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Health, Psychology and Psychiatry, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Tarragona, Spain
The main aim of the Health, Psychology and Psychiatry programe is to provide a multidisciplinary framework that helps to improve the training of doctoral students so that they can engage in research in the fields of health, psychology and psychiatry, and communicate their knowledge at international scientific meetings and on a more popular level. 
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In this way, these professionals can transfer their knowledge to society and apply it.

The programme also brings together the specific fields of study related to health in general and mental health in particular, with special focus on aspects of psychology, psychiatry, neurotoxicology and neurorehabilitation.

URV master's degrees directly related to the doctorate

  • Master's degree in Mental Health: Research in Psychiatry, Neurotoxicology and Psychopharmacology
  • Master's degree in Health Psychology

Other academic disciplines directly related to the doctorate

  • Master's degree in Psychological Intervention in Clinical and Social Contexts
  • Master's degree in Sexology
  • Master's degree in Research in Medicine
  • Other master's degrees in:
  • Health
  • Psychiatry

Career opportunities

Those who succesfully complete the doctoral programme will be trained and prepared to work in:

  • Experts in state mental health agencies
  • Researchers in the development of tools for evaluating behaviour
  • Experts in mental health and psychology
  • Teachers of mental health and psychology
  • Researchers in the characterisation of drugs and neurotoxins
  • Consultants in mental health and psychology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Spanish
    • Partially taught in Catalan
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Training in the communication and publication of research results
  • Training in mobility and scientific exchange
  • Course on the use of experimental animals for all students who are going to use animals models for their theses
  • Beginners' course in mental health research
  • Course on research design and data analysis


José Eugenio García-Albea, José G Franco, José Luís Domingo, Josefa Canals Sans, Josefa Canals Sans, Josep Demestre, Josep Tomàs i Ferré, Lourdes Martorell, Manuel Santafé Martínez, Margarita Torrente, Maria Angel Lanuza Escolano, Maria Cabré, Maria Teresa Colomina, Mercedes Gómez, Misericordia Camps Llauradó, Neus Garcia Sancho, Paloma Vicens, Pere Joan Ferrando Piera, Pilar Ferré, 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Pre-acceptance agreement from your thesis and research line supervisor
  • Certificate and academic transcript of qualification that enables access to doctoral course. 
The qualification may be one of the following:
  • University master’s degree
  • Accreditation of 60 ECTS credits at master’s level in one or more official master’s degrees
  • Accreditation of completion of the training period if the qualification is in the ambit of health sciences
  • Bachelor’s degree of at least 300 ECTS
  • Doctoral degree
  • DEA or accreditation of research aptitude
  • Certificate and academic transcript of bachelor’s degree or equivalent (access qualification for university master’s degree course)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    766 EUR/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 766 EUR per module and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    548 EUR/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 548 EUR per module and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Tarragona

  • 580 - 960 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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