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Information and Knowledge Society, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The Information and Knowledge Society programme at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) consists of an organized series of training and research activities leading to the award of a doctoral degree.
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The programme is divided into a preliminary training period, consisting of the University Master's Degree Programme in the Information and Knowledge Society, and an organized research period, also referred to as doctoral studies or the doctoral programme.

The organized research period of the doctoral programme comprises courses, seminars and training activities designed to provide advanced training in research. It culminates with the completion, through the preparation and presentation of a doctoral thesis, of an original research initiative that contributes to the accumulated knowledge on an aspect or topic related to the information and knowledge society.

Study plan

Once students have been admitted to the research period of the doctoral programme, the University provides them with personalized pathways, designed taking into account their specific skills and research capabilities (particularly with regard to research methodologies), as well as their research interests. 

The Information and Knowledge Society programme at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) may thus include courses, seminars and other activities intended to hone their research skills. Students must take and successfully complete any such activities included on their personalized pathway.

In order to acquire the advanced training required to complete a research project, students must complete, during the doctoral programme's research period, all subjects, courses and/or activities included on their personalized pathway.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
    • Catalan
    • Spanish
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

The programme offers the following lines of research:
  • 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 information society
  • Politics, democracy and human rights
  • Culture, society and language

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  •  A photocopy of their DNI, NIE or passport.
  • A letter of motivation/presentation providing a brief outline of your career and your specific reasons for applying, and a detailed description of the research project you aim to conduct. 
  • A letter of recommendation from the UOC research group leader or researcher backing your doctoral degree project.  
  • A curriculum that describes the programmes and master's degree or postgraduate courses the candidate has taken that are related to the research interests described in the statement of interest and, if applicable, a description of previous scientific output.
  • An example of a recent academic paper (in Catalan, Spanish or English).
  • Certificate of the level of English required by the doctoral programme.

Tuition Fee

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.


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