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Information and Knowledge Society, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 days
University rank #601 (WUR) , | Online
This Doctoral Programme in Information and Knowledge Society at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) thus takes an interdisciplinary approach that combines both a variety of theoretical perspectives and several methodological tools.


Information and communication technologies (ICTs), developed since the mid-20th century and constantly being updated, have gradually crept into all areas of human activity: culture, the economy, media, business management, public service management, and even the operational aspects of the political system. Analysing how these technologies are used in various contexts and the profound changes they have brought about is key to understanding contemporary society and to exercising any type of professional or academic activity on this Doctoral Programme in Information and Knowledge Society at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).

The connections between various social, economic, political and cultural systems make it necessary to overcome traditional disciplinary boundaries in order to conduct serious, in-depth analyses. 


The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) is a fully accredited online university based in Barcelona and serving over 60,000 students worldwide. The University welcomes doctoral students who want to develop their research in a highly qualified and international setting and on a doctoral programme that is valid in the European Higher Education Area.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 days
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance, Regular optional meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Research lines:
  • Basic and applied health sciences
  • Communication and New Media
  • Information and knowledge management
  • Psychology, technology and society
  • Economy, business and labor
  • Law and criminology in the Infomation Society
  • Politics, democracy and human rights
  • Culture, society and language


Doctoral programme coordinator:

  • Dr. Joan Pujolar

Academic Committee for the doctoral programme:

  • Dr. Eva Rimbau Gilabert
  • Dr. Joan Pujolar Cos
  • Dr. Daniel Riera Terrén
  • Dr. Anna Espasa Roca
  • Dr. Natàlia Cantó Milà
  • Dr. Modesta Pousada Fernández
  • Dr. Ana Sofía Cardenal Izquierdo
  • Dr. Jordi Sánchez Navarro
  • Dr. David Martínez Zorrilla

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Students must proof of meeting one of the following requirements:

  • Official university master's degree min of 300 ECTS.
  • Official Spanish university degree or EHEA country min of 300 ECTS, of which at least 60 must be at the master's level.
  • Official Spanish graduate degree of at least 300 ECTS in line with EU legal regulations.
  • Degrees from education systems outside the EHEA that authorizes admission to doctoral studies in the country issuing the degree.
  • University graduate awarded the official degree of any of the health sciences specialities.
  • Spanish doctoral qualification.
  • Graduate, architect or engineer in possession of the DEA or research proficiency.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    540 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 540 EUR per year and a duration of 36 days.
  • National

    540 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 540 EUR per year and a duration of 36 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Barcelona

  • 770 - 1360 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The UOC is offering grants for the 2019/2020 academic year. To be eligible for the UOC Doctoral Grants Programme, students must be full-time and physically present on the University's premises.

The usual duration of the grants is three years, but in some cases they can be extended to a fourth year for postdoctoral work. Grants require annual renewal. Renewal is contingent on students achieving the training and research objectives established in each case. One of these objectives is to complete the doctoral thesis within a maximum of three years, after which students can apply for a further one-year postdoctoral grant.

The programme also includes the possibility to develop an industrial doctorate.

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