially translated, you should bring or send them to the Postgraduate Office:
Universidad de Murcia
Área de Gestión Académica – Sección de Posgrado Edificio Rector Soler, 3a planta 30100 Campus de Espinardo – Murcia - España
 
  • When will the verification be ready?
These verifications are processed and resolved as soon as possible, though the process might take a few weeks. You will need the positive resolution to apply for admission to the Master ́s course.

9. How much do Doctoral programmes cost?

The tuition fee is approximately 388 € plus the secretary fees (about 440.-€ total) per academic year. Please consult the Public Fees.

10. How long does a Doctoral Programme take?

In general, 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time, with the possibility to apply for extension under some circumstances.

11. Scholarships

For Doctoral programmes, you must consult the Unit for Research Management at the University of Murcia: http://www.um.es/ugi/
Please write to the corresponding unit or institution for questions about scholarships. Since they are not managed by the Postgraduate Office, we cannot give you accurate information.

12. What ́s the equivalence of the academic credentials or "Homologación"?

"Homologación" means obtaining the recognition of a foreign university degree as equivalent to an official Spanish university degree, with full academic and professional effects throughout the whole country, and therefore in the European Higher Education Area. This is a procedure that requires the study of every individual case and may take a few months.
In Spain, for undergraduate degrees, you must go to the national Ministry of Education. You can go to its delegation in Murcia:
Edificio MOPU – Alta Inspección de Educación – 3a planta Avenida Alfonso X
phone: +34 968 989 359
 
For Doctoral degrees you can go to any Spanish University. "Reconocimiento profesional" is a procedure to recognize your degree only to practice professions which require
formal qualifications; this last procedure is only applicable for degrees from EU and EEA.

13. What do I have to do to obtain the equivalence of the academic credentials or "Homologación" of a Doctoral degree?

You must bring all your academic documents (both University and Master ́s degrees and their academic transcripts) properly legalized and translated (see questions above for information about documents) to the Postgraduate Office. If your Doctoral degree was issued before the system of the EHEA, and you don ́t have any Master or Pre-Doctoral courses, you should ask for the supervisor of your Doctoral Programme for a certificate of the general contents of your "Doctoral training".
We strongly recommend you to bring as much information as possible about the studies you want the recognition for: the Program of study, with the stamp of your university, clear certification of the hours per subject and the total amount of hours of the programme, etc.
This is a procedure that requires the study of every individual case. If you wish to obtain a first evaluation regarding the possibility to obtain this equivalence before you send or bring us any physical document, you can send them in electronic format (no legalization needed) to 3rciclo@um.es

14. How to legalize documents

With the Apostille of the Hague Accords for States signatory to the Convention. You can consult Member States and where to obtain it here:
 
Through diplomatic channels for the rest of the countries:
  1. Ministry of Education for education degrees and correspondent Ministry for birth and nationality certificates
  2. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country where the documents were issued
  3. Spanish Consulate or Embassy in that country
Degrees issued in China:
  1. Notary and legal translator, usally designed by the notary himself. 
  2. Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  3. Embassy or Consulate of Spain in China

15. How to obtain the certified (sworn) translation

16. Contact the Postgraduate Office of the University of Murcia

Universidad de Murcia – Área de Gestión Académica Sección de Postgrado
Edificio Rector Soler, 3aplanta
Campus de Espinardo 30100 – Murcia
Teléfono – (+34) 868 884294 E-mail: 3rciclo@um.es