PhD Humanities

  • On Campus
  • 36 months
  • EUR401 per Module (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR401 per Module (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • Spanish, Catalan ( Find a course )
| Barcelona, Spain
The doctorate in Humanities from Pompeu Fabra University is oriented towards research from an interdisciplinary perspective, and aims to provide comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental problems in human sciences and especially those in art, literature and thought.


Training objectives

The doctorate in Humanities aims to train highly qualified researchers to start a career in teaching and research in the scientific and academic world, or to start a professional career in the arts and culture. The purpose of the doctoral programme is to complete a doctoral thesis, a work supervised by a lecturer on the doctoral programme, which must be original and the student's own work, about a specific topic within the proposed research lines.

Academic Content

The content of the doctorate in in Humanities is determined by the research projects, which determine the research lines.

In the first year of the doctorate course, students must attend the activities organized by the University Institute of Culture and the Department of Humanities. These are seminars, conferences and symposia in which guest lectures participate. These activities covering the topics in the doctorate are organized to encourage doctoral students to become interested in areas that are not directly related to their own research.

Training activities:
  • Humanities Training Permanent Seminar
  • Doctorate workshop
  • Defence of the Annual Research Plan
  • Seminar on Advanced Humanities Topics
Competences that will be attained after completing the programme
Doctoral students will learn to interpret texts and images, begin research using primary sources (images or text) and secondary sources (literature). They must learn to relate and associate various sources (artistic, literary and philosophical), to consider working hypotheses, and how to structure them and express them.
Career prospects
Research, university teaching and cultural management.

Detailed Course Facts

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Tuition fee
  • EUR401 per module ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR401 per module ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • Doctorate students must register their Thesis Tutorial every academic year, including the academic year in which the thesis is deposited. The price of the thesis tutorial in the 2015-16 academic year is € 401,12.
  • Administrative taxes: € 69,80
  • Students with a degree issued by an university outside the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and has not received homologation must pay € 218,15 during the enrolment period.
  • The cost of the dissertation rights is € 156,87.
  • The cost of the doctorate diploma is € 218,15.
Duration full-time 36 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Project Type Open
Educational Form Academic, Professional

Course Content

Lines of research of the doctorate
  • European Art and non-Western Cultures
  • Art and Nature
  • Philological Editing of Literary Texts
  • The Creation of Myth
  • Aesthetics and Political Philosophy
  • Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
  • Philosophy and History of Religions
  • Subjectivity in Literary and Performative Genres
  • History of Literary Creation
  • History of the Philosophical Schools
  • History of the Artistic Movements
  • Image, Symbol and Vision
  • Intertextuality and Rewriting
  • Catalan Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Travel Literature
  • Literature and Visual Arts
  • Literature and Politics
  • Medieval Literature
  • Literatures of the European Tradition
  • Myth, Literature and Religious Belief in the Ancient World and Survival
  • Orality and Writing
  • Primitivism
  • Poetics and Rhetoric: Reading Strategies
  • Relationships between Philosophy and Literature
  • Cultural Representations: Gender Issues and Identities
  • Intercultural Spaces, Language and Identity
  • Literary Theory
  • Modern and Contemporary Spanish Literature
  • Art Theory and Criticism
  • Theory and History of Literary Reception
  • Contemporary Literatures

English Language Requirements

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the language. Find courses on Language Learning Portal.


Admission requirements to the Humanities - PhD programme
  • In order to be admitted to Humanities PhD Programme offered by UPF, candidates must provide accreditation that they have obtained an accredited undergraduate degree (Bachelor degree or recognised equivalent degree from an accredited Higher Education Institution).
  • Moreover, they have to proof that they have obtained or are in position to obtain an accredited graduate/master's degree (equivalent to a Spanish Master Universitario/Oficial, Master's of Research.... ) which enables them to access a Phd programme in their home country.
  • In order to access a doctoral programme at UPF, you need to have completed 300 ECTS credits, 60 of those have to correspond to an official graduate, research orientated master's programme.
  • One of the main admission requirements for the doctorate in Humanities is to have the sponsorship of one of the programme's research professors, expressing his or her willingness to supervise the candidate's proposed doctoral research project. Candidates should thus familiarize themselves with the faculty members' lines of research and contact potential thesis advisors before submitting their admission application. This contact and preliminary agreement should be indicated in the research project's description.
  • The purpose of this condition is to ensure that no doctoral student is left without a supervisor after enrolling on the programme. The commitment is provisional, and thesis supervisors may be changed by agreement of all the parties involved once the programme has begun, especially when projects are redefined.
Mandatory documents to be submitted
  • A photocopy of the undergraduate degree/diploma or Certification/proof of degree completion (Bachelor degree or recognised equivalent degree from an accredited Higher Education Institution).
  • A photocopy of the official final undergraduate transcript.

If you have finished your Master's degree when you formalise your application, you will need to send us the following documents:

  • A photocopy of the graduate/master's degree/diploma or Certification/proof of degree completion.
  • A photocopy of your official final graduate/master's transcript .

However, if you have not yet completed your graduate/master's studies when formalising application, you will need to provide us with the following documents:

  • A signed declaration of obtaining your graduate/master's degree before the commencement of the master's programme PDF document
  • A photocopy of the provisional graduate/master's transcript.

If the diploma or the academic transcript are not written in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese or Italian, you will also have to include the respective sworn translations into Catalan or Spanish.

Students holding a Spanish DEA (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados) according to RD 778/1998 / Suficiencia Investigadora according to RD185/1985 or an undergraduate degree of 300 ECTS credits (such as Medicine...) will not need to have completed a master's degree.

All candidates must also present the following mandatory documents (please provide a photocopy):

  • To present a research project which corresponds to any of the research lines of the doctoral programme.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Identity Card or Passport..

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