Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1990

Full Length Research Paper

Doctoral studies in Spain: Changes to converge with Europe in the internationalisation of the doctorate

Magdalena Jiménez Ramírez
  • Magdalena Jiménez Ramírez
  • Faculty of Education, University of Granada, Campus de Cartuja s/n, 18071 Granada, Spain.
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  •  Received: 06 September 2016
  •  Accepted: 29 November 2016
  •  Published: 10 December 2016


In Spain, the organisation of doctoral studies has been substantially modified to come into line with the changes introduced by the agenda of the Bologna process. These changes have been specified in a number of statements by European Ministers of Education, and have required alterations to Spanish doctoral regulations. The aim of these changes has been to focus doctoral training more on the development of competency as better preparation for research tasks, linking the doctoral candidate with the job market outside university and allowing for the transfer of knowledge within the European context. To this end, Doctoral schools have been set up as a space in which to manage doctoral training, introducing specialisation in research through the design of new doctoral programmes, and means to provide doctoral candidates with mobility for their international training.

Key words: Doctoral legislation, doctoral schools, international mobility, R&D training, transfer of knowledge, funding.