Analytical Chemistry and the Environment

The PhD program in Analytical Chemistry and Environment at the Universitat de Barcelona provides a broad education in the field of Analytical Chemistry. The program covers a wealth of areas ranging from environmental studies to the development of analytical methods and techniques and data handling methodologies oriented to solve analytical problems connected with the fields of food science, bioanalysis and industrial applications. Grounded on the diversity of research lines and educational activities provided, the main objective of the program is preparing future quality graduates able to efficiently address analytical problems of interest for industry, administration and society and highly skilled to foster research, development and innovation actions within the research and professional communities.

The current PhD program started in the 2013/2014 academic year and was verified by the Agència per a la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Catalunya (09/2014), the Catalan quality agency. This program originated from the former PhD program in Environmental Analytical Chemistry, set under the Spanish regulations of RD1393/2007. The quality of the scientific outputs of the current program is in line with the solid history of scientific records associated with previous programs that were recognized by official national bodies with quality and excellence positive assessments, such as the Mención hacia la Excelencia MEE2011-0639 (BOE 20/10/2011).

The PhD program in Analytical Chemistry and Environment at the Universitat de Barcelona boasts the collaboration of diverse analytical chemistry and environmental chemistry research groups that mainly belong to the section of Analytical Chemistry from the department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Chemistry at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and to the department of Environmental Chemistry at the Institute of Environmental Diagnostic and Water Studies at CSIC (IDAEA-CSIC) in Barcelona. All the research groups in the program carry out research tasks funded by competitive research projects. The research carried out by groups from the section of Analytical Chemistry at UB can be found here, as well as the research performed by research groups from IDAEA-CSIC.

You may find more information at web page of the Faculty of Chemistry here.

The doctor's degree represents the highest academic distinction that a person can obtain in their training, empowering the person who holds it for university teaching and research.

According to RD 1393/2007, the doctoral studies have the purpose of the advanced training of the student in the research techniques, incorporating courses, seminars and other activities oriented to the research training. The Doctorate includes the preparation and presentation of the corresponding doctoral thesis, consisting of an original research work. The passing of these studies gives the right to obtain the title of Doctor or Doctor.

Access to doctoral studies is currently carried out in accordance with the criteria of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), which implies taking a doctoral program, requires an official master's degree or equivalent, An organized research period, which ends with the reading and defense of the corresponding thesis. Throughout this period, the PhD student becomes part of one of the lines of research of the program, under the direction of a professor who is the maximum responsible for the student's training activities and the research to be carried out and a tutor who is responsible for ensuring the interaction of the doctoral student with the Academic Committee.

The PhD program in Analytical Chemistry and Environment at the Universitat de Barcelona provides a broad education in the field of Analytical Chemistry. The program covers a wealth of areas ranging from environmental studies to the development of analytical methods and techniques and data handling methodologies oriented to solve analytical problems connected with the fields of food science, bioanalysis and industrial applications. In this context, the main objective of the program is providing a complete and interdisciplinary education to prepare highly skilled graduates able to foster research, development and innovation actions within the research and professional communities.

In this document you will find a list of the lines of research that integrate the researchers of the Doctorate program.

The access to doctoral studies, understood as the accomplishment of a Doctoral Thesis, must be done through the route regulated by the decrees RD 1393/2007 and RD 99/2011, that already is adapted to the criteria of convergence European.

In the case of people with official Spanish qualifications or issued by higher education institutions of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), it is necessary to be in possession of a degree, or equivalent or approved, and to fulfill one of these requirements:

  1. To be in possession of an official university master's degree or another of the same level issued by a higher education institution of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and that authorize the country issuing the title for access to doctoral studies.
  2. Have surpassed 60 credits included in one or several university master's degrees that configure the period of training of the doctoral studies to which the student wishes to access.
  3. Be in possession of a bachelor's degree, whose duration, in accordance with the rule of community law, is at least 300 credits.
  4. To be in possession of the research sufficiency in accordance with what is available in RD 778/1998 and RD 185/1985.


In the case of people with qualifications issued by institutions of higher education outside the European Higher Education Area, prior to admission to studies, students will be in possession of a bachelor's degree, or equivalent, and fulfill the following requirements:

  1. To be in possession of a master's degree or equivalent issued in accordance with an educational system other than the EHEA, without having to approve it, and that it authorizes in the country in which the degree has been issued to access the studies of doctorate
  2. Favorable resolution of authorization to access doctoral studies issued by the rector of the UB, or the body to which he delegates, after verifying that the degree certifies a level of education equivalent to the corresponding Spanish Master's degree.

Admission periods

The University of Barcelona establishes two periods, autumn and spring, to access Doctoral Programs, which usually coincide with the months of October and March respectively, For more detailed information, see the registration calendar.

Application for admission to the Doctorate Program contact a researcher attached to the research lines of the program to act

Given the nature of PhD studies in Analytical Chemistry, it is recommended that any candidate contact a researcher attached to the research lines of the program to act as Director of his Thesis, who accepts it to his group and who Provide the essential funding to carry out the research task. If you do not find any of them, you must contact the President of the Doctorate Studies Committee.

Once the approval of one of our researchers is available, the assignment document of the Thesis director (link to the .doc file) must be submitted duly filled out and signed to the coordinator of the PhD program of Analytical Chemistry and Environment.

Once the thesis director assignment document has been submitted, the corresponding documentation for the Chair of the Doctorate Studies Committee must be presented, if the Master's studies have been carried out in Spain or in any other country of the University, European Higher Education Area, EHEA, or the Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry, if these studies have been carried out in any other country.

If the applicant's training is not suitable for confronting a Doctoral Thesis in Analytical Chemistry with normality, the Doctoral Studies Committee has the power to condition admission to the Program for the completion of training complements. For more information, consult the regulations for access and admission to the Doctorate Programs of the University of Barcelona.

The documentation to be presented to be admitted to the Doctoral Program depends on the situation of the applicant.

For more information, go to the website of the Secretariat of the Faculty of Chemistry.

The responsibility to coordinate the Doctorate program belongs to:

    Dra. Cristina Ariño

    Despatx 3.08, Secció Departamental de Química Analítica

    3a planta de l'edifici de la Facultat de Química

    Martí i Franqués 1-11, E-08028 Barcelona (Catalunya, Espanya)

    Tel: 93 402 15 45, Fax: 93 402 12 33

Secretary of the Departmental Section of Analytical Chemistry

    Sra. Marta Valls

    3a planta de l'edifici de la Facultat de Química

    Martí i Franqués 1-11, E-08028 Barcelona (Catalunya, Espanya)

    Tel: 93 402 12 76, Fax: 93 402 12 33

Secretary of students and teaching (3rd cycle)

    Planta baixa de l'edifici de la Facultat de Química

    Martí i Franqués 1-11, E-08028 Barcelona (Catalunya, Espanya)

    Tel: 93 402 12 01

    E-mail: postgrau.quimica@ub.edu; manoli.mora@ub.edu

    Web page

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