The Doctorate in Territory and Society. Historical Evolution of a Tricontinental Space (Africa, America and Europe) (DOCTESO), is the result of the synergy of researchers who develop their work in the fields of geography, history, archeology, the study of religions and sciences of the Faculties of Geography and History of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) and the Universidad de La Laguna (ULL).

It is a cross-disciplinary program with an interdisciplinary vocation centered on the following lines of research:

  1. Social organization of space. Processes of anthropization and territorial planning.
  2. Frontier society. Colonization, acculturation and economic impact.
  3. Studies of religions, beliefs and imaginaries.
  4. Building Memory Oral and written sources, Archeology and Historiographic Paradigms.

Justification of the title

In the Faculties of Geography and History of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Universidad de La Laguna , great support has been given to the initiative to coordinate an Interuniversity Doctorate Program, adapted to the new legislation. With this, it is intended that, in addition to continuing the academic career of the undergraduate and master students, research, innovation and talent promotion activities may be developed, not only in the Archipelago but in the rest of Spain and Europe, paying special attention to the territorial framework of Africa and Latin America, with which the Islands have special cultural and economic ties.

This Program is also enriched with the experience acquired in the different Doctoral Programs organized by the Departments most directly related to the Faculties of Geography and History, some of them already interdepartmental. On the other hand, in this stage of incorporation into the EHEA, we have a precedent of close interuniversity collaboration in the figure of the Interuniversity Master of Archeology by the ULL and the ULPGC, which has served as a testing laboratory in all types of teaching actions, of organization of exchanges and of tutelage of shared research works.

This PhD program is the result of the synergy of researchers who develop their work in the fields of Geography, History, Archeology, the Study of Religions and the natural, cultural and linguistic heritage. Many of the projects they lead or in which they participate constitute an example of transversal analysis typical of the context of the Humanities and Social Sciences, so that the proposed research lines have the quality of being able to address problems and provide results from a multidisciplinary perspective in universal fields of application. That is why the Territory and Society Program. Historical Evolution of a Tricontinental Space (Africa, America and Europe), DOCTESO, is the ideal framework for structuring these perspectives and attracting young talents, not only from the two universities that coordinate it, but from the entire geographical area that encompasses its character of tri-continentality.



  • CB11 - Systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of research skills and methods related to that field.
  • CB12 - Ability to conceive, design or create, implement and adopt a substantial research or creation process.
  • CB13 - Ability to contribute to the expansion of knowledge frontiers through original research.
  • CB14 - Ability to perform a critical analysis and evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
  • CB15 - Ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general about their fields of knowledge in the modes and languages ​​commonly used in their international scientific community.
  • CB16 - Ability to promote, in academic and professional contexts, the scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advancement within a society based on knowledge.


  • CA01 - Develop in contexts in which there is little specific information.
  • CA02 - Find the key questions that must be answered to solve a complex problem.
  • CA03 - Design, create, develop and undertake innovative and innovative projects in their field of knowledge.
  • CA04 - Work both as a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary context.
  • CA05 - Integrate knowledge, face complexity and formulate judgments with limited information.
  • CA06 - The intellectual criticism and defense of solutions.

Formation activities

  • Dissemination of research
  • Oral communication in the scientific field
  • Presentation of a theoretical and / or methodological aspect derived from the Thesis in a public context (Congress, Seminar, Workshop) specialized in one or several of the PhD research lines
  • Research seminars

Lines of investigation

  • Line 1: Social organization of space. Processes of anthropization and territorial planning. This line structures the interrelation between the territory and the populations that occupy it from various perspectives. Projects are developed that affect the analysis of natural and anthropised landscapes in different territorial and chronological contexts, from prehistory to the present, from the reconstruction of ancient landscapes to the ordering of the urban environment and the social use of public spaces. Several of the projects that comprise it have a special vocation for the diachronic analysis of the links established within the framework of the Atlantic territory, in line with the vocation of the tri-continental nature of the program.
  • Line 2: Frontier societies. Colonization, acculturation and economic impact. The particular situation of the archipelago, in a geostrategic framework of great relevance for relations between Europe, Africa and America is a framework of analysis to understand the processes that derive from these contacts over time. The demographic and genetic changes of the populations, the evolution of the economic cycles and their impact on the landscape, politics, ideology and culture are fundamental aspects that have been studied in different chronological and spatial frameworks, and are very topical.
  • Line 3: Studies of religions, beliefs and imaginaries.
  • This line is oriented to research on religious diversity and beliefs in the past and present, as well as the study of social imaginaries. The analysis perspective is multidisciplinary in nature and the scope of work includes both the global, local and transnational scales in the tri-continental contexts that characterize the doctorate.
  • Line 4: Building Memory Written sources, Archeology and Historiographic Paradigms. This line has a transversal effect on the development of the theoretical and methodological bases necessary for the proper development of all research projects. The development of the heuristic apparatus inherent in each work is enhanced, to encourage its critical analysis and improve the methods of each of the disciplines that are developed. It also seeks to highlight the heritage that have their own sources of information, both written, material or even intangible.

Admission criteria

The competent body to carry out the admission process is the Academic Committee. It has been established that the Academic Committee will be made up of 9 members. The coordinator of the doctoral program must be from the ULPGC, a professor from the ULL will assume the tasks of coordination with the other university. The commission will be established with a minimum of one representative per line of research and it will be ensured that the Commission respects a principle of representation that guarantees a balanced presence of people from the two universities that promote the program. It is established that there should always be a minimum number of three members for each of the universities. There may also be up to two people of recognized prestige in the scope of any of the research lines of the Program outside the ULPGC and the ULL.

The admission criteria will be adjusted by default to those established in the ULPGC PhD Program Regulations.

The Academic Committee of the Doctoral Program will assess and prioritize the applications based on the following criteria for assessing the merits of the candidates for their definitive admission to the program:

  1. Access qualification (weighted 50%), valued in the following way: if the student is in possession of a title of the recommended profile, 25 points; if it corresponds to the additional profile 2, it will have 20 points; and it is included in the additional profile 3 you will get 15 points.
  2. Curriculum vitae (weighted 50%)

a) Academic record (up to 10 points): average mark of the student obtained in the Degree and Master's degree or equivalent degree that gives access to the Doctorate
b) Other degrees (up to 4 points)
c) Other academic and / or professional merits (up to 11 points): 1. publications (up to 5 points), 2. knowledge of languages ​​equal to or higher than level B2 (up to 2 points); 3. Scholarships, awards (up to 2 points); 4 professional experience (up to 2 points)

Income rate:

Profile (Weighting 50%)

  • Suitability of the academic training to the recommended profile of the Program: 25 points.

Curriculum vitae (Weighting 50%)

a) Academic record (up to 10 points): average mark of the student obtained in the Degree and Master's Degree or equivalent degree that gives access to the Doctorate.

b) Other degrees up to 4 points

c) Other academic and / or professional merits: 1. publications (up to 5 points), 2. knowledge of languages ​​equal to or higher than level B2 (up to 2 points); 3. Scholarships and awards (up to 2 points) 4. Professional experience (up to 2 points) up to 25 points

In addition all applicants must prove a B1 level in English.

Students with special educational needs derived from disability

If any applicant presents a disability that requires special conditions, you must indicate it in your enrollment application and specify in detail the exact adaptation measures you need. In this case, you must present, at the time of registration, a medical certificate stating the type and degree of functional loss. The selection criteria for students with specific educational needs derived from disability will be the same as for the rest of the students. The Academic Committee will evaluate in this case the need for possible curricular adaptations.

Full-time and part-time enrollment

An annual offer of 15 places is foreseen, among full-time and part-time students. Of the 15 places offered in each course, a maximum of 10 may be allocated to students with part-time dedication. The places offered by the ULL will be 7, and by the ULPGC 8, of which a minimum of 2 will be allocated part-time in La Laguna and 3 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, until reaching the maximum of 10 established, adjusting each case depending on the selection process, which is the responsibility of the Academic Committee of the program.

The doctoral student may enroll full-time or part-time. For the latter modality, the condition of a part-time doctoral candidate granted, as the case may be, by the Academic Committee of the Doctorate will be an indispensable requirement. This condition must be requested from the Academic Commission, providing the supporting documents. Occupational, family or personal reasons will be taken into account for the status of part-time doctoral student. Occupational reasons will preferably include situations of a fixed or stable nature, temporary contracts prolonged over time, or other situations considered by the Academic Committee. Motives of a family or personal nature will include, among other situations, dependence, care of the elderly or disabled children and family with children of school age and situations of gender violence. Students with a degree of disability greater than 33%, if they request it and justify documentarily the Academic Committee.

The change of registration modality may be requested in the common registration periods, conditioned to the favorable report of the Academic Committee.

Once the annual registration has been made, no changes can be made to the dedication regime during the academic year, except in the case of serious circumstances that have arisen to be evaluated by the Academic Committee. The causes that can be adduced in the application, among others, are: work activity, special educational needs, family care needs, high performance athletes and economic situation of the family unit.

Program taught in:
  • Spanish
  • English (US)

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