Doctoral Programme in Education and ICT (e-learning)
Doctoral Programme


The doctoral programme in Education and ICT (e-learning) offers students the opportunity to write a doctoral thesis within the framework of research projects that align with the eLearn Center's priority lines of research. The doctoral programme is also open to original research contributions in the area of e-learning and ensures methodological quality and commitment to the advancement of knowledge in this field of research. The main goal of the programme is to bring together empirically supported actions and decisions related to the time factor in online teaching with the aim of improving learning.

The doctoral programme in Education and ICT (e-learning) currently comprises specializations in three areas: teaching and learning processes; educational organization, management and policy; and technological resources for learning.

The programme is structured around a series of training and research activities (basic, thematic and methodological seminars) that provide doctoral students with support in carrying out all the actions required to write a thesis and earn a doctoral degree. We recommend that students seek admission to this doctoral programme after completing the UOC's university master's degree in Education and ICT (e-learning) or a similar programme.

The languages of instruction for the doctoral programme are Catalan, Spanish and English, and learning resources may be in any of these languages. A high level of proficiency in English is therefore required.

The programme is offered in the distance mode. Students may study part-time or full-time (if they obtain a grant that allows them to do so). In order to develop their e-learning research skills, doctoral students are assigned to a research group or work with a researcher. Oral examination and defence of the thesis will be conducted face-to-face.

The official status of the doctoral programme in Education and ICT (e-learning) is defined within the framework of the general provisions established by the Ministry of Education in Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, which regulate official doctoral studies.