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Rules for the Recognition of Master's Degree Credits

The Royal Decree 1393/2007, October 29th, establishes the regulations for the recognition and transfer of credits in official undergraduate, master's and Phd studies taught by Spanish universities within the state's territory (modified by the RD 861/2010, July 2nd), establishes the favoring of student mobility either within Europe or the rest of the world, and mainly within Spain and within the university as a priority.  

 

These rulles intend to regulate the procedure and other criteria to be applied at the University of Barcelona, with consideration of the current regulation. 

 

1. Credit Recognition 

 

Credit recognition is acceptance by the University of Barcelona of the education or professional experience listed below, which will count on a student's academic transcript along with their other studies toward their official degree.


Under no circumstances may credits corresponding to the Graduation Project be recognized.


- Prior official university education


a) The credits obtained through official studies taken previously at the University of Barcelona or any other university, so that they may count towards the new official studies and towards obtaining an official degree.  


If these studies were part of an official Spanish university degree and the degree the student is studying belongs to the same field of knowledge as the prior degree, at least 36 credits corresponding to the basic subjects of the same field must be recognized.


If the degree the student is studying belongs to a different field of knowledge, the credits obtained in basic subjects that belong to the field of knowledge of the new degree will also be recognized.

All other credits, except for those for the graduation project, may be recognized by taking into account the suitability of the skills and knowledge acquired.


b) The credits obtained in other higher education leading to other degrees covered by article 34.1 of Law 6/2001, of December 21, on universities. 


c) Professional and work experience, provided that it is related to the skills of the degree the student is studying.


The number of credits that may be recognized from other degrees and professional experience may not total more than 15 % of the credits for the curriculum the student is studying.


A percentage above 15 % of the total number of curriculum credits may only be recognized when an unofficial degree has been eliminated and replaced by the official degree, and this is stated in the official degree report that has been verified under the conditions established in articles 6.4 and 6.5 of Royal Decree 861/2010.


2. Criteria for Recognition Decisions 

 

Recognition must be carried out by assessing the suitability of the skills and content of the subjects and the courses that the student has passed in relation to the subjects and courses set out in the curriculum for his or her new degree program.


If the student has taken undergraduate courses, the basic education established by this regulation as the basic credits for the field can be recognized, without the need to identify the courses passed or recognized.


If the recognition decision is being made for basic education credits for the field, or for partial credits for degree program subjects, the decision must include a list of courses the student must take to complete the credits established by the degree program to obtain the degree.


Credits obtained in official courses taken previously at the University of Barcelona or any other university that have not been recognized must be transferred to the student's academic transcript, provided that the student did not receive an official degree with these courses. 


Credits obtained from prior official university courses that did not lead to a degree do not need to be transferred to the new academic transcript when the interested party states that they wish to simultaneously pursue both degrees.


 


3. Credit Transfer

 

Transferring credits consists of including the credits obtained from official courses taken previously at the University of Barcelona or any other university on all official academic documents accrediting the studies taken by the student, provided that said prior studies did not lead to the granting of an official degree and that they were not recognized.
 


4. Academic Effects 

 

All credits obtained by the student in official courses taken at any university, those that were transferred, those recognized, and those passed in order to obtain the corresponding degree must be included on their academic transcript and reflected in the European Diploma Supplement (DS).
Recognized credits should be taken into account to calculate the credits the student needs to pass in order to obtain the official degree. However, only those credits passed in the official degree and those that were recognized based on official studies or unofficial studies that were replaced by an official degree will be counted to calculate the grade point average on the student's transcript.
Transferred credits are not taken into account for the purposes of calculating the credits needed to obtain the official degree, nor when calculating the grade point average for the student's academic transcript.

 

Derogatory Regulations 

These rules repeal the Rules for credit recognition and transfer of the University of Barcelona, prioly approved, the annex to said regulation and any other regulation related to credit recognition and transfer in official Master's studies.  

 

Effective Date 

 

The herby regulation are made effective on the moment of approvement. 

 

 

A. Procedure for official and University's Credit recognition or transfer Application or previous experience recognition 

 

Applications for credit or professional experience recognition must be addressed to the Master's Direction and should be submitted to the Center's Registrar's Office with the documentation attached to these regulations. 

Students who have unfinished studies must indicate it on the application as well as the intention to to do both studies at the same time. The application must include all the information about previous University studies, as well as certification for previous professional experience.

 

In case of credit recognition request, the Registrar's Office must send the application to the Master's Direction, who will be responsible of issuing a resolution, indicating the credits of the subjects recognized or transferred.

 

The resolution should also include the reference of the subjects the student must enroll if the subjects are partially recognized. 


If the students requests only the transfer of credits, the Center's Registrar's Office will incorporate the studies completed to the academic record, the resolution of the Master's Direction is not necessary. 

 

 

B. Resolution Review Procedure 

 

The student may appeal the resolution of the Master's Direction to the EUHT CETT-UB Administration within one month from the notification. 

 C. Resolution Rectification 

 

The Master's Direction may rectificate, in any moment, any mistake identified in the resolutions. In the event of the modification of a resolution, a new resolution will be issued. The new resolution disqualifies the previous resolution. 

 

D. Statement for Enrolling Recognized Credits 

 

A student may state to the Master's Direction the intention of enrolling a recognized subject.

 

The students must submit the request to the Registrar's Office within 30 days from the recognition resolution. 

 

This request implies the rejection of the recognition benefits of the subject. 

 

E. Student Academic Record 

 

Recognized subjects will be considered passed in the Master's studies. The student academic record must specify the following information:  

 

a)  Official university studies: the university and studies of origin, the number of recognized credits of the passed subject and the grade awarded.

b)  Non official university studies: the university and studies of origin, the number of recognized credits of the passed subject and, for non-official studies that have been replaced by official studies, the grade awarded. 

c)  Professional experience: certified professional experience and period of development. 

 

The information collected in the student academic record on the recognized credits must be taken from the academic certificate issued by the university of origin. It must reflect the University, the studies, academic year and the grade awarded. 

 

  

Required Documents 

 

En el caso de que se solicite el reconocimiento o el reconocimiento y la transferencia de créditos, la solicitud deberá ir acompañada de la documentación correspondiente que debe llevar el sello original del centro emisor.

 

1.   Recognition of official credits obtained previously in Spanish Centers that do not belong to the UB 

 

a) Original individual transcript, including the level of studies reached, the academic year, and their grades.


b) Course syllabus, including the skills, associated knowledge, and the number of credits and number of hours or weeks per semester or year, with the school's seal.


c) Curriculum or list of courses required to pass the prior degree, issued by the school with its seal.


d) For students from other universities, proof of transfer from the university of origin must be provided.


e) Any other document that the center considers to be necessary for processing the request.


 

2.   Recognition of non- official credits obtained previously in Spanish Centers that do not belong to the UB 

 

a)  Information about the agreements that allow the teaching of the non-official studies within the Center in order to identify the educational level they belong to. 

b Original individual transcript, including the level of studies reached, the academic year, and their grades.

c Course syllabus, including the skills, associated knowledge, and the number of credits and number of hours or weeks per semester or year, with the school's seal.

d Curriculum or list of courses required to pass the prior degree, issued by the school with its seal.

e)  Información relativa a las condiciones de acceso al título propio en el momento en que el estudiante accedió a la enseñanza.

f)   Any other document that the center considers to be necessary for processing the request.

 

3.  Recognition of official or non-official credits obtained at the UB

 

a)  Academic record

 

It the studies have not been completed, and the student does not wish to continue the studies, the university of origin must close the student academic record. 

 

4.   Studies recognition of official credits obtained in a Center outside Spain 

 

a) Original individual transcript, including the level of studies reached, the academic year, and their grades.

b) Course syllabus, including the skills, associated knowledge, and the number of credits and number of hours or weeks per semester or year, with the school's seal

c) Curriculum or list of courses required to pass the prior degree, issued by the school with its seal.

d) For students from other universities, proof of transfer from the university of origin must be provided.

e) Any other document that the center considers to be necessary for processing the request.


All documents must be official and must be issued by the authorized bodies. They should be translated, by a certified translator, unless the original documentation is written in Catalan, Spanish or English. The certificates should be legalized according to the provisions established, except for documents issued by Universities within the European Union.  

 

5.   Recognition of previous professional experience 

 

a Document that certifies the professional experience. It must indicate, the period of development, the hours pero week and the responsibilities performedalcanzadas en relación con las inherentes del título.

 

 

If only the  transfer of credits is begin requested, the application must be joint by the required documentation stamped by the issuing Center:  

 

1.   Transfer of credits from oficial studies carried out previously in other Spanish centers 

 

a Original academic certificate that specifies the studies completed.

b Bank receipt that proofs the transfer rights have been paid for.  

 

If the studies have been obtained in a Center that belongs to the UB, the academic record is the only required document. The center that issues the document must close the student's academic record. 

 

 

Average Grade 

 

Spanish centers generally use a grading scale from 0 - 10, using up to one decimal number. A qualitative grade may be attached to the numerical grade as established by the Royal Decree 1125/2003, September 5th, that established the European system of credits and qualifications in the Official University Studies. 

 

However, if a center only offers qualitative grades, these grades will be translated into numerical grades following these equivalences:


Apt: 6,0

Pass: 6,0

Very Good: 8,0 

Excellent:  9,0

Outstanding/ Distinction with Honors: 10 

 

The grades reflected at the Academic Record of previous studies obtained outside Spain must be adapted according to the equivalences table issued by the Ministry of Education or approved by the Academic Committee of the Government Council.