Doctorat in Psychology

Be the doctor you want to be

The aim of the Doctoral Program in Psychology at the University of Murcia is to provide advanced training for research in the field of Psychology, Speech Therapy and Sports Sciences. Researchers are intensively trained to successfully face the generation of knowledge in different areas of psychology, as well as its transfer, in response to growing social demands.

The theoretical, technical and methodological knowledge that trains for research in the different areas of Psychology is taught: Clinical and Health, Evolutionary, Educational, Neuroscience, Social and Psychobiology, as well as to integrate into multidisciplinary research groups. It is intended that the doctoral student achieve the competences that empower him / her to autonomously identify priority research needs, plan research, design experiments, analyze and interpret results and disseminate them rigorously, as well as to obtain their funding.

The overcoming of the program of studies and the later defense of the doctoral thesis, will lead to the obtaining of the title of Doctor by the University of Murcia.

The Doctoral Program is structured in seven lines of research, formed by consolidated and recognized research groups, which develop their research work in different areas of Psychology.

The wide range of research lines allows the doctoral student to opt for the research specialization that best suits their interests, with the aim of contributing to the advancement of Science and the solution of problems of impact of Psychology in the social field, education and health linked to current social needs.

The Doctorate Program is given by a team of 34 researchers from the Faculty of Psychology, all of them with extensive experience in research, who have demonstrated competitive ability to train a significant number of doctors in previous years, to implement research projects and organize scientific actions complementary national and international in the field of psychology. The program of studies guarantees the guidance, supervision and constant evaluation of the doctoral student in order to achieve a successful training.
Material resources and services are available (laboratories, access to periodicals and instrumentation), which guarantee the successful training of doctoral students: observation laboratories (group, child and therapeutic), psychobiology, psychophysiology, eye movements, evoked potentials, polygraphy , voice analysis and methodology. 




General info on the course.

The aim of the Doctoral Program in Psychology at the University of Murcia is to provide advanced training for research in the field of Psychology, Speech Therapy and Sports Sciences. Researchers are intensively trained to successfully face the generation of knowledge in different areas of psychology, as well as its transfer, in response to growing social demands.

  • Duration - Call for a human assistant
  • Study Method - Frontal
  • Given Degree - PhD
  • Institue - University of Murcia
  • TutionFee - Call for a human assistant
  • Unesco Recognition - Yes
  • Local Recognition - Yes
  • Course - Psychology

Application Procedures

Application procedures and requirements.

Access requirements

In article 7 of the Rector's Resolution 42/2012, of February 6, which orders the publication of the Doctorate Regulations of the University of Murcia, the requirements for access to a doctoral program are established:

1. In accordance with the provisions of article 6 of Royal Decree 99/2011, of January 28, in general, for access to an official doctoral program it will be necessary to be in possession of the official Spanish titles of Degree, or equivalent, and University Master's.

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

  1. Be in possession of an official Spanish university degree, or of another member country of the European Higher Education Area, which qualifies for Master's access 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 the set of official university studies, of which, at least 60, must be at the Master's level.
  2. To be in possession of an official Spanish diploma of Graduate or Graduate, whose duration, according to norms of community law, is of at least 300 ECTS credits. These graduates must take compulsory training complements as referred to in article 7.2 of Royal Decree 99/2011, of January 28, unless in the curriculum of the corresponding degree title include research training credits, equivalent in training value to research credits from master's studies.
  3. University graduates who, after obtaining a place in training in the corresponding test of access to places of specialized health training, have passed with positive evaluation at least two years of training a program for obtaining the official title of any of the specialties in Health Sciences.
  4. Be in possession of a degree obtained in accordance with foreign educational systems, without the need for homologation, after verification by the General Doctorate Commission that said degree accredits a level of education equivalent to that of the official Spanish Master's Degree and that it authorizes the country issuing the title for access to doctoral studies. This admission will not imply, in any case, the homologation of the previous degree of the one in possession of the interested party, nor its recognition for other purposes than that of access to doctorate studies.
  5. Be in possession of another Spanish title of doctor obtained according to previous university ordinances.

Admission profile

To access the PhD program in Psychology at the UMU, no official degree of a specific degree or equivalent is required. However, this PhD program is especially aimed at training that has previously been developed in the field of psychology. Specifically, the recommended income profile is that of the following student:

  • Graduated in Psychology or related disciplines;
  • In possession of a Master's Degree in the field of Psychology;
  • With English B2.1 level;
  • With research experience in the field of Psychology.

Admission criteria

The body responsible for the admission process is the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Program.

Preferential access criteria

The preferred access criteria will be the following:

  1. For students who access the program by fulfilling the requirement of access 1, be in possession of the official Spanish titles of Degree or equivalent, and Master's Degree in the disciplinary fields of the doctoral program.
  2. For students who agree to meet the requirement of access 2a, be in possession of a university degree that qualifies to access Master's studies and have made at least 60 credits of a Master's Degree, in both cases in the disciplinary areas of the program.
  3. For students who access the program by requirement 2b and 2d, the degree that allows access to the program is included in the disciplinary areas of the program.
  4. For students who access the program because they meet the 2c access requirement, they must have passed through positive evaluation at least two years of training in the Clinical Psychology specialist program -PIR.
  5. Be linked to a research group related to the research lines of the program.

The disciplines of the program are Psychology, Speech Therapy and Sports Science (in the latter case, in sports and health).

The estimated percentage that each criterion can have on the global assessment is shown below:

  • Academic record of degree and master's degree, up to 4 points
  • Postgraduate complementary training, up to 1 point.
  • Publications and participation in scientific meetings, up to 2 points
  • TFG, TFM or other works related to the research line, up to 1 point
  • Level B1 or higher, 1 points
  • Preproject of thesis, endorsed by a research group, up to 1 point.

When the committee deems it appropriate, candidates can be summoned for a personal interview in order to obtain additional information for the admission process, which will be assessed with up to 2 points.

Number of places offered: 20


The university valid recognitions.

The Governing Council of July 6, 2012, has approved the quality assurance system of the doctoral programs of the University of Murcia, whose documentation is attached, and which covers all of the doctoral programs that are implant in it.

This system includes the contents foreseen for this point in Royal Decree 99/2011 of January 28, which regulates official doctoral studies.

Guide for its implementation and for the review, improvement and results of the doctoral program


Royal Decree 1393/2007 establishing the organization of official university education (modified by Royal Decree 861/2010) establishes the general framework for the regulation of the verification, monitoring and accreditation processes to which the university teachings.

Royal Decree 99/2011, which regulates official doctorate studies, is the frame of reference for the organization of doctoral studies. This regulation incorporates recommendations that refer to the structure and organization of the doctorate, competences to be acquired by doctoral students, the conditions of access and the development of the research career in its initial stage, the fundamental role of supervision and supervision of training researcher, to the insertion of this training in a research environment that encourages communication and creativity, internationalization and mobilization.

This document, taking into account the aforementioned regulations as well as the evaluation protocol for the verification of official doctoral studies, is a guide that facilitates the implementation of the quality assurance system and the revision and improvement of the programs of doctorate through the analysis of the different results achieved.

Quality assurance system for doctoral programs at the University of Murcia

The quality assurance system of the doctorate programs of the University of Murcia is based on the collection of information on the key aspects of the development of these programs to proceed with a reflexive analysis from which the appropriate conclusions will be drawn, in any case , to the solution of possible deviations and to the contribution of improvement proposals. This analysis is the cornerstone of the system and it is therefore essential that it be conveniently reflected in the different minutes of the Quality Assurance Committee of the program (section 3). In this way, the minutes will show the functioning of the doctoral programs in all their areas.

The doctoral programs are developed according to a previous planning based on the report prepared for verification, the results of this development make up the input information that the Quality Assurance Committee should analyze according to the previous paragraph.

Responsibilities in the management, coordination and monitoring of the Quality Assurance System of the Doctorate Program

Quality coordinator of the doctorate program (CCD) : The coordinator of the doctoral program will act as the quality coordinator of the same. It is responsible for all the actions indicated in the quality assurance system to be carried out.

Quality assurance committee of the doctoral program (CGCD) : The academic commission of the program will act as such (indicate if its composition has been indicated in some section of the presented report and if it should not be indicated in this point) with the possible participation of other agents involved in the doctoral program: teachers, doctoral students , responsible academics, support staff and other external agents, at the decision of the commission itself and taking into account the configuration of each doctoral program and the relationship with other research institutions, such as the CSIC, companies or entities of recognized prestige, other research and innovation centers, etc. The function of this commission will be to analyze the results of the different procedures that make up the quality assurance system and, based on that analysis, to elaborate the action proposals that it deems appropriate,carrying out the monitoring of them.

If the doctoral program is assigned to a Center, the CGCD will report the results of the analyzes made to the Center's Quality Assurance Committee. In the event that the program is attached to the International Doctoral School, you must inform the Directorate of the same.

University: Commits to have updated the regulations on presentation and reading of doctoral theses. It also guarantees the existence of recognition mechanisms for the authorization and thesis management work.

4. Satisfaction of the groups involved

To know the satisfaction, needs and expectations, the CGCD will prepare a multiannual plan to collect opinions , according to which interest groups to consult (doctoral students, academic staff, graduates, etc.) what information is interesting to obtain, at what time (when and periodicity) and how to do it (surveys, focus groups, etc.). Said plan must be approved and be recorded in a committee minutes.

The results of the satisfaction will be analyzed by the commission itself, recording the results of this analysis in the corresponding minutes.

Development of the doctoral program

The doctoral programs will have a planning of the training activities and their temporal development and duration including the organization with the students enrolled part-time. The CGCD will carry out a quarterly follow-up of the development of the doctoral program, taking into account what is stated in the Verification Report on the control procedures of the training activities.

Likewise, the CGCD will ensure that the guide of good practices for the direction of doctoral theses is permanently updated and will check that tutor and thesis supervisor are assigned as planned. The CGCD will also ensure that the document of activities of each doctorate is checked, their data are certified and the research plan and the document of activities of each doctoral student are valued. For this purpose, the "PhD student's card" will be used. " .

Given the interest of the program in the participation of international experts, their participation will be enhanced to the extent that economic issues and conditions permit. Evidence of such participation will be collected and analyzed by the CGCD.

Mobility programs

The doctorate program is concerned with the mobility of its doctoral students, for which it establishes relations and agreements with companies and other entities, of which the CCD informs the CGCD to analyze its convenience and establish the criteria for participation and selection. Likewise, the CGCD will be responsible for adequately informing the doctoral students, will carry out the selection of the participating doctoral students and will monitor and evaluate the activity carried out by each doctoral student.

To this end, the CGCD will establish, and review its updating, the evaluation criteria, it may delegate the follow-up to the doctoral directors, who will report on the results obtained.

The CGCD will systematically analyze the results of the mobility and will record this analysis and the conclusions and proposals for improvement in the corresponding minutes. Always contemplating the indicated in the Memory.

Tracking of graduated doctors

During the five years following the reading of the doctoral thesis, the graduate doctors will be followed up on their labor insertion. The survey method will be used, which will be done three and five years after the date of reading, to know their employment status, the achievement of scholarships or other types of aid and satisfaction with the program.

In the case that graduate doctors who have been linked to the University of Murcia, they will be required to report annual information. The surveys and the corresponding reports will be carried out by the Employment Observatory of the COIE.

Satisfaction with the training received, information on the labor insertion of the graduates, as well as the percentage of students who get support for postdoctoral contracts and any other information considered relevant will be carefully analyzed by the CGCD to draw the appropriate conclusions and undertake the improvement actions that it considers convenient. All this will be recorded in the corresponding minutes.

Results of the doctoral program

Based on the estimates made in the report or the limit values ​​(objectives) that may have been established for the different indicators, the CGCD will analyze the different results, stating that analysis in the corresponding minutes.

The information to be analyzed will consist of at least:

  • Satisfaction results of the different agents involved in the doctoral program (PhD students, academic and administrative staff and services, etc.)

  • Mobility results

  • Percentage of PhD students who obtain grants for post-doctoral contracts, to check whether forecasts are met.

  • Employability data of the doctorates, during the three years after the reading of their thesis to analyze if they are considered adequate and the forecasts are being fulfilled.

  • Results of the doctoral program (theses produced, success rates in the realization of the same, the quality of the theses and resulting contributions) to check if the forecasts are being fulfilled.

  • Number of new students and those from other countries

During the review and improvement process, the CGCD will use the results of the analysis to know the suitability of the program and to establish the improvement actions it deems appropriate.

Follow-up of the Report submitted for verification

The CGCD will monitor the Report presented to ensure that human and material resources, program planning, etc., are carried out and updated as indicated in said Report.

In this follow-up, it is also necessary to review:

  1. The recommended income profile (published in the report) to verify that it is still valid or to update it.

  2. That the research teams have active research projects on topics related to the research lines of the program.

  3. That the material resources specified in the report are still adequate and that there is a forecast of external resources

  4. The number of scientific contributions of personnel participating in the program and having updated the database

Publication of information (about the program, development and results)

The CGCD assumes a commitment of transparency and accountability to the agents interested in the doctoral program. To this end, it undertakes to provide information on the program, the income profile, satisfaction of the groups, development of the program, results obtained as well as the analysis thereof and the proposals for improvement. For this, it will use the program's website and will give direct information (meetings or e-mail) to students and teachers.

In its quarterly meetings the CCD will inform about the update of the Web and the communication maintained with teachers and students to the CGCD.

In addition, the CCD will ensure that the Web has updated information on enrollment, orientation to new students, admission and selection procedures, training complements, etc.

Review of QMS compliance

The CGCD will verify annually that all the actions foreseen in the SGC and the Report have been carried out (Annex II) and that, consequently, the corresponding Improvement Plan has been drawn up, which can be configured as such plan or as the sum of a series of specific actions that have been approved throughout the course.

In relation to the above, in its quarterly meetings, the CGCD will monitor those activities included in the Improvement Plan that are being carried out to assess their effectiveness.

Inter-university programs

In the case of doctoral programs in which more than one university participates, an agreement will be established between them in order to ensure that the University responsible for coordination receives information from the rest on the follow-up of the development and the analysis of the results .

In addition, the CGCD will ensure that the information provided is complete and up-to-date on the web pages of all the universities participating in the program, as well as that the appropriate analyzes are carried out to monitor the program, memory and guarantee system in the corresponding part to each of these universities.


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