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The Doctoral Programme in the Information and Knowledge Society was launched in the year 2000. It was among the first to be created in the field of research on the information and knowledge society and the first to be offered entirely online.

Data: 14 September 2022

Títol: Information and Knowledge Society

Language: English, Spanish, Catalan

The Information and Knowledge Society doctoral programme is currently undergoing a transition to become the Society, Technology and Culture doctoral programme, a process which is pending official approval. If approved, the new programme will begin next academic year and students will be able to apply for this change.

Information and communication technologies (ICTs), touted since the mid-20th century and constantly being updated, have gradually crept into all areas of human activity: culture, the economy, teaching, media, business management, public service management, and even the operational aspects of the political system. Analysing how these technologies are used in various contexts and the profound changes they have wrought is key to understanding contemporary society and to exercising any type of professional or academic activity.

The connections between various social, economic, political and cultural systems make it necessary to overcome traditional disciplinary boundaries in order to conduct serious, in-depth analyses. This doctoral programme thus takes an interdisciplinary approach that combines both a variety of theoretical perspectives and several methodological tools.

Specifically, the Doctoral Programme in the Information and Knowledge Society, designed in accordance with the guidelines set out in Spanish Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, regulating official university courses in Spain, defines this interdisciplinary approach based on the relationship between the doctoral programme and the research conducted at the University in the various areas and topics the programme covers.

The Doctoral Programme in the Information and Knowledge Society consists of an organized series of training and research activities leading to the award of a doctoral degree. The programme is divided into a preliminary training period, consisting of the University Master's Degree Programme in the Information and Knowledge Society, and an organized research period, also referred to as doctoral studies or the doctoral programme.

The organized research period of the doctoral programme comprises courses, seminars and training activities designed to provide advanced training in research. It culminates with the completion, through the preparation and presentation of a doctoral thesis, of an original research initiative that contributes to the accumulated knowledge on an aspect or topic related to the information and knowledge society.

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Quality assurance system

The Information and Knowledge Society has a series of systems to guarantee the highest levels of quality.

First, the UOC's Scientific Committee for Research and Doctoral Studies - an independent body set up in 2002 and composed of international experts - assesses the University's academic performance, oversees the quality of the doctoral programme, and advises the president on research strategy.

Second, the period of training leading up to the doctoral programme, developed through the university master's degrees run by the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, formed part of the 2011 Audit programme led jointly by the Spanish National Quality and Accreditation Agency (ANECA), the Galician University System Quality Agency (ACSUG) and the Catalan University System Quality Agency (AQU) which was designed to promote development and introduction of internal university programme quality assurance systems.

Third, and finally, as with all other UOC programmes, it forms part of the University's internal quality assurance system, approved by the UOC's Governing Council on 19 June 2009.

Official qualification

The UOC's Doctoral Programme of Information and Knowledge Society 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 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.

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