Master's degrees in Spain

Official graduate studies in Spain

Official graduate studies are meant to provide students with academic, professional or research specialization. They are organized in Graduate Programs or official University Master Degrees in the Spanish university education system. These degrees follow the norms set by the European Higher Education Space (EHES).

The Bologna Declaration of 1999 set the basis of the EHES, according to principles of quality, mobility, diversity, competitiveness and oriented towards the achievement, amongst others, of the conversion of the European system of higher education in a pole of attraction for students and academics of other parts of the world. The time horizon for the completion of EHES is 2010.

These degrees facilitate automatic recognition and mobility between the 30 nations that make up the EHES. The degrees cover a great variety of subjects, summed up in 5 areas or fields of knowledge:

  1. Arts and Humanities
  2. Sciences
  3. Health Sciences
  4. Social Sciences and Law
  5. Engineering and Architecture

Requirements to obtain a Master's degree in Spain

University studies that lead to an official degree of Master will have a minimum extension of 60 credits and a maximum one of 120.

Students that hold a foreign (i.e. non-Spanish) degree of higher education can enrol in these studies per:

    • Official recognition of their degree according to the current legislation.
    • Authorization by the host university, after checking that their courses and studies are of an equivalent academic level to the corresponding Spanish ones leading to undergraduate degrees and allowing the same access to graduate studies.

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