There are 15 places on the 2022/2023 Society, Technology and Culture doctoral programme, which include both students studying the doctoral programme virtually, and students who can obtain a competitive grant to study.

The programme includes a UOC call for grants to complete the doctoral programme. These grants are reserved for students taking the course in the face-to-face format. Grants for the doctoral programme in distance learning format are not included. It can also be accessed through other grants awarded by various institutions.

General requirements

To be admitted to the organized research period of the Doctoral Programme in Information and Knowledge Society, students must meet both the general University and specific programme requirements.

To this end, students must first submit proof of meeting one of the following sets of requirements:

a)    Hold a an official university master's degree issued by a higher education institution in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and have passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits out of all official university courses.

b)    Hold an official Spanish university degree, or one from an EHEA member country, that allows them admission to a master's course, and have passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits out of all official university courses, of which at least 60 must be at the master's level.

c)    Hold an official Spanish graduate degree of at least 300 ECTS credits in line with EU legal regulations.

d)    Candidates with degrees from education systems outside the EHEA, whose degrees do not require homologation (official recognition by the Spanish Ministry of Education), must hold a level of education equivalent to Spanish university master's degrees that authorizes admission to doctoral studies in the country issuing the degree.

e)    Be a university graduate and have passed with a positive assessment at least two years of education on a programme to be awarded the official degree of any of the health sciences specialities.

f)     Hold a Spanish doctoral qualification in accordance with the previous university system.

g)    Be a graduate, architect or engineer and be in possession of the Advanced Studies Diploma (DEA), awarded in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 778/1998, of 30 April 1998, or have obtained research proficiency, regulated in Royal Decree 185/1985, of 23 January 1985.

Candidates who have not successfully completed the initiation to research credits for a university master's degree programme will have to take those bridging courses specified by the programme, if any.

The continued enrolment on the doctoral programme of candidates who hold only an official university bachelor's degree that, in accordance with EU law, consists of 300 ECTS credits or who have not taken and successfully completed at least 20 initiation to research credits as part of a university master's degree programme is contingent on the successful completion of the relevant bridging courses for the initiation to research module, pathway or subjects for the corresponding training period.

Admission requirements

In addition to the general and additional requirements stipulated by the University itself, the Society, Technology and Culture doctoral programme has the following specific requirements:

  • If you're not a citizen of an English-speaking country, you must provide proof of a level of English equal to or higher than B2 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Higher levels of proficiency (C1 or C2) will be valued as a plus.
  • If you have attended school or have completed a bachelor's or master's degree (or equivalent qualification with regards to enrolment in the doctorate programme) in English in a country where English is an official language, you will be deemed to have an equivalent level to the one required.
  • You may also demonstrate your linguistic competency in English by means of another official certificate that proves you have a level equivalent to or higher than the one required. You can consult this equivalency table to see examples of certificates that correspond to these levels.

The UOC's Centre for Modern Languages offers English courses to attain the minimum level required for admission into the different doctoral programmes.

The UOC offers an online English language proficiency test, which can be accessed via this link, to accredit your knowledge of English. A score of between 72 and 94 accredits a level corresponding to B2 as defined by the CEFR. When taking this test, you must specify the code that corresponds to the UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya): 4418. This code does not exempt the student from paying the corresponding exam cost and fees.

Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee admission to the doctoral programme. These requirements must be met in order to apply for admission to the doctoral programme and for this application to be assessed.

If you apply for a UOC grant, you must accredit a level equal to or higher than B2 from the time of application. For other grants, financial aid or research contracts, please consult the terms and conditions and requirements for each case (level of English and part-time or full-time format).

Admission documents

If you apply for access to a UOC doctoral programme, you must submit the following documentation. Unless otherwise indicated, the documents are compulsory for the candidature to be assessed:

  • A photocopy of your national identity document (e.g. national identity document or passport).
  • A letter of presentation, including your specific reasons for presenting your candidature, and a description of your specific research interests (maximum length: 2,500 words).
  • A letter of recommendation from faculty and/or research staff stating the full name, affiliation, postal address and email address of the person providing the reference. A letter from a research professor associated with the STC doctoral programme may be included. (Optional, maximum 2)
  • A curriculum vitae with details of the master's degree and postgraduate programmes and courses you have studied that are associated with the research interests mentioned in your letter of presentation and where applicable, any previous scientific production. You must also include your full physical address, telephone number and contact email address.
  • A sample of your recent academic work (in Catalan, English or Spanish).
  • Academic transcripts for any previous studies, showing the courses taken and the mark given, the exam sitting, the type of course, the number of credits and the average grade of the academic record (if these have not already been submitted to meet the admission requirements).
  • A certificate proving you have the necessary level of English language proficiency for the doctoral programme.
  • Documents proving you meet the admission requirements. You can find more information on this in the relevant section in Procedures on the Campus.
  • If you have university qualifications from outside the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that are not officially recognized, you will need to legalize your certificate through diplomatic channels (or, where applicable, with the Apostille of the Hague Convention). If your academic certificates are not in English or one of the official languages of Spain, you will need to accompany them with a sworn translation in Catalan, Spanish or English. Failure to present these documents, or if any of the details they contain do not match those entered in your application, may lead to failure to be admitted to the doctoral programme. 
  • After the access documents have been reviewed and your candidature accepted, you will be admitted to the doctoral programme subject to submitting the official documents.
Evaluation criteria

Candidates will be assessed based on the criteria and merits defined in the following table (total points: 100).




Total weighting of the criterion

a) Academic excellence 2/3 bachelor's degree average academic record + 1/3 master's degree average academic record 30 %
b) Research experience Conferences, publications, grants and participation in projects related to the subject of the thesis 10 %
c) Cover letter/ Motivation letter Research vocation and maturity (based on experience). Evidence of specific research interests, and of theoretical and methodological knowledge of the field 30 %
d) Commitment and seriousness Evidence of vocational commitment and seriousness in the presentation of the application and documentation 10 %
e) Suitability for the doctoral programme Fit with the priorities of potential thesis supervisors and research groups 20 %
Total 100 %


The minimum score to access the programme will be 50 points, calculated according to the criteria listed above. If there are not enough candidates with 50 points in a call, the places left over will be considered void.

For applications for UOC grants, the doctoral programme's Academic Committee will make a preliminary selection of two applicants from each of the following research areas, based on the averages from their academic records: Area 1 (Social, Political and Economic Changes); Area 2 (Gender, Communication and Inequality Studies); Area 3 (Biopolitics and Technoscience and Society); Area 4 (Sustainability, Urbanization and Socio-technology Policies); Area 5 (Culture, Digital Humanities and Society).

These candidates will be invited to participate in a selection interview. Furthermore, given the interdisciplinary nature of the STC programme, the Academic Committee will assign them the maximum score in the sections for the bachelor's degree and postgraduate academic record.

Applicants applying for a UOC grant will be assessed based on a total of 110 points, which will be distributed as follows:

  • A maximum of 20 points for the bachelor's degree academic record (or equivalent), which is weighted by the average grade on the academic record. This is calculated using the usual scale: 1 for pass, 2 for merit, 3 for excellent and 4 for excellent with distinction. 
  • A maximum of 10 points for the master's degree academic record (or equivalent), which is weighted by the average grade on the academic record. This is calculated using the usual scale: 1 for pass, 2 for merit, 3 for excellent and 4 for excellent with distinction. 
  • A maximum of 10 points for research experience, with the appropriate weighting, which takes into account participation in conferences, publications, grants and participation in research projects related to the subject of the thesis. 
  • Up to 30 points for the letter of introduction/motivation (maximum length 2,500 words). Research vocation and maturity (depending on experience) will be taken into account, as well as evidence of specific research interests, and the theoretical and methodological knowledge of the subject matter of the thesis. The formal correctness of the letter will be taken into account. 
  • A maximum of 10 points for commitment and seriousness. Demonstration of a vocational commitment to producing a doctoral thesis, and seriousness when submitting the application and documentation, including letters of recommendation (complete, correct, etc.) will be taken into account). 
  • A maximum of 20 points for suitability for the doctoral programme. This suitability will be assessed not only in terms of the doctoral programme's research lines, but with regard to the priorities of the possible thesis supervisors and the research groups where they are undertaking their research. The letter of support/recommendation from a research professor associated with the STC doctoral programme advocating the suitability will also be taken into account. 
  • Up to 10 points for the interview. The key aspects of access (motivation, maturity, ability to define, develop and complete the thesis) as well as the suitability for the doctoral programme and the research lines of the person who is anticipated to supervise the thesis will be assessed in overall terms.
December 2022: Start of the call for applications for grants and access to doctoral programmes.
February 2023: Aplication period deadline.
April 2023: Provisional resolution of the candidates admitted to the programmes and those who have obtained a UOC grant.
May 2023: Beginning of the period of allegations.
May 2023: Final resolution of the candidates admitted to the programmes and those who have obtained a UOC grant.
July 2023: Start of enrolment for the academic year 2023-24.
September 2023: Start of teaching academic year 2023-24.


Step 1 : Apply for the Welcome and Information Service

Apply for the Welcome and Information Service is a free, no-obligation procedure that provides you with a user name and password that will allow you to enter the UOC's Virtual Campus, from where you will be able to:

1.    Contact experts who will help you settle any doubts you may have about applying.
2.    Consult the Campus Secretary's Office for information about the programme of studies, enrolment prices, documentation, etc.

Access requirements

Before requesting access, check that you meet the requirements for the programme you want to be admitted to.

Access form

On the access form, you must give your personal details and the educational level you have attained.

Access Documentation

You will find a list of the documentation you need when you request access and can consult the Campus Secretary's Office.

Step 2 : Access the Campus and contact the researcher

Virtual campus

After you have requested access, you will receive a user name and password that will allow you to access the Virtual Campus, where you will find all the information and resources you may need.


You will find the information to contact the lead researcher in the "research lines" section. The researcher can provide support for preparing your application and will be your sponsor, if he or she agrees. Once you have been admitted to the programme, he or she will advise and guide you in choosing courses, in accordance with your prior academic background, your interests and the amount of time you have.

Virtual Secretary's Office

There is a Procedure on the Campus where you can consult and manage all academic matters, such as viewing the programme of studies, payment options or the discounts available. 

Step 3 : Apply for admission

You can complete the admission form the virtual campus Procedures / Doctoral programme admission documentation, where you will have to give your academic details, whether you want to apply for a grant and the research line you are interested in. 

You must submit an enrolment proposal after having chosen the courses you want to follow during the semester, which your tutor will analyse so that you can complete enrolment with his or her counselling. It is a step prior to completing enrolment.

Step 4 : Send the digital documentation

Having completed the previous step, you must attach the documentation in the same section. You can see which documentation you must attach in the corresponding section within Procedures / Doctoral programme admission documentation

When you have completed all the steps, the doctoral programme's academic committee will assess the applications that have been submitted. 

If you pass the first phase of the admission process, you will receive notification confirming that you have entered the second phase and a telephone interview will be scheduled.

If you pass the second phase of the admission process, you will receive notification to confirm that you have been admitted. You will have a maximum of one month (counting from the admission notification) to confirm your acceptance of the place on the doctoral programme; if this confirmation from you is not received, you will not be admitted to the programme.

It is at this point that you will be able to complete enrolment, choosing your preferred payment option from among those available. If you are eligible for any of the discounts stated in the Price Decree, you will have to submit the appropriate documentation, following the instructions given by the virtual Secretary's Office.

Remember that once you have enrolled, you will have ten days to send the admission documentation.

Price and enrolment fees


Price and enrolment Fees

Price per credit:                                   34,06 €/cr*
Price per learning resources credit                                   13,30 €/cr*   


Biannual Fees

Fee for supervision, tutorship and continous assessment of the doctoral thesis  200,56€
Fee for the management of your record         54,54€



Fee for requesting your certificate  218,15€
Fee for oral examination and defence of the doctoral thesis       156,87€
Fee for requesting your record         54,54€


*The Government of Catalonia establishes the public prices for credits and other academic services charged by public universities in Catalonia and the UOC. You can consult the prices in Decree 300/2021, of June 29th.

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Teaching starting: September 2023