Introduction

The PhD programme in Communication and Journalism aims to give training to professionals in aspects of methodology and theory in preparation for research in the field of journalism and communication studies.

This training culminates in a doctoral thesis that, in turn, leads on to high-level research in social communication or work in businesses and international organisations.

The programme has a long academic and research tradition and aims to further the pursuit of knowledge and innovation within communication studies.

The Department of Journalism and Communication Studies, which delivers this PhD programme, is a pioneering academic group in Spain and has been an international benchmark from the beginning.

It was created over 25 years ago and since then has kept up a vigorous teaching and research activity, which has led its consolidated groups to obtain a considerable number of research projects in different national and international competitive tenders.

The PhD programme is run within the framework of various international agreements with renowned universities and organisations. For example, it actively collaborates with the UNITWIN Cooperation Programme on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue UNESCO-United Nations (Alliance of Civilisations).

Candidate profile

The specific requirements of this PhD programme aim to establish a student profile that maximises the chances of success on the programme Students should have a thorough knowledge of the basic concepts and tools in the field of communication, journalism and the social sciences, and an ability to assimilate new knowledge.

Applicants must demonstrate a high level of interest in research work and critical thinking skills applied to the field of communication. As a basic entry requirement their academic credentials and CV must reflect a minimum degree of research experience and a clear interest in communication and journalism.

They must also show creativity and an ability to innovate and solve problems in research, academic work, and the scientific construction of knowledge, an entrepreneurial spirit enabling them to achieve short- and long-term objectives, rigorous work, perseverance, self-direction and planning skills.

Professional opportunities

This PhD programme provides the following principal career options:

  • Research and development departments in the communication sector.
  • Journalism companies.
  • University teaching.
  • Public bodies and institutions related to communication and journalism.

Objectives and justification

The UAB's PhD programme in Communication and Journalism aims to give training to professionals in high-level research through aspects of methodology and theory within the field of journalism and communication studies.

The programme's solvency is underpinned by the  Faculty of Communication Studies, which has been a national and international benchmark since it was founded. At the same time, the programme gives continuity to the five profession-oriented master's degrees taught at this faculty.

Regarding research, the Department of Journalism and Communication Studies has considerable experience, as seen in the activity of eight different research groups, through international, European, national, regional and local tenders. The different research lines are complemented by the development of the department's own research projects and PhD theses.

Writing a PhD thesis in Communication Studies equips students to conduct high-impact research work in the field of social communication and to pursue careers in companies and other organisations within the sector.

This PhD programme is run within the framework of various international agreements with renowned universities and international organisations. For example, the programme collaborates actively with the UNITWIN Cooperation Programme on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue UNESCO- United Nations (Alliance of Civilisations).

Coordinator

Josep M. Figueres Artigues

 

Administration

Department of Journalism and Communication Sciences
Faculty of Communication Sciences
Campus Universitario s/n
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)
Barcelona

E-mail: pg.periodisme@uab.cat
Phone: 00 34 93 581 15 45

Coordination of the PhD program:
  • Josep M. Figueres Artigues
Administration of the Department of Journalism:
  • Neli Carmona Larrosa
  • Àngels Giménez Monteys
  • Maria Reyes Gázquez Tobajas

UAB PhD

Number of places available: 10
Fees: aprox. €540 per year View detail of the PhD's fees

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

Collaborating institutions:
Collaboration agreement with United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAUOC).
Collaboration agreement with Universitat de Franche-Comté (Besançon) for joint supervision of doctoral theses.
Collaboration agreement with Universitat Lumiere Lyon 2 for joint supervision of doctoral theses.
Social Sciences and Law

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