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Phd in American Studies


It is recommended that candidates have a C1 level of reading comprehension, writing, and speaking in English.

It is recommended that candidates have completed the Master in North American Studies offered by the Instituto Franklin-UAH and Universidad Complutense de Madrid or a similar program for the acquisition of the basic concepts underlying American Studies.

Regardless, any other official Master’s Degree related to the lines of research of the doctoral program will be positively received.

1. Generally speaking, to gain access to a doctoral programme students must be in possession of the Spanish official degree titles of bachelor, or equivalent, and master, or equivalent, provided they have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in their official university studies as a whole.

2. Access is also open to those who:

  • Are in possession of a Spanish official university degree title, or one from another country within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), which affords access to a master’s degree, and have successfully completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in their official university studies as a whole, at least 60 of which must have been as part of a master’s degree programme. To this end, the University of Alcalá establishes several criteria when looking at theses 60 Masters level credits. See details in the following link: Masters level credits.
  • Spanish official university degree of Licentiate, Architect or Engineer, issued before EHEA implementation, or covering five years or more.
  • Are in possession of a Spanish official university degree title of bachelor, with a credit load of at least 300 ECTS credits. Such graduates will have to undertake specific complementary training unless the programme of studies corresponding to their degree includes research training credits equivalent in training value to the credits in research training proper to master’s studies.
  • Hold university qualifications and who, subject to obtaining a training place in the relevant access test for specialist healthcare training, have successfully completed at least two years of training in a programme leading to an official qualification in any of the specialities covered by Health Sciences.
  • Are in possession of a university qualification awarded under a foreign university system; this university degree requires no official recognition, but it is subject to the University’s confirmation that said qualification accredits a level of training equivalent to that acquired in a Spanish official university degree of master and affords access to doctoral studies in the issuing country. Admission thus will under no circumstances imply any official recognition of the degree held by the interested party or its recognition for any effects other than for access to doctoral studies.
  • Are in possession of another Spanish degree of doctor obtained in compliance of earlier university ordinances.
  • Research aptitude certificate (for students under the 1985 plan).
  • Advanced Studies Diploma (C-DEA), for students under the 1998 plan.

Once the Escuela de Doctorado has verified that the application fulfills the admissions requirements, the Academic Committee of each program is responsible for determining whether the applicant complies with the recommended access profile and the admissions requirements.

Admission will be prioritized following the criteria specified below. The admissions criteria and procedures for part-time students will be the same as those established for full-time students. Students must obtain at least 50 points as a result of the summation of the points obtained in each of the criteria.

Criterion 1 Academic transcript (up to 70 points).

The points will be accorded by multiplying by 7 the average, calculated out of 10.

  • The average grade of the academic transcript(s) will be calculated taking into account the totality of the completed studies which grant access to the doctoral program, including all courses or credits successfully completed, not only those which were required.
    The average grade of the Grado, or equivalent (which will be stated as X_1), will be calculated separately from the average of the Master’s degree (which will be stated as X_2), both up to the second decimal. In each case the number of credits of each course will be multiplied by the grade earned, and afterwards the sum of the products of all of the courses will be divided by the total sum of credits.
    The final average wile calculated (also to the second decimal) as the average obtained between the number of credits of the average grade of the Grado and the average grade of the Master’s. Specifically, the result will be (X_1*G+ X_2*M)/(G+M) where G is the number of credits of the Grado, and M is the number of credits of the Master’s.
  • For those students who have not studied a Master’s but who have completed courses in doctoral programs which no longer exist regulated by Real Decreto 778/98 from April 30th, and who have obtained the DEA title (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados), a grade equivalent to that of the average of a Master’s Degree will be obtained from the grades of the courses completed as a part of said doctoral programs.
  • The average grades of the degrees obtained from courses completed at two or more universities must include the totality of successfully completed courses and credits with the corresponding tabulation. Those courses recognized by an institution at which they were not completed will be weighted by the grade earned at the university of origin. Those courses not given a grade or considered to be external formation, will not be included in the calculation of the average grade, in conformity with Real Decreto 1044/2003, of August 1st, and Real Decreto 1125/2003, of September 5th.
  • In the case of studies completed partially or totally in foreign university systems adapted to the EHEA, the average grade will be calculated from the totality of coursework at the Grado, or its equivalent’s, level. In the case that the total number of credits at this level is less than 240 ECTS credits, the average grade will be calculated from this total number of credits as well as the credits completed at the Master’s level which must add up to a minimum of 300 ECTS credits.
  • In the case of studies completed partially or totally in foreign university systems not adapted to the EHEA, the average grade will be calculated from the totality of courses completed to obtain the degree in question, applying the equivalencies corresponding to the Spanish university system.
  • In the case of degrees completed in a foreign university system, both if they have been officially recognized or not, the average grade will be calculated as specified in the Resolución de 16 de julio de 2008, of the Dirección General de Universidades, by which the procedure through which to obtain the average grade of students with officially recognized foreign degrees is stipulated.

Criterion 2 Knowledge of the English language (up to 15 points).

  • The maximum points may be obtained by accrediting a C1 level or higher, if the student’s L1 is English, or if s/he has completed university studies in English.
  • Up to 10 points may be obtained by accrediting a B2 level and up to 5 for a B1 level. In all cases the language level will be accredited by presenting an official certificate in accordance with the official list accepted by the UAH which may be consulted HERE

Criterion 3 Other merits (up to 15 additional points)

  • Scientific production of the candidate (author of scientific or technical publications or documents, participation in conferences), Erasmus, SICYE-Seneca or similar stays, specialist courses taken outside official university studies, and previous professional experience related to the subject matter of the doctoral program.
  • Up to two letters of reference written by university lecturers, researchers and, in exceptional circumstances, professionals who have had some relation with the candidate and taken part in his or her academic or professional training may be taken into account.
  • In no case will merits be taken into account already included in the previous sections.
  • The Academic Committee may communicate directly with the authors of the previously mentioned references in order to ascertain additional information about the candidate.

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