The Doctorate in Communication, Languages and Information offered by the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana is an advanced research platform, of inter and transdisciplinary nature, at the confluence of communication, languages and information.

Three areas of work feed the program: Communication, Languages and Interculturality; Information, Technology and Society and Sociohistorical Studies of Media, Communication and Languages.

It addresses problems of great complexity and social relevance, underlying a society highly mediated by technology and the deep imbrication of communication, languages and information with cultural diversity, from a critical and historical perspective. It offers a solid and diverse training in contemporary research methodologies in the social sciences. It contemplates the modality of doctoral thesis in investigation-creation.

General information

  • Degree awarded: Doctor in Communication, Languages and Information.
  • Face-to-face modality.
  • SNIES: 107417
  • Estimated duration: Eight (8) semesters.
  • Qualified registry resolution: 013615 of August 15, 2018, valid until August 15, 2025
  • Registration fee: $ 14,690,000 / Semester *
  • Type of training: Postgraduate
  • Place where it is offered: Bogotá DC

* The registration value corresponds to the cost per period fixed for the year 2019.


The Doctorate in Communication, Languages and Information seeks to promote and strengthen the research and scientific spirit of its students, foster their proactive autonomy and academic freedom. This is closely linked to a broad-based curricular flexibility process as well as a particularly solid and diverse methodological training, useful for researchers who want to build innovative knowledge that integrates the developments and possibilities of the digital humanities from critical, situated and reflective perspectives.

This is how PhD students will have the opportunity to take part in advanced courses in research methods in Social Sciences, with particular attention to emerging methods based on computing capabilities that allow the analysis of large volumes of information, complex networks, production of multimodal type, human language (processing of natural languages) and represent information and knowledge in novel ways.

To achieve this training, the curricular structure is organized into two consecutive academic cycles and three components: research, foundation and methodological, around an axis that primarily privileges research training. The curriculum is established in academic periods of 18 weeks for a total of 94 academic credits.

Cycle I

It covers the first two years of study (four semesters). In this the components of investigation, foundation and methodological are developed, and culminates with the examination of candidacy the second year, requirement that will have to be approved to make the transit to the following cycle.

Cycle II

It covers the last two years of study (four semesters) and focuses mainly on the development of the research project. In it, the research stay is also carried out. Culminates with the Defense of the doctoral thesis.

The program is developed in four (4) years, extendable maximum for one year under the consideration of the Academic Committee of the Doctorate that is also taught in full-time mode, and in daytime from Monday to Friday.

Profile of the applicant

The Doctorate Program in Communication, Languages and Information is aimed at graduates of master's degrees in communication, language studies, information, social and human sciences, arts, design and programs oriented to communication, information and information systems.

Given the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary nature of the Doctorate, the admission of candidates from other disciplines whose projects are exploring the research problems that arise in the program's areas of work will also be considered.

Graduate profile

Our graduates are high level researchers who deal with problems related to the mastery of the studies of Communication, Languages and Information from an approach that seeks to integrate disciplines and methodologies for the explanation, comprehensive understanding and contribution to the solution of problematic and relevant communicational phenomena of the local, national and international reality.

Doctors in Communication, Languages and Information have practical, investigative and theoretical capacities for the management of information, analysis and synthesis from diverse sources, based on scientific rigor, intellectual autonomy and ethics. They are professionals with skills to mediate between knowledge, knowledge, practices and interests of the actors of the diverse Latin American social context, from a critical intercultural perspective. Their training allows them to participate, work and lead inter and transdisciplinary research groups with criteria of methodological rigor, transparency and willingness to dialogue with knowledge, assuming the social, political, ethical and institutional implications of their research. Likewise, they have the competences to carry out a reading of reality by apprehending it through efforts to understand it in its different constitutive dimensions (human, epistemic, historical and cultural, among others) and to formulate new research questions from it.

Graduates of the Doctorate in Communication, Languages and Information can perform as:

  • Researchers of communication processes in interdisciplinary teams of governmental and non-governmental entities.
  • Researchers in institutions of higher education, dedicated to the study of complex problems in the field of Social and Human Sciences and in other related fields that contribute, from an interdisciplinary approach, to the resolution of communication problems, languages and information.
  • Consultants and advisors for the development of projects related to problems relevant to Communication, Languages and Information both nationally and internationally.
  • Consultants and advisors in processes of formulation of public policies in fields of competence of communication, languages and information.
  • Cultural mediators that build bridges between diverse actors and contribute to the well-being of their peoples and society in general.

Why do they choose us?

The Doctorate in Communication, Languages and Information seeks the production of innovative and socially relevant knowledge through an education of excellence. To do so, it trains researchers with the capacity to expand and apply scientific knowledge from a reflective, critical and ethical perspective, for the diagnosis, deep description, theorization, explanation and possible solution of social, political and cultural problems of the Colombian context and Latin American where Communication, Languages and Information occupy a central place. Thus, the Doctorate explores in depth the most current debates and problems of its three areas of inquiry, producing knowledge, bringing together students and professors with confirmed experience in research, and promoting thesis projects that transcend the approaches, the conventional methodologies:

Communication, languages and interculturality: it explores the complexity of communication processes in environments of diversity and deep cultural differences from transversal dimensions, such as social mediations, memory, diverse narratives and media representations, the multiplicity of daily production practices, the circulation and negotiation of meaning, languages, ontologies, cultures, expert and vernacular knowledge, collective actors and public communication policies.

Information, technology and society: considers central the study of technology for the analysis of media, communication and contemporary society in general and focuses, among others, on the dynamics and problems that social organization and computationally mediated communication, propitiate at different levels (political, economic and social-cultural).

Socio-historical studies of media and communication and languages: it explores communication processes, languages and information technologies from its historical-critical perspective and promotes the so-called "media archeology", a prolific field of study that problematizes the teleological recounts of technology and the concept of novelty associated with the latter, tracing from the genesis of media technologies, the permanence of the old in the new and the multiple articulations between the past, present and future, which are woven so much level of material supports, as of the languages and sensitivities that these mobilize.

Our differentials

  • Solid and diverse methodological training
    Through advanced courses in research methods in social sciences, with particular attention to emerging methods, those based on computing capabilities that allow the analysis of large volumes of information, complex networks, multimodal productions, human language (processing of natural languages) and represent information and knowledge in novel ways.
  • Constant and in-depth dialogue with other schools and traditions of communication, language studies, information science and more broadly the social sciences from the global south, as well as trends nested in North America and Europe.
  • By taking an interest in diversity, interculturality, transmedia, software and information processing and its potential to develop models and simulations, the Doctorate proposes that the thesis works can transcend the traditional written text and be open to research- creation.
  • The contrast of perspectives and comparative and collaborative research strengthen the areas to which the Doctorate is committed and which are linked to the flexible training structure in which the interests of student training are addressed.
  • Constant and in-depth dialogue with other schools and traditions of communication , language studies, information science and more broadly the social sciences from the global south, as well as trends nested in North America and Europe.
  • Following the footsteps of a solid and already extensive Latin American tradition in the field of communication, the Doctorate explores everyday practices, discourses, languages and interactions beyond the media and understands and studies them as a manifestation and constituent element of broader social processes and complexes, also assuming inter and transdisciplinary approaches with theoretical and methodological plurality .


The admission process of the University is based on three groups of criteria: Attitude, Skills and / or Knowledge. Of which each of the candidates will be evaluated through the activities established by the program, such as: interview, specific tests, among others (depends on each program). The applicant initiates the process of registration to the program through the registration form

In the following table you will see the specific value for each criterion group and its specific activities:


* In the activity referred to the exam you can choose one of the related exams.

Each of the criteria groups Attitude, Skill and Knowledge will have specific activities to be evaluated and these activities in turn will have a specific value. Remember that an activity can appear repeated in different criteria, but this does not mean that you should repeat it for each of them. In the Knowledge criterion you can find several exams, of which you can choose for your admission process.

Program taught in:
  • Spanish (Colombia)

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Last updated April 8, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Jan 2020
8 semesters
117,520,000 COP
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