In order to gain admission to official degrees, those with foreign studies must meet the academic requirements to access Spanish college studies. In addition, they must request the place through the pre-registration systems (official system to allocate university places for majors with a restricted number of admittance at public universities)
The process and requirements may vary depending on the situation from which the student expects to access:
- Through finished pre-university studies
- Through university courses of study commenced abroad
- Through foreign university degree
Master and PhD studies of The University of Cadiz are adjusted to The European Higher Education Area (EHEA). This is aimed at facilitating international mobility both for the improvement of employability, as well as increasing the value of European university degrees, improving its recognition around Europe and the World.
In general, official masters from the University of Cadiz have duration of one academic year (60 credits E.C.T.S.). It requires commitment on a full time basis and its overcome will give a student the right to obtain an Official Master’s Degree University Qualification with European recognition. Besides, masters are one of the straight paths to a doctoral thesis fulfillment. Its study plans have been authorized by the Education Ministries, subject to verification by the Agencia Andaluza del Conocimiento
The Doctorate, regulated by the Royal Decree 99/2011, 28th of January, has duration of 3 academic years if it is done at full time, or 5 years if it is done at part-time: In addition, there is the possibility of requesting postponement or temporary vacation. The PhD plan is constituted by a group of training and research activities, from which the doctoral student must complete a minimum of 600 hours before the thesis defense. These studies, as well as the ones from the Official Master, have been verified by the Agencia Andaluza del Conocimiento
Doctorate study plans previous to R.D. 99/2011 (doctorate programs regulated by Royal Decrees 1393/2007, 778/98 and 56/2005) are not offered at present. Doctoral students who initiated their studies through any of those plans are able to finish them within 5 years since the entry into force of R.D. 99/2011 (R.D. 99/2011 of Second Transitory Provision). There is also the possibility of applying for admission into one of the doctorate programs from the new study plan.