UGR Doctoral Programmes

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We are pleased to announce that the application period for UGR doctoral programmes will be open from 2 July to 8 October 2018. A second application period will run from 8 to 28 January 2019.

The University of Granada is firmly committed to excellence across all of its doctoral programmes – excellence delivered by expert teaching staff with a solid scientific and technical track record who participate in major research projects at national and international level. We have long-standing experience in educating doctors and supporting candidates in producing high-quality theses with an international impact.

We present you with 10 convincing reasons:

1. A high-ranking university

National and international rankings reflect the UGR’s position among the top universities in Spain and the best in the world. According to the 2018 edition of the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), the UGR is the second-ranked university in Spain, after only the University of Barcelona. Thirty-four academic subjects offered at the UGR feature in the ARWU, ten of which are among the global top 150.

2. World-class research

The UGR is internationally renowned for its excellence in diverse research fields, such as ICT (world top 50), Health Sciences, Mathematics, Cultural Heritage, Psychology and Linguistics, among others. Its 500+ research groups work in all knowledge areas, collaborating closely with other national and international leaders, as well as key industries. From the perspective of specific academic subjects in the 2018 Shanghai-ARWU, particularly noteworthy are the UGR’s achievements in the subjects of Library & Information Sciences (28th worldwide) and Food Science & Technology (38th worldwide). In Computer Science & Engineering; Mathematics; and Oceanography the UGR is ranked among the top 76-100 institutions worldwide, while in Transportation Science & Technology; Nursing; Public Administration; Statistics; and Dentistry & Oral Sciences, the UGR features among the top 101-150 universities on the globe.

3. A truly international experience

The UGR is the most popular destination among European exchange students (Erasmus+) and the European leader in figures of both incoming and outgoing Erasmus students. It is a welcoming cosmopolitan university: about 25% of those enrolled on doctoral programmes are international students. Moreover, as a doctoral candidate at the UGR you will have the opportunity to participate in an extensive range of mobility programmes, thanks to the exchange agreements we maintain with higher education institutions in over 100 countries. By completing a research period abroad, you can obtain an “International Doctorate” Mention, greatly enhancing the value of your qualification.

4. A wide range of programmes and degrees

The UGR offers an extensive selection of high-quality academic programmes with a clear international vocation. In the academic year 2018/2019 the UGR will offer 108 master’s degrees; 18 of which in international partnerships, as well as 28 doctoral programmes in three interdisciplinary schools.

5. Outstanding services and facilities

The UGR offers top-quality services for its students and staff, covering all aspects of university life (world-class research facilities, accommodation options, well-stocked libraries, high-speed Wi-Fi, canteens, disability services, sports facilities and many more). Our International Welcome Centre caters directly to the needs of international doctoral candidates, researchers, postdocs and visiting staff, before, during and after their mobility period at the UGR.

6. Language learning opportunities

Students can learn Spanish and other languages alongside the 10,000 local and international students who enrol each year on courses offered by the UGR’s Modern Languages Centre, Confucius Institute (Chinese), “Russkiy Mir” Russian Centre and “al-Babtain” Chair in Arab Studies.

7. An ideal university city

The UGR merges with the city, its schools and campuses distributed throughout Granada, giving the city a lively student atmosphere (more than 60,000 students in a city of 240,000 inhabitants). Granada, a safe modern city, also has an outstanding geographical location just 40 minutes from the Mediterranean Coast with its tropical climate, and 30 minutes from the Sierra Nevada ski resort.

8. An intercontinental institution

The University of Granada also has campuses in the North African cities of Ceuta and Melilla, making it a truly intercontinental institution.

9. A culturally and historically rich city

Granada is an enchanting city, full of monuments, history and, of course, the University. Along with its charm, its many cultural and recreational activities make it a great city to explore and a magnificent destination for students from around the world. Granada offers a wide range of cultural activities including festivals of flamenco, jazz, tango, theatre, poetry, magic, music, and dance.

10. Commitment to sustainable development and cooperation

The UGR is firmly committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Students and staff take part in local community initiatives and international development cooperation activities. Students work in an environment of diversity, equality and tolerance.

Doctoral School in Health Sciences (EDCS)

  • Doctoral Programme in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

  • Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine.

  • Doctoral Programme in Clinical Medicine and Public Health.

  • Doctoral Programme in Nutrition and Food Sciences.

  • Doctoral Programme in Pharmacy.

  • Doctoral Programme in Psychology

Doctoral School in Humanities, Social Sciences and Law (EDHCSJ)

  • Doctoral Programme in Arts and Education.

  • Doctoral Programme in City, Territory, and Sustainable Planning.

  • Doctoral Programme in Criminology.

  • Doctoral Programme in Economics and Business Studies.

  • Doctoral Programme in Education Sciences.

  • Doctoral Programme in History and the Arts.

  • Doctoral Programme in Language, Text and Context.

  • Doctoral Programme in Legal Sciences.

  • Doctoral Programme in Migration Studies.

  • Doctoral Programme in Philosophy.

  • Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences.

  • Doctoral Programme in Women´s Studies, Gender Practices and Discourses

Doctoral School in Science, Technology and Engineering (EDCTI)

  • Doctoral Programme in Biogeochemical Fluid Dynamics and its Applications.

  • Doctoral Programme in Chemistry.

  • Doctoral Programme in Civil Engineering.

  • Doctoral Programme in Earth Sciences.

  • Doctoral Programme in Fundamental and Systems Biology.

  • Doctoral Programme in Information and Communication Technologies.

  • Doctoral Programme in Mathematical and Applied Statistics.

  • Doctoral Programme in Mathematics.

  • Doctoral Programme in Physics and Mathematics.

  • Doctoral Programme in Physics and Space Sciences

Generally speaking, in order to enrol on a doctoral programme you must hold a bachelor’s degree issued in Spain or an equivalent qualification issued abroad, and a master’s degree.

Foreign applicants must hold a degree issued in accordance with their national education system, but do not require official approval from the Spanish Ministry of Education (homologación), provided that the degree proves a level of training which is equivalent to that of an official master’s degree (postgraduate level) in Spain and which entitles you to enrol on a doctoral programme in the country in which it was issued.

You must apply online and consult the eligibility criteria on the webpage of the doctoral programme that you are interested in.

Regular application period 2018-2019

Application period 2 Jul 2018 – 8 Oct 2018
Publication of list of provisionally accepted applications 2 Nov 2018
Complaint and appeal period 2 Nov 2018 – 9 Nov 2018
Registration period 23 Nov 2018
Publication of definitive list of successful applicants 23 Nov 2018 – 7 Dec 2018

Extraordinary application period 2018-2019*

Application period 08 Jan 2019 – 28 Jan 2019 

Publication of list of provisionally accepted applications

12 Feb 2019
Complaint and appeal period 12 Feb 2019 – 19 Feb 2019
Registration period 26 Feb 2019

Publication of definitive list of successful applicants

26 Feb 2019 – 11 Mar 2019

* Applications submitted during the extraordinary application period will only be accepted if there are vacant places on the doctoral programme in question

Please visit the International School for Postgraduate Studies for further information on the UGR’s doctoral programmes: