STRUCTURE OF STUDIES
First-cycle studies leading to the professional title of a "Bachelors". Bachelor's degree programmes, at least 6 semesters, leading to the professional title of "Bachelor" or at least 7 semesters. This is the Spanish equivalent of the Bachelor's degree. These are focused on preparing students for future employment, or for continued education within Master's degree programmes. To obtain this degree, students must earn at least 180 ECTS credits. The duration of this course is 3 to 4 Years.
Second-cycle studies – Called as "Master's degree programme" (1.5 to 2 years) following the first cycle studies and leading to the professional title of Master. These are focused on theoretical knowledge as well as application and development of creative skills. Master's degree holders may enter a doctoral programme (third-cycle studies). To obtain this degree, students must earn 90-120(Transfer and Acumulation System) ECTS credits. The duration of the course is 1.5 to 2 years.
It is also known as the Single long-cycle studies. These study program basically based on an integrated study program, which contains both basic studies and in-depth specialization. The Master's degree programmes which consist 10 to 12 semesters leading to the professional title of "magister" or an equivalent degree. Its depends on the study course profile. To obtain this degree, students must earn at least 300 ECTS credits (10-semesters studies) or at least 360 ECTS credits (12-semesters studies).
3rd Cycle Studies are also called as "Doctoral degree programmes". The total duration of these Programmes is 6 to 8 semesters. These Programmes are accessible to graduates of the Master's degree and leading to the PhD degree. These Programmes are offered by the university-type schools as well as some research institutions which belong to the departments of the Spanish Academy of Sciences, along with research and development institutions. The PhD degree is awarded to candidates who submit and successfully defend a doctoral dissertation before the thesis committee, and who pass the doctoral examination.