The Department of Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Preventative Medicine of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona has for many years offered a large range of undergraduate and graduate courses.

With the introduction of new legal provisions and the aim of gaining coherence and competitivity is has been agreed to split what was previously a single programme into two: Biomedical Research Methodology and Public Health, and Paediatrics, Obstetric & Gynaecology.

Candidate profile

The specific requirements of the programme aim to establish a PhD student profile that maximises the chances of success on . The student profile is that of someone wishing to build a research career in paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology or in the health sciences in general, and to take a leading role in transferring knowledge to society.

The student profile for this PhD programme in Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology is that of a graduate in a subject area related to the health sciences. They should also have a medical specialisation, have successfully completed at least the first two years of specialist training in a MIR programme, have an official master's degree that is in keeping with this programme's lines of research, or have obtained the research proficiency component in PhD programmes prior to RD1393/2007.

Professional opportunities

PhD graduates from this programme will find most work opportunities in the various services of hospitals, primary healthcare centres, and social and health centres; applied research institutes; private healthcare companies and international organisations.

Objectives and justification

The new PhD in Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology covers all scientific and clinical aspects in terms of etiology, diagnoses, therapy and rehabilitation related to childhood illnesses and health and illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth or specifically to women’s health, in particular those related to the female reproductive system.

It is therefore aimed at graduates in medicine, biology, nursing, among others, who want to gain more profound knowledge in some related aspect of interest or specialisation or which is related to any biological or clinical area in the field of paediatrics, obstetrics or gynaecology.

Research infrastructure

Besides the physical resources for teaching and research that the UAB provides for all its PhD programmes, this programme's activities can be carried out at the facilities of all five teaching units belonging to the Faculty of Medicine, and also at the Epidemiology, Public Health, Preventive Medicine or Statistics services in the UAB's teaching hospitals and associated research institutes. These provide all the necessary classrooms, spaces for workshops, seminars or lectures, computer rooms, libraries, etc. ICT equipment (computers, office and statistical software, wi-fi, etc.) is also widely available.


Carlos Rodrigo Gonzalo de Liria


Cecília Jiménez Jiménez
Department of Paediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Preventive Medicine
Faculty of Medicine - Building M
Campus UAB
08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)
Tel. 93 5811903


Number of places available: 12
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

Collaborating institutions:

Researchers and professors in this programme hold a longstanding tradition of collaboration with international institutions, both at research and teaching levels. Some of those institutions are:

  • Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.
  • Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Montpellier, France.
  • European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (ESGE), Belgium.
  • British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society, United Kingdom.
  • International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), United Kingdom.
  • Hospital de nens, Kinderhospital, Bernn, Switzerland.
  • Department of Therapeutic Research and Medicine Evaluation, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Roma, Italy.
  • Dr. Harinsingh Gour University, Sagar, India.
Health Sciences

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