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Erasmus Mundus in Information Technologies for Business Intelligence (It4bi - Dc), Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #314 (QS) Barcelona, Spain
The Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in Information Technologies for Business Intelligence – Doctoral College (IT4BI-DC) is designed to develop research excellence in this broad scope of fields. 
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The main objective is to train computer scientists who understand and help develop the strategies of modern enterprise decision makers. IT4BI-DC is a continuation of the EMMC “Information Technologies for Business Intelligence” (IT4BI).

The programme favours the integration of students into a network of world-renowned researchers and specialists in BI. 

The curriculum is jointly delivered by Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Aalborg Universitet (Denmark), Technische Universität Dresden (Germany), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain), and Poznan University of Technology (Poland). Associated partners from around the world include top-ranked universities, leading industries in BI, public and private research organizations, R&D companies, consulting companies, and public authorities. 

Associated partners will contribute to the programme by training students, providing job placement or internships, as well as financial support, in particular through additional scholarships. 

This consortium will prepare graduates to address major governance challenges in today’s knowledge-based society by developing the three interdependent components of the “knowledge triangle”, i.e., education, research, and innovation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Business Intelligence (BI) has become a huge industrial domain and a major economic driver, however overlooked by academics. It encompasses many scientific and technological fields including data warehouses, data mining, content analytics, business process management, visual analytics, and requires competences in information systems, web science, decision science, and software engineering. 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • CV of academic, professional and research activities, and portfolio designs.
  • References to research projects completed and publications.
  • Pre-proposal of the subject of the thesis (description, aims, methodology, point of view and bibliography). Maximum of five pages.
  • Report by a lecturer backing the applicant.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    696 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2082 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    696 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2082 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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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.



Two different Erasmus Mundus Doctorate fellowships are available:

Category B fellowships are available for:

  • Students who are nationals of one of the 28 EU Member States: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, UK, Sweden, Bulgaria, Malta, Poland, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, and Croatia.
  • Students who are nationals of one of the EEA-EFTA states: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
  • Students who are nationals of Switzerland, Turkey, and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYRoM).
  • Students who have resided or carried out their main activities (studies, work, etc.) for more than 12 months over the past five years (counted backward starting from the official deadline for application to the IT4BI-DC doctorate programme) in any of the above listed countries.

Category A fellowships are available to all other candidates.

Please note:
  • Third-country doctoral candidates who have previously received an Erasmus Mundus masters scholarship, can be awarded a Category A fellowship.
  • Doctoral candidates benefiting for an EMJD fellowship cannot benefit from other Community grants while carrying out their Erasmus Mundus doctoral activities.
  • For Category B fellowship holders, the IT4BI-DC universities of the co-tutelle must not be located in the country in which the doctoral candidate has obtained his/her last university degree.
  • You can only apply to maximum three Erasmus Mundus Programmes.

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