If the characteristics of your candidacy as a doctoral candidate make it necessary, you can access the three subjects in the Research Masters in Social Sciences.
Additional training will concentrate on three topics to be assigned according to whether the curriculum of the doctoral candidate requires this supplementary training. Specifically, students will be required, or advised to, attend three subjects of the Master’s Degree in Social Sciences Research (planned as cross-cutting subjects applicable to various disciplines): research design in social sciences, research methods in social sciences, and scientific communications in social sciences.
Research Design in Social Science
This additional training provides doctoral students with the following information: the application of concepts, principles, theories and models related to research in social sciences; the formulation of objectives and hypotheses for research projects in social sciences; the use of data analysis tools, and the identification of the social and ethical responsibilities of research in social sciences.
Research Methods in Social Sciences
This additional training provides doctoral students with the following skills: identifying and assessing the stages of methodology in the design of research in the field of social sciences; identifying the different techniques and models of quantitative and qualitative research; and applying the best quantitative or qualitative research according to the objectives of the research.
Scientific Communication in Social Sciences
This additional training enables doctoral students to draw up a publication with the correct scientific structure and present the results of the research orally in a clear and unambiguous way.
The cross-cutting training activities (organised by the Doctorate School) are as follows:
Attendance of a seminar on ethics in research Attendance of a seminar on ethical criteria in research to better understand the criteria laid down by the Ethics Committee of the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. The seminar will deal with the main ethical perspectives and their implications in research, as well as ethical considerations in the design, implementation and analysis of research undertaken by academics and researchers. A total of three hours which are compulsory in the first year. Assessment linked to attendance record.
Attendance of a course on bibliographic sources and intellectual property law Information will be provided on the sources of documented data for research to help students choose from the most suitable data source: ISI Web of Science (WOS), using their databases; Science Citation Index (SCI); Social Sciences Citation Index (SCCI); Arts and Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI), and Scopus (Elsevier), amongst others. Other objectives include: obtaining, analysing and assessing data, and drawing up a state-of-the-art in each discipline. Students will work with bibliographic software to draw up citations and bibliographies (Refworks, EndNote, Reference Manager, Bibtex, etc.).
Training will also be provided on the protection of intellectual property rights and specifically the standard clauses used in research agreements.
A total of eight hours (6 + 2) which are compulsory in the first year. Assessment linked to attendance record and a small application for the student’s own research.
Attendance of a course on writing a research project Information will be given to doctoral students on the essential elements for writing research projects and thus participating in competitive and non-competitive calls for projects. Information will also be provided on how to secure research funding.
A total of eight hours, which are optional in the third year. Assessment linked to attendance record and a small application for the student’s own research.
Attendance of a workshop on the writing and dissemination of papers Detailed information will be provided on: styles of scientific writing, intercultural communications and Anglo-Saxon and Latin rhetoric patterns; techniques for drawing up and writing a structured summary for academic journals; types of research papers in academic journals, and the structure of a journal article. Training will be given on the stages and times of publishing a paper, and tips on selecting the most appropriate journal. Students will also work on the communication skills necessary to disseminate scientific research effectively in oral presentations.
A total of six hours, which are compulsory in the third year. Assessment linked to attendance record and a small application for the student’s own research.