Take your Doctoral Program online in Knowledge Society

The PhD Program in Knowledge Society and Action in the Fields of Education, Communication, Rights, and New Technologies aims to stimulate the capacity to produce new scientific knowledge of international relevance and quality in researchers in the area of Social Sciences.

This program is aimed at candidates who want to deepen their research skills in the areas of Education, Communication, Psychosocial Intervention, Law, and Educational Technology.

Students will be able to develop original scientific work under the advice and direction of a researcher with a recognized career in one of these areas.

Why a Doctoral Program in Knowledge Society and Action in the fields of Education, Communication, Rights and New Technologies at EDUNIR?

This PhD program aims to cover the following needs:

  • To stimulate the development of new researchers capable of detecting the problems characteristic of today's knowledge society so that they are able to analyze the phenomena affecting education, communication, rights, and new technologies with sufficient scientific rigor.
  • Integrate these researchers into consolidated work teams of proven scientific solvency.
  • Contribute to the training of new higher education teachers in the different disciplines covered by this program.
  • Provide the knowledge and stimulate the skills necessary for the professional development of teaching-oriented postgraduates.
  • Research in these disciplines.
  • Guide researchers capable of working autonomously and collaboratively in analysis and study, from a basic and applied perspective, of the fundamental themes of the different lines contemplated in the program.
  • Specifically, those who achieve the doctorate degree awarded by this program will respond to the following graduation profile, so that they will be able to identify the limits of knowledge on a specific aspect, knowing the state of the situation and recognizing possible ways forward in which to make significant and original contributions.
  • Know the relevant theoretical frameworks and as well as  methods and techniques for carrying out scientific research.
  • Carry out research tasks in Higher Education Institutions and Research Centers.
  • Know the criteria and scales of evaluation of scientific and curricular production in the national system of science and technology.
  • Identify current problems, both scientific and social, and establish a basis for their resolution.
  • Systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of research skills and methods related to that field.
  • Ability to conceive, design or create, implement, and adopt a substantial research or creation process.
  • Ability to contribute to the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge through original research.
  • Ability to carry out critical analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of new and complex ideas
  • Ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community, and with society in general, about their fields of knowledge in line with the methodology, terminology, and languages commonly used in their international scientific community.
  • Ability to promote, in both academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural progress within a knowledge-based society.
  • Be able to operate in contexts where there is little specific information.
  • Find the key questions that need to be answered in order to solve a complex problem.
  • Design, create, develop, and undertake new and innovative projects in their field of knowledge.
  • Work both as a team and autonomously in an international or multidisciplinary context.
  • Integrate knowledge, deal with complexity, and make judgements with limited information.
  • Critical analysis of the proposed solutions and argumentative ability for their intellectual defense.

Lines of Research

All thesis proposals must follow one of the lines of research detailed here:

  • The search for human fulfillment and the interaction between imparted skills and competencies developed.
  • The individual good, one's own good, and the common good: The psychosocial dimension of the human being and the struggle for a society of solidarity and decency.
  • The promotion of the basic elements of human dignity and the functions of law. The anthropological foundations of human rights and the legitimacy of democratic legality.
  • From homogeneous society to social pluralism. The forms of multiculturalism and interculturality. Personal identities and social cohesion.
  • Communication theory and its impact on the understanding and articulation of all things social and on the structuring of educational action.
  • The contents of mass communication and social networks. Information, entertainment and persuasion.
  • Neurolinguistics applied to education and the processing of written and oral texts.
  • Ethical dimensions in teaching action.
  • Emerging technologies, communication, and education.
  • Intervention to facilitate educational success: The new personalized didactic strategies.

Income Profile

This PhD program is aimed at graduates in the area of Social Sciences, especially in the fields of Education, Communication, Law, and Social Intervention. However, research proposals focused on educational uses of technology will also be accepted. PhD students are expected to show the commitment required for a task of the magnitude and relevance of writing a quality doctoral thesis in a limited time.

Graduation Profile

Graduates of the PhD program will be able to:

  • Identify the limits of knowledge on a specific topic, knowing the state of the issue and recognizing possible ways forward in which to make significant and innovative contributions.
  • Know the relevant and significant theoretical frameworks as well as the relevant methods and techniques for carrying out scientific research.
  • Carry out research tasks in Higher Education Institutions and Research Centers.
  • Know the criteria and scales of evaluation of scientific and curricular production in the national system of science and technology.
  • Identify real problems, both scientific and social, and establish a basis for their resolution.

Students with special needs needs due to disabilities

EDUNIR offers its students Academic Guidance Service (SOA) and Special Needs Service (SANNEE). These services allow for the development of supports and activities suitable for students with special needs.

SANNEE carries out an interview and a personalized assessment of each student in the first year of studies to diagnose their specific needs. To guarantee equal opportunities for all, SANNEE provides access to adapted materials and exams and also has information related to scholarships, grants, state support, etc.

Contact Us

E-mail: necesidadesespeciales@unir.net
Contact: Pilar Rodríguez
Telephone: 941 210 211


Since EDUNIR has relationships with other international institutions, it facilitates the mobility of students interested in the various academic cooperation programs. On the other hand, it also processes applications for mobility grants to promote the exchange of foreign students, teachers, and technicians who come to EDUNIR.

If you are interested in studying while gaining professional experience and training, you can enquire about Erasmus+ programs and grants, an opportunity to study abroad in any of the 28 countries that make up the European Union. If you study at another university and want to study in EDUNIR with Erasmus, that is also possible.

Contact and Advising

International University of La Rioja
International Mobility Office
Av. de la Paz, 137, 26006 Logroño, La Rioja

Email: mobility.office@unir.net

Documentation Related to the Degree

Specific Documentation

Degree Quality


Those interested in pursuing a doctoral program should fill out the application form. A personal advisor will contact them to verify that they meet all the requirements and continue with the process.


  • Start date for applications: May 3, 2021
  • Deadline for applications: 30 September 2021
  • Evaluation: 1-15 October 2021
  • Communication of the agreements of the Academic Commission: before 23 October 2021
  • Registration: 25-31 October 2021


The registration fees for the training complements and the doctorate program vary depending on the modality chosen: full-time or part-time, the consequences of which are described in Royal Decree 99/2011.

The registration fee for the training complements will be 1,600 For full-time students, the following annual payments are contemplated

  • 1st course: 6,000€
  • 2nd course: 5,000€
  • 3rd course: 3,000€
  • 4th course: 2,000€
  • 5th course: 1,200€

Students who follow this modality and who present their doctoral thesis at the end of the third year, as desired by the aforementioned Royal Decree, will be exempt from the payments for the subsequent years.

For part-time students, the annual payments are as follows:

  • 1st course: 6,000€
  • 2nd course: 4,000 euros€
  • 3rd course: 2,000€
  • 4th course: 2,000€
  • 5th course: 1,200€

Students who follow this modality and who present their doctoral thesis at the end of the fourth year, as desired by the aforementioned Royal Decree, will be exempt from the payments for the subsequent years.


UNIR alumni, regardless of the course they have studied at our university, will enjoy a 25% discount.

UNIR employees can take advantage of the scholarship policy detailed in this link: https://static.unir.net/edunir/documentos/Politica-becas-empleados_20-21.pdf

Application for admission

Those who are interested in accessing this doctoral program should fill out the application form that appears in the tab "Forms" and send it within the stipulated time to the email address oficinadoctorado@unir.net along with the following documents:

  • Copy of the official university degrees you have (degree + master's, or equivalent).
  • Copy of Personal Academic Certificate (transcript) of your university studies.
  • Any other document that you consider appropriate for the evaluation of your CV (Diploma of advanced studies, publications in magazines, seminars, etc.)
  • Copy of certificate proving level B1 or higher in a foreign language
  • Doctoral research proposal. This proposal, of about 3000-4000 words in length, should state the following points:

    - Approximate title of the doctoral research you wish to initiate.
    - Objectives of the doctoral research: What do you want to analyze? What will be the object of the study?
    - Previous knowledge of the subject: Write a brief introduction to the subject of study using the most relevant bibliography you know, trying to avoid popular works. Have you published anything previously on this subject? Have you participated in any scientific meetings on the subject?
    - Methodology: What methods do you plan to use in your research? Have you used them previously? Do you know their advantages and disadvantages? What materials/tools do you think it will be necessary to use? Do you have access to these materials/tools?
    - Interest of the topic in the international scientific field: Does the topic have a merely local interest, or does it have a more general interest? Why do you think your topic might interest other colleagues or researchers? What exactly would your work contribute to what is already known about the topic? What lines of research can you draw from your thesis?

Additional Training

The Academic Committee will study the case of each doctoral student and, depending on the nature of the subjects studied and the skills acquired in the various undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, will determine the additional training that each of these students must pass.

Entry requirements

Students who wish to access this PhD program must pass an admission test to ensure the following points:

  • Demonstrate sufficient knowledge and familiarity with scientific methods of research initiation in the social sciences and, where appropriate, in educational technology.
  • Students whose language is not Spanish must also demonstrate the knowledge required to reach at least level B2 in the Spanish language. In this respect, they may either accredit an official qualification as indicated in this document or pass a level test for this purpose. The aim is to ensure that doctoral students are able to understand and assimilate the main international scientific literature on the main topics and debates within their field of study.
  • Candidates must also have a knowledge of at least level B1 of one of the following languages: English, French, German or Italian. See the certificates that can be used to certify level B1.

For Spanish and EHEA Students

Candidates for the EDUNIR PhD program must meet at least one of the following requirements set out in Royal Decree 99/2011 of 28 January, as amended by Royal Decree 195/2016 of 3 June 2016:

  • Be in possession of an official Spanish degree, or equivalent, and a university level master's degree, which qualifies you to register for the PhD program. Any master's degree meeting these characteristics (i.e. those officially approved by ANECA) will be considered.
  • Hold an official university degree from the European Higher Education Area, which qualifies you for access to a master's degree in accordance with the provisions of Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007 of 29 October 2007, and have passed a minimum of 300 credits in all official university studies, of which at least 60 must be at master's level.
  • Be in possession of an official Spanish bachelor's degree, the duration of which, in accordance with community rules, is at least 300 credits.
  • Be in possession of an official university degree that has obtained the correspondence to level 3 of the Spanish Framework of Qualifications for Higher Education, according to the procedure established in the Royal Decree 967/2014, of November 21. This Decree establishes the requirements and procedure for the homologation and declaration of equivalence to official university qualifications and for the validation of foreign higher education studies, and the procedure to determine the correspondence to the levels of the Spanish Framework of Qualifications for Higher Education of the official qualifications of architect, engineer, graduate, technical architect, technical engineer, and diploma holder.
  • Be in possession of another Spanish PhD obtained in accordance with previous university regulations.
  • Be in possession of the Diploma of Advanced Studies obtained in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 778/1998 of 30 April.
  • To have reached a suffienct level of research as regulated in the Royal Decree 185/1985, of January 23.

For Students from Countries Outside the EHEA

The program is open to all students who hold a qualification obtained under foreign educational systems, without the need for official approval. To this end, the university will check that the degree has been obtained:

  1. Accredit a level of training equivalent to that of an official Spanish university master's degree.
  2. Be authorized to access doctoral studies in the issuing country.

These two requirements must be met simultaneously. That is to say: EDUNIR will not admit students who have a level of training equivalent to a university master's degree but which does not entitle them to access a doctorate (that is to say, exclusively professional master's degrees and similar qualifications).

EDUNIR will verify the information provided by the student, and, if needed, will request the necessary documentation to verify that the degree meets the aforementioned requirements.

The fact of being admitted will not, in any case whatsoever, as expressly detailed in the applicable regulations, imply the homologation of the previous degree held by the interested party or its recognition for purposes other than access to doctoral studies.

Activities to Train Yourself

Before submitting the thesis, training activities (i.e., seminars) must be carried out, totalling at least 100 hours. Of these 100 hours, 40 must correspond to the only compulsory activity (the seminar "Academic and Research Writing"), which must be taken during the first year. The rest of the hours will be distributed, with the advice of the tutor, among the rest of the seminars, each of which will count as 25 hours at the end of the 100 hour minimum. The hours corresponding to each seminar will be counted if their respective activities are approved.

It should be kept in mind that the 100 hours required for training activities are the minimum requirement for submitting the thesis, so there is no problem in taking more hours by participating in as many seminars as you wish; in fact, it is considered highly advisable to take part in at least 140 hours of training activities.

The seminars offered in this PhD program are the following:

Seminar and professor

Academic and research writing - Rafael Repiso

Elements for the presentation and evaluation of scientific works - José María Ariso

Design, construction and validation of information collection instruments - Enrique Navarro

Search for bibliographic information for the doctoral thesis - Elías Said

Fundamentals for data analysis - José Manuel García

Mixed research techniques: sociometry - Sergio Arce

Advanced statistics: Application of hierarchical models - Luis Lizasoain

Current problems in education policy - Juan Alfredo Jiménez

Codes of ethics in social sciences and theirfoundations - Juan José García Norro

The basic and professional competence curriculum - Jaume Sarramona

Management and maintenance of the academic digital identity - Jesús Díaz del Campo

New ways of working in the information society: risks, challenges and opportunities - Guillermo García

Internet risks in adolescents and young people: pending and future challenges - Joaquín González

Teaching in the cinema and its influence on the social image of the profession - Josefina Vázquez

Neuroscience and Education - Víctor Santiuste

How to raise the state of the art in the doctoral thesis - Julio Montero

Our Professors

The teaching staff for this degree is made up of professors who are experts in each subject they teach. They are active professionals with significant work recognition, who share their knowledge continuously. In addition, they take care of the quality of teaching and undergo continuous internal quality controls to ensure that they meet the required standards.

EDUNIR Faculty

José María Vázquez García-Peñuela

Rector of UNIR; Dr. of Law and Canon Law

José Antonio Ibáñez-Martín Mellado

Professor; Vice-Rector of Doctorates; Dr. of Philosophy; awards in teaching and literature

José María Ariso Salgado

Secretary of the Doctoral School; Professor; Dr. in Philosophy; specialist in educational philosophy

Julio Montero Díaz

Professor; Professor; Vice-Rector for Research

Rafael Repiso Caballero

Professor; Dr. of Documentation; scientific models for research in advertising and journalism

Elias Said Hung

Dr. in Information Sciences; sociologist, specialist in Applied Social Research

Jesús Díaz del Campo

Professor; Director of Research; Secretary of the Research Ethics Committee

Guillermo García González

Professor; Dr. in Law; Graduate in Law, Political Science and Labour Sciences

Victor Santiuste Bermejo

Professor of Evolutionary Psychology and Education; researches special education, learning difficulties

Joaquín Manuel González Cabrera

Professor; PhD in Social Psychology and Methodology of Behavioral Sciences

Sergio Enrique Arce García

Professor; PhD in Humanities and Communication; Industrial Hygiene Internship Coordinator

Esteban López-Escobar Fernández

Professor; PhD in Law; Degree in Journalism, Information Science; Interest in communication in general

Javier Tourón

Professor; PhD in Biological Sciences and Educational Sciences; researches high abilities/talents in young people

Jaume Sarramona López

Professor; doctor; researches pedagogy, distance learning, educational system, job training

Delia Arroyo Resino

Professor; PhD in Education; Master in Pedagogy and Methodology of Behavioral Sciences

Visiting Professors

Luis Lizasoain Hernández

Professor of Research Methods in Education at the University of the Basque Country and several other institutions

Enrique Navarro Asencio

Assistant Professor at Complutense University of Madrid; PhD in Education Sciences

Francisco José Segado Boj

PhD Assistant Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid; PhD in Communication

Juan José García Norro

Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid; PhD in Philosophy and Educational Sciences

Juan Alfredo Jiménez Eguizábal

Professor at the University of Burgos; Dr. in Philosophy and Educational Sciences

Miguel Rodríguez Blanco

Professor of Ecclesiastical Law at the University of Alcalá

Josefina Vázquez Arco

Professor at the University of Salzburg; Romanesque Studies

José Manuel García Moreno

Professor of Sociology at the University of Málaga

Functions and requirements

Doctoral students will be accompanied at all times by a Director and a Tutor Doctoral Professor (different from the UNIR tutor, who will advise on all matters relating to technical and administrative issues). In some cases, the figures of the Director and the Tutor Doctoral Professor will be the same person. Depending on the nature of the thesis, one or two Co-Directors will also be appointed. The functions of each of these positions and the requirements to be fulfilled by the professors to whom these positions are assigned are detailed below.

Thesis Director


The thesis supervisor will regularly supervise the monitoring of the research activity carried out by the PhD student, providing the necessary guidance and advice and ensuring that the student develops his/her initiative and achieves autonomy in the research task.

Within our Doctoral School no more than four theses may be supervised simultaneously.


Thesis directors must meet at least one of these requirements:

a) Be a member of the civil servant corps of University Professor or University Lecturer.

b) To have been accredited as a Hired Doctoral Professor or Professor at a Private University.

c) Accredit a research period of no less than two years, with no less than two highly prestigious publications, according to the criteria of the CNEAI.

d) To have directed an R+D+I project with public funding obtained through public tender, national or foreign.

e) To have a six-year research period recognized.



According to RD 99/2011: "The thesis may be co-directed by other doctors when there are reasons of an academic nature, such as thematic interdisciplinarity or programmes developed in national or international collaboration, with the prior authorisation of the academic committee". On this basis, the Co-director will exercise a task of supervision, guidance and advice complementary to that of the Director.

Within our Doctoral School, no more than six theses may be co-directed simultaneously.


In order to be appointed Co-Director it is sufficient to hold the title of Doctor, in addition to which it will be necessary to demonstrate the convenience of having a Co-Director with the characteristics of the proposed one in the corresponding thesis.

Professor Doctor Tutor


  • First and foremost, to ensure that within a maximum period of six months from enrolment, the PhD student submits a proposal for the title and basic lines of his/her doctoral thesis, with the agreement of the person proposed as thesis supervisor (in the case of a person other than the Tutor). The Academic Committee will give an opinion on this proposal within a maximum period of one month;
  • The proposal to the doctoral student of training activities, as well as their monitoring and control in the document of the doctoral student's activities;
  • The proposal to the doctoral student of training activities, as well as their monitoring and control in the document of the doctoral student's activities;
  • Send the doctoral student's (updated) activity document to the Academic Committee every September;
  • Ensure the interaction of the doctoral student with the secretary of the programme.

Within our Doctoral School, no more than seven doctoral students may be tutored at the same time.


To be appointed as Tutor Doctoral Professor it is sufficient to hold the title of Doctor.

Applications & Forms

Below are the links to download the various documents that directors, co-directors, tutors, and PhD students themselves may require throughout the doctoral thesis process:

Request information

One of our advisors will contact you to answer your questions and provide any information you need.