Admission by the university

The specific University of Barcelona (UB) regulations, document and regulations for the homologación of your studies can be found at:  

The regulations of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) can be found at:

All of the information concerning the PhD programme of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (including the applications needed to post the required documents) can be found at:

Admission by the CCiL program

Admission profile

The PhD programme is aimed at a public with concerns and good training in research in any of the branches of investigation related to the philosophical, linguistic and psychological areas, preferably those students showing any interdisciplinary experience, which can be achieved with a previous master’s degree such as Cognitive Science and Language (CCiL), which is related to this PhD programme.

The PhD programme may also be appropiate for professionals and graduates in other areas related to language. More specifically, the PhD programme aims to meet the demand of specific groups of students or professionals such as:

  1. Students who have completed a master's degree in any of the research branches of the programme (60 credits directly related to research in the field of Cognitive Science and Language). Especially, the students of the master’s degree in Cognitive Science and Language  (UB, UAB, UPF, URV and UdG) have a proper profile. However, even though the overcoming of the CCiL master’s degree qualifies in order to apply for admission to the PhD CCiL, it does not imply that the applicant is going to be admitted. The transition from the CCiL master’s degree to the CCiL PhD is not automatic; students who have completed the CCiL master’s degree will undergo the same process of admission than other applicants.
    The students who have successfully completed a master's programme related to the branches of research of the PhD programme are also included in the admission profile.  This includes all those students related to Social and Human Sciences, Health Sciences or Education Sciences (i.e., philologists, translators, speech therapists, psychologists,...). Those students who have completed a master’s degree related to philosophical (such as the master's degree in Analytic Philosophy), linguistic and philological aspects will be included here. Those master's degrees related to any native and foreign language-teaching, applied linguistics, and translation or psychological master's degrees (such as Cognitive Psychology and the relationship between Behavior and Cognition) would also be related.
  2. Students with other oficial degrees in the fields mentioned above may also be admitted, previously accepted by the Academic Committee, as long as they prove research training and knowledge in any of the branches of investigation of the PhD programme, as well as their use of English.


Admission and selection criteria

The Academic Committee of the programme arranged the following specific admission requirements taking into account the established access routes:

In order to be admitted into the CCiL PhD programme, the student must

1. Be in possession of any of the following degrees:

  • Inter-university Master's degree in Cognitive Science and Language (UB, UAB, UPF, URV and UdG) or related master's degrees (described in the previous section).
  • Master's degree issued by an institution of the European Higher Education Area. The Academic Committee of the PhD programme has to consider that it has the same level and offers research-oriented training equivalent to the previously mentioned master’s degrees.
  • Degree issued according to an education system outside the European Higher Education Area, no homologation needed, attesting to a level of education equivalent to the previously mentioned master’s degrees.

2. Be fluent in English.

  • Students must demonstrate that they have an adequate knowledge of the English language (level B1 or equivalent), which will have to be accredited. If accreditation is not possible, an interview with a person designated by the Academic Committee of the Phd programme may be required programme in order to make an assessment of the level of English of the student.


Criteria for the candidate’s assessment

In the assessment of the candidates who apply and meet the requirements, the Academic Committee of the PhD programme will give priority to students who are in possession of the  master’s degrees listed in the previous section.

The Committee will also assess the following aspects which are presented in a prioritised manner and with the given weighting:

  1. Academic file and merits provided by the candidates. Enough evident training will be especially taken into account in order to start a doctoral thesis in research topics related to the scientific areas of the programme. The possession of any of the master’s degrees associated with the PhD programme will be valued positively. For different master's degrees, the Committee will especially take into account: a) if the completed master's degree was in English, and b) indicators of excellence contributed on the master’s degree or the university where it was obtained. Weighting: 50%.
  2. Curriculum Vitae. Previous knowledge of the topics included in the PhD programme will be valued. Experience in this field will be valued. Accredited knowledge of English (and Spanish or Catalan for foreign students) will be taken into account. Weighting: 30%.
  3. Cover letter. The candidates’ cover letter must clearly reflect the reasons that explain their interest to undertake a PhD programme in Cognitive Science and Language. It will be positively appreciated that the candidates present a research project or that they explain the area of interest in which they want to work in the future. Interest in the projects of professors that belong to the deparments related to the programme will also be assessed. The cover letter can be submitted, if necessary, with a personal interview. Weighting: 15%.
  4. Letters of recommendation (references). References can be from former teachers or people who have had professional or academic relationship with the candidates. The letters must reflect both the analytical capacity of the candidates as well as their training and motivation. Weighting: 5%

According to their score, an order of priority of those who exceed the minimum, which will be evaluated in relation to the profile of admission, will be established.

Admission criteria will be the same for full-time and part-time students. In the latter case, dedication must be justified in the admission application. Criteria for the admission of researchers in part-time training will be the following:

  1. Work (the employment relationship must be accredited).
  2. Be affected by any kind of disabilities (physical, sensory or psychic)
  3. Realize other specialized full-time or part-time training.
  4. Be regarded as primary caregiver of dependent people, this must be proved through supporting documentation.
  5. Have children under 3 years old.
  6. Be a high-level athlete.
  7. Other justifiable causes that the Academic Committee will assess.


Final acceptance/rejection

The Academic Committee of the PhD programme will take into account the merits indicated above in order to decide if the candidates are (i) accepted or (ii) rejected. In any case, the Academic Committee will ensure that students receive proper guidance about the route they will have to choose from each entry profile.

Once the acceptance is notified, students must contact their (s) supervisor (s) and complete the registration process. This process requires, among other things, an acceptance letter from the supervisor (s) and the specification of the subject/title of the thesis.