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The challenges facing education in the 21st century are closely linked to competent and rational use of Information and Communication Technologies as we know them, and the different forms that these technologies might take in the immediate future. 

This connection between education and ICT will not remain the same over time, rather it will become more complex, taking on new challenges that are hard to foresee at present. 

The mutually influencing evolution of education and ICT requires professionals who are knowledgeable and curious about technological advances, while also being committed to the social ends inherent in all levels of education, clearly including non-formal forms of education. 

Likewise, study and analysis in the field of education requires interdisciplinary and intersectoral work that opens the door to companies that develop and apply knowledge in any of the different areas of learning.


The Education and ICT (e-learning) programme at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) is open to any innovative research that involves the use of ICT in education. With this in mind, the programme supports interdisciplinary work that covers fields as diverse as psychology, pedagogy, computer engineering, law, tourism, economics, mathematics or the humanities, among others.


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 research lines:
  • Responsive Teaching and Learning Processes and Outcomes in Online Education
  • Challenges for Sustainable Management and Organization in Online Education
  • Technologies for Supporting Teaching and Learning
  • Flexible and Open Online Education

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • A photocopy of their DNI, NIE or passport
  • A statement of interest in which the candidate makes a short presentation of their career and explains the candidate's specific reasons
  • A letter of endorsement that appears in the name of research that supports the personal doctoral 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

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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