In the assessment of the candidates who apply and meet the requirements, the Academic Committee of the PhD programme will give priority to students who are in possession of the master’s degrees listed in the previous section.
The Committee will also assess the following aspects, which are presented in a priority manner and with the given weighting:
- Academic file and merits provided by the candidates. Enough evident training will be especially taken into account in order to start a doctoral thesis in research topics related to the scientific areas of the programme. The possession of any of the master’s degrees associated with the PhD programme will be valued positively. For different master's degrees, the Committee will especially take into account: a) if the completed master's degree was in English, and b) indicators of excellence contributed to the master’s degree or the university where it was obtained. Weighting: 50%.
- Curriculum Vitae. Previous knowledge of the topics included in the PhD programme will be valued. Experience in this field will be valued. Accredited knowledge of English (and Spanish or Catalan for foreign students) will be taken into account. Weighting: 30%.
- Cover letter. The candidates’ cover letter must clearly reflect the reasons that explain their interest to undertake a PhD programme in Cognitive Science and Language. It will be positively appreciated that the candidates present a research project or that they explain the area of interest in which they want to work in the future. Interest in the projects of professors that belong to the departments related to the programme will also be assessed. The cover letter can be submitted, if necessary, with a personal interview. Weighting: 15%.
- Letters of recommendation. Referees can be from former teachers or people who have had professional or academic relationships with the candidates. The letters must reflect both the analytical capacity of the candidates as well as their training and motivation. Weighting: 5%
According to their score, an order of priority of those who exceed the minimum, which will be evaluated in relation to the profile of admission, will be established.
Admission criteria will be the same for full-time and part-time students. In the latter case, dedication must be justified in the admission application. Criteria for the admission of researchers in part-time training will be the following:
- Work (the employment relationship must be accredited).
- Be affected by any kind of disabilities (physical, sensory or psychological)
- Being performing other specialized full-time or part-time training.
- Be regarded as the primary caregiver of dependent people, this must be proved through supporting documentation.
- Have children under 3 years old.
- Be a high-level athlete.
- Other justifiable causes that the Academic Committee will assess.