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.
This PhD program aims to cover the following needs:
All thesis proposals must follow one of the lines of research detailed here:
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.
Graduates of the PhD program will be able to:
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: 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.
International University of La Rioja
International Mobility Office
Av. de la Paz, 137, 26006 Logroño, La Rioja
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.
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
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:
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org along with the following documents:
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.
Students who wish to access this PhD program must pass an admission test to ensure the following points:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
One of our advisors will contact you to answer your questions and provide any information you need.