Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
1. If I am admitted to a Doctoral Programme adapted to RD 99/2011, how much time will I have to present and defend my Doctoral Thesis?
The duration of the doctoral studies will be a maximum of three years, full time, to be counted from the admission of the doctoral student to the programme to the presentation of the doctoral thesis. If the student has not presented the request to submit the thesis within this period, the Committee responsible for the programme may authorise an extension of one year, which in special cases may be further extended for an additional year, under the conditions that have been established for the corresponding doctoral programme.
Notwithstanding the above, and with the prior permission of the Academic Committee responsible for the programme, part-time doctoral studies may be undertaken. In this case, these studies may have a maximum duration of five years from admission to the programme to the presentation of the doctoral thesis. In the case of part-time studies, an extension of two years may be authorised which, furthermore, may exceptionally be further extended for an additional year.
Moreover, the doctoral student, once he or she has registered for academic supervision, may request the temporary suspension of the programme for a maximum period of one year, which may be extended for up to one additional year. This request must be addressed and justified to the Academic Committee responsible for the programme, which will issue its decision regarding the doctoral student’s request.
2. In what cases is the calculation of the maximum time for the presentation of the thesis established by RD 99/2011 interrupted?
In the case of students enrolled in doctoral programmes at the UPO, regardless of whether the student is full-time or part-time, the calculation of the maximum time established may be interrupted in the following cases:
Any other cause envisaged by the current legislation.
3. How can I legalise an official Master’s Degree or PhD issued by Pablo de Olavide University?
There are two options for the legalisation and apostille of degrees and academic certificates issued by Pablo de Olavide University:
Option 1 Seville
Recognition of signature: Notaría Julio Cesar Butiña-Aranguren
C/ Julio César, nº 3 – 1º D
Tel. 954 210053
Fax 954 534240
Once the signature has been recognised by the notary, the documents must be taken to the Seville headquarters of the Andalusian Association of Notaries.
C/ San Miguel, 1
Tel. 954 915944
Fax. 954 915472
Option 2 Madrid
The procedure may be consulted on the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport website. Access the Ministry website
4. What is single legalisation or Apostille of the Hague?
Information on the single legalisation or Apostille of the Hague may be obtained at the following link
5. My degree has not been issued in Spanish. Do I need to translate it?
For documents issued abroad to be valid in a Public Administration in Spain, they must be accompanied by the corresponding official translation into Spanish (when they have not been issued in this language). The official translation may be undertaken by:
A sworn translator duly authorised or registered in Spain. See question number 4.
Any Spanish diplomatic mission or consular office abroad.
The diplomatic mission or consular office in Spain of the country of which the applicant is a citizen or, where applicable, of the country where the document was issued.
6. How can I find a sworn translator?
An updated list of practising sworn translators and interpreters may be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation website: