Doctoral Studies Secretary's Office

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  • Type of programme: Doctoral
  • Duration: Between 3 and 5 years
  • Language: Catalan, English and Spanish
  • Start semester: September
  • Programme director: Joan Pujolar Cuerpo

Description

The doctoral programme on the Information and Knowledge Society is designed in compliance with the provisions of Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, the legal framework adapting Spanish university studies to the European Directive on the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

The course design is based on an interdisciplinary approach that combines a range of theoretical views and methodological tools, focusing on a thorough, in-depth analysis of information and communication technologies and the impact of the use of these technologies in different areas of human activity: culture, the economy, education, the media, business, the management of public services and the workings of the political system.

The doctoral programme is based on the University's research activities in the fields and subjects covered. It is organized through the Doctoral School together with the UOC's research institute, the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3).

Programme of studies being phased out: The programmes of studies of students who began a doctoral programme between September 2011 and February 2013 are being phased out.

The programme of studies will be completely phased out as of 30 September 2017. For this reason, the thesis will have to be submitted to the Doctoral School before 1 March 2017. You can find more information on submitting theses in Doctoral Studies Secretary's Office / Procedures / Doctoral thesis submission and oral examination procedures.

If the thesis is not submitted by the established deadline, the Doctoral School cannot guarantee its processing and, therefore, that it will be able to be defended before 30 September.

Should you be unable to submit the thesis within the established deadline, see the section on adaptation. (Secretary's Office / Procedures)

a. Objectives

The general aims of the doctoral programme on the Information and Knowledge Society are:

  • To give participants the skills and knowledge needed to carry out research on information and communication technologies, their uses and the changes they have brought about in human and social spheres.
  • To enable students, through the preparation of a doctoral thesis, to carry out original and innovative research that will contribute to the body of knowledge on the impact of information and communication technologies on some of the aforementioned spheres, or on the global transformations currently accompanying the emergence of the information and knowledge society.

b. Programme structure

In compliance with the guidelines established in Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, the doctoral programme forms part of a series of training and research activities leading to the award of a doctoral degree. The course structure involves a period of prior study, the University Master's Degree in the Information and Knowledge Society, and a period of organized research, also referred to as doctoral studies. The organized research period includes courses, seminars and training in advanced research techniques. At the end of the period the student will produce, read and defend a doctoral thesis based on original and innovative research that will contribute to the body of knowledge on some aspect or subject related to the information and knowledge society.

Programme of study

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When entering the doctoral programme research period, the University provides the student with a set of training activities designed to adapt their methodological training to the needs of their doctoral thesis project and to develop the skills associated with participation in academic life. Students study the "Research Design in Social Sciences" course by default, where they will receive assistance in creating their own thesis plan and identifying their training needs.

In their thesis plan, which they will have agreed with the thesis supervisor, the student must include a training programme that sets out the training needs they will require to carry out the project. These may consist of completing courses, participating in seminars and other activities aimed at research training. As part of these activities, the presentation of papers at conferences and the publishing of scientific articles during the doctoral degree are considered essential learning experiences that the student must undertake before defending their doctoral thesis.

When the personalized study plan is drawn up, it will include up to six types or blocs of training to support the doctoral student's research project: bridging courses; optional courses; workshops; research, transfer and entrepreneurship courses; research seminars; and academic participation activities.

In terms of training activities, we recommend that students consult and agree with their tutor the needs that they may have and, if possible, study them during the first year.

Type of training activity Duration Teaching/learning mode Timing Compulsory/optional
Bridging courses One semester Online 1st year (1st semester) Compulsory
Optional courses One semester Online 1st year (1st or 2nd semester) Optional
Research, transfer and entrepreneurship courses One semester Online During the research period Optional
Workshops 10 hours Online During the research period Optional
Research seminaris Annual On-site During the research period Compulsory1
Academic participation activities N/A On-site During the research period Compulsory1

1Activities aimed at full-time doctoral students studying on-site.

 

Bridging courses

Timing Field of the information and knowledge society ECTS credits Type Language
1st or 2nd semester Research Design in Social Science 5 Compulsory English
1st or 2nd semester English B2.1 6 Optional English
1st o 2nd semester English B2.2 6 Optional English

Research Design in Social Sciences

The Research Design in Social Sciences course is taught in English. This course lasts one semester and is taught using the UOC's e-learning platform, which provides advanced training in research methodology in some of the fields where the research project is being conducted.

This course is compulsory. All students must enrol on it and pass it during the second semester. In special cases, the Doctoral Degree Academic Committee may allow a student not to study it when, during the admission period, they submit proof of having completed this training beforehand and have already finished the thesis plan.

English

If, for example, the student does not have the required B2 level of English, they will be required to study the courses offered by the UOC's Centre for Modern Languages: English B2.1. and English B2.2.

In any event, to complete the doctoral studies, we recommend that students achieve a C1 level of English, which can also be achieved through the English C1.1 and English C1.2 courses.

 

Optional Courses

Students' learning pathways may include optional courses. These are based on the specific training needs associated with the entry requirements and are assigned by the Doctoral Degree Academic Committee. Particularly in the case of students from outside the European Higher Education Area, these may include courses from the UOC's (university) master's degree offer and, if they enrol, students will need to study and pass them during the first academic year of their doctoral studies.

The Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Network Society course, taught by professor Manuel Castells, provides elements that are particularly useful for the research data analysis stage, which is why we recommend that students do not study it at the beginning but at the end of the 4th semester of their doctoral degree.

Timing Field of the information and knowledge society ECTS credits Type Language
4th semester Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Network Society 5 Optional English
1st or 2nd semester Advanced Qualitative Methods in Knowledge Society Research 5 Optional English
1st or 2nd semester Advanced Quantitative Methods in Knowledge Society Research 5 Optional English
1st or 2nd semester Research in e-Learning 5 Optional Catalan/Spanish
1st or 2nd semester Research Methods 5 Optional Catalan/Spanish
1st or 2nd semester Data Analysis Techniques 5 Optional Catalan/Spanish
1st or 2nd semester Construction of Instruments for Research 5 Optional Catalan/Spanish
1st or 2nd semester Research Design in Social Sciences 5 Optional English
1st or 2nd semester Research Methodologies in Network and Information Technologies 6 Optional English
1st or 2nd semester Research Techniques in Network and Information Technologies 6 Optional English
1st or 2nd semester Formalization and Proofs 5 Optional English
1st or 2nd semester Computer Modelling & Simulation 5 Optional English

 

Research, transfer and entrepreneurship courses

The UOC also offers research, transfer and entrepreneurship courses in English aimed at students, researchers and faculty to foster research in scientific, academic and business fields.

Research, transfer and entrepreneurship courses can be recognized as free elective credits on bachelor’s degree courses. If you are studying a doctoral degree at any university and have obtained a competitive grant, you can also study it as part of your training resources.

Timing Field of the information and knowledge society ECTS credits Type Language
Annual (1st semester) Entrepreneurship for Researchers 2 Compulsory1 English
Annual (2nd semester) Training Programme for Doctoral Thesis Supervisors 3 Optional English
Annual (1st semester) Academic Writing 2 Optional English
Annual (2nd semester) Introduction to Patents and Intellectual Property Protection 2 Optional English

1This is compulsory for students on the Industrial Doctorate.

 

Workshops

The student may be able to take part in short training activities to support their research, depending on the nature of their previous studies, research interests and course mode (full-time on-site, or online).

Timing Field of the information and knowledge society ECTS credits Type Language
Annual (1st semester) Search for Academic Information 0 Recommended English
Annual (1st semester) Bibliographic Reference Management 0 Recommended English
Annual (2nd semester) Where to Publish: How to Identify Leading Journals 0 Recommended English
Self-learning NVivo Qualitative Analysis 0 Optional English

 

Research seminars

Throughout the organized research period, the student is expected to participate actively in the doctoral degree research seminar, either in the on-site version (if they are studying full-time) or online. The aim of doctoral degree seminars is that doctoral students, professors and other UOC researchers come together and debate the research projects (in progress or completed). Professors, visiting professors and other invited experts will also give presentations on subjects of interest to the students.

Academic participation activities

This concept includes participation activities in all types of activities relating to professional scientists and considered inherent to the training of researchers, such as presenting papers at conferences, research visits, publications and organizing academic activities. Within these activities, presenting papers at conferences and publishing scientific articles during the doctoral degree are considered compulsory.

Research period

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For full-time students, the recommended research period for doctoral studies is three academic years, and training and research targets are set on this basis. A maximum research period of five academic years is allowed for full-time students, while other students are expected to complete their doctoral studies in six academic years.

In order to remain enrolled in the programme, students must pass an annual assessment based on their meeting the training and research targets set.

In particular, in the first academic year, students must take and pass the specific training courses (methodological courses, subject-based seminars, etc.) included in their personal study plans, in accordance with the agreed timetable, and must prepare and obtain approval for their thesis proposal. Any bridging courses included in the study plan must be taken and passed in the second semester.

Skills

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At the end of the doctoral programme, participants will be skilled in the following areas:

  • Obtaining a systematic understanding of the uses of information technology and the transformations it has wrought in a specific field of social or human studies (economics, business, society, politics, the media, law, information management and documentation, culture and the humanities).
  • Obtaining a general interdisciplinary understanding of the global transformations currently accompanying the emergence of the information and knowledge society.
  • Obtaining general knowledge and mastery of a range of research methodologies (qualitative and quantitative) to allow the successful analysis of the information and knowledge society.
  • Performing critical analyses, together with evaluating and synthesizing new and complex ideas.
  • Preparing a research project in the corresponding field or subject area that meets the standards of the academic world with regard to originality, rigour, viability and scope.
  • Contributing to the body of academic knowledge in the corresponding field or subject through an original and substantial research project which must represent a significant contribution to said field or subject.
  • Developing a substantial corpus, some of which merits cited publication in a Spanish or international journal.
  • Communicating the results of scientific work to colleagues, the academic community and the general public.
  • Maintaining contacts with international scientific networks and recognized experts and participating in scientific exchange communities.
  • Encouraging, in academic and professional contexts, technological, social and cultural advances based on the information and knowledge society.
  • Detecting, understanding and assimilating new technological and social phenomena linked to the information and knowledge society.
  • They will be particularly skilled in the areas of social innovation and the use of technology in their respective fields of study or specialization.

Academic staff

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Coordinator
Pujolar Cos, Joan

Members of the Committee
Aranda Juarez, Daniel
Cantó Milà, Natàlia
Cardenal Izquierdo, Ana Sofia
Espasa Roca, Anna
Huertas Sánchez, M. Antonia
Fernandez Ardevol, Mireia
Martinez Zorrilla, David
Pousada Fernandez, Modesta
Rimbau Gilabert, Eva

Faculty
Aibar, Eduard
Alsina, Pau David
Ardèvol, Elisenda
Armayones, Manuel
Badia, Antoni
Batalla, Josep Ma
Bautista, Guillermo
Calhoun, Craig
Canals, Agusti
Carrillo, Jesús
Castellón, Irene
Cerrillo, Agustí
Clua, Anna
Cobarsí, Josep
Coll-Florit, Marta
Colombo, Alba
Daraudomis, Atanasi
Delgado, Ana Mª
Enguix, Begonya
González, Ana Maria
Hernandez, Eulàlia
Ficapal, Pilar
Fitó, Àngels
Iribarren, Teresa
Juan, Angel A.
Lalueza, Ferran
Lapedriza, Agata
Lladós, Josep
Lupiáñez, Francisco
March, Hug
Martínez, David
Martínez, Roger
Medina, Francesc X.
Meseguer, Antoni
Muñoz-Marrón, Elena
Mominó, Josep Ma
Nieto, Ruben
Oliver, Antoni
Peguera, Miquel
Peña, Ismael
Puigdeval, Maite
Prado, Carles
Redolar-Ripoll, Diego
Ribera, Ramon
Riera, Daniel
Rodríguez-Ardura, Inma
Rodríguez, Israel
Roig, Antoni
Sáinz, Milagros
San Cornelio, Gemma
Sánchez, Víctor M.
Sánchez, Jordi
Serradell, Enric
Serrano, Ivan
Solanilla, Laura
Torrent-Sellens, Joan
Vilalta, Aura Esther
Vivas, Pep
Xalabarder, Raquel

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