- What is a non-official degree?
It is a type of training offered and certified by Spanish universities aimed at attending to those contents that are not part of the official syllabus of university degrees. Although these degrees are not officially recognised, their practical approach, adapted to the demand of specialised training in different professional areas, has made them one of the most common alternatives among postgraduate studies.
- How are they regulated?
The scientific specialisation and advanced vocational training offered by the Málaga division of the IAIC is regulated according to the following rules:
I. Regulation of the University of Málaga on training certified with degrees, diplomas and non-official certificates, passed by the Consejo de Gobierno on 15th July 2014.
II. Internal Regulations of the IAIC.
III. Each degree’s own regulations.
- What is the goal of non-official degrees?
The aim of the non-official degrees offered by the Málaga division of the IAIC is scientific and professional specialisation, and to confer on the student the appropriate non-official degree, such as master’s, expert or specialisation courses, advanced vocational training and university extension courses.
- How are the ECTS organised?
Non-official degrees are based on the ECTS system. Their credits are valid and official throughout all national territory. Each ECTS equals 10 hours of class and 25 hours of student’s work. This time is devoted to class, studying time, tests, etc.
- Who coordinates these postgraduate programme?
Non-official degrees generally have an Academic Director, and they may also have an Academic Assistant Director. As far as Academic Management is concerned, its staff should be full time professors from the University of Málaga who work in a field of knowledge related to the class they are going to teach.
- Who are the professors?
In the Málaga division of the IAIC, classes are taught by professors from the University of Málaga, researchers from the Institute and renowned professionals not belonging to the UMA.