Doctoral Programme in Communication, Educational and Humanities from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Type of programme
Ph. Degrees
between 01-09-2020 and 31-08-2021
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The Doctorate in Communication, Education and Humanities is an interdisciplinary, international doctorate that encourages high-quality research.

This Doctoral Programme aims at cross-cutting research, making the most of the epistemological and methodological synergy between these areas of knowledge. Communication and education go hand in hand in all cognitive processes: communicating means educating and instructing the audience in some way, and vice versa: all education always supports a communicative process. At the same time, Communication and Humanities come together in an anthropological vision of the information society, establishing a curricular synergy (double degrees in humanities and communication) that call for joint research topics. Finally, Education and Humanities have rediscovered their shared scientific tradition and have returned to their origins, when they were consolidated as scientific areas within the framework of the same Faculty.

Research lines

Line of communication research


Dr. Alfonso Méndiz

Objectives (research sublines)

  • New Forms and New Advertising Formats, with special emphasis placed on the media and formats that involve interacting with the audience (online marketing, viral marketing, interactive TV, TV on mobiles, etc.) and integration into media content (Brand placement, City placement, Branded content, Advergaming, etc).
  • Innovation and digitalisation process and alignment with journalistic companies. Impact of digital mutation on journalistic quality, in the satisfaction of audiences, the reputation of companies and the value of the intangible (brands, etc).
  • Transmediality, new narratives and literary adaptations to the screen. Storytelling and crossing the lines between information, advertising and entertainment. Integration of music and performance arts into Audiovisual Narrative.
  • Communication in organisations, Communication Management and Corporate Social Responsibility. Special attention will be paid to Marketing and Communication in the environmental field.

Line of educational research


Dra. Mónica Fernández


  • To develop teaching methodologies to incorporate work on sustainability and social responsibility into the curriculum for Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education (GEP) and Pre-Primary Education (GEI) and the appropriate systems to assess them. To create interfaculty and interuniversity scenarios to work on responsible and sustainable consumption, moving towards a reduction in student’s personal ecological footprint.
  • To be aware of the current limitations that exist in the classroom, through teachers who already work in primary and pre-primary education, for working on scientific, mathematics and language competences, - while also attending to diversity - and developing appropriate methodologies which increase the amount of initial training teachers receive.
  • To boost digital competencies and digital competency in teaching among university lecturers and professors, as well as develop these same competences among future teachers (GAP; GEI). To create educational tools through gamification and the development of computational thinking in students.
  • To develop and implement strategies to improve leadership competences and the entrepreneurial spirit of future teachers, as well as promote responsibility in terms of professional performance.

Line of humanities research


Dra. Magdalena Bosch


  • To boost the analysis and comprehension of processes that generate culture and the anthropological structures they are based on. This type of research also involves the study of its various manifestations based on the most representative disciplines in humanities: history, philosophy, art and literature.
  • To optimise the management of culture and the methodological development of tools that contribute towards boosting and disseminating cultural heritage, as well as the competences that allow cultural managers to gain more of a professional profile, as has been aimed for in the last few years in the University Master’s Degree in Cultural Management taught by the Faculty of Humanities at UIC Barcelona.
  • To promote the cross-disciplinary nature of humanities, particularly in relation to the field of Education and Communication, without excluding other fields of interdisciplinary research that already exist in our university, such as Medical Humanities.
  • These studies promote the cultivation and development of a reflective and critical spirit which, based on a profound knowledge of the humanist tradition offers greater comprehension of processes in the contemporary world. The programme also provides a creative response to the gaps and challenges in a globalised and technological society, which has become eminently visual.

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.

CAD del Programa de Doctorat en Comunicació, Educació i Humanitats


Doctoral Academic Committee for Communication, Education and Humanities


Dra. Magda Bosch. Departament d’Humanitats.

Dra. Mónica Fernández. Departament d’Educació.




Line of research: Communication

Line of research: Education

Lines of research: Humanities

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


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.

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


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
    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.
  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.


More information and contact

+34 93 254 18 00

Admission process

Gemma Acosta
93 254 18 00