In Spain, for a Higher Education Institution to offer an official PhD programme, universities are compelled to go through an accreditation process for each separate programme. The University of Deusto offers in EUROPLATA 10 official programmes. Each of these are sub-divided into at least ten different research lines (líneas de investigación).
The University of Deusto introduced a three-cycle structure of bachelor (grado), master (one-two years) and doctoral education. All programmes at the University of Deusto use the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). One academic year represents 60 ECTS, 1 ECTS generally corresponding to 25 to 30 hours of work. This is mainly applicable at a bachelor's (Grado) and master's level.
The third cycle, the doctorate, in Deusto mainly involves carrying out research. Even when a number of ECTS credits are awarded during the academic year in the third cycle, PhD students are supposed to work on an individual project in close collaboration with their supervisor(s). The supervisor (tutor), is assigned by the PhD director in accordance with the research topic. There is no specific time to accomplish a PhD, which depends on the candidate's performance, but generally it is estimated that four years are enough to conclude a PhD programme.
In order to become a PhD candidate you are required to have a master's degree or 60 ECTS credits (equivalent to 1 academic year) obtained in a master's programme. Additionally, it is compulsory to have the acceptance of the PhD programme director. In relation with Erasmus Mundus all applications will be processed centrally by the EUROPLATA coordinator at Deusto who, after checking the requirements set by the consortium as selection criteria, will submit the applications to the PhD programme directors for their consideration.
Research Language: English and Spanish
Research in the University of Deusto can be performed in English and/or Spanish