The third cycle of university studies, in accordance with the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and the European Research Area (ERA), plays an essential role for
the work carried out by the CSIC as a fundamental pillar of the knowledge-based society.

Generally, to apply to an official doctoral programme, it will be necessary to hold the official Spanish titles of Degree, or its equivalent, and University Master's Degree, or its equivalent, having reached in total at least 300 ECTS credits (Real Decreto 99/2011, of January 28, which regulates the official teachings of doctorate).