The design of this PhD programme in Spanish Studies is the result of several contextual factors, from the most obvious, such as the requirements to adapt to the Royal Decree 99/2011, which regulates doctoral studies, to the teaching and research history and tradition of the Department of Spanish Studies that is offering it.

Since the department was founded in 1968 some leading figures in Hispanic arts have occupied its classrooms, with writers such as  Cristina Peri Rossi and Nobel Prize winner Nobel Mario Vargas Llosa, to leading scholars such as lecturers Sergio Beser, Alberto Blecua and Francisco Rico, the director of the Spanish Royal Academy, José Manuel Blecua, now retired but still active in the PhD programme.

Next to them, other younger lecturers, several of whom form part of leading research groups and projects, contribute to making the department, and the faculty, one of the best in Spain. (See reports in El Mundo, in 2011 and 2012 that cite it as the best). In accordance with the  RD 99/2011, the programme was conceived precisely around those researchers, teams and their respective lines of research.

Candidate profile

Those wishing to join the PhD programme in Spanish Studies must show that they have considerable knowledge of Spanish language and literature or linguistics, and of how to conduct original scientific research in one of these fields.

Professional opportunities

This PhD programme provides the following principal career options:

  • University teaching and research into Spanish language and literature.
  • Editing.
  • Consultancy services in the area of Spanish language and literature.
  • Teaching in public or private education centres (secondary schools and universities).
  • Teaching in adult-education centres.
  • Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language.
  • Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language to immigrants.
  • Publishing (production, correction, translation, dictionary-writing).
  • Literary criticism.
  • Literary promotion and advisory services for literary agencies.
  • Research (universities, research institutes working on language studies and linguistics, archives and libraries).
  • Cultural management.
  • The information society (writing and collaborating with the press, publishing of contents for Internet companies, etc).
  • Language services.
  • Language industries and applications of new technologies.

Objectives and justification

The PhD programme in Spanish Studies aims to prepare doctoral candidates to acquire the necessary competencies for carrying out research as well as professional tasks in the different areas associated with Spanish language and literature.

The programme offers the opportunity to join the academic and scientific community as part of research groups or along the most appropriate lines for acquiring training leading to employment. Emphasis is place on the mastery of innovative  and original topics, techniques and scientific methods with a high commitment to excellence.


Cristina Buenafuentes de la Mata


UISAD - Integrated Unit of Administrative Support
Departments of Catalan and Spanish

Building B
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
08193 Bellaterra (Barcelone, Spain)
Office: B11/276
Phone. +34 93 581 1216
Contact: Beatriz Díaz Rodríguez




This PhD programme has been awarded the Excellent 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
Associated departments or institutes:
Department of Spanish
Arts and Humanities

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