Communication, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English, Spanish, Catalan
University rank #175 ,
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.


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
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Spanish
    • Partially taught in Catalan
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Lines of research

  • 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, transmedia storytelling / media literacy
  • GRCC: Scientific communication


English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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Academic Requirements

In order to be admitted to Communication 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 to 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.

The following optional supporting documents are not compulsory but may be evaluated by the department for admission purposes (please submit a photocopy of these documents/accreditations): 

  • Research background
  • 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 Full Programme

  • EUR 401 International
  • EUR 401 EU/EEA

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  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.


Grants offered by the Communication Department

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