Thesis direction

Once students have successfully completed the courses and training activities included on their pathways in the first semester, the University will assign them a doctoral thesis supervisor. Both the supervisor and the student will need to sign the programme's doctoral candidate agreement. The supervisor must be a UOC faculty member or researcher with doctoral degree and proven research experience.

In all cases, to be assigned a thesis supervisor, students must first satisfactorily complete all the courses, seminars and activities included on their pathway, submit the admission application for their research plan, and have it be accepted by the established deadline.

The University will also ensure that a Thesis Supervisory Committee is set up. This committee is made up of the thesis supervisor, who chairs it, and two other lecturers with doctoral degrees and proven research experience. One of the three members must not be a UOC faculty member or researcher.

The doctoral thesis may be jointly supervised by up to three people, provided they all have doctoral degrees and proven research experience. If joint supervision is proposed, the second and third joint supervisors, who must meet the requirements to be Thesis Advisory Committee members, will also sit on that committee, where they will be responsible for assessing and monitoring progress on the research plan.

Once doctoral students have finished their thesis, at all times by the deadlines established under current regulations, they must ask the Thesis Supervisory Committee for a preliminary assessment and, where applicable, authorization to submit their thesis.

The Doctoral Programme in the Information and Knowledge Society has several quality assurance systems in place.

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

Second, the doctoral programme's preliminary training period, based on university master's degree programmes offered by the Psychology and Education Sciences Department, took part in the 2011 call for applications for the Audit programme, jointly sponsored by the Spanish National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA), the Agency for Quality Assurance in the Galician University System (ACSUG) and the Agency for Quality Assurance in the Catalan University System (AQU), with a view to promoting the development and implementation of internal quality assurance systems for higher education.

Finally, like all UOC programmes, the doctoral programme participates in the internal quality assurance system approved by the University's Governing Council on 19 June 2009.

The following members of faculty and thesis supervisors are involved in the programme:


Aibar, Eduard
Alberich, Jordi
Alsina González, Pau 
Àlvarez Gómez, Fernando
Alvarez, Agusti
Andreu, Rafael
Appel, Christine
Ardèvol, Elisenda
Badia, Toni
Borge, Rosa
Calhoun , Craig 
Canals, Agusti
Cantó Milà, Natalia
Cardenal Izquierdo, Ana Sofia 
Castellón, Irene
Castells, Manuel
Cerrillo Martínez, Agusti
Climent Roca, Salvador 
Clua Infante, Anna
Cobarsí Josep
Coll-Florit, Marta
Colombo, Alba
David Alsina, Pau 
Delgado, Ana Mª
Enguix Grua, Begonya
Fernàndez Montolí, Josep Anton 
Fernandez-Ardevol, Mireia
Fondevila, Joan Francesc
Gonzalez Ramos, Ana Mª
González-Bailón, Sandra 
Gonzàlez-Balletbò, Isaac
Guimarans, Daniel
Hernandez, Eulàlia
Jimenez Zarco, Ana Isabel 
Jorba, Josep
Juan, Angel A. 
Lalueza, Ferran
Lapedriza, Agata
Lladós Masllorens, Josep 
March Corbella, Hug
Marques, Joan M. 
Martinez Robles, David
Martínez Sanmartí, Roger
Masip, David
Meseguer, Antoni
Muñoz-Marrón, Elena 
Nuñez, Francesc
Oliver Cuello, Rafael 
Oliver, Antoni
Ordoñez Sierra, Rosario 
Pastor, Lluís 
Peguera Poch, Miquel
Peña, Ismael
Pérez Navarro, Antoni
Pink, Sandra
Pujolar, Joan
Redolar Ripoll, Diego
Ribera, Ramon 
Riera i Teren, Daniel
Rimbau, Eva
Rodriguez Vidales, Esther
Rodríguez-Ardura, Inma 
Roig, Antoni
Ros Hijar, Adela
Ruiz de Querol, Ricardo 
Sainz, Milagros
San Cornelio Esquerdo , Gemma 
Sánchez Espinosa, Adelina
Sánchez Sanchez, Víctor M. 
Sánchez, Jordi
Serradell, Enric
Serrano, Ivan
Torns, Teresa
Torrent-Sellens, Joan
Van der Tuin, Iris
Vayreda Duran, Agnès
Vivas, Pep

Letter of commitment

The doctoral candidate, doctoral thesis director(s), advisor and the coordinator of the programme, by signing a doctoral letter of commitment, formally agree to collaborate in preparing the research plan and thesis and in its defence.

In addition, the doctoral candidate agrees to refrain from revealing confidential data or information provided to him or her for his or her doctoral thesis. At the same time, the letter recognises the right to any corresponding intellectual or industrial property rights and to appear as co-author of works he or she has contributed to in a significant way.

The student is obliged to consider and examine the ethical implications of his or her research activity.

Quality guarantee system

The Doctoral programme in Information and Knowledge Society uses several systems to ensure quality.

Firstly, the Scientific Commission for Research and Doctoral Programme at the UOC, an independent body which evaluates the University's academic practices, created in 2002, and made up of international experts, monitors the quality of the doctoral programme and advises the Vice Chancellor on research strategy.

Secondly, the training period prior to entering the doctoral programme, structured around the Master's Degree in Information and Knowledge Society, has taken part in the AUDIT programme, organised jointly by ANECA, ACSUG and AQU in order to mrmote the development and implementation of Internal Quality Assurance Systems for university education. 

Finally, the programme, as well as the other degrees granted by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, adheres to the Internal Quality Assurance System of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, approved by its Governing Council on June 19, 2009.

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