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Doctoral Programme in Education

Doctoral Programme in Education

2020-2021 academic year

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Doctoral Programme in Education
Faculty of Education and Psychology
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Why might it be useful to do the doctoral degree in Education?

  • To collaborate with research groups that work closely with the territory, promoting research that aims to respond to the need for change and improvements in the socio-educational field.
  • To take part in research projects linked to improving the social participation of vulnerable groups.
  • To carry out collaborative research projects with professionals in socio-educational fields aimed at transforming and improving educational practices.
  • To know and to put into practice innovative research methodologies that seek to bring about social change through the participation of people in the research processes that affect them.
  • To learn the skills that will enable the students to lead educational research processes that, whether in school, socioeducational or sociocultural environments, will help to ensure the social inclusion of all people.

Learning objectives

The main objective of the Doctoral Programme in Education is to train high level researchers in this field of knowledge. Participating in this doctoral programme are three research teams (Didactics and Educational Innovation in the Education System, Educational and Social Inclusion, and Educational, Social and Cultural Policies) that undertake their activity at the University of Girona in nine lines of research which enable students on the programme to be offered:: 1) Regarding the specialisation, a diverse range of lines that cover the main questions of the day in the field of educational research; 2) At a methodological level, experience in the use of varied techniques and methodologies of educational research that will enable the analysis of complex problems and the elaboration of innovative proposals for improvement; 3) A network of contacts that will give students the opportunity to benefit from exchanges, participation in international seminars and from placements at foreign centres, and 4) The possibility of developing a doctoral thesis in the field of Education with the maximum guarantees of rigour throughout the production and presentation process.

Lines of research

1. Assessment of educational programmes of knowledge of the environment, environmental education and sustainability.

Potential doctoral-thesis research directors: Dr Raquel Heras Colas, Dr Anna M. Geli de Ciurana, Dr Jaume Ametller Leal, Dr Jesús Granados Sánchez, Dr Rosa M. Medir Huerta

Tutors:Dr Anna M. Geli de CiuranaDr Jaume Ametller LealDr Rosa M. Medir Huerta

2. Mathematical and linguistic education

Potential doctoral thesis research directors: Dr Àngel Alsina Pastells, Dr Sílvia Llach Carles, Dr Jordi Cicres

Tutors: Dr. Àngel Alsina PastellsDr. Sílvia Llach Carles

3. Innovation and improving educational practices: organisational models, technological resources and intervention programmes

Potential doctoral thesis research directors: Dr Juan González Martínez, Dr Meritxell Estebanell Minguell, Dr Joan Teixidó Saballs, Dr Marta Peracaula

Tutors: Dr. Juan González MartínezDra. Meritxell Estebanell MinguellDr. Joan Teixidó Saballs

4. Migrations and education

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr Carles Serra Salame

Tutors: Dr Carles Serra Salame

5. Mentoring of ethnic minorities and projects to support academic success

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Jordi Feu Gelis, Dr. Oscar Prieto Flores

Tutors: Dr. Jordi Feu GelisDr. Oscar Prieto Flores

6. Disability and education

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Judit Fullana Noell, Dr. Montserrat Vilà Suñé, Dr. Maria Pallisera Díaz

Tutors: Dr. Judit Fullana NoellDr. Montserrat Vilà SuñéDr. Maria Pallisera Díaz 

7. Young people, participation processes, social policies and educational programmes

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Pere Soler Masó, Dr. Anna Planas Lladó, Dr. Montserrat Tesouro Cid, Dr. José Antonio Langarita Adiego, Dr. Joaquim Brugué Torroella

Tutors: Dr. Pere Soler MasóDr. Anna Planas LladóDr. Montserrat Tesouro CidDr. José Antonio Langarita AdiegoDr. Joaquim Brugué Torroella

8. Cultural cooperation and development

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Eliseu Carbonell Camós 

Tutors: Dr. Eliseu Carbonell Camós 

9. Gender, education and social inclusion

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Patricia Melgar Alcantud

Tutors: Dr. Patricia Melgar Alcantud


The Doctoral Programme in Education is governed by Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, which establishes the organisation of official doctoral studies programmes. The access requirements are those set out in this Royal Decree and which can be consulted at the following web address

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for the Doctoral Programme in Education

1) Previous training in the field of education, that will be appraised from the academic record. (30%)

2) Previous knowledge related to the preferred line of research, which will be appraised based on the academic-professional Curriculum vitae. (25%)

3) Motivation to carry out the doctoral degree in one of the lines of the programme, that will be appraised from a personal letter or interview with the candidate. (25%)

4) Level of knowledge of foreign languages (10%)

5) Level of knowledge of ICTs applied to educational research (10%)

Note: Definitive acceptance on to the doctoral degree programme is conditional upon acceptance by one of the programme's researchers, of supervision and/or direction of the doctoral thesis.

Training courses

Regarding educational activities, the School of Doctoral Studies organises courses, seminars and other cross-disciplinary educational activities (soft skills) directed at research training and assisting with the writing and presentation of the doctoral thesis. We ask that the courses be given in English as our language of choice, although Catalan is the language most frequently used. They are generally 10-hour courses or seminars. There are a series of activities that are transferable and are of interest to all doctoral programmes, and others that are specific to a particular doctoral programme 

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Additional requirement for submitting theses under the doctoral programme in Education

The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme in Education, in the meeting of the 3rd June 2014, unanimously agreed the following requirement:

"To present the thesis on the Doctoral Programme in Education, it will be necessary to have an article related to the thesis published or accepted for publication in an indexed scientific journal in this field.”


Requirements for presenting the thesis as a compendium of publications

  1. Minimum of published or accepted articles: 2

  2. Requirements of the articles: 1 of the articles has to be published or accepted for publication in journals included in the Journal Citation Index (JCR). The second article has to be published or accepted for publication in journals listed in the JCR, or in the Scimago Journal Rank (SJR), ERIH or Latindex (Catalogue, fulfilling 33/36 criteria. The student has to be first author of the articles (this last requirement will apply to theses in the form of compendium of publications by students who enrol from the academic year 2018-19).