The PhD in Media, Communication and Culture offers training for research into the main questions affecting the field of communication and culture from a culturalist perspective and a vocation for providing a public service.

It is focused on the study and predictions of the current crises of paradigms in the field of communication and on the different changes (in terms of economic and professional changes, production, meaning, reception and consumption) that are taking place in media culture.

The ambition of this programme is to train professional researchers who are capable of taking part in the current social and international debates, whether in universities and research institutes or areas of public or private management of communication and culture.

This orientation towards the social and cultural application of  academic knowledge can be seen in the main lines of research included in the programme: Cultural Studies, the Economics and Structure of Communication, Communication Policies, Discourse Analysis and the Culture of Peace, Theories of Information Society, Gender Studies and Literary Communication and Journalism, some of which are appreciably more specialised that those offered in Catalan universities in general.

These lines of the research articulate a long tradition of perspectives in communication studies at the UAB, which have been and continue to be developed by some of the most significant and recognised staff on the programme for decades, and which now have new focuses such as the new forms of journalism in the West that have emerged as a result of the crisis and forecasts for globalisation and internet.

Candidate profile

The candidate profile for the PhD in Media, Communication and Culture is that of someone interested in researching one of the main areas of debate in this changing field. Candidates should have a bachelor's degree and an official master's degree that prepare them to begin research in the field.

Professional opportunities

This PhD programme provides the following principal career options:

  • (PhD-holding) university lecturer in the fields of communication, journalism and humanities.
  • Consultant on communication and culture: communication offices, media, businesses and public and private institutions.
  • Journalist.
  • Secondary-school teacher.

Objectives and justification

The PhD in Media, Communication and Culture has as its principal aim to provide a research career introduction in the field of communication and culture that will allow an understanding of current changes in the sphere of interaction between new media and the societies in which they exist.

These objectives aim to express a distinct vocation for our programme to differentiate it from the programmes offered at other Catalan universities which are either much more specific thematically or more open and general.


Maria del Carme Ferré Pavia


Department of Media, Communication and Culture
Tel: (+34) 93 581 15 45
Mailing address:
Monday to Thursday from 9.30 to 14 and from 15 to 16.30. Friday from 9:30 to 14.


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

Associated departments or institutes:
Department of Media, Communication and Culture
Social Sciences and Law

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