The Department of Medicine has contributed to medical research with a doctoral studies programme since 1986-87 which has continued uninterruptedly to date. Research tradition in this department is reflected in the numerous doctoral theses that have been read.

The PhD programme in Medicine embraces three areas of knowledge that are worked on by the research teams:
  • Medicine
  • Radiology and Physical Medicine
  • Dermatology
These areas have lines of research that include the most important aspects of the classroom and research syllabus.

Although years ago there was the prevailing idea that doctoral studies formed a period of postgraduate training and their objective was to obtain the PhD degree, currently the PhD programme is thought of as a period of training in which the most important thing is not acquiring new knowledge as such but the scientific method and necessary skills for the PhD candidate to begin a research project tutored by academics whose own research curriculum has demonstrated that they are qualified to train new researchers. In that way it is possible to identify specific fundamental objectives in the PhD programme:
  • Training researchers
  • Carrying out a research project
  • Doctoral thesis

Candidate profile

The profile of students on the PhD programme in Medicine is that of healthcare professionals. By the nature of the programme, its students are already working in hospitals or other healthcare services where research projects are conducted.

Professional opportunities

The principal career option provided by this PhD programme is that of joining the academic or professional world (care provision or research) in the field of medicine.

Objectives and justification

The PhD programme in Medicine is based on the scientific methodology and necessary skills to be able to carry out research tutored by academics qualified to train new researchers. The fundamental aims of the PhD are to train new doctoral researchers, carry out research and write a doctoral thesis.
This PhD programme is available to students who, on completion of the Masters degree or medical specialisation, want to reinforce their academic and research side with the production of a PhD thesis. 

Research infrastructure

Besides the physical resources for teaching and research that the UAB provides for all its PhD programmes, students on this programme can also make use of the following research infrastructures.

  • Teaching Units: Hospital de Sant Pau i de la Santa Creu, Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron, Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, Hospital del Mar and Corporació Sanitària Parc Taulí-Sabadell. Each of the five teaching units is in a high-level tertiary or regional hospital with all clinical care services (including all medical specialisations) and diagnostic support services (Pathological Anatomy and Radiology Service)
  • There are classrooms in which clinical sessions are held (the service's own or multi-departmental), a library and access to each centre's own clinical information system. PhD students in these specialisations can conduct their experiments or clinical and translational research work in these services and have at their disposal all the hospitals' physical and information infrastructures.


Jaume Alijotas Reig


Department of Medicine
Teaching Unit of Vall d'Hebron Hospital in the UAB
'Pavelló Docent' Building
Passeig de la Vall d'Hebron, 119-129 - 08035 Barcelona
Phone: +34 93 428 5621 / +34 93 489 4096
Fax: +34 93 428 3264
Hours: Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm and Monday and Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Department of Medicine


Number of places available: 110
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 Medicine

Collaborating institutions:
Corporació Sanitaria Parc Taulí
Hospital de Terrassa
Hospital Universitari de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
Hospital del Mar
Hospital Vall d’Hebron
Hospital Germans Trías i Pujol
Consorci Sanitari del Maresme
Clínica Plató
Societat Catalana de Medicina Familiar i Comunitària
Health Sciences

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