Doctoral Programme in Psychology, Health and Quality of Life

Doctoral Programme in Psychology, Health and Quality of Life

Academic year 2019-2020

General information

General data

Name
Doctoral Programme in Psychology, Health and Quality of Life
Centre/s
Faculty of Education and Psychology
Indicative number of places
15
Number of registered students
Official enrolment data
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Presentation

Why do a doctoral degree in Psychology, Health and Quality of Life at the UdG?

This doctoral degree is an opportunity to gain research skills for those who are interested in positive social change. From the perspective of welfare and quality of life, various highly qualified researchers offer their experience and the specific lines of research that they conduct in their respective teams, so that students on the doctoral programme who choose these options can acquire specific knowledge, skills and abilities taking part in active research projects, at both a national and international level. The active lines are:

1. Psychological welfare, life satisfaction and values
2. Risk behaviours for health and disease prevention
3. Subjectivities, discourses and contexts
4. Basic psychological processes and psychopathology
5. Psychopathology of children and young people
6. Childhood, youth and family
7. Ageing, Disability Culture and Health
8. Psychology and psychological and social intervention

Learning objectives

The main aim of the Doctoral Programme in Psychology, Health and Quality of Life at the University of Girona is to train researchers in the fields of psychology, health, welfare and quality of life. This doctoral programme encompasses both content relating to the psychological factors involved in disease prevention and health promotion, in areas of particular social and healthcare interest (risk behaviours related to driving, addictions, sexual relationships, stress and pain, professional burnout, etc.), and questions relating to the welfare and quality of life of people, whether they are healthy or sick, during the different phases of their life cycle, and they offer particular lines of research linked to the development of social policies, in their broadest sense, and to social, psychosocial and psychoeducational intervention programmes.

Lines of research

1. Psychological welfare, life satisfaction and values

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Ferran Casas Aznar, Dr. Mònica González Carrasco, Dr. Carme Montserrat Boada, Dr. Sara Malo Cerrato, Dr. Ferran Viñas Poch

Tutors: Dr. Mònica González CarrascoDr. Carme Montserrat BoadaDr. Sara Malo CerratoDr. Ferran Viñas Poch

  • Life satisfaction and aspirational values
  • Childhood rights and the social protection system.
  • Audiovisual media between adolescents and adults
  • Psicometric instruments of subjective wellbeing and positive psychology

2. Risk behaviours for health and disease prevention

Potential doctoral-thesis research managers: Dr Montserrat Planes Stone, Dr M. Eugènia Gras Pérez, Dr Carme Timoneda Gallart, Dr Maria Aymerich Andreu, Dr Sílvia Font Mayolas, Dr Mònica Cunill Olivas, Dr Rosa Suñer Soler

Tutors: Dr Montserrat Planes StoneDr M. Eugènia Gras PérezDr Carme Timoneda GallartDr Maria Aymerich AndreuDr Sílvia Font MayolasDr Mònica Cunill OlivasDr Rosa Suñer Soler

  • Sexual risk behaviours and prevention in the face of AIDS, other STIs and unwanted pregnancies
  • Risk and prevention behaviour of vehicle users and pedestrians
  • Substance addiction
  • Stress, pain and quality of life
  • Quality of life during ageing
  • Processes of loss and grief
  • Emotional changes and quality of life in people with chronic diseases

3. Subjectivities, discourses and contexts

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Teresa Cabruja Ubach, Dr. Pilar Albertín Carbó

Tutors: Dr. Pilar Albertín Carbó

  • Subjectivities, discursive practices and power relations in science, culture and everyday interactions.
  • Science, construction of difference and society
  • Ethnography: research on cultural practices and collective imaginaries (drug consumption, professional socialisation, gender violence and inequalities).
  • Women, victimology and penal system

4. Basic psychological processes and psychopathology

Potential doctoral-thesis research managers: Dr Esperança Villar Hoz, Dr Beatriz M. Caparrós Caparrós, Dr Francesc Sidera CaballeroDr Carles Rostán Sánchez

Tutors: Dr Beatriz M. Caparrós Caparrós, Dr Carles Rostán SánchezDr Esperança Villar Hoz, Dr Francesc Sidera Caballero

  • Human motivation and adaptation processes
  • Psychopathology in adults
  • Human communication and memory

5. Psychopathology in children and young people

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Ferran Viñas Poch

Tutors: Dr. Ferran Viñas Poch

  • Use and abuse of internet and mobile telephony
  • Personality and other psychological factors involved in the origin and maintenance of emotional and behavioural disorders

6.Ageing, Disability Culture and Health

Potential doctoral-thesis research managers: Dr Manuel de Gracia Blanco, Dr Mònica González Carrasco, Dr Maria Aymerich Andreu, Dr Pilar Monreal Bosch, Dr Arantza del Valle Gómez, Dr Santiago Perera Izquierdo, Dr Bernat C. Serdà Ferrer

Tutors: Dr Maria Aymerich AndreuDr Mònica González CarrascoDr Manuel de Gracia BlancoDr Pilar Monreal BoschDr Bernat C. Serdà Ferrer

  • Adaptation and validation of psychometric instruments in the area of ageing, disability and mental health
  • Psychological wellbeing and active and satisfactory ageing

7. Psychology and intervention

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Ferran Casas AznarDr. Sara Malo Cerrato,Dr. Carme Montserrat Boada

Tutors: Dr. Carme Montserrat BoadaDr. Sara Malo Cerrato

8. Childhood, youth and family

Potential doctoral thesis directors: Dr. Francesc Sidera Caballero, Dra. Marta Sadurní Brugué

Tutors: Dr. Francesc Sidera Caballero

Access

The Doctoral Programme in Psychology, Health and Quality of Life 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 www.udg.edu/doctorat/acces.

Admission criteria

Academic record (40%)

Previous experience in research (20%)

Previous scientific publications (20%)

Knowledge of languages (preferably English) (10%)

Suitability for the doctoral programme ascertained from a personal interview (10%)

To be accepted on to the doctoral programme in Psychology, Health and Quality of Life a favourable report is required from a programme tutor. Admission is conditional upon the availability of a director in relation to the subject of 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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Theses

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Compulsory training for doctoral students

Doctoral Programme in Psychology, Health and Quality of Life

Mandatory training:  20 hours of cross-disciplinary training

It is compulsory for doctoral students to take part in:

  • Workshop: Writing and publishing articles on Psychology, Education and Health

The rest of the cross-disciplinary teaching hours can be freely chosen from the courses offered by the School of Doctoral Studies, although the Academic Committee highly recommends attending:

  • Lecture:  The publication of the research in Educational Psychology and Sciences (within the framework of the Programme of Lectures on Publication Policy and Practice).
  • Lecture: Ethics of clinical and basic psychological research (within the framework of the Programme of Lectures about Best practice in research with animals and humans).

All the courses offered on the doctoral programme in this link

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Evaluation of the merits and minimum requirements for obtaining the mention of extraordinary doctoral award (Approved by the academic committee on 16 May 2017

1) Publications derived from the thesis:

  • For each article derived from the thesis published or accepted 2 points

2) Patents or knowledge transfer:

  • For each product registered (software, psychometric tests or similar) derived from the thesis.. 2 points
  • For each collaboration agreement related with the subject of the thesis.... 1 point

3) Impact of the research (derived from the thesis): The indexing of the journal and the quartile will be jointly appraised. In the event that a journal is indexed in the two databases indicated (JCR and SJR) only the highest of the two scores will be taken into account.

For each article:

  • JCR from quartile 1 ............... 4 points
  • JCR from quartile 2 ............... 3.5 points
  • JCR from quartile 3 ............... 3 points
  • JCR from quartile 4 ............... 2.5 points
  • SJR from quartile 1 ............... 3 points
  • SJR from quartile 2 ............... 2.5 points
  • SJR from quartile 3 ............... 2 points
  • SJR from quartile 4 ............... 1.5 points
  • Indexed in other databases... 1 point

4) Placements at higher education institutions or research centres

  • Placements of 3 months or longer.... 2 points
  • Placements of between one month and less than three months.... 1 point
  • Placements of less than one month ............ 0.5 points

5) Thesis with international mention

  • 2 points

In the event of a draw, the tribunal may give credit to a thesis’ completion within a shorter period of time.

Minimum requirements to obtain the mention of Extraordinary Award:

In order to obtain the extraordinary doctoral award mention, the student will need to haveat least one JCR article derived from the thesis published or accepted and have obtained a score of no less than 5 points in the appraisal of merits.

 

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Additional requirements

The regulations governing the teaching programmes of doctoral degrees at the University of Girona establish that the Academic Committees of each doctoral programme may establish requirements additional to those set out by the School of Doctoral Studies in the following cases:

  1. The Academic Committees will be able to establish requirements and criteria in addition to those provided for in article 3 for the selection and admission of students to the corresponding doctoral programme.
  2. The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme may establish additional requirements for becoming a thesis tutor.
  3. The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme may establish additional requirements for becoming a thesis director.
  4. The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme will be able to establish additional requirements for the authorisation to present a thesis in the form of compendium of publications.
  5. The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme may establish additional requirements for becoming a member of the thesis tribunal.
  6. The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme may establish additional requirements to award the mention "cum laude".

 

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Requirements for presenting the thesis as a compendium of publications

* Minimum of published or accepted articles: 2

* Requirements of the articles: One 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), in the Arts and Humanities Citation Index or in other databases of similar prestige.