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Access, admission and enrollment

Request for pre-registration in doctoral programs

General requirements for access and admission to the Doctorate

The requirements for access to the doctorate, as determined in article 6, of Royal Decree 99/2011, of January 28, modified by Royal Decree 43/2015, of February 2, are the following:

1. In general, to access an official doctoral program it will be necessary to be in possession of the official Spanish degrees of Bachelor's Degree, or equivalent, and Master's Degree, or equivalent, provided that at least 300 credits have been passed. ECTS in the set of these two teachings.

2. Likewise, those who are in any of the following cases may access:

  1. Be in possession of official Spanish university degrees or equivalent Spanish degrees as long as at least 300 ECTS credits have been obtained in all of these courses and accredit level 3 of the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education.
  2. Be in possession of a degree obtained in accordance with foreign educational systems belonging to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), without the need for homologation, that accredits a level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework, provided that said degree entitles access to higher education studies. doctorate in the country of issue. This admission will not imply, in any case, the homologation of the previous degree held by the interested party or its recognition for purposes other than access to doctoral education.
  3. Be in possession of a degree obtained in accordance with foreign educational systems outside the EHEA, without the need for its approval, after verification by the university that it accredits a level of training equivalent to that of the official Spanish university Master's degree and that it authorizes the country of issue of the degree for access to doctoral studies. This admission will not imply, in any case, the homologation of the previous degree held by the interested party or its recognition for purposes other than access to doctoral education.

  4. Be in possession of another Doctorate degree.

  5. Likewise, university graduates who, after obtaining a place in training in the corresponding test for access to specialized health training places, have passed with a positive evaluation at least two years of training in a program to obtain an official title in one of the specialties in Health Sciences.

The second additional provision, section 2, of Royal Decree 99/2011, of January 28, also establishes that graduates, architects or engineers who are in possession of the Diploma of Advanced Studies obtained in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 778/1998, of April 30, or have reached research proficiency regulated in Royal Decree 185/1985, of January 23.

Likewise, article 7 of the regulations governing doctoral studies, approved by the Governing Council of the Rey Juan Carlos University, specifies the access requirements for the following cases:

Access with foreign university degrees without homologation.

Spanish or foreign students who, while in possession of degrees obtained at a foreign university or higher education center, wish to pursue Third Cycle studies at the Rey Juan Carlos University, may access them without the need for their degrees to be previously approved, according to the following forecasts:

  1. Submit the degree or degrees obtained at your home university, duly legalized.
  2. Submit academic certification stating the subjects studied with the grades obtained, as well as the years and subjects that make up said degree (equally legalized).
  3. In the event that the original language of the documentation is not Spanish, a translation of the university degree and the academic certificate, carried out by an official translator, must also be attached.

In no case will this access to third-cycle studies imply the homologation of the foreign degree held by the interested party, nor will it be recognized for purposes other than taking the aforementioned third-cycle university studies.

Access with approved foreign university degrees.

Students with a foreign degree approved by the Ministry of Education and Culture with the corresponding Spanish degree, engineer or architect, will be subject to the provisions of section 2 a. of article 7 of the regulations governing doctoral studies, which says: that those who are in the following case may also access:

"Being in possession of an official Spanish university degree, or from another country that is part of the European Higher Education Area, which enables access to a Master's degree in accordance with the provisions of article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of October 29 and have passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in all official university studies, of which at least 60 must be at the Master's level.

Regarding admission to doctoral programs, article 8 of the regulations governing doctoral studies, approved by the Governing Council of the Rey Juan Carlos University, establishes that:

  1. Applicants may request admission to any doctoral program related or not to their university curriculum.
  2. The Academic Committees of the doctoral programs may determine additional requirements and criteria for the selection and admission of students to a specific doctoral program. In the case of candidates for doctoral programs not directly related to their university curriculum, the Academic Committee will decide whether or not admission is appropriate.
  3. Admission to doctoral programs may include the requirement of specific training supplements. Said specific training complements will not require their structuring in ECTS credits and will, for the purposes of public prices and the granting of scholarships and study grants, be considered as doctorate-level training and their development will not compute for the purposes of the limit established in the article 3.2. of RD 99/2011 on the duration of doctoral studies.

Documentation to present and forms of delivery

In the pre-registration request made via the Internet, the following documentation must be attached in an attached file.

  • Official Academic Certificate issued by the official center of origin in which the qualifications of the studies carried out by the applicant are recorded, accrediting compliance with the general requirements for access to doctoral studies, which are established in article 6 of RD 99/ 2011, of January 28: Academic Certification of the University Master's Degree completed, as well as the rest of previous studies for access to said Master's Degree (graduate, diploma, graduate or equivalent) issued by the official center of origin in which the total credits are recorded made. These certifications will not be necessary if the studies have been carried out at the Rey Juan Carlos University.
  • University degrees or receipts of having requested them.
  • National Identity Document or equivalent.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Any other document specifically required by the Coordinator of the doctoral program for its acceptance.
  • Presentation letter
  • Responsible declaration of veracity

Students with a foreign degree:

  • Photocopy of the Passport or Residence Card.
  • Certified/Collated Photocopy of Foreign Higher Education Degrees (Bachelor's Degree, Architect, Engineer, Master's, Doctor...)
  • Certified/collated photocopy of the study certificates.
  • Accredit, by means of a certificate, that the studies carried out give access to official doctoral studies in their country of origin.

All documentation provided must be legalized in accordance with Spanish law and translated by an official translator.

The scanned presentation of the documentation mentioned in the previous sections and the specific documentation that may be required from each doctoral program within the pre-registration period is essential, since otherwise the applicants will not be able to be evaluated by the Academic Committees of the programs doctorate, which are the bodies responsible for the admission of doctoral students.

In the case of not submitting the aforementioned documentation, the applicant will not be able to self-register.

Request for pre-registration in doctoral programs

Pre-registration: The detailed procedure and URL to access pre-registration can be found here

Request for pre-registration in doctoral programs

Pre-registration application manual

Number of new entry places offered



Science Doctorate Program


Doctoral Program in Health Sciences


Doctoral Program in Social and Legal Sciences


Doctoral Program in Humanities: Language and Culture


Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Hydrology and Water Resources Management (Interuniversity)


Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Tourism (Interuniversity)


Doctoral Program in Conservation of Natural Resources


Doctoral Program in Information and Communication Technologies


Doctoral Program in Industrial, Chemical, Environmental, Energy, Electronic, Mechanics, and Materials Technologies


Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (Interuniversity)


Doctoral Program in Epidemiology and Public Health



Reservation of places for students with disabilities

In accordance with article 51 of Royal Decree 1892/2008, of November 14, which regulates the conditions for access to official university education, 5% of the available places will be reserved in each of the programs of doctorate for students who have recognized a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33 per 100.

In the event that these places are not filled, they will be occupied by the rest of the students.

In the online pre-registration application, the request for a place for this quota must be stated and later, in the case of being admitted, among the documentation to be presented, the administrative resolution by which the condition of being admitted must be accredited. disabled.

In compliance with the provisions of the general regulations for the disabled, as well as Additional Provision 24.6 of the LOMLOU, students who have some type of disability will have the right to total exemption from public fees and prices in doctoral studies.

Pre-registration and registration deadlines

Pre-registration: from 16 from July to 12 from September of 2024

Resolution date admitted for processing: 19th September 2024

Documentation correction: the 19 26 September to 2024 

Final resolution of those admitted for processing and those excluded: 3th October 2024 

Resolution of admitted and excluded doctoral studies: 11th October 2024

Enrollment of new students (first year): from 11 to 25 October 2024

Enrollment for second-year students and beyond: the 10 20 September to 2024

*Note: Admission decisions are always consulted in the same application used to pre-register.

More details about the academic calendar can be found at: https://www.urjc.es/informacion-practica#calendario

Registration is carried out through the SELF ENROLLMENT by Internet (self-registration)

To self-register, you must log in with a single domain account. If you do not have this account, you must access with the username and password provided by the University, once the corresponding admission request has been made.