Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Access and Registration - Access, regulations and documentation


It is essential that the candidates present the documents required so that, in the first place, it is verified if the previous degree allows access to doctoral studies. If it allows access, it will be the academic committee that decides the admission, which is conditional on compliance with both the general access requirements and the additional selection and admission criteria of each doctoral programme.

When the access degree has been issued abroad, the letter of admission for the visa may be downloaded from the document manager once the academic committee has approved the admission.

Here you can see the necessary steps to start doctoral studies.

Pre-registration: schedule and on-line application platforms

To enter a doctoral programme at the URV, you must pre-register online  :

  • Stage one of pre-registration: from 12 July 2024 to 4 November 2024 (During the month of August pre-registration will be closed).

  • Stage two of pre-registration: from 10 January 2025 to 10 March 2025.

  • Stage three of pre-registration (at the request of the programme coordinator): the deadline for registration is 13 June 2025.

Doctoral schedule of the academic year 2023-2024

Doctoral schedule of the academic year 2024-2025

  • You will be able to print and save your pre-registration form when you do the pre-registration.

  • You will be sent an e-mail with instructions to upload your access documentation through the document manager  Please, be aware that August is considered to be a non-working month, therefore, the documentation uploaded to the document manager will be reviewed in September (neither the admissions nor the email will be answered until September).

Academic regulation

Here you can see the academic regulations related to the doctoral studies:

Academic Regulations and doctoral registration for the 2023-2024 academic year (in Catalan)

Academic Regulations and doctoral registration for the 2024-2025 academic year (in Catalan)

PDF documents required for pre-registration

If you wish to take part in a URV doctoral programme you must submit the following documentation:

  • ​Spanish identity card, passport or Foreigners' Identity Number (NIE):
    • Spanish candidates: There is no need to present your DNI, as the URV will check with the corresponding administration. 

    • Foreign candidates from a member state of the European Union: National identity document issued by their country, passport or Spanish residence card (NIE) and which must not have expired. 

    • Foreign candidates from a country outside the European Union: Passport or Spanish residence card (NIE) which must not have expired. 

  • Research line proposal, Model 0. It must be filled out and have to contain the line of research of the doctoral programme in which you wish to develop the thesis (Be careful!: it have to contain a single line of research). The lines of research can be consulted on the website of each programme.

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Access qualification: Consult access profile

For the academic committee to resolve the admission, the candidates should submit the documentation required in the additional criteria for selection and admission to the doctoral programme. It is necessary to consult the section "Access and admission - Specific admission criteria for the doctoral programme" of each doctoral programme to find out the specific admission criteria.

In addition to these specific criteria, it is strongly recommended to submit a Support letter from the potential thesis supervisor (in the case of the programme Chemical Science and Technology, use this Support Letter -CiTQ model). For some programmes, such a letter is an admission requirement.

Entrance qualification for the doctoral programme

Depending on the origin of the institution that issues the entrance qualification, candidates will have to present a series of documents.

  • Entrance qualification obtained at the URV
  • Entrance qualification obtained at a Spanish university (other than the URV)
  • Entrance qualification obtained from a foreign university belonging to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)
  • Entrance qualification obtained from a foreign university outside the European Higher Education Area (non-EHEA)

Documentation formal requirements for registration

Before registration, it has to be proven that the entrance documentation meets a series of formal requirements:

  • Legalization of the entrance qualification for the doctoral programme
  • Official translation (into Catalan, Spanish or English)
  • Certified copies of documents or submitting of the originals