• Access and admission

Applicant profile

The profiles of applicants to the PhD in Bioengineering programme are graduates holding master's degrees in Bioengineering, Biotechnology, Biomedicine, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy, or related fields. Applications by students with other educational backgrounds will be studied individually by the Doctoral Programme Academic Committee.


Admission requirements and criteria

The requirements for admission to the PhD Programme in Bioengineering are established by Royal Decree 99/2011 of 28 January 2011. To be admitted to the PhD Programme in Bioengineering at IQS, the candidate must:

  • Be in possession of official Spanish bachelor's degrees or equivalent, and a university master's degree. People who are in a situation equal to those described in section 2 of article 6 of RD 99/2011 will also be able to access the doctoral program.
  • Be accepted by the Academic Committee of the Bioengineering Doctoral Program to carry out the doctoral thesis, fulfilling all the requirements of the "Admission Procedure" (described below). The admission criteria are based on the suitability of the candidate and the availability of places. For the admission of the candidate, both the academic record of the candidate (50%) as well as the thesis project, the suitability of the candidate or candidate to develop it, and the availability of material resources and financing (50%).

In the case of students with special educational needs derived from disability, the IQS advisory and support services will evaluate the need for possible curricular adaptations, itineraries or alternative studies.

Graduate profile

Upon completing their studies in the PhD in Bioengineering programme, graduates are experts in the following areas:

  • Ability to systematically understand a field of study and master research skills and methods related to that field.
  • Ability to come up with, design or create, implement, and take on a substantial research process or a new creation.
  • Ability to contribute to expanding the boundaries of knowledge through original research.
  • Ability to perform critical analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
  • Ability to communicate both with the academic and scientific communities and with society in general.
  • Ability to foster scientific, technological, social, artistic, or cultural advancement within a knowledge-based society.
  • Ability to take action in contexts with little specific information.
  • Ability to identify the key issues for tackling a complex problem.
  • Ability to design, create, develop, and undertake new and innovative projects.
  • Ability to work both on a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary context.
  • Ability to incorporate knowledge, face complexity, and make judgments with limited information.
  • Ability to intellectually criticise and defend solutions.


Number of spots available

The PhD in Bioengineering programme currently offers spots for six new students per academic year.