Type of training activity Duration Teaching  mode Timing Compulsory or optional
Courses One semester Online During the research period Recommendable
Training complements One semester Online First year (first or second semester) Optional
Training worshops Two months Online During the research period Highly recommendable
Courses on research, transference and entrepreneurship One semester Online During the research period Optional
Workshops 10 hours On-site During the research period Optional
Competences and skills

The aim of this training is to acquire and develop the following skills:

  • Dealing with contexts in which there is little specific information.
  • Find the key questions to be answered to solve a complex problem.
  • Design, create, develop and undertake novel and innovative projects in their field of knowledge.
  • Work both in a team and autonomously in an international or multidisciplinary context.
  • Integrate knowledge, deal with complexity and formulate judgements with limited information.
  • Intellectual criticism and defence of solutions.
  • Ability to conceive, design or create, implement and adopt a substantial process of research or creation.
  • Ability to contribute to the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge through original research.
  • Ability to carry out critical analysis and evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
  • Ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general about their fields of knowledge in the modes and languages used by the academic community. knowledge in the modes and languages commonly used in their international scientific community.
  • Ability to promote, in academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural progress within a society based on the cultural progress within a knowledge-based society.
Training complements and activities

All courses are subject to availability


Complementary subjects

Temes d'Inv. avançada turisme sostenible TIC (Català / Español)

Sostenibilitat i Turisme (Català / Español)

Mètodes d'investigació qualitativa (Català / Español)

Mètodes d'investigació quantitativa (Català / Español)


Library Workshops

Bibliographic reference management (English)

Search for academic information (English) 
Highly recom.

Where to publish: How to identify leading journals? (English)
Highly recom.

Open access (English)
Highly recom.


Doctorate subjects

Research Design for Social Sciences (English)
Highly recom.

Advanced Quantitative Met. in Knowledge Society (English)
Highly recom.

Advanced Qualitative Met. in Knowledge Society (English)
Highly recom.


Research, transfer, and entrepreneurship courses

Academic Presentations (English)

Academic Writing (English)
Highly recom.

Entrepreneurship for Researchers (English)

Int. to patents and intellectual property protection (English)
Highly recommended.

Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) (English)

Research and gender (English)



Deposit and thesis oral defense

On completion of the doctoral thesis, the PhD student must apply to the programme's Academic Committee for authorisation to deposit the thesis.

The application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Favourable report from the thesis supervisor and, if applicable, from the members of the thesis committee, on the authorisation of the deposit.
  • The document of activities that the doctoral student has carried out.
  • A summary of the doctoral thesis of a maximum of 4,000 characters, written in Catalan, Spanish and English. If the doctoral thesis is written in a language other than these in accordance with article 26, a summary in this language must also be submitted.
  • A copy of the doctoral thesis, the student's curriculum vitae and the activities document, in electronic format.

Two doctors who are experts in the field of the doctoral thesis will produce independent and anonymous reports on the thesis.

Once the above reports have been requested, the thesis supervisor will be asked to propose between five and seven doctors from five different universities or institutions who may form part of the panel responsible for judging the thesis. The academic committee of the programme will proceed, in view of the documentation received, to authorise or not the doctoral thesis defense.

Once the defense has been authorised, the chair of the examining board sets the date for the reading and defence of the thesis and the Doctoral School convenes the public defence of the thesis, which consists of the presentation and defence of the research work prepared by the PhD student to the members of the examining board.

The members of the examining board ask the PhD student any questions they consider appropriate. Likewise, persons holding a doctoral degree who are present at the public event may ask questions at the time and in the manner indicated by the chair of the panel.

After the reading and defence of the thesis, each member of the examining board gives a written assessment of the thesis and its defence and issues a written report with the overall grade awarded to the thesis according to the following scale: "not pass", "pass", "good" or "excellent".


Upcoming admission: April 2021

Teaching starting: September 2022