Communication, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English, Spanish, Catalan
The doctorate in Social Communication, Pompeu Fabra University offers students the chance to write and present a doctoral thesis consisting of original research work on one of the lines of research of the doctorate.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The objective of the Doctorate in Communication, Pompeu Fabra University is to train high level researchers in the main fields of communication - journalism, audiovisual communications, advertising and public relations, documentation, and the Internet - related to other associated disciplines such as the social sciences and the humanities. The programme is taught within the Doctoral School at Pompeu Fabra University.
This training is geared towards the research lines in the six research groups associated with the Department of Communication, in collaboration with groups and departments at other Spanish and international universities and companies and institutions in the sector.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    5 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Spanish
    • Partially taught in Catalan
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic, Professional

Programme Structure

Lines of research of the doctorate

  • Cyberculture and Information and Communication Technologies
  • Communication and Science
  • Communication and Quality Contents
  • Communication and Consumer Culture
  • Communication and Education
  • Communication and Interculturality
  • Communication and Politics
  • Journalism and Advertising Studies
  • Communication and Design
  • Aesthetic Trends of Contemporary Audiovisuals
  • Dramaturgical Models and Mise en Scène in the History of the Cinema
  • Hermeneutics of Cinematographic and Audiovisual Works
  • Cinematographic and Audiovisual Genres
  • Technological Mutations of Contemporary Audiovisuals
  • Audiovisuals in Europe

Academic contents

  • Cross-disciplinary and specific activities for the Doctoral programme.
  • Preparation of the doctoral thesis.


Lines of research of the doctorate

  • CAS: Communication and Advertising
  • CINEMA: Aesthetics of Audiovisual Media
  • DIGIDOC: Digital Documentation, Interactive Communication
  • GRP: Ethics and excellence in Journalism, Politics and History, Analysis of Internet Journalism (online media)
  • UNICA: Political and Audiovisual Communication, Audiovisual Production, Communications Policies in the Digital age, Television and Quality, Communication and Interculturality, Communication and Lobby groups
  • GRCC: Scientific communication

Competences that must be demonstrated at the end of the programme

Basic competences

  • Systematic understanding of a field of study and command of the skills and research methods related to that field.
  • The ability to conceive, design and create, put into practice and adopt a substantial research or creation procedure.
  • The ability to contribute to the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge by means of original research.
  • The ability to undertake a critical and evaluative analysis and synthesise new and complex ideas.
  • The ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general about their areas of knowledge in the manner and using the language normally used in the international scientific community.
  • The ability to foster scientific, technological, social, artistic and cultural progress in a knowledge-based society in academic and professional contexts.

General competences

  • The ability to deal with all situations where there is little specific information.
  • Find the key questions that must be answered in order to solve a complex problem.
  • Design, create, develop and undertake new and innovative projects in their area of knowledge.
  • Work both as part of a team and autonomously in an international or multidisciplinary context.
  • Integrate knowledge, deal with complexity and formulate judgments based on limited information.
  • Intellectually critique and defend various solutions.

Academic Requirements

1. Accreditation of holding a Bologna Master's Degree. Official copy of your degree or official document accrediting that said copy has been requested, or, in lack of that, a signed declaration which certifies that the student is able to obtain his/her degree at the start of the course. The admission on the master's course is subject to the submission of the corresponding degree title (or any official document issued by your home University which states that the degree title fees have been duly paid) before the start of the next academic course.

2. Undergraduate and postgraduate academic transcripts

3. Research background

4. Proof of English language knowledge:

  • Certificate accrediting knowledge of the English language
  • An essay by the candidate written in English explaining motivations for applying to the research project in any of the research lines, with a maximum length of 2 pages.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 401 International
  • EUR 401 EU/EEA


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