General requirements

To be eligible for the doctoral program, candidates must meet the general requirements of the University and those specific to the programme.

First, prospective candidates must demonstrate that they meet one of the following requirements:

  • Holding an official Spanish bachelor's degree, or equivalent, and a university master's degree, or equivalent, and having completed at least 300 ECTS credits in all these two programmes.
  • Holding an official Spanish university degree, corresponding to previous regulations of university teaching, and having completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in all official university studies, of which at least 60 must be at master's level.
  • Holding an official university degree from a country that is part of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that qualifies for entrance to official master's degree courses, and having completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in all official university studies, of which at least 60 must be at master's level.
  • Holding an official Spanish graduate degree, the duration of which, in accordance with Community law, is at least 300 ECTS credits. In this case, students must take the specific training components on a compulsory basis, unless the corresponding doctoral programme includes research training credits equivalent in formative value to research credits from master's degrees.
  • Holding an official university degree in which, after obtaining a training place in the corresponding test of access to specialised health training places, they have completed at least two years of training in a programme to obtain an official degree in one of the specialities of the health sciences with a positive evaluation.
  • Holding an official university degree from a country outside the EHEA, without the need for official validation, after verifying that the level of training is equivalent to that of official university master's degrees and that it allows access to doctoral studies in the country issuing the degree.
  • Holding a Spanish doctoral degree obtained in accordance with previous university regulations.
  • Holding a degree in architecture or engineering with an advanced studies diploma, obtained in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 778/1998, of 30 April, or having achieved the research sufficiency regulated in Royal Decree 185/1985, of 23 January.
  • Holding an official university degree that has obtained correspondence with level three of the Spanish Framework of Qualifications for Higher Education (MECES), in accordance with the procedure established in Royal Decree 967/2014, of 21 November, establishing the requirements and procedure for officially validating and declaring equivalence with regard to the official university degree and academic level and for validating foreign higher education studies, and the procedure for determining correspondence with the MECES levels of the official titles of architect, engineer, graduate, technical architect, technical engineer and diploma holder.


Prospective candidates who have not earned the credits for initiation to research in a university master¿s programme shall be obliged to undertake the complementary training determined in each case by the programme.

Admission to the doctoral programme of prospective candidates who hold only an official undergraduate degree which under EU law has a duration of 300 ECTS and who have not completed the courses and earned the credits for initiation to research in a university master's programme will be contingent on successful completion of the complementary training corresponding to the module, itinerary or initiation to research courses for the corresponding training period.

The programme's working languages are Catalan, Spanish or English. However, the university establishes as an entry requirement to demonstrate a level equivalent to B1 or upper-intermediate level of independent user of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The level of English of the students who do not have an English level certification will be assessed by the Selection and Monitoring Committee during the course of the interview.

Admission requirements

This programme does not require a specific level of English, although it is necessary to have a minimum knowledge of the language in order to thoroughly understand scientific articles, interact fluently and naturally and produce scientific texts.

In order to receive 5% of the weighted points of the admission process referring to the accreditation of knowledge of English (a foreign language commonly used in the scientific community), you must have a minimum level of B1 in this language.

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
All candidates applying for admission to the UOC's doctoral programme in Tourism must provide the following documents:
- A photocopy of your national identity document (DNI), foreigner identification number (NIE) or passport.
- A letter of motivation detailing your specific reasons for applying for this programme and describing your research interests.
A letter of endorsement stating the name of the researcher who endorses your project.
- Your research or pre-project proposal.
This should comprise a maximum of two pages with a description of your research interests and its link to the line of research you have chosen. This document must be as concise as possible and must contain the following sections:
  • Initial justification and fit with the line of research; the candidate must explain how the research idea fits with the line of research chosen.
  • Focus of the research issue or question.
  • Outline of the methodology.
  • Expected outcomes (an approximate idea).
- A CV detailing the master's or postgraduate programmes you have taken that are related to the research interests described in the statement of interest and, if applicable, a description of previous scientific output.
- An example of a recent academic paper (in Catalan, Spanish or English).
Academic certificates corresponding to your education to date, detailing the subjects taken and the marks obtained, the dates, the type of course, the number of credits and the average mark in the academic record (if these certificates have not been submitted already as proof of fulfilment of the admission requirements).
- Certificate showing you have the level of English required by the doctoral programme.
Documents demonstrating that you meet the admission requirements. You will find more information on the corresponding page in the Procedures section of the Virtual Campus.
15 June: Start of the call for applications to access to the doctoral programme.
20 July: Aplication period deadline.
16 September: Final resolution of the candidates admitted to the programme.
17 September - 25 September: Start of enrolment for the academic year 2022-23.
28 September: Start of teaching academic year 2022-23.


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:                                   32,28 €/cr*
Price per learning resources credit                                   14,30 €/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 learning support services    95,73€



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 128/2022, of June 28th.

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Teaching starting: September 2022