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

Type of programme
Ph. Degrees
between 02-09-2024 and 29-08-2025
Annual enrolment on the programme: 915€
Thesis deposit rights: €850
Thesis reading and defence rights: €1500
Application for the PhD title: €315
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The Doctoral Degree in Communication, Education and Humanities is an interdisciplinary and international doctoral degree that promotes quality research.

This doctoral degree pursues cross-disciplinary research, taking advantage of the epistemological and methodological synergy of these fields. Communication and education go hand in hand in all cognitive processes: communicating somehow involves educating and instructing audiences, and vice versa. All forms of education are based on a communicative process. At the same time, communication and humanities converge in an anthropological vision of the information society and establish curricular synergies (Double Degrees in Humanities and Communication) that call for joint research topics. Finally, education and humanities have rediscovered their common scientific tradition and have returned to their origins, when they were consolidated as scientific areas within the same faculty.

New doctors should be able to access post-doctoral research positions by obtaining international grants and funding in order to enter into an academic career.

Also, among many other options:

  • To hold positions of responsibility in cultural, public or private institutions, such as museums, theatres, archives and publishing houses, as well as cultural management or cultural policy positions in large international institutions (Humanities Line).
  • Assume tasks in research and development departments in the field of communication for both public and private organisations; collaborate in the digitalisation processes of journalistic companies; participate in the definition of corporate and institutional communication strategies; advise journalistic and advertising companies, as well as public and private organisations on new forms of advertising and audiovisual narratives (Communication Line).
  • To advise public administrations linked to education and training, as well as educational centres; to assume the management or to carry out editorial consultancy and prepare curriculum materials (Education Line).

In short, the interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary training obtained by the new doctors can make it easier for them to access jobs in a broad field of today's society.

Academic Doctoral Committee (CAD)

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 of the Doctoral Degree in Communication, Education and Humanities


Dr Mónica Fernández Morilla. Department of Education.


Dr Magda Bosch Rabell. Department of Humanities.

Dr Maria Pilar Buil Gazol. Department of Communication Sciences.


Research lines and team

Lines of research in communication

Head of the line of research

Dr. Maria Pilar Buil Gazol.

Objectives (sub-lines of research)

  • 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. Influence 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 blurring 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 is paid to marketing and communication in the environmental field.
  • Humanities and communication in health: Narratives of colour, disease, death and mourning, with a special interest in the visual field: photography, film and documentary.

Stable teachers in the programme


Lines of research in education

Head of the line of research

Dr Mónica Fernández Morilla.


  • To develop innovative teaching methodologies to incorporate work on sustainability and social responsibility into the curriculum for Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education and Pre-Primary Education and the appropriate systems to evaluate them.
  • To create inter-faculty and inter-university scenarios to foster responsible and sustainable attitudes and habits among students with the overall aim of reducing their personal ecological footprint.
  • To discover the existing limitations in the classroom for the work of scientific, mathematical and linguistic competence, addressing diversity and developing suitable teaching and learning methodologies for the improvement of initial teacher training.
  • To boost digital competencies and digital competency in teaching among university lecturers and professors, as well as develop these same competences among future teachers.
  • 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.
  • To improve the teaching and learning processes of English as a foreign language in bilingual and multilingual contexts. To promote intercultural knowledge and the development of students’ linguistic and multilingual skills.
  • To analyse family-school relationships and promote the development of good practices. To analyse parenting styles and the relationship with educational practices.
  • To analyse and develop educational dynamics that allow us to respond to pedagogical and social challenges in different educational and training contexts, and thus contribute to transformative learning and a more participatory and critical citizenship.

Stable teachers in the programme


Lines of research in the humanities

Head of the line of research:

Dr Magdalena Bosch Rabell


  • To boost the analysis and comprehension of processes that generate culture and the anthropological structures they are based on. It also involves the study of its various manifestations based on the most representative disciplines in humanities: history, philosophy, art and literature.
  • To contribute to the study and ethical discussion of the most relevant human and social issues present in our society.
  • To optimise the culture management and the methodological development of tools that contribute to boosting and disseminating cultural heritage, as well as the competences that allow cultural managers to take on a more professional profile, as has been the aim for the last few years on the University Master’s Degree in Cultural Management taught at the UIC Barcelona Faculty of Humanities.
  • To promote the cross-disciplinary nature of the 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.
  • To 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 process in the contemporary world. It also responds creatively to the lacks and challenges in a globalised society, which is technologically and eminently visual.

Stable teachers in the programme


General Information

Organisation and planning

Specific doctoral information

Doctorate in Communication, Educational and Humanities training


Mandatory / Year 1 - Seminar on the ethical criteria of scientific research, and other possible ethical issues related to the field of research, science, technology and professional practice

Open choice - Research methodology

Mandatory /Year 1 - Course on databases, indicators and the assessment of scientific output

Mandatory / Year 3 - Course-workshop on writing articles for specialised and general publications

Mandatory / Year 2 - Advanced course in the protection of intellectual property and technology transfer

Mandatory / Year 2 - Course-workshop in writing a research project and applying for funding

Mandatory / Year 3 - Research seminars

Open choice - Public speaking. Building on oral communication skills

Specific Doctoral Committee (CED)

Before the end of the first year, the doctoral student must submit their Research Plan to a committee of experts outside the UIC, the specific doctoral committee (CED), for further approval by the DAC.

The aspects to be considered for the oral presentation and which will be evaluated are as follows:

  1. To demonstrate the scholarly objective of the research plan: current status, contribution of work in current period, relevance of the topic.
  2. Present the methodology and the proposed work plan to achieve the project's scholarly objective.
  3. Show that the project's proposed objectives can be reasonably achieved within the stipulated timeframe.
  4. Doctoral candidate’s communicative skills.
  5. The ability to provide a critical and reasoned response to the questions posed by the Committee.
  6. Present other relevant data during the current period of the research plan: incorporation of the doctoral candidate into a research team (if appropriate).

Development and approval  

  • The specific committee must evaluate the quality and feasibility of the Research Plan, and it may reject it if it does not seem appropriate.
  • Each member of the CED shall evaluate the aspects indicated in the template and, if desired, indicate the optional recommendations, mandatory modifications, or any other comments it may consider in relation to the evaluated research plan.
  • At the end, the president of the CED shall fill in the evaluation report

Assessment of your research plan:

  • PASS (project and presentation are correct)
  • PASS BUT WITH SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT (CED recommends that the doctoral student make some changes that do not substantially affect the research plan, but can improve the thesis project)
  • PROJECT WITH compulsory MODIFICATIONS (the project must be reviewed, to incorporate the changes indicated by the CED that modify the research plan presented to a significant extent (objectives, methodology, capacity to carry out...) The doctoral candidate must submit the project again, in writing or in oral presentation to the CED, as directed.
  • FAIL (The doctoral candidate will be advised to submit a new project to the CED)

Admissions procedure

Income profile and admission criteria for the Doctoral Degree in Communication, Education and Humanities

a) The recommended profile for doctoral students is as follows:

  • To hold a degree (bachelor’s or master’s) related to communication sciences, pedagogy and educational sciences, humanities and social sciences.
  • Previous experience in undertaking a research project.
  • A vocation for the arts, techniques and/or research.
  • Knowledge of languages: a B2 level according to the CEFRL or equivalent is recommended.

​b) Candidates will be selected based on the following weightings:

  • CV and previous research experience: 40%
  • Line of research and related previous knowledge: 30%
  • Interview and motivation: 20%
  • Language level: 10%

Financial Information

General regulations and links of interest