Doctoral programme of the UPF Doctoral School, governed by Royal Decree 99/2011
The doctoral programme is the last step of postgraduate studies in economics, finance and management.
The purpose of the doctoral programme is to prepare students with exceptional talent for careers in research and teaching at the world's leading academic institutions, research centres, consulting and financial firms, and international organizations. It is therefore oriented toward developing students' research skills and independence of thought. The programme is a partner in theEuropean Doctoral Program (EDP) in Quantitative Economics, a joint initiative by the Department of Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, the London School of Economics, the European University Institute (Florence), the Université Catholique de Louvain, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciencies Sociales (Paris) and the Universität Bonn.
In order to be admitted to the PhD Programme, candidates must provide accreditation that they have obtained anundergraduate degree (Bachelor degree or recognised equivalent degree from an accredited institution of Higher Education).
Moreover, they have to prove that they have obtained or are in position to obtain an accredited graduate/master's degree (equivalent to a Spanish Master Universitario/Oficial). This must be a clearly research oriented master in the fields of economics, finance or management.
In order to access to a doctoral programme at UPF, you need to have completed 300 ECTS credits, 60 of those have to correspond to an official graduate, research orientated master's programme. Students holding one of the following degrees are not required to have completed a Master’s degree:
Spanish DEA (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados) according to RD 778/1998
Suficiencia Investigadora according to RD185/1985
undergraduate degree of 300 ECTS credits (such as Medicine...)
undergraduate degrees with the equivalence to MECES level 3, according to RD 697/2014
Mandatory documents to be submitted
A photocopy of the official final undergraduate transcript. (If the academic transcript is not written in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese or Italian, you will also have to include the respective sworn translation in English, Catalan or Spanish).
If the Master's degree has been completed before the application is filed, the following documents should be sent:
A photocopy of the graduate/master's degree/diploma or Certification/proof of degree completion.
A photocopy of the official final graduate/master's transcript .
However, if the graduate/master's studies have not been completed before filing the application, the following documents will be needed:
A photocopy of the provisional graduate/master's transcript. If the diploma or the academic transcript are not written in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese or Italian, you will also have to include the respective sworn translations in English, Catalan or Spanish).
A Research Proposal: this should be a concise statement of issues of interests: importance, history, and candidate's approach- less than 2 typed pages
Two academic reference letters: Letters must be sent directly by recommenders.
Proof of knowledge of the English language: This requirement can be waived if the master degree was obtained in English.