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Information and communication technologies (ICTs) arose and have continued to grow and adapt since the mid-20th century. They have gradually crept into all areas of human activity: culture, economy, media, business management, public service management, and even the political system. 

Analysing how these technologies are used in different contexts and the profound changes they have brought about is key to understanding contemporary society and vital for work and scholarship.

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


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. 

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.


The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) is a fully accredited online university based in Barcelona with over 70,000 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 recognized throughout the European Higher Education Area.

Detailed Programme Facts

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 Labour
  • 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
  • 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
  • An example of a recent academic paper (in Catalan, Spanish or English)
  • Academic certificates for the doctoral student's previous training, which state the subjects taken and the mark obtained, the sitting, the kind of subject, the number of credits and the average mark in the academic transcript

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 Information and Knowledge Society Doctoral Programme for the 2020/2021 academic year. To be eligible for the UOC Doctoral Grants Programme, students must be full-time and physically present on the University's premises.

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