PhD in Spain

Do you have Bachelor or Master degree (Spanish or foreign) and would you like to enter the world of research by doing a PhD? Here you will find some information on how to do it in Spain.


The PhD degree will be awarded after the completion of different research and training activities on oder to prepare the doctoral thesis. The development will be carried out in any Spanish university, which will offer different doctoral programmes to choose from, depending on their specialisation in the subject and their teaching staff.

In addition to the on-site doctoral programme, another good way to combine your doctoral studies with your day-to-day life is to choose to do it off-site, through online doctoral programmes.


The following requirements must be met in order to do a doctorate:

  • Hold an official Spanish Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, provided that between the two they have passed at least 300 ETCS
  • University graduates who, after obtaining a place training in the corresponding entrance exam for specialised health training places, have passed with a positive evaluation at least two years of training in a programme to obtain an official degree in one of the specialities in Health Sciences
  • If the degree is from another country, the university must verify that the level of training is equivalent to that of the official Master’s degree. Admission of the foreign degree will only imply recognition of access to doctoral education, no its recognition.


The average age in Spain at the end of the doctorate is approximately 35 years, and about 6 years of study to obtain a doctoral degree.


There are two options for the PhD:

  • Full-time mode: with a duration of 3 years, which can be extended up to a maximum of 5 years.
  • Part-Time mode: with a duration of 5 years, extendable up to a maximum of 8 years.


The taxes for doctorates are determined annually by the different Autonomous Communities, you should consult the prices directly on the university’s website. The average price of a PhD in Spain is between 250 and 600 euros per year.


In Spain, while you are doing your PhD there is no salary per se, unless you have a pre-doctoral contract, this is a employment contract with the university where you will carry out your research. The minimum salary currently established for this contract is 16.442 euros per year (according to Real Decreto 103/2019) The conditions of study and work will vary according to the doctoral programmes and contracts of the different universities.


You can find doctoral programmes on university websites. Doctoral positions can also be found on job portals such as