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PhD Psychology Program
Organized by: Faculty of Psychology and Speech Therapy
Taught at: Faculty of Psychology and Speech Therapy
Field: Life Sciences
Languages: Spanish, English 
Seats offered each year: 20  
Interuniversity: No
EQF: 8 
ISCED1: Psychology (311)
ISCED2: Psychology (31301)



The University of Malaga (UMA) offers a PhD Psychology program within the field of Health Sciences. It is taught at the Faculty of Psychology and is coordinated by the Doctorate School of the University of Malaga. It was awarded verification by the Spanish National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA) on the 23rd of July 2013.

Our PhD program was planned and designed by the Office of the Dean of Psychology in collaboration with a large group of researchers working within key areas of psychology at the UMA. The research groups involved in the PhD program are organised into seven main lines of research. All the faculty members involved have long research careers in their respective fields and work in well-established research groups. The bulk of their research is done at the UMA, and they regularly collaborate with research groups from Spain and abroad. 

The current program is a response to the demand for doctors in psychology, and it combines the main interests and objectives of all the research groups involved. The result of this approach is a PhD program that will train you to become an excellent psychologist with a firm grasp of this discipline, a capacity for innovative and independent thinking regarding current psychological research, and the ability to perform all the activities required of a professional psychologist with outstanding expertise.

Pre-enrolment process for the Doctorate in Psychology Program for the year 2022/2023. More information here

You will find more information on the pre-enrolment and enrolment procedures at:

Servicio de Doctorado (Escuela de Doctorado de la Universidad de Málaga) (

The link to access the Junta de Andalucía website for pre-enrolment is available here

The 2019/2020 academic year is full

Lines of research

> Biological basis of behavior
> Basic processes in psychology
> Research methods and their applications in social and health sciences
> Developmental and educational psychology
> Psychology of social intervention
> Clinical and health psychology
> Physical activity, performance, management, and health psychology

Academic accountability

Academic accountability for the PhD program is the responsibility of  The Academic Committee the Quality Assurance Committee, and the Graduate Committee of the University of Malaga.

Academic coordinator

> María del Carmen Pedraza Benítez, PhD:

Official Information

> Resolución del Consejo de Universidades - verificación positiva - (Resolution of the Council of Universities; positive verification): 23/07/2013
Authorized by the regional government of Andalucía (Junta de Andalucia): Decree 83/2013, 16th July, 2013. B.O.J.A. 18th July, 2013.
Código Título en el Registro de Universidades, Centros y Títulos (RUCT) [Degree Code in the Registry of Universities, Centers, and Degrees]: 5600297
> Implemented in the academic Year: 2013/2014 

> Program verification report

> The verification report was modified: 25 June, 2018 (RUCT)


Website of the PhD in Psychology Program:

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