PhD in Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology



Students who meet some of the criteria listed in Article 15 of the UDC PhD Policies and Regulations will be able to access to UDC PhD programmes.


Candidates matching one of the general entry requirements for PhD students will be assessed in accordance with the specific criteria and merits for each programme. Information relating to application procedures and requirements are included in the programme structure for each course.

The decision to offer a student a place on a UDC PhD programme is the result of an application-specific evaluation process, and does not affect the academic or professional status of the candidate’s existing qualifications.

See also UDC PhD Policies and Regulations, Article 16: Applications.

6 places offered in academic year 2021/2022

Recommended profile of admission

Students with the following Master Degrees can directly access to this PhD Programme:

  • University Master in Neuroscience, shared by the universities of Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña and Vigo (USC, UdC, UVigo).
  • University Master in Research in Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology by the USC.
  • University Master in General Health Psychology by the USC.

Candidates with other Master Degrees in the fields of Neuroscience, Clinical and Health Psychology, Psychiatry or other biomedical disciplines can also be admited. The Programme is also open to candidates who passed two years of the of Specialized Healthcare Training provided by the Spanish National Healthcare and related with the PhD Programme (Psychology, Psychiatry, Neurology).

Application general procedure

Applications and registration for PhD programmes will be made using the online application system on the UDC website, accompanied by all necessary supporting documents. Applications and registration for external students will be made here.

If you need more information, you can check this sources the Application general procedure.

Applications procedure for students whose foreign degree/diplome has not been officially recognised

See EIDUDC Application and registration.

General procedure by the CAPD

See EIDUDC Application and registration.

Specific access requirements of the CAPD

The application for admission shall be made through the Virtual Student Secretariat and supporting documentation will be delivered in the UADI of the Faculty of Sciences.

The CAPD publish the provisional and final lists of students admitted to the doctoral program web portal estudos in the UDC.

Complaints to the provisional list will be heading to the UADI of the Faculty of Science.

Applications for part-time enrollment, change of enrollment MODES and temporary drop in the program must be submitted UADI of the Faculty of Science.

The selection of students for admission to the programme will be based on the academic record (Bachelor and Master Degree) and the feasibility of the proposed research to develop. These effects are taken into account:

  • a) Academic transcript of Degree / Bachelor and Master
  • b) Affinity of the Master Degree to the PhD Programme
  • c) Summary/blueprint of the doctoral research to be developed, indicating the research line in which it would frame
  • d) Letter of reference from a doctor of the programme supporting the feasibility of future thesis under the line of research to which it is linked. If it is intended to have a supervisor unaffiliated to the programme, a preliminary agreement must be submitted, accompanied by curriculum vitae sufficient to verify compliance with the criteria for supervisors established by the university in its regulamentation of doctoral studies; in this case it is also recommended to submit a proposal for a mentor affiliated to the research line on which the proposal is framed

Optionally, the Academic Committee may conduct a personal interview with the candidate, if necessary to assess the viability of the doctoral project, clarify the above points for correct score and, if necessary, specify the complementary courses having to complete the candidate


The application for admission (or registration renewal) and enrollment in PhD studies will be carried out according to the terms approved by the Governing Council of the UDC.


See information on how to register for UDC PhD courses.

Predoctoral grants

See UDC predoctoral grants.