The PhD programme in Comparative, Political and Social History is the culmination of the study of modern and contemporary history and a broad variety of topics. This diversity comes from what characterises the subject of history itself but also from a desire to harmonise it with new trends, constant updating of information and the establishment of fruitful links with other close or related subjects.

The receipt first of a Quality award and then of a Pathway to Excellence award that the programme has received since 2006 are a faithful reflection of the fact that the lecturers have a very high level of teaching and research competence. Currently, the combination of experience and teaching of the leading lecturers and the speed of the young researchers and lecturers has contributed to them being in a privileged position within the discipline of history.

Candidate profile

This PhD programme has the following specific admission requirements Recognised research experience, complete familiarity with the basic concepts and tools in modern and early modern history and an ability to assimilate new knowledge.

Professional opportunities

This PhD programme provides the following principal career options:

  • Teaching in higher education within the EHEA.
  • Research.
  • Specialist Journalism.
  • Museum studies.
  • Archive studies.
  • Cultural management.
  • Consultancy services.
  • Politics

Objectives and justification

The PhD programme in Comparative, Political and Social History  seeks to offer a full preparation for students to carry out complex, original and innovative research situated in current fields of historical reference both nationally and internationally. The knowledge acquired by the PhDs must be accredited through the production of a doctoral thesis which demonstrated their mastery of the most advanced techniques in searches of sources, their use and interpretation.

Similarly, the PhD student must demonstrate through the thesis that they are able to handle and take advantage of quantitative information, using the opportunities provided by new technology, especially internet. They must also demonstrate a profound knowledge of the specific bibliography for their chosen subject of research and a capacity for synthesis and knowledge of the main and most recent contributions and debates in the field, especially in the area that their research concerns.


Pere Ysàs Solanes

Composition of the academic tribunal for the PhD programme

  • Dr. Pere Ysàs Solanes, coordinator
  • Dr. José Luis Betrán Moya, academic secretary
  • Dr. Francisco José Veiga Rodríguez
  • Dr. Jordi Pomés Vives
  • Dr. Gemma Rubí Casals
  • Dr. Ignasi Fernández Terricabras
  • Dr. Montserrat Llonch Casanovas
  • Dr. M. Remei Perpinyà Morera


Deparment of Modern and Contemporary History
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Building B,  UAB Campus
08193 BELLATERRA (Cerdanyola del Vallès)
Phone: +34 93 581 11 86
Contact person: Montserrat Moreno Garriga

Secretary of the program:
José Luis Betrán Moya
Phone: +34 93 586 81 65



This PhD programme has been awarded the Favorable Accreditation seal by the Catalan Quality Agency (AQU). To obtain this accreditation, the following items have been assessed: quality of the training programme, relevance of public information, teaching staff, learning support systems, quality of the results of the training programme and the SGIQ. You can consult more information in the 'Quality' section of this page.

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:
Catalan, Spanish, English
Organising universities and institutions:
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Associated departments or institutes:
Department of Modern and Early Modern History
Arts and Humanities

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