Doctoral Programme in Economics and Law from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Type of programme
Ph. Degrees
Duration
between 01-09-2020 and 31-08-2021
Places
30
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The PhD in Economics and Law encourages competitive research on an international level, focused on providing contributions with a high scientific value that generate knowledge that is useful to society, in the areas of Business Management and Economics, on the one hand, and Law on the other.

The programme provides postgraduate training in research methodology for business management and administration, economics and law.

The focus of the lines of research in the doctorate programme lies in an experienced mix of theoretical foundation and guidance in dealing with relevant problems. Writing up the doctoral thesis is especially important, as it is compulsory to defend it during the first year before a specific committee made up of two professors from outside the UIC, and one from the UIC. While drafting their thesis, students will consolidate the skills needed for research that meets UIC standards.

Research lines

Line of research applied economics

Responsible

Dr. Toni Mora

The focus of the lines of research in the doctorate programme lies in an experienced mix of theoretical foundation and guidance in dealing with relevant problems. Writing up the doctoral thesis is especially important, as it is compulsory to defend it during the first year before a specific committee made up of two professors from outside the UIC, and one from the UIC. While drafting their thesis, students will consolidate the skills needed for research that meets UIC standards.

  • Education Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Sports Economics
  • Industrial Organisation

A great deal of the research carried out in these areas has been undertaken using econometric techniques. In order to do so the supervisors of this research group invited a recognised specialist in order to achieve significant scientific production.

At first glance it may seem like too many fields are being covered here, at least when you look at the number of researchers. However, despite this, it is important to point out that these are areas that are all closely related. The topics studied also tend to bring all the various disciplines together — which becomes clear when observing the titles of the work the group has published. This work includes articles on the relationship between health and educational levels, between the family’s job situation and educational performance, and between the labour market and the professional sports industry, etc.

Some of the topics the group has studied to date and which have subsequently led to publication in indexed journals are described here, although not exhaustively. Other topics were able to be tackled immediately, due to the experience of the researchers, who were able to guarantee a suitable degree of scientific rigour.

On the one hand, these included the following issues: academic performance and the return made on the cost of education, on research and development costs, and labour productivity. Also competences acquired in the educational process that have a decisive impact on individual academic performance and then have an impact on school drop-out and the significance of the family structure in relation to that in their turn.

Issues related to health economics have also been tackled, with particular emphasis on the following aspects: obesity, the relationship between the educational levels of parents and their children's health, and the use of healthcare resources. Additionally, one of the researchers has made a significant contribution to the literature on "peer effects".

On the other hand, in the field of labour economics, the following issues have been addressed: persistent unemployment, temporary work, the job market for professional sportspeople, etc.  The latter area of interest constitutes one of the links to sports economics.  Within this context anything related to media value and the assessment of intangible talent in professional sport will be examined, as well as more general subjects from the fields of microeconomics and industrial organisation (the structure of competition, free entry, etc.).

Line of research business economics

Responsible

Dr. Frederic Marimon Viadiu

The area of business economics focuses on the study of companies as complex organisations. In order to do this, companies are analysed from multiple perspectives, including based on the fundamental disciplines which help to understand how they are created, how they operate and how they interact with the environment.

This research will be carried out based on the use of qualitative and quantitative methods taken from social sciences, engineering management, and statistics.

The main lines of research that are worked on are as follows:

  • Organisational structures and their behaviour.
  • Entreneurship and innovation.
  • Operations management and quality.
  • Internationalisation.
  • Knowledge management and the company mission.

Line of research law and society

Responsible

Dra. Montserrat Gas

This line aims to analyze the relationship between Law and society, from its dual public and private dimensions.

The Law is an integral part of the social organization, protecting its members through the State, the institutions that compose it and the legal system itself. At the same time, it is essential that the person be the center of the action of law in society.

From this perspective, the Law must guarantee the public and private legal protection of the person, for the attainment of their integral well-being, within the framework of fundamental rights and of the legal system as a whole. From the practical point of view, it is also intended to study, using a multidisciplinary approach, the functioning of the justice system and the agents involved in it, with special emphasis on the means of proof and auxiliary sciences in relation to the justice system.

Research Areas

  • Cultural Rights and New Challenges of Canon Law Dr. Montserrat Gas
  • Human Rights in Comparative Perspective, Social rights and guardianship for vulnerable people Dra Belén Zárate
  • Patrimonial Law Dr. Salvador Durany
  • New trends in legal, criminological and forensic sciences: Legal, forensic and criminological psychology and psychopathology: Dra. Esperança Gómez
  • Justice, probatic and criminology system: Dr. Carlos de Miranda

Line of research the basis of international law: new european and mediterranean actors in international society in the 21st century

Responsible

Dra. María Mut

The team consists of lawyers who specialise in the field of international law, both private and public, and political experts. They all share the following objectives:

  • To analyse the current situation of the state as a ‘par excellence’ subject in international law, in both Europe and the Mediterranean.
  • To examine the international subjectivity of international organisations and state associations, in both Europe and the Mediterranean.
  • To study the subjectivity of the individual and their participation in both Europe and the Mediterranean.
  • To examine the new actors who have entered both Europe and the Mediterranean.

The methodology that will be used will be highly legal, and therefore will involve an in-depth examination of the basis of international law. Other elements of private international law will also be incorporated into this examination. Therefore, it will become necessary to incorporate elements of private international law, in connection with the field of the individual.

In relation to the doctoral subject area, it will also become necessary to incorporate elements of political science into our methodology, especially when dealing with the subject of new international actors, such as for example civil society.

In relation to the expected results, apart from the teaching work that a doctorate usually involves, a research team will be set up which will undertake the same line of research proposed in this report. This team will also include the same members. The aim is that the group members will publish articles in indexed journals, as well as organise a conference on international subjectivity (within a two year time frame). Each of the members of the group will have their own individual line of research, which will also lead to the publication of results.

Research line: Public law, administrative and regulatory law.

Responsible

Dra. Montserrat Nebrera González

In the medium term the aim is to look more in-depth into the analysis of regulatory law in Spain, with a special focus on the main regulated sectors: telecommunications, the electricity market, energy and the financial markets. Therefore the objective is to study the legal systems in those sectors in detail, helping to profile their shared elements and unravel the main dilemmas derived from the way they function in the communitarian and international environment. Within this field, we will focus our research on the legal framework of sanctions and, in particular, the extreme legal interest in the actions of the regulating body or the state supervisor.

Objectives

The following will be the main subjects of study:

  • The common principles of regulated activity.
  • The legal framework of sanctions in regulated sectors.
  • The dynamic and function of the regulator.
  • The interpersonal relationship between the operator and the supervisor. Regime conflict.

In the general field of Public Law, the aim is to influence, from the perspective of constitutional law, the study of those institutions and bodies dealing with security control and citizen political participation, with particular emphasis on the concept of "governance", that’s why the analysis must be included and the possible evaluation of public policies that apply to their implementation.

In this particular sense, the research line will have as priority areas the following ones:

  • Public freedoms and security
  • Legal security and institutional efficiency
  • Political participation, democracy and ICTs
  • Good governance and public policies for its management
  • Political leadership

Academic Comission

The Doctoral Academic Committee has the general objective of ensuring the quality of doctoral theses and the general education of all doctoral students.

In order to do this, they assess the Doctoral Activities Document (DAD) on an annual basis, as well as any progress doctoral students have made on their Research Plan. Similarly, the committee is responsible for the final approval of the doctoral thesis so that it can be defended before the examining board.

Doctoral Academic Committee for Economics and Law

President

Dr Frederic Marimon. Department of Economy and Business Organization.
fmarimon@uic.es

Vocals

Dra Marta Mas. Department of Economy and Business Organization.
mmas@uic.es

Dr. Jorge de Juan Casadevall. Department of Law.
jdejuan@uic.es

Dr. Salvador Durany. Department of Law.
sdurany@uic.es

 

Team

Program coordinator

Professors of the research line Business Economics

Professors of the research line Applied Economics

Professors of the research line Law and Society

Professors of the research line The basis of international law: new European and Mediterranean actors in international society in the 21st century

  • Responsable: Dra. María Mut
  • Dr. Xavier Fernández Pons (col·laborador extern de la UB)
  • Dr. Javier Roldán Barbero (col·laborador extern de la UGR)
  • Dr. Helena Torroja Mateu (col·laboradora externa de la UB)
  • Dr. Carlos Espaliú Berdud (col·laborador extern de la URioja)

Professors of the research line Administrative and regulatory law

Organisation and planning

Study duration

Doctoral studies can either be carried out part-time or full-time.

  • Full-time study: maximum 3 years
  • Part-time study: maximum 5 years

Study extensions may be granted for the duration of the study programme, when properly justified through a request sent to the Doctoral Academic Committee.

Enrolment and conditions

  • Students should officially renew their enrolment on the programme on an annual basis.
    Students may only enrol on one of the approved doctoral programmes. It is not possible to enrol simultaneously on another programme.
  • Students will be removed from the programme under the following circumstances:
    • Voluntarily renouncing the right to continue on the programme, which should be communicated in writing to the Doctoral Academic Committee.
    • At the decision of the Doctoral Academic Committee.
    • Failure to pay the annual registration fee within the established period.
    • Completing the Doctoral Programme after defending the doctoral thesis.
  • Doctoral students may request temporary leave from the course for a maximum period of one year, which can be extended for a further year.
    The request must be justified before the academic committee responsible for the programme, who will decide whether or not to grant the leave requested by the doctoral student.
  • For duly justified reasons, the doctoral student may request the extension that is legally established in the study duration. This request should be sent to the Doctoral Academic Committee with proper justification, three months in advance of the final date for the end of the course duration.

Planning doctoral studies

During the study period, in addition to carrying out their research plan, the doctoral student should take part in the educational activities established in the programme.

More specifically, during their first year of study students should present their research and thesis development plan to the Specific Doctoral Committee, as a prior step before the Doctoral Academic Committee approves the research plan. Later, the research plan should be assessed by the university's Research Ethics Committee.

Follow-up

The Doctoral Academic Committee is responsible for carrying out an annual follow-up on all the doctoral students on the programme, through an annual assessment in the Doctoral Activities Document (DAD) and the Research Plan, as well as through reports issued by the thesis director and/or supervisor.

Research plan

During their first year, doctoral students should draw up a research plan (thesis project) that should at least include a methodology and objectives, as well as the materials and schedule that aim to achieve this. Before the end of the first year, doctoral students should present their Research Plan to a committee of external experts from outside the UIC, the Specific Doctoral Committee, so that they can then be approved by the Doctoral Academic Committee.

On an annual basis, the Doctoral Academic Committee will supervise the progress of the research carried out by students through an annual follow-up of the Research Plan.

Doctoral activities document (DAD)

On an annual basis, doctoral students should submit a document that details all the activities they have carried out (training courses, conferences, seminars given, research trips, articles published) to be approved by the Doctoral Academic Committee.

Student education

Over the course of their doctoral studies, students should complete educational activities that will round out their profile as a researcher. These activities may be cross-cutting in nature or specific to each programme. Doctoral students, together with their thesis director (and supervisor), will choose the educational activities that are best adapted to their profile and research skills.

The Doctoral School organises cross-cutting educational activities on an annual basis, such as public speaking, research ethics, database management, writing a bibliography, drafting scientific articles, etc.

Doctoral Programmes organise specific educational activities for each programme or line of research.

Doctoral thesis

The Doctoral Thesis can be presented in a traditional format or as a compilation of articles, and should be structured in the following sections:

  • I. Introduction: The doctoral student should explain the importance of the topic and the connection between the different articles and how they complement each other.
  • II. Hypothesis and objectives: The hypothesis and objectives of the thesis.
  • III. Methodology: General description of the methodology used in the articles.
  • IV. Research results, made up of:
    • Traditional thesis: chapters
    • Compilation thesis: articles that have been published or accepted for publication. The articles should comply with the criteria established by the Doctoral Academic Committee for the programme.
  • V. Discussion: A general discussion and highlighting the general results of the project.
  • VI. Conclusion: list of the conclusions reached during the thesis project.
  • VII. Bibliography
  • VIII.Annexes: if submitting a Compilation Thesis, you should attach the full text of the published article or the article pending publication.

The thesis should be reviewed by two experts on the topic who are external to the UIC, before being accepted for the oral thesis defence.

Defended thesis

El delito de falso testimonio en el marco de los ordenamientos jurídicos modernos. La escasa persecución del delito de falso testimonio. Análisis de una paradoja en sus causas y sus consecuencias

  • Doctoral student: Pilar Rey peña
  • Thesis supervisor: Dr. José Ramón Agustina Sanllehí
  • Co-thesis supervisor: Dr. Guillermo Benlloch Petit
  • Defense date: 14/03/2019

The suitability of Turnaround Strategies for Non-Crisis Situations

  • Doctoral student: Sharon Gotteiner
  • Thesis supervisor: Dr. Frederic Marimon Viadiu
  • Co-thesis supervisor:: Dra. Marta Mas Machuca
  • Defense date: 18/12/2018

Multinational corporations as a new subject of international investment law: rights conferred to investors under the isds provisions of intergovernmental and bilateral treaties and ways to balance this new reality.

  • Doctoral student: María Chochorelou
  • Thesis supervisor: Dr. Carlos Espaliú Berdud
  • Defense date: 30/11/2018

Régimen jurídico español del patrimonio cultural bibliográfico y documental

  • Doctoral student: Francesca Gallardo Fernández
  • Thesis supervisor: Dr. José Ramón Agustina Sanllehí
  • Co-thesis supervisor: Dr. Carlos Espaliú Berdud
  • Defense date: 27/09/2017

La delimitación del interés superior del niño ante una medida de protección institucional

  • Doctoral student: María Luisa Santamaría Pérez
  • Thesis supervisor: Dra. Carmen María Lázaro Palau
  • Co-thesis supervisor:: Dra. Liliana Mijancos Gurruchaga
  • Defense date: 27/09/2017

Defining a method to evaluate boards of directors’ effectiveness

  • Doctoral student: Jaime Grego Mayor
  • Thesis supervisor: Dr. Miquel Bastons Prat
  • Defense date: 22/09/2017

Pasado y presente de los fines de la prisión provisional en España

  • Doctoral student: José Antonio Alonso Fernández
  • Thesis supervisor: Dr. José Ramón Agustina Sanllehí
  • Co-thesis supervisor: Dr. Carlos de Miranda Vázquez
  • Defense date: 06/09/2017

Grants & financial aid

Doctoral students should officially enrol on the doctorate programme every academic year, including the academic year when they present their doctoral thesis.

University fees for the 20-21 academic year

Annual enrolment on the programme

  • Academic fees: €778
  • Administrative fees: €82

Thesis submission and defence

  • Academic fees: €1632
  • Administrative fees: €561

Grants

The UIC Vice-rector for Research offers predoctoral contracts for doctoral studies, which last 3 years and can be extended for a fourth year (+ info).

There are also several different grants awarded by different public and private institutions to carry out doctoral studies (+ info).

Admission requirements

Online pre-enrolment

Through online pre-enrolment, candidates state their interest in completing doctoral studies at the UIC. It serves as the access path to start the corresponding procedures for submitting their application to the Doctoral Academic Committee responsible for deciding on admission applications.

Admission process

  1. The candidate must complete the online registration to the Doctorate Program from the WEB link.
  2. Once the online application has been completed, you will receive an email with the information corresponding to the documentation you must provide and the application form for admission to the Academic Committee of the Doctorate Program through which you must submit the following documentation:
    • Photocopy of your DNI/NIF/NIE/passport.
    • Up-to-date CV with your photograph.
    • Cover letter stating at least:
      • a) Why you want to study the doctorate
      • b) Why you want to study at the UIC;
      • c) In which line of research or area of knowledge of the programme you want to do your thesis.
      • d) Why you want to do your thesis in the line of research/area of knowledge mentioned above or, if you haven't decided, why you want to do this programme.
    • Photocopy of the documents demonstrating you meet the academic requirements for the doctorate
      • a) Entrance qualification if from a Spanish university.
      • b) Entrance qualification if from a foreign university in the EHEA (EEES in Spanish).
      • c) Entrance qualification if from a foreign university outside the EHEA.
    • If you know what you want to research, provide a description of your research proposal specifying at least the title, description, objectives and methodology.
    • If you want to propose a thesis supervisor, attach a Letter of Support from the lecturer/researcher in question in which they state their willingness to supervise your research
    • If your proposed supervisor is not a UIC lecturer, attach their CV, which must include the number of doctoral theses they have supervised and the number of six-yearly increments they have accrued.
  3. On receiving your application, the secretary of the Doctorate School checks that you meet the academic requirements for the doctorate programme and have correctly filled in the form and attached all the required documentation. The secretary compiles all this information into an application file.
  4. Your application file is sent to the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Programme.
  5. The Academic Committee of the Doctoral Programme assesses how many applications have been received in relation to the number of new-entry places in the programme. It decides on whether to admit candidates based on their CV, academic record and whether the proposed thesis project fits under one of the programme's lines of research.
  6. The Doctorate School informs you on whether you have been admitted into the programme and what you need to do to enrol if you have been..
  7. More information
    Gemma Acosta
    gacosta@uic.es
    93 254 18 00

Academic Requirements

A) Entrance qualification if from a Spanish university

Provide documentation demonstrating that:

  1. You have obtained an official undergraduate degree. For foreign degrees, you must provide an equivalent undergraduate degree qualification granted by an accredited higher education institution.
  2. You have or are in a position to obtain a master's degree. For foreign degrees, you must demonstrate having an equivalent master's degree qualification granted by an accredited higher education institution.
    Si en el moment de formalitzar la preinscripció encara no s’han finalitzat els estudis de màster, caldrà enviar la documentació següent:
    • Declaració signada d’estar en disposició d’obtenir el títol de màster universitari abans de l’inici del Programa de Doctorat.
    • Fotocòpia de l’expedient acadèmic provisional de màster universitari.
  3. You are eligible to study the doctorate, without having done a master's degree, if you have:
    • A Diploma of Advanced Studies in accordance with Royal Decree 778/1998 of 30 April.
    • A Research Proficiency certificate in accordance with Royal Decree 185/1985.
    • An undergraduate degree of 300 ECTS credits.
    • A university degree corresponding to level 3 of the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education in accordance with Royal Decree 967/2014.
    • A Spanish doctorate degree obtained under previous university regulations.

B) Entrance qualification if from a foreign university in the EHEA

Provide documentation demonstrating that:

  1. You have a degree that makes you eligible for studying the doctorate (a master's-level degree). Personal academic transcript or European Diploma Supplement for the degree that makes you eligible for the doctorate (a master's-level degree) specifying the subjects studied and your marks for them, hours/credits for each subject, and your average mark for the subjects you passed.
  2. You obtained an undergraduate degree or equivalent. Personal academic transcript or European Diploma Supplement for the degree or equivalent specifying the subjects studied and your marks for them, hours/credits for each subject, and your average mark for the subjects you passed. If in a language other than Spanish, Catalan, English or French, you must provide a sworn original translation into Spanish or Catalan of your degree and academic record.

C) Entrance qualification if from a foreign university outside of the EHEA

Provide documentation demonstrating that:

You have a degree obtained in a foreign education system, without requiring official recognition, subject to the university verifying that the degree is of an equivalent level of education to a Spanish master's degree and makes the holder eligible for doctorate studies in the issuing country. Entrance on this basis under no circumstances means official recognition of your degree or recognition for any purpose other than entry into the doctorate programme.

You must provide the following documentation:

  • Original legalised photocopy of your academic record with the marks for your university studies.
  • Certificate issued by the issuing university specifying that the degree makes the holder eligible for doctorate studies in the country it was issued.

If in a language other than Spanish, Catalan, English or French, you must provide a sworn original translation into Spanish or Catalan of your degree and academic record.

In this case, you must pay the fees for the equivalence study done to check that you meet the academic requirements for doing the doctorate.

Contact

More information and contact

EDOC
edoc@uic.es
+34 93 254 18 00

Admission process

Gemma Acosta
gacosta@uic.es
93 254 18 00