The program offers a broad coverage of basic and clinical doctoral training to graduates in the different branches of Health Sciences and Life Sciences who will contribute to:

1) the promotion of the employability of highly qualified personnel in an area of ​​great social demand and technological innovation,

2) the professional development of postdoctoral researchers in the areas of Health and Life Sciences,

3) the generation of researchers within the national health training system (MIR, FIR, EIR, QIR, etc.),

4) the training of university teaching-research staff, and

5) the training of researchers aimed at the biotechnology industry.

Justification of the title

Demand and social interest of the PhD Program in Health Sciences

One of the great social challenges recognized by the Spanish Strategy of Science, Technology and Innovation, and the Horizon 2020 of the EU is "Health, demographic change and well-being". Research will be prioritized with specific guidance to the resolution of health problems regardless of the basic or applied character of the methodology used. Currently and in the coming years, the most relevant demographic change at European level is the aging of the population. In 2010, the European population was 502 million inhabitants, and of these 17% were over 65 years old. In 2060, the European population will increase slightly (517 million inhabitants), but people over 65 will surpass 30%. In quantitative terms, the pattern of demographic evolution in Spain, and the Canary Islands in particular, is similar to that of other European regions, which will mean a doubling of the incidence of diseases associated with aging in the coming years. In addition, specific aspects of the Canary Islands, such as its geographical location and insularity, contribute to define a particular demographic and health profile. On the one hand, the Canary Islands is a knot in the migration routes from Africa to Europe that has gone from being a region of emigration to one of immigration. Between 1991 and 2010, the number of resident foreigners has multiplied by six. On the other hand, the Canary Islands, with a little more than 2 million inhabitants, has its population distributed in 7 islands with a very different population density and life habits. Factors related to insularity determine that the complications of diabetes mellitus, or the incidence of diseases such as primary hyperoxaluria, are more frequent than in other regions. The peculiarities of the health profile and the social repercussion of these diseases support the development of a PhD Program in Health Sciences supported by lines of research in diseases associated with aging (chronic, inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases), public health and disease control transmissible, and diseases of special incidence in our population.

The program offers a wide coverage of basic and clinical doctoral training to graduates in the different branches of Health Sciences and Life Sciences that will contribute to: 1) the promotion of the employability of highly qualified personnel in an area of ​​great social demand and technological innovation, 2) the professional development of postdoctoral researchers in the areas of Health and Life Sciences, 3) the generation of researchers within the national health training system (MIR, FIR, EIR, QIR, etc.), 4 ) the training of university teaching-research staff, and 5) the training of researchers aimed at the biotechnology industry.

Integration of the proposal in the University ID i strategy

Biomedicine is one of the three strategic areas of the Universidad de La Laguna , along with Astrophysics and Marine and Maritime Sciences and Technologies, as stated in the memory of the Excel / encia International Campus (Atlantic Tricontinental Campus) granted (jointly with the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) by the MINECO in 2010, and which includes subprojects for teaching and scientific improvement and adaptation to the EHEA. In addition to the own resources available in the participating centers, the development of the Health Sciences program has the laboratories and infrastructure of three university institutes: University Institute of Bio-Organic Antonio González, University Institute of Tropical Diseases and Public Health of the Canary Islands and the University Institute of Biomedical Technologies of Tenerife, the Center for Biomedical Research of the Canary Islands, and the facilities

(assistance and research units) of the two university hospitals of Tenerife (University Hospital of the Canary Islands and University Hospital Nuestra Sra. de La Candelaria). The research groups that participate in the doctoral program have 23 active research projects funded in competitive calls from national public bodies and two European projects: "Exploring Marine Resources for Bioactive Compounds: From Discovery to Sustainable Production and Industrial Applications" (MAREX, FP7-KBBE-2009-3), and "Improving Biomedical Research and Innovation in the Canary Islands" (IMBRAIN, FP7-REGPOT-2012-CT2012-316137).

Experience in teaching knowledge area programs

The PhD program in Health Sciences is the result of the integration and adaptation to the European Higher Education Area of ​​three previously existing programs in the areas of Biomedicine and Health at the Universidad de La Laguna (ULL) developed under the RD 1393 / 2007, two in the Faculty of Medicine (Medical Sciences and Biomedical Sciences) and another in the Faculty of Pharmacy (Biopharmaceutical Sciences), with the confluence of other programs developed under the RD 778/1998 (Basic Biomedical Research, Biomedical Research and Clinic, Maternal and Child Health, and Preventive Medicine and Public Health) and the Doctorate linked to POP in Biomedicine and Biotechnology that obtained the distinction of Quality Mention by the Ministry of Education and Science, renewed in the 2009-2010 academic year.

The program will be integrated into the Doctoral School, whose creation was approved by the ULL Governing Council on September 26, 2013. Until its entry into operation, the program will be assigned academically to the Faculty of Medicine and its administrative management will be competence of the Graduate Commission.



  • Systematic comprehension of a field of study and mastery of research skills and methods related to that field.
  • Ability to conceive, design or create, put into practice and adopt a substantial process of research or creation.
  • Ability to contribute to the expansion of knowledge frontiers through original research.
  • Ability to perform a critical analysis and evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
  • Ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general about their fields of knowledge in the modes and languages ​​commonly used in their international scientific community.
  • Ability to foster, in academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advancement within a knowledge-based society.

Personal abilities and skills

  • To develop in contexts in which there is little specific information.
  • Find the key questions that must be answered to solve a complex problem.
  • Design, create, develop and undertake innovative and innovative projects in their field of knowledge.
  • Work both as a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary context.
  • Integrate knowledge, face complexity and formulate judgments with limited information.
  • The criticism and intellectual defense of solutions.

Other competences

  • Know the ethical principles and the importance of their application in biomedical research, both in animal experimentation and as subjects or human samples.

Formation activities

Section training activities

  • Workshop on techniques, procedures and good practices in Research
  • Assistance to research seminars
  • Seminar delivery
  • Follow-up meetings of the thesis project and research results
  • Assistance to national or international congresses
  • Stays in other research centers (mobility)

Lines of investigation

  • Line 1: Clinical Biomedical Research
  • Line 2: Maternal and Child Health and Adolescent Health
  • Line 3: Public Health, Mental Health and Health Care
  • Line 4: Cellular and Molecular Pathology
  • Line 5: Neurosciences
  • Line 6: Preclinical and Clinical Drug Research

Admission criteria

Recommended access profiles

The recommended access profile corresponds to students who meet the conditions of assumptions 1, 2a and 2c of the previous section. That is, they have completed an official Spanish degree in the branch of Health Sciences or are in possession of a degree in one of the Life Sciences (Biology, Biotechnology, Physics, Chemistry or Biochemistry), and accredit ) Master's studies (or equivalent training) in the field of Health Sciences or b) have passed two years of health training to obtain an official degree in some specialty in Health Sciences. These students will have direct access to the doctoral program.

Students who meet the requirements of course 2b must also take the required training complements as mandatory.

In the other cases (2d-2h), the Academic Committee, in agreement with the tutor, will determine the opportunity to make training complements to facilitate the integration and maximum use in the program, among which are indicated for these cases.

In any case, taking into account that the training will be taught preferably in Spanish, students from countries where the official language is not Spanish, must prove through an interview that their level of Spanish is appropriate for the doctorate.

Additional selection and admission criteria

Students who meet the requirements mentioned in the previous section, want to enter the doctoral program, must provide with the application, at least the following documentation:

  1. Legalized copy of the university degree that entitles him to access, including equivalence, if applicable (if it is in process, will be pending submission for the registration process).
  2. Original certification or legalized copy of the subjects studied in the university degree that entitles them to access, with specific mention of the denomination, duration and grade of the subjects, as well as the average grade of the academic record.
  3. Curriculum vitae.
  4. Motivated letter expressing the reasons why you want to study the doctoral program and your interest or preference for a program line.

Body responsible for the admission process and its composition

The Academic Committee of the Program is responsible for the admission process, assessing the pre-registrations presented according to the established criteria. Through the website of the program and the Graduate Commission (or the Doctoral School when it becomes operational), the list of admitted and non-admitted will be published, with the reasons for non-admission and the recognition of dedication. full time or partial dedication of those admitted. Admitted students must formalize their enrollment according to the schedule of the ULL. In accordance with the Regulation of Official Teaching of Doctorate of the Universidad de La Laguna (BOC of January 25, 2013), the Academic Committee will be composed of a maximum of seven professors and / or researchers participating in it, including the academic coordinator , who will act as president of it.

Merit valuation criteria

Applications for registration will be valued by the Academic Committee of the Program according to the following scoring scale:

Scale criteria for applicants to the registration procedure

  1. Average grade of the academic record, including the qualifications of the bachelor's and master's degrees (in cases where this is a requirement of access to the program) (up to a maximum of 52%).
  2. Given the diversity of research lines, the suitability of graduate and postgraduate training to the preferential research line of the applicant will be assessed, both in terms of the contents of the official master's degree studies, or equivalent, and in the two years of training in a health specialty (up to a maximum of 15%)
  3. Accreditation of a level of English higher than that required for reading the bibliography and understanding of the training activities programmed in this language (up to level B2, maximum 8%)
  4. Have enjoyed collaboration or predoctoral scholarships, prizes (up to 10%)
  5. Stays in other national or foreign research centers (up to 8%)
  6. additional degree, postgraduate or specialization training in the field of health sciences (up to 7%)

Specific admission tests

They are not contemplated.

Admission systems and procedures for students with specific educational needs derived from disability

The Universidad de La Laguna , through the Office of the Vice-Rector for Students and the Care Services, has been developing a Program of Attention to Students with Disabilities (PAED) since 1999. The objective of this program is to guarantee equal opportunities and promote the integration of students with specific educational support needs. EL PAED, through direct and personalized attention, promotes concrete measures for the integral development of these students in an open and accessible environment. The PAED maintains a stable structure of support through periodic calls. Through personal interviews the needs are known and individual action plans are designed, teachers are informed about the difficulties and advice and technical support is offered. Currently, three programs are underway, one to support students with auditory deficits (sign language), another about transportation for students with mobility deficits and another to adapt the educational environment. For additional information, consult the following link.

Students with part-time dedication. Criteria and admission procedures. Conditions for changing modality

Taking into account the programs of origin and the interest of the program for students in specialized health training and with care work, it is estimated that 30% -40% of students opt for part-time work. This preference must be stated in the application for admission, or once admitted, when some of the circumstances mentioned below occur and that allow the recognition of this condition, without detriment to the Permanence Rules established by the ULL:

  1. Be working and documentally accredit the employment relationship;
  2. Being affected by a degree of physical or sensory disability that determines the need to study part-time. In this case, you must provide the certificate that certifies your degree of disability;
  3. To be carrying out specialized training in this or another university with part-time dedication, accrediting this condition documentarily;
  4. Have the status of primary caregiver of dependents or have children under 3 years of age. Both conditions must be documented by the competent body;
  5. Be a high level competitive athlete.
  6. Other conditions of a family or social nature that are duly justified.

The recognition of the status of student with part-time dedication will be reviewed and ratified annually. In any case, the student may request a change of the dedication modality during the development of the Doctoral Program. Likewise, students who, during the development of the program, lose the condition for which they were granted part-time dedication will automatically become full-time students.

Program taught in:
  • Spanish
  • English

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