The PhD programme in Biodiversity is a third-cycle programme organised jointly by the University of Barcelona and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, with contributions from researchers at other institutions and research centres. It offers high-quality training in science research and qualifies its graduates to join the most prestigious institutions involved in biodiversity research and management.

The programme trains up researchers who specialise in the origin, maintenance, evolution, applications and sustainable use of biological diversity, and who can go on to work in universities, research institutions, and management centres, both public and private. Students on the programme have the opportunity to work alongside renowned specialists in fields that the universities and other institutions involved currently consider a priority.

The programme obtained the last Pathway to Excellence Award to be published (Mención hacia la Excelencia en el año 2011, MEE2011-0540 y MEE2011-0489; Resolution dated 6 October 2011, published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) 20-10-2011).

Candidate profile

This programme is oriented towards students interested in studying the origin, maintenance, evolution, applications and sustainable use of biological diversity.

The programme is divided into four lines of research:

  • Biological Anthropology
  • Animal Biodiversity
  • Plant Biodiversity
  • Conservation and Management of Biodiversity

Professional opportunities

This PhD programme opens up career options in basic and applied research and research management, in a wide range of research centres and R&D companies and institutions working on human, animal and plant biodiversity. Some examples of these are: university departments, research institutes, clinical, pharmaceutical and forensic laboratories, pest-control laboratories, museums, nature centres and parks, and management of natural resources.

Objectives and justification

The general objective of the programme is to offer specialist, multidisciplinary training in the processes of generation and evolution of biological diversity, and the mechanisms required for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. It targets graduates in the life sciences (Biology, Environmental Biology, Biomedicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Environmental Science), experimental sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Geology),  health sciences (Psychology) humanities (Anthropology, Archaeology) and engineering.

The programme's specific objectives are as follows.

  • To provide specialist training, based on integrating knowledge of molecules, individuals and populations, for the study of biodiversity in human populations, animal and plant biodiversity and biodiversity conservation and management.
  • To offer a coherent, up-to-date framework for specialisation in the field of human, animal and plant biodiversity, and their implications.
  • To provide a sound technical and methodological basis for conducting research in the field of biodiversity.
  • To train scientists in the area of interaction between university and business (R&D, research foundations, and public and private management bodies).
  • To train researchers in the field of biodiversity who can go on to teach and conduct research at university level.


Gemma Armengol Rosell

Composition of the academic tribunal for the PhD programme

Programme Coordinator
Contact: Gemma Armengol Rosell
Tel. 9375811321

Committee for Doctoral Studies

  • Gemma Armengol
  • Assumpció Malgosa
  • Fernando García del Pino
  • Manel López Bejar


Department of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology
Faculty of Biosciences
Building C - Office C1/023
Phone numbers: +34 93 581 2618 / +34 93 581 3786


Number of places available: 15
Fees: aprox. €540 per year View detail of the PhD's fees

Languages in which the thesis may be written:
English, Spanish, Catalan
Organising universities and institutions:
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
University of Barcelona

Associated departments or institutes:
Department of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology
Department of Animal Health and Anatomy
Department of Animal Medicine and Surgery
Department of Psychiatry and Legal Medicine

Collaborating institutions:
With agreement:
  • Catalan Institute of Palaeontology
  • Barcelona Zoo
  • Santillana del Mar Zoo
  • Centre for Tropical Research
  • Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico)
  • Badoka Safari Park (Portugal)
  • Madrid Biology Park
  • Fundació Mona
  • Centre for Primates Research and Conservation, Madrid
  • Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Germany)
Other institutions:
  • Spanish Herpetology Association
  • Centre for Advanced Studies, Blanes
  • Institute or Evolutionary Ecology
  • Institute for Agrofood Research and Technology
  • Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) Unit on Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology, at the Barcelona Natural Science Museum
  • Centre for Research into Biodiversity and Genetic Resources of the University of Oporto (Portugal)
  • Center for Marine Science, University of North Carolina, Wilmington (USA)
  • La Vallée des Singes (Limoges, France)
  • La Fôret des Singes (Rocamadour, France)
  • Centre for Primatology, University of Strasbourg (France)
  • Laboratory of Pathological Anatomy, Vall d'Hebron Research Institute
  • Paediatric Oncology Service, Vall d'Hebron Maternity Hospital
  • Paediatric Oncology Service, Sant Joan de Déu Hospital
  • Institute of Legal Medicine of Catalonia
  • Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol

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