At the start of the doctoral programme research period, the UOC will provide a personalized learning pathway for each student, taking into account their research skills and knowledge (particularly in terms of research methodologies) and their research interests. This pathway may involve courses, seminars and other research training activities. If those activities are included on a student's personal learning pathway, they must be taken and passed.

When entering the research period of the doctoral programme, the UOC provides each student with a personalised training itinerary, the preparation of which has taken into account the student's knowledge and research skills (particularly in terms of research methodologies), as well as their research interests. As a result, the itinerary may provide for courses, seminars and other activities aimed at research training. In case they are included in the personal training itinerary, they will necessarily have to be taken and passed by the student.

Type of training activity

Duration

Teaching-learning format

Timeframe

Compulsory/Optional

Methodological courses

 

Semiannual

 

Online

 

During the research period

 

Recommended

Seminars

 Semiannual

Face-to-face/Online

During the research period

 

Highly recommended

 

Bridging courses

Semiannual

Online

During the research period

Highly recommended

Training complements

Semiannual

Online

During the research period

Optional

Bridging courses

The training complements will be configured from the offer of University Master's degrees of the University and, if they are incorporated, they must be completed and passed during the first two academic semesters of the doctorate program.

Timeframe

Field of the
Society, Technology and Culture

ECTS credits

Type

Language

1st semester
Big data and social media
 
5 Optional 
Catalan and Spanish
1st semester
Quantitative research methods
 
4 Optional Catalan and Spanish
1st semester
Methods in the human sciences
 
5 Optional Catalan and Spanish
Methodological courses

Doctoral students will have to study and pass during the first year of the doctoral program (and particularly, during the first semester), if they have not previously done so, the courses in advanced research methodologies that correspond to their research itinerary within the program. Due to its relevance, all students are recommended to take the subject "Research Design".

 

Timeframe

Field of the 
Society, Technology and Culture

ECTS credits

Type

Language

1st. semester Research Design in Social Sciences  5 Optional English
1st. semester Advanced Qualitative Methods in Knowledge Society Research 5 Optional English
1st. semester Advanced Quantitative Methods in Knowledge Society Research 5 Optional English
Research, transfer and entrepreneurship courses

The UOC also offers research, transfer and entrepreneurship courses in English for students, researchers and faculty to support academic, scientific and business-focused research

Research, transfer and entrepreneurship courses can be recognized as free elective credits for students taking a bachelor's degree course. If you are currently studying on a doctoral programme at any university and have obtained a competitive grant, you can also take them as part of your training resources.

You can consult the range of courses.

Seminars

According to the student's previous studies, his research interests and the regime in which he pursues the doctoral studies (full-time and face-to-face, distance), it can be established that he participates in training activities of short duration, supporting his research.

Timeframe

Field of the 
Society, Technology and Culture

ECTS credits

Type

Language

1st and 2nd. semester

DR-Seminar and Culture

25 hours

Advisible

English

During the investigation period

Research seminars

25 hours

Advisible

English/Catalan/Spanish

2nd. semester

Thematic seminar: Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Network Society  

125 hours (5 Credit Units)

Advisible

English

 

Doctoral Seminars: Program of debate seminars (1.5 hours per session) on key topics in research on the information and knowledge society and on student research projects. It has two phases. The first is a critical reading that the student proposes with his tutor and that they agree with the teacher responsible for the seminar. Tutors and students lead the session in which the reading they have suggested is discussed, critically. In the second phase, each student submits and discusses a draft of their thesis research plan.

 

Resesarch seminars: Research seminars where the development and results of the research carried out by the groups linked to the doctoral program are presented and discussed. Organized by the research groups, its objective is to contribute to the development of competences in students from the presentation, discussion and evaluation of the different aspects of the research process within a community of scientific practice. These communities of practice operate on principles of mutual support and replicate broader knowledge communities that function from peer assessment and ongoing debate.

Complementary activities

Based on the student's previous studies and research interests, it can be established that he participates in short-term training activities, in support of his research.

Timeframe

Field of the
Society, Technology and Culture

ECTS credits

Type

Language

1 st. semester (2nd year)

Academic Writing

4

Optional

English

1 st. semester

Academic Presentations. How to Give an Effective Talk

2

Optional

English

2 nd. semester

Entrepreneurship for researchers

2

Optional

English

2 nd. semesteer

Introduction to patents and intellectual property

2

Optional

English

 

Presentation at national or international congress

doesn't aply

Optional

doesn't aply

 

Stays abroad

doesn't aply

Optional

doesn't aply

 

Publication of a scientific working paper

doesn't aply

Optional

doesn't aply

2 nd. semester

Search for academic information 

0

Optional

English

1 st. semester

Bibliographic reference management

0

Optional

English

2 nd. semester

Where to publish: How to identify leading journals

0

Optional

English

 

The UOC also offers research, transfer and entrepreneurship courses in English aimed at students, teaching staff and researchers to promote research in the academic, scientific and business fields.

Research, transfer and entrepreneurship courses can be recognised as free-elective credits for students pursuing a bachelor's degree. If you are currently doing a PhD at any university and have obtained a competitive scholarship, you can also take them within the framework of your training fund.

You can consult the offer of courses.

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