Application deadline: June 28th, 2013
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 36 months
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Catalan
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
Project type: Open
Educational Form: Academic

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The doctoral programme in Law at Pompeu Fabra University offers interdisciplinary training in the legal sciences, in order to prepare and defend a doctoral thesis. The programme has received a mention of excellence (2011), complies with Royal Decree 99/2011 within the Doctorate School of Pompeu Fabra University, and includes the experience obtained from over two decades of education, with forty-six theses read in the last five years, supervised by scholars from various Research groups within the Department.

UPF master's degrees that can be taken prior to this doctorate

* Advanced Master in Legal Sciences
* Master in Criminology and Criminal Justice System

Training objectives

The doctoral studies in law include the preparation and presentation of the doctoral thesis, which consists of original research in the field of legal sciences, and a prior training period involving courses of lectures and research seminars.
The programme aims to train researchers in the legal sciences based on the study of research concepts and methodologies within the various legal areas and disciplines. The objective of the programme is for doctoral students to acquire and develop broad and thorough competences in the various methodological and analytical skills, enabling them to carry out high quality research. A further goal is the acquisition of skills allowing doctoral students to participate successfully in the various forums where they set out the results of their research work.


Academic contents

A total of three seminar lectures will be organized during the first term of the first year. These seminars will be taught by internationally renowned lecturers. A methodological seminar will also be scheduled.
Students must present a paper between 25 and 35 pages long at the end of the course on the content and method involved in their thesis project.
Students will be provided with all the information on seminars and other training activities organized by the Department and Research Groups during the academic year.
For more information about the 2014-2015 academic year, please consult the Department's website at Law Department website.

Lines of research of the doctorate

The Doctorate in Law at Pompeu Fabra University includes various research lines by the groups established in the Department of Law. These lines are:

* Administrative law
* Civil law
* Constitutional law
* Spanish ecclesiastical law
* Financial and tax law
* History of law
* Private international law
* International law and international relations
* Commercial law
* Criminal law
* Procedural law
* Roman law
* Employment and social security law
* Legal philosophy

Competences that must be demonstrated at the end of the programme

On completing the doctorate course, candidates must be able to:

* Achieve a level of competence that includes knowledge and analysis of law as a whole or the different regulatory areas within it.
* Undertake a critical analysis, an evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas in the field of law.
* Design and carry out correctly an academic research project in the field of law.
* Thoroughly apply the research methods used in the legal sciences to the specific area of law that is being studied.
* Consider and resolve problems applied to law from the theoretical and methodological perspective.
* Make a contribution by means of original research that extends the frontiers of knowledge of law with the development of a substantial corpus, of which all or part or merits national or international publication.
* In academic and professional contexts, foster progress in the knowledge of law in its theoretical and practical aspects in a knowledge-based society.


In order to be admitted toLaw PhD Programme offered by UPF, candidates must provide accreditation that they have obtained an accreditedundergraduate degree(Bachelor degree or recognised equivalent degree from an accredited Higher Education Institution).

Moreover, they have to proof that they have obtained or are in position to obtain an accredited graduate/master's degree(equivalent to a Spanish Master Universitario/Oficial, Master's of Research.... ) which enables them to access a Phd programme in their home country.

In order to access 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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 90


Grants or scholarships specific to the doctorate
Mobility and pre-doctoral grants in competitive, public, European, national and autonomous regional calls

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