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Issuance of the degree certificate

  • ITEM: procedure by which the doctoral student who has passed the oral examination of the doctoral thesis applies for the doctoral degree certificate by the URV. This qualification is issued by the rector, on behalf the king, is official and valid throughout the state and has full academic purposes. It enables for teaching and research in accordance with the legislation.

Application procedure

Who

The doctoral student

Where

  • At the Postgraduate and Doctoral School (for the doctoral programmes governed by the RD 99/2011)

  • At the secretary's office of the faculty/school to which the official doctoral programme is administratively affiliated (for doctoral programmes governed by regulations before the RD99/2011)

When

After the student has satisfactorily completed the oral examination of the doctoral thesis

How

1) By presenting the following documents:

  • The application

  • Valid identity card/passport (original and photocopy)

  • Large family certificate so that exemptions can be applied (if there are any)

  • The thesis in a single unprotected pdf file

  • A copy of the contract signed between the URV and the author for the electronic publishing and subsequent public communication of the thesis. This contract will have been given to the student by the Postgraduate and Doctoral School when the thesis was deposited.

In the case of doctoral programmes of regulations previous to the EHEA, the Secretariat will check whether, at the time when the student initially accessed the doctoral programme, the doctoral student presented the degree certificate that allows him/her to access the doctoral programme.

2) By paying the fee established in the Decree on Public Prices into the corresponding bank.

Observations

From certificate automatically generates the application for the European Supplement. The Decree on Public Prices establishes that a single fee shall be paid.

Obtaining the receipt for the doctoral degree certificate:

Who

The doctoral student or a duly authorized person, who must present valid identification.

Where

  • At the Postgraduate and Doctoral School (for the doctoral programmes governed by the RD 99/2011)

  • At the secretary's office of the faculty/school to which the official doctoral programme is administratively affiliated (for doctoral programmes governed by regulations before the RD99/2011)

When

On the date given by the secretary's office (usually seven days after the application has been submitted).

Observations

  • The receipt for the degree certificate accredits that the student is the holder of the qualification indicated and is valid for all purposes until the student is able to obtain the degree certificate.

  • Students may also request a provisional certificate of the qualification without further cost. This provisional certificate is essential for legalizing any document relating to the qualification because the receipt for the degree certificate cannot be legalized. Students cannot obtain a provisional certificate until they have been given a National Qualifications Register Number by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.

  • Students who live in a different locality or country may request that the receipt for the degree certificate and of the European Supplement be sent to them by courier or recorded mail. The student will be responsible for organizing and paying for this.

Award of the doctoral degree certificate

Who

The doctoral student

Where

  • At the Postgraduate and Doctoral School (for the doctoral programmes governed by the RD 99/2011)

  • At the secretary's office of the faculty/school to which the official doctoral programme is administratively affiliated (for doctoral programmes governed by regulations before the RD99/2011)

When

On the date when the secretary's office says the student can collect the certificate.

How

Students must present themselves in person and with appropriate ID to collect the certificate and/or European Supplement.

Observations

  • If the student cannot come in person to collect the official certificate, he/she may issue a letter of attorney that authorizes another person to do so. This person must present his/her own identity card/passport and a photocopy of the student's identity card/passport.

  • If the student is abroad and the letter of attorney is issued by a foreign notary, the following must be taken into account:

    - If the student is in a country that has signed the Hague Convention, the letter of attorney must be accompanied by an apostille. For further information, consult the website of the Spanish Ministry of Justice.

    - If the student is in a country that has not signed the Hague Convention, the letter of attorney must bear the stamp of the Spanish consulate in that country. For further information, consult the website of the Spanish Foreign Ministry.

  • If the student resides in another locality in Spain, he/she may request that the certificate be sent to the office of the Central Government in that locality.

  • If the student resides in another country, he/she may request that the certificate be sent to a Spanish embassy or consular office. If students wish to transfer their certificate to another place, they can speed up the procedure by requesting this at the same time that they request the issuance of their certificate. They must specify the entity, city and address to which they want the certificate to be sent. There will be a charge for this administrative procedure.

    Depending on the zone to wich the certificate is to be sent, one of the following charges will be applied:
    - Zone 1 (Europe and Greenland) --> 25€
    - Zone 2 (Rest of world) -- > 30€