“The University of Barcelona (UB) offers you the opportunity to undertake research in a wide range of fields of economics taking part of an international PhD programme in the vibrant city of Barcelona. The PhD in Economics programme is one of only a handful of programmes in Spain to have received the Ministry of Education’s quality award for research excellence.
We offer an active and stimulating environment organizing weekly research seminars, PhD students’ seminars, workshops, conferences, courses and research activities in which students are invited to participate.
The programme prepares PhD students for the academic job market. Former PhD students have been placed in academic research institutions in the US and Europe (LSE, University of Sussex, University of Warwick, Northwestern University, Heidelberg University…) as well as international organizations and governmental institutions.”
Academic requirements, different admission pathways are available:
The research period consists on the completion of a Doctoral thesis on one of these fields of research under the supervision of some faculty members. The standard PhD full time takes an average of a minimum of three years although you do not have to carry out a full-time research. If you would prefer to do a part-time PhD, we would allow you to register as a part-time student, which takes an average of a minimum of five years.
Every PhD student has a monitoring committee that evaluates the initial Research Plan and its progress in an annual basis until the reading and defense of the Doctoral thesis.
You can find the detailed structure of the PhD programme below:
Following the regulation of the PhD program of the University of Barcelona, before ending the first academic year, each student has to present his/her own Research Plan.
The student has to write the Research Plan and to present it in front of a Commission
Research Plan: The document
The document has to detail:
Name of the student, PhD supervisor/s and Title of the PhD
Motivation of the research and contribution to the literature
Objectives of the Thesis
Methodological approach and databases
Structure of the Thesis (number of chapters and contents)
Main bibliographical references
Work plan (schedule) of the research (detailing the calendar for the development of each part/chapter of the Thesis)
The text has to have an extension between 3.000-5.000 words (without the bibliographical references) and has to be written in English.
Research Plan: The public presentation
The public presentation of the Research Plans of all the students in front of an evaluating Commission. Each student will have 10 minutes for the presentation. The presentation has to be in English.
RESEARCH PLAN MONITORING AND EVALUATION
From the 2nd academic year, the PhD Commission evaluates the progress of the Research Plan and other Complementary Activities.
The Academic PhD Commission has decided that the evaluation of the Progress of your PhD will have 2 parts:
A written Progress Report
The progress of the PhD Thesis (written in a report) has to be evaluated by your thesis committee. In April, students will receive the detailed procedure information.
The report should contain the following sections (comprising a maximum of 1,500 words):
STATE of advancement of the research tasks foreseen in the doctoral thesis Project.
CONTRIBUTIONS achieved with the research and the most significant results produced to date.
EXTERNAL EVALUATIONS of different parts of the research: presentations in congresses, seminars, workshops, publications in collections of working documents, reviews,…
SCHEDULE of the research and its expected contributions.
The report has to be submitted annually. In April the students will receive the detailed information procedure.
A public presentation of one or more of your papers
The PhD comission organizes a Doctoral Day in which students will be invited to present a paper of their PhD Thesis. This activity is celebrated in December and is accesible to all PhD students in Economics.
Commission: 3 members of the Faculty. Each student will have a discussant.
Full-time students: In December of the second academic year.
Part-time students: In December of the third academic year. If you are interested in presenting your paper in the second academic year, you should contact with the PhD in Economics director.
In June, the students will receive the detailed information procedure.
During the research period of the PhD in Economics, students write a doctoral thesis: it is an original piece of research assessed by an examination panel comprised of researchers with doctorates and proven research experience. The aim of this document is to guide doctoral students in the last stage of writing the doctoral thesis. It describes basic formatting requirements and the administrative procedure for submitting and defending a thesis.
Each year the PhD student has to fill out the “Document of activities”. In this document the PhD student lists the research activities done during the academic year. The PhD Commission will evaluate this document in June.
The PhD Commission suggests the following activities:
Attendance to research seminars at the Faculty of Economic and Business
The research groups of the Faculty offer a series of periodical seminars. To complete this activity the PhD student has to attend a minimum of:
Full time student: 20 seminars/academic year
Part time student: 12 seminars/academic curs
You will be able to register the attendances in the seminar register document. At the same time, you will receive the UB Economics newsletter with the seminars offered in the Faculty and you can also find updated information about these activities at the UB Economics website.
In December, the University celebrates a Doctoral Day in which students will be invited to present a paper of their PhD Thesis. This activity is accesible to all PhD students in their 2nd academic year and the followings.
For students belonging to the research groups of the Faculty organizing similar activities, the PhD Commission will also recognize them.
Job market session
In this session it will be explained how the Job Market in Economics works and some Post Doctoral fellows of our Faculty will explain their experiences. This activity is specially designed for PhD students in the last academic years.
On April the 1st 2014 took place the ‘Job Market Information Session’ at the UB Faculty of Economics and Business. The session presentations were given by:
The session also included the participation of Marta Curto, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Heidelberg. The informative talk was opened to all PhD Students, specially for PhD students who are considering to defend their thesis dissertation along the next year.
During the academic year, and depending on the demand, the PhD Commission could offer some specific courses.
The PhD Commission will recognize other activities done by PhD students such as presenting papers or attending Seminars, Conferences of Workshops, attending specialized courses, publishing working papers or visiting other universities or research institutions.
[January 2d – June 15th]
[April 30th / June 15th / July 15th]
[Until July 15th]
[September & October]
In order to submit your application you should fill the online application form (APPLY NOW). Here you will include all the necessary information to be academically evaluated by the PhD Commission.
The PhD in Economics programme typically receives over 150 applications and admits between 12 and 15 students each year. Consequently we encourage candidates to apply as early as possible.
IMPORTANT: In case of being academically admitted (STEP 2) we will inform you about the following steps.
The annual tuition academic fees for this academic year 2014/2015 are 540,92€. In addition, students with an international degree should pay 218,15€ during the enrolment period. Finally, the cost of the thesis defense is 156,87€.
In this sense, the total amount of the PhD’s fees according this academic year (at minimum):
Full-time PhD (3 years): 1.779,63€
Part-time PhD (5 years): 2.861,47€
FIRST STEP: Check out the scholarships call schedule HERE.
*Last year calls
You can find information at the University of Barcelona’s website.
MOBILITY GRANTS FOR PhD STUDENTS
Fundació Montcelimar – Universitat de Barcelona Mobility Grants. Deadline for applications: March 13th 2015
Inves 2015 Research Grants, Fundació Banc Sabadell. Deadline for applications: March 1st 2015.
Mobility grants between institutions related to AUIP (Postgraduate Iberoamerican University Association). Deadline for applications: March 31st 2015 for stays as of July – December 2015
BEI – Banco Santander - Loans for postgraduate studies