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Admission criteria and assignment of tutor and director


Criteria for selection and admission on which the Doctoral Academic Committee of this Programme will be based are the following:

  1. Entry requirements for the PhD degree. Students should hold a Master's degree in areas of Experimental Sciences, whose theoretical and practical contents are related to the competences and skills required to successfully develop any of the research lines offered by the research teams of this doctoral programme: up to 5 points, depending on the degree of affinity (2 minimum, 5 maximum).

    The following degrees of affinity are established:

    Degree of affinity 5. Undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a Master's degree with predominance in subjects from the Organic Chemistry field of knowledge.
    Degree of affinity 4. Undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a Master's degree with predominance in subjects from the Organic Chemistry field of knowledge.
    Degree of affinity 3. Undergraduate degree in Pharmaceutics and Master's degree within the area of Experimental Sciences.
    Degree of affinity 2. Undergraduate degree in Biology and Master's degree within the area of Experimental Sciences.
    Degree of affinity 1. Other undergraduate degrees (Geology, Marine Sciences, etc)  and a Master's degree within the area of Experimental Sciences.
    1. Overall academic record of the degree required to enter this doctoral programme: up to 1.5 points.
    2. Academic standing in subjects related to the doctoral programme: up to 2 points.
    3. Professional experience related: up to 1.5 points.


The sum of the points achieved in each of the previous sections (a, b, c and d) will make up the overall score to enter the programme, which can reach a maximum of 10 points.


The final admission will be based on the weighting of the following criteria:

  1. Overall academic record to enter the doctoral degree (70%).
  2. Accreditation of competence in the English language, as the vehicular language in the scientific community to which the doctoral programme belongs (15%); the minimum language competence is the equivalent to  B1.  Competence must be accredited through the corresponding certificate or placement test.
  3. Personal interview with the candidate (15%), to which the Doctoral Programme Coordinator should attend along with two members of the ad hoc Academic Committee.  The following aspects will be assessed during the interview: interest in Organic Chemistry, research and scientific training; basic knowledge of Organic Chemistry; English oral skills.


Admission procedures adapted to students with special educational needs derived from the disabilities.

The University of Alicante Student Support Centre (SSC) is available for all those students with any degree of disability, regardless if their nature (physical, sensorial, psychic, mental or a chronic illness) that may interfere with their studies. The SSC is made up by a multidisciplinary team, whose mission is to offer specific attention in order to guarantee full university participation, following the principles of equal opportunities and universal accessibility.

Its main goals are as follows:

Ensure the UA students with disabilities their right to study with the reasonable adjustments according to their individual needs.

Develop a set of customised and effective support measures to make the most of their academic and social development.

Ensure professional and high quality support, as well as confidentiality.

Promote the participation of students with any functional diversity in educational complementary activities to fully integrate them in the university life.


Additional training

In the event that students do not have previous training required in the programme, they will have to take additional specific training.

Additional training must be specified for each student by the Doctoral Academic Committee and will consist of taking one or more undergraduate or Master's subjects or modules, directly related to the knowledge necessary to take the PhD degree with the maximum guaranteed success within the time devoted to it, according to the PhD regulations, with a maximum of 20 ECTS credits.

The completion of this additional training must always be after admission and registration and must be achieved within three consecutive academic terms. Failure to so so will result in the student's dismissal from the programme.

a) Students with a degree of affinity 5 in their entry qualifications, will accede directly to the programme without having to perform additional training.

b) For students with a degree of affinity 4 in their entry qualifications, the Doctoral Academic Committee will establish, according to prior training in the the line or lines of research chosen, the need or not of performing additional training.

c) Students with a degree of affinity 3 or less in their entry qualifications will need to take a maximum of 6 ECTS for Master's subjects or modules stated below.


 Additional training for the PhD degree.

 University of Alicante undergraduate degrees.

- Structural Determination of Organic Compounds (6 credits).

- Advanced Organic Chemistry (6 credits).


Subjects of the University of Alicante Master's Degree in Medical Chemistry:

- Synthesis with Organometallic Compounds (3 credits).

- Asymmetric Catalysis: Organocatalysis and Catalysis with Metals (4 credits).

- Methodologies in Asymmetric Synthesis (2 credits). 



The definitive admission of a PhD student in the doctoral program entails the assignment of a tutor. The Permanent Academic Committee (CAP) of the CAP doctorate program is responsible for appointing tutors and doctoral thesis directors within the deadlines established by the Doctoral School of the University of Alicante (EDUA) and according to the criteria on accredited research experience established in section 5.1 of the verification report of the doctoral program.

The assignment of the thesis supervisor takes into account, in addition to the predilection for a certain line of research and its adaptation by the doctoral student, the availability of work space and funding by the receiving team, and a balanced distribution of doctoral students among the different lines of research. For this purpose, the CAP, in which all the research teams that appear in the verification report are represented, will have previously initiated the opportune contacts with the potential tutors / thesis supervisors.

In a timely manner and heard the doctoral student, it will be possible to address possible requests for change of tutor or director, provided that there are justified reasons, which must have the approval of the CAP.


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