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The doctoral programme in Education and ICT (E-learning) focuses on the study of phenomena related to learning and teaching with the support of digital technologies, while taking into account their pedagogical and technological dimensions, as well as the institutional and social dimensions of any geographical and/or cultural context.

Data: 18 September 2024

Títol: Education and ICT (e-Learning)

Language: English, Spanish, Catalan

The programme aims to provide the necessary framework and tools for training researchers capable of undertaking meaningful research to progress knowledge in this field and address the contemporary socio-educational challenges of the digital society. The objectives of the programme are therefore to: 

a) Provide advanced training for the development of research competencies on the uses of ICT in education and training in its various forms and expressions: in policies, organization and administration; in teaching and learning processes, and in the development of technologies for learning.  
b) Facilitate the development of original research initiatives through the preparation and presentation of doctoral theses, and the production of scientific publications that contribute to knowledge about the meaning, practices, evolution, trends and impact of technology and digital learning on education systems, institutions and socio-educational processes. 

This doctoral programme includes the perspectives of pedagogy and social sciences, educational psychology and computational sciences, and is based on an interdisciplinary approach to research. To that end, it applies diverse epistemological, theoretical and methodological approaches. 

It is divided into four broad research lines, with different thesis proposals from UOC teaching staff. By being associated with a thesis proposal, doctoral students will have the opportunity to work alongside researchers and/or research groups and projects at the university, thereby gradually acquiring research skills in a professional context.

The teaching and research staff involved in the programme come from the different UOC faculties: Psychology and Educational Sciences; Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications; Information and Communication Sciences; Arts and Humanities; Health Sciences; Law and Political Science, and Economics and Business.

The programme is aligned with the principles of open knowledge and science, and with the sustainable development goals proposed by the United Nations in the 2030 Agenda. It also encourages the adoption of an inclusive, ethical and socially responsible gender perspective in research. It aims to train researchers and professionals with a global and critical perspective who are committed to the collective creation of knowledge for the improvement of education and learning in today's society. 

Students joining this doctoral programme should have completed the specialization in research course in the UOC's Master's Degree in Education and ICT (E-learning), or another similar course.


Official qualification

The UOC Doctoral Programme of Education and ITC (e-Learning) is a programme that has been approved by the Spanish Universities Council, and its implementation has been authorized by the Government of Catalonia, in accordance with current legislation.

The UOC's bachelor's, university master's degrees and doctoral programmes have full academic validity throughout Spain; where such is the intention, they are qualifications to perform regulated professions, in accordance with the regulations applicable in each case. 

The certificates for these programmes are issued together with a Diploma Supplement (DS), providing details of what the student studied, their results, the professional competencies obtained and the qualification's level in the Spanish higher education system; the aim of this is to facilitate recognition of the qualification and promote students' and graduates' mobility within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). 

In other countries, the validity of the official university qualifications issued by the UOC will depend on each specific country's education laws.



The quality of this programme is validated by the AQU (Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency), which guarantees its rigour and its compliance with the standards required by the EHEA.  

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