• Access and admission

Applicant profile 

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

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Admissions requirements and standards

The admissions requirements for the PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering programme are established by Spanish Royal Decree 99/2011 of 28 January 2011. To be admitted to the PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering programme at IQS, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold an official Spanish bachelor's degree, or equivalent, and a master's degree. Applicants who are in situations such as those described in Article 2.2 of Spanish Royal Decree 99/2011 are also entitled to access the doctoral programme.
  • Candidates must receive approval from the PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering programme Academic Committee to conduct their doctoral thesis and meet the "Admissions Process" requirements (described below). Admissions are based on the candidate's academic record, thesis project, and capacity of the candidate to conduct it (50%) and the availability of spots, material resources, and funding (50%).

Regarding students with special educational needs due to disability, IQS advisory and support services will evaluate the need for possible adaptations to the curriculum, coursework, or alternative studies.

Graduate profile

Upon completing their studies in the PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering programme, graduates are experts in the following areas:

  • Systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of 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 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 with the academic and scientific community 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 Chemistry and Chemical Engineering programme currently offers spots for ten new students per academic year.