• Access and Admission to CETIS


In addition to the general requirements that all applicants must meet in order to access doctoral studies, candidates must also meet the specific requirements for this programme and be accepted to conduct their doctoral thesis with a research group within the IQS School of Management.


Applicants must have completed an official master's degree in the area of economics and/or business, preferably with a research profile.

Applicants must have obtained a C1 or equivalent level English language certificate. This level means that an individual can understand a wide range of more demanding, longer texts and recognize implicit meaning in them; can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for the right expression; can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes; and can produce clear, well structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices.

The following will also be highly valued for applicants:

  • Excellent grades in their undergraduate studies.
  • Excellent grades in their master's degree studies in the field of economics and/or business.
  • Interest in the doctoral programme's research lines.
  • Research experience in the field (participation in research projects, publications, etc.) prior to entering the doctoral programme.
  • Continuing education related to the field.
  • Professional or volunteer experience in the field.
  • Study abroad experiences.
  • Defined professional objectives, research goals, and personal maturity.
  • Availability to carry out the activities established in the programme and exchanges at other universities and research centres in particular.
  • A research grant awarded by a national or international body based on an assessment of the applicant's curriculum vitae.

International candidates

Foreign candidates must be able to prove that they meet these or equivalent requirements (certified copy of their degree, academic transcripts, and legal requirements necessary for residing in Spain, where appropriate).

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.


In general, applicants must hold an official bachelor's degree or equivalent and an official master's degree to gain access to an official doctoral programme.

Access may also be granted to candidates who meet any of the following requirements:

a) Hold an official bachelor's degree from a university in Spain or another country that is part of the European Higher Education Area that grants access to a master's degree pursuant to Article 16 of Spanish Royal Decree 1393/2007 of 29 October, and have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in all official university studies, of which at least 60 credit hours must be at the graduate level.

b) Hold an official Spanish bachelor's degree, the duration of which, in accordance with European Community regulations, is at least 300 ECTS credits. Such graduates must take the complementary education courses referred to in Article 7.2 of this regulation, unless the curriculum of the corresponding bachelor's degree includes research education credits, equivalent in educational value to research credits in graduate level studies.

c) Bachelor's degree graduates who, after obtaining a spot in the complementary education courses through the corresponding access test for specialized health education, have completed at least two years of education with passing grades in a programme to earn an official degree in a Health Sciences specialty.

d) Hold a bachelor's degree earned in accordance with foreign educational systems. This degree does not have to be approved if the student's home university confirms that the educational level is equivalent to official Spanish university master's degrees and would entitle the graduate to enrol in doctoral studies in the country of issue. This approval will in no case imply the recognition of the previous degree held by the applicant, nor its recognition for purposes other than admission to a doctoral programme.

e) Hold another Spanish doctoral degree earned in accordance with previous university arrangements.


Admission to the programme will be decided by the Academic Committee, which will assess the degree to which candidates meet the profile described above. Both full-time and part-time candidates will be considered for acceptance. In the latter case, a candidate's availability to carry out the activities covered by the programme shall be taken into account.

Once a candidate's suitability has been assessed based on the documentation they have submitted and the report from the programme coordinator or assistant coordinator, the Academic Committee will decide whether or not to accept the candidate and will report this decision to the IQS Registrar's Office within the established period.

Regarding students who do not hold a master's degree with a research background, they may be required to complete a series of complementary education courses. In each case, the curriculum for the master's degree held by the candidate will be analysed and the research profile courses/subjects that the applicant must take in order to gain admission to the doctoral programme will be defined, as established in the "complementary education" section.

The programme coordinator or assistant coordinator will make an initial assessment of the documentation submitted by the candidate and will conduct a personal interview with the candidate in person or via videoconference if deemed necessary.

Likewise, the programme coordinator or assistant coordinator will review the candidate's initial project proposal in terms of the lead researcher's work for the research team most suitable for the candidate in order to assess how the candidate's interests fit with the team's research plans.


Required documentation:

1. Application for admission.

2. Photocopy of identity card or passaport.

3. One passport-sized photograph.

4. One passport-sized photograph.

5. Certified photocopies of official bachelor's degrees and master's degrees or equivalents.

6. Full curriculum vitae.

7. Certification accrediting English language proficiency (at least C1 level).

8. Cover letter in which the candidate briefly describes their studies and professional experience as well as their main expectations and interests      regarding the doctoral programme. In addition, for professionals who are currently employed and will enrol part-time, such candidates must explicitly      indicate that they have sufficient time available to make their professional job compatible with the doctoral programme's activities (maximum length of the letter: 800 words).

9. Thesis project with an initial proposal of the area and the topic on which the research work will be conducted (maximum length: between 2,000 and 5,000 words).

10. Two letters of recommendation.

11. You must inform IQS if you hold a research grant. If a grant you have applied for is still pending a decision, you must inform IQS about your application.


The programme coordinator will carry out an initial assessment of the documents submitted and will conduct a personal interview or videoconference with the candidate.

The initial research proposal will be assessed by the lead researcher on the most closely related research group to determine if the proposal fits with the group's research lines.

Candidates' merits and suitability for the programme are evaluated as follows:

Degree and transcripts (undergraduate)Grade point average + compatibility with the programme's field15% + 10%Academic transcripts
Degree and transcripts (graduate)Grade point average + compatibility with the programme's field15% + 20%Academic transcripts
English proficiencyCertification of English level and/or English as your native language5%Documentation proving the certification and/or nationality
Previous research experiencePublications and projects 5%CV
Other merits

-Continuing education

-Professional or volunteer experience

-Exchanges abroad

 -Professional objectives

-Expectations about the programme

-Personal attitude and maturity

-Expected dedication to the programme

10%Interview and motivational letter
Holding a research grantAward, duration, and amount10%Grant award documentation


Once a candidate's suitability has been assessed based on the documentation they have submitted and the report from the programme coordinator or assistant coordinator(s), the Academic Committee will decide whether or not to accept the candidate and will report this decision to the IQS Registrar's Office within the established period.

Candidates who have not completed a research master's degree must take a series of additional, complementary coursework in order to acquire the basic methodological competencies established in a master's degree with a profile similar to the doctoral programme.