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Application requirements



  • Letter of the applicant addressed to the H. Committee Evaluator of the Doctorate in Brain Research, where the reasons and interest to enter the Doctorate are detailed.
  • Be integrated into a research group and have a director to endorse the protocol of a research project (the director may be a member of the basic academic core of the Doctorate or external).
  • Deliver a digital copy of your research protocol (protocol format).
  • Commitment letter in which the applicant expresses his availability and full-time dedication, as well as his interest in developing a career as a researcher.
  • Hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree (apostille) in a career related to the area of study or be close to obtaining it within a period of not more than three months from the date of registration.
  • Introduce and pass the special exam.
  • Obtain at least 80 (scale of 0 to 100) in the final grade of the special exam.
  • Copy of full certificate of study (apostille) and average constancy. The minimum average required is 8 (eight) in the previous grade.
  • Copy of proof of having obtained (or being in the process) English language certification.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Spanish language when it is not your mother tongue, by passing the exam applied by the UV Language Center and/or an accredited center.
  • Attend an interview with H. Comité Evaluar del Posgrado (interview format).
  • Cover the corresponding tariff duties.


  • To remain in the postgraduate course, the student of the Doctorate in Brain Research must comply with all the regulations in force at the Universidad Veracruzana.
  • To carry out postgraduate activities such as: school courses, intra- and extra-mural courses and seminars, congresses and symposiums.
  • It will be a requirement of permanence to pass with a minimum score of 80 on a scale of 100 all the semester exams that mark the curricular map.


To graduate, the student must: complete 100% of the credits.


  1. The student must meet the requirements for graduation.
  2. To publish at least one research article in a journal of indexed international circulation.
  3. Present the results of your research project in digital thesis format.
  4. Verbally defend your thesis work before an academic committee.


  • Minimum: 3
  • Maximum: 20

Schedule of classes:

  • The Doctorate classes have been concentrated in a single day (Thursday or Friday), with a schedule from 9:00 to 15:00 hrs. In some periods the classes could also be given in the evening shift (from 17:00 to 19:00 hrs). The other days of the week are intended for the development of the research project.




  • The candidate to enter the Doctorate must come from a degree or master’s degree related to the training areas of this postgraduate course. These areas preferably include those of Health Sciences, Biological-Agricultural and Technical; however, they are also considered the areas of Arts and Humanities.
  • It is desirable that the applicant have previous training or experience in scientific research. In addition, have minimal knowledge and skills with topics related to neurosciences.
  • Demonstrate an attitude of collaboration with other students and collegiate bodies that will allow the development of your research project.
  • Have knowledge and skills for the translation and comprehension of English-language texts, related to postgraduate research lines.
  • Demonstrate values such as honesty, ethics, responsibility and commitment.


The graduate of the Doctorate will have a solid theoretical-practical training in one or several disciplines of neurosciences.

  • Knowledge:

To carry out basic and/or applied research.

To teach courses at the undergraduate, master’s or doctoral level.

To develop new technologies and methodologies in the laboratory.

  • Skills and competences:

Disseminate and diffuse scientific knowledge and research related to the brain.

Ability and competence to develop original and high quality research.

Join multidisciplinary research and technology groups.

To advise on the development of research projects especially in the area of neurosciences.

Promote the culture of work, collaboration and improvement.

Critical thinking and professional ethics.

  • Values:

Academic honesty, professional ethics, responsibility and scientific commitment

The Doctorate in Brain Research will be able to:

  1. Disseminate and diffuse scientific knowledge and research relating to neurosciences.
  2. It will have the capacity to develop original and high quality research.
  3. To be part of multidisciplinary scientific and technological research groups.
  4. Advise on the development of research projects especially in the area of neurosciences.
  5. Be able to teach courses in your area at the degree , master degree and doctorate levels, with high quality.

Work area

  • Graduates of the Doctorate in Brain Research have the capacity to integrate into different public or private units, from the country or abroad (programs, centers, institutes or faculties), higher education and/or basic or applied scientific research.

Frequent questions

How long will the doctorate take?

In four years (eight periods).

What careers are related to the Doctorate?

The candidate to enter the Doctorate must come from a degree or master’s degree related to the training areas of this postgraduate course. These areas preferably include those of Health Sciences, Biological-Agricultural and Technical; however, students from the areas of Arts and Humanities have also been integrated.

Can I enter the Doctorate if I only have a bachelor’s degree?

Yes, it is possible, because it is a direct doctorate. It is essential to have the title apostilled.

Can I enter the Doctorate if I have taken a Master’s degree?

It is also possible. It is a prerequisite to have the title apostilled.

Can I accredit or revalidate courses if I have a master’s degree?

Yes, it is possible to accredit or revalidate courses in the basic area provided that they comply with the procedures established in the statute of students of the University Veracruzana.

Is the Spanish language a prerequisite for entering the Doctorate?

Basic knowledge is required and proof that you are enrolled in a course to accredit you.

If I am interested in entering the Doctorate and I do not have a director, nor a research topic, what should I do?

During the interview with the Admission Committee, guidance is provided on the alternatives offered by the postgraduate course.

What is a Tutorial Committee?

It is a group, made up of five doctors (including the director), who is responsible for evaluating the theoretical and practical progress and performance obtained at the end of each semester.

Can I suggest members for the Tutorial Committee?

Yes, it is possible, as long as they meet the requirements of the postgraduate course.

Do I need a principal and an academic tutor?

Yes, from the beginning of the doctorate program, the student must have the support of an academic director, who will help him to develop his research topic. It should also have a tutor, who will support the development of research activities and help solve academic problems, in keeping with the profile, curriculum organization and orientation of their curricula. All this in order to guide the student to obtain the academic degree and contribute to increase terminal efficiency.

What are the research lines of the Doctorate?

There are four: 1) Biophysics, 2)Neurochemistry, 3)Cellular and molecular neurobiology and 4) Behavioral neurobiology.

Is there a certain age to enter the Doctorate?


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Fecha: 29 mayo, 2023 Responsable: Mtra. Elizabeth Vázquez Narváez Contacto: cerebrales@uv.mx