1. Background required

The ideal background for this Program is Master’s degree in Neuroscience and/or Degree in Medicine. Applications from students with a Masters / Ms.C in Cellular / Molecular / Medical Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, Veterinary, Computing or Neuropsychology are also welcome.

2. Thesis Direction Compromise

Students must carry out their Thesis work under the direction or co-direction of one of the Program Professors. Only as an exception, the Academic Committee might authorize a Program professor to act just as a Tutor of a thesis to be directed by Professors outside the Program Faculty.

Before starting any application procedure, the candidate should contact one or more of the Program Professors and seek his/her compromise for acting as Thesis Advisor. At this point, the scientific content and workplan of the Thesis project need to be defined only in broad terms. However, it is important to discuss the financial resources that the candidate and/or the Advisor would have to carry out the project, and/or the means to obtain such resources.

If an agreement is reached, the Advisor (and co-Advisor, when there is to be one) must then sign a Thesis Direction Compromise that specifies the previous points. The candidate must send this document directly to the Administrative offices of the Neuroscience Program (, in parallel with other application documents being submitted through the SIGMA-UAM online platform. The Program Committee will not consider admission applications that do not include a Thesis Direction Compromise. Recommendation letters (up to 2) should also be submitted in directly to the administrative offices.

A complete research work plan (“Initial Research Plan”) should be submitted at a later time, once the student has already been admitted to the Program.

3. Online registration and application submission

All application documents (except the Direction Compromise) must be submitted through the SIGMA-UAM online platform. New (non-UAM) users must first register in the platform to obtain a personal password. Students that have been previously enrolled in other UAM degrees should use the SIGMA-UAM password they already have.

Applications can be submitted at three time windows along the year; see calendar here.

To send the application documents, follow the instructions in this link should be followed.

Students from countries outside the European Union or the European Economic Area must send their legalized documentation. Certifications must be officially translated if written in a language other than Spanish, English, French, Italian or Portuguese.

4. Admission and Enrollment

The Academic Committee of the Program will evaluate the Thesis proposal. Subsequently, the EDUAM will communicate the result of the evaluation to each candidate.

If admitted in the Program, the student should then the enroll in his first Tutorship Period (a.k.a “tutorial courses” in the EDUAM lingo).Enrollment in the Tutorship Periods opens three times a year, in June, October and February,

The corresponding fees will be paid during the enrollment process. If Complementary Training Courses has been required (see point 6, below) enrollment in these courses must be preferably done along with that of the first Tutorship Period.

The first Tutorship period lasts for 12 months. In the following years, the student should enroll in a new Tutorship period each year, until the Thesis is finally submitted for defense.

5. Thesis Advisor’s official appointment

The Academic Committee will officially appoint the Thesis Advisor proposed (and, where appropriate, a co-Advisor as well) once the student's enrollment process has been completed.

6. Complementary Training Courses

To ensure an understanding of neuroscience sophisticated enough to autonomously develop a high-quality PhD Thesis, the Program Committee may require some students, in view of their academic credentials, to take specific Graduate School-level neuroscience courses as part of their PhD Program training. These “Complementary Training Courses” are usually selected from among those of the UAM Masters in Neuroscience. The credits enrolled, examinations taken and marks obtained in these courses will become part of the student’s official academic record.