The Royal Decree 99/2011 that regulates the organisation of doctoral studies corresponding to the third course of the official university teachings are addressed to the obtaining of the Doctor Degree, that shall have official nature and validity throughout the national territory in its article 1, establishes the following definitions:
1. Doctorate refers to the third cycle of official university studies, aimed to the acquisition of the competences and skills related to the high quality scientific research.
2. Doctorate programme refers to a set of activities addressed to the acquisition of the competences and skills needed for obtaining the Doctor degree. The programme will have as an objective the development of the different training aspects of the doctorate and will establish the procedures and lines of research for the development of doctoral theses.
3. It is considered a doctor, whose previous accreditation of the established requisites in the present royal decree, the one who has been admitted in a doctorate programme and also enroled in the programme.
It is recognised as a doctor the one who, previous accreditation of the established requisites in the current royal decree, has been admitted in a doctorate programme and he/she has been enroled in the programme.

 
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