Official doctoral program in knowledge society: new perspectives in documentation, communication and humanities


Program Description



This PhD Program is organized by the University of A Coruña with the collaboration of professors from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Within the new regulations (RD 99/2011), the Program is directed towards research, development and innovation (R & D & I) in three main thematic areas: Documentation Sciences, Communication Sciences and The Humanities. All this within the context of the Knowledge Society, taking into account the developments in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and changes in the production model towards sustainable economy models.

The term "Knowledge Society" refers to the framework of the Program. The components of present-day contemporary society, both in the historical and systematic dimensions, are framed there. In this way, the title of the Program seeks to be effective: it revolves around the effective search for new perspectives in the fields of Documentation, Communication and Humanities Sciences. Thus, along with humanistic research, it serves the three levels of scientific research: Basic Science, Applied Science and the application of Science, in the thematic domains mentioned.

Why study the degree

The students can reach the necessary capacities, both methodological and procedural techniques, to make possible the realization, presentation and defense of a Doctoral Thesis in which the acquisition of new knowledge (basic, applied or effective application) in one or Several of the thematic areas presented: Information Science, Communication Sciences or the Humanities (mainly Philosophy and History). Together with them, it is possible to expand the domain of Information and Communication Technologies.

This entails a thorough examination of the state of the art in one or more of the thematic areas covered; And, in principle, fosters synergies and transfer of knowledge between different disciplinary areas, to achieve interdisciplinarity, multidisciplinarity and, where appropriate, transdisciplinarity.

What is learned

The term "Knowledge Society" refers to the thematic and historical framework, since the Program deals with new perspectives and emphasizes contemporary society today.

In this way, the effective title revolves around the search for new perspectives in the fields of Documentation Sciences, Communication Sciences and Humanities, where ICTs have a special impact.

It seeks to create and consolidate new research synergies - mainly of a multidisciplinary nature - without losing sight of applied research, as a formula for the immediate transfer of the results of scientific activity to our various productive sectors. This should lead to an improvement in the training of our researchers.

Lines of investigation

These are the lines of research of this doctoral program:

  • Communication - Mediational Analysis
  • Communication - Cyberculture and Communication
  • Communication - Crisis Communication
  • Communication - Communication and Innovation: Information and Documentation Technologies
  • Communication - Organizational and corporate communication: advertising campaigns and social mobilization
  • Communication - Communication and Documentation: communication for development
  • Communication - Cultural consumption
  • Communication - From the structure to the thematic nuclei: analysis of audiovisual products
  • Communication - From the structure to the thematic nuclei: analysis of audiovisual products
  • Communication - Media Economics / Media Economics
  • Communication - Structural of the audiovisual sector
  • Communication - Philosophy and Methodology of Artificial Sciences
  • Communication - Audiovisual formats: New media
  • Communication - Documentation in audiovisual information services: content descriptors in television documentation services
  • Communication - The evolution of audiovisual documentation services in a digital environment
  • Communication - Television today. Analysis of trends and contents: Strategies of television programming in a digital environment
  • Communication - Communication Sciences as Design Sciences
  • Communication - Policies and designs in Media
  • Communication - Television programming: digital television
  • Documentation - Project management in information and documentation units: Creation of a community of practice
  • Documentation - Historical-systematic analysis of the Documentation Sciences: impact of technological instruments in the field of Documentation Sciences
  • Documentation - Application of qualitative analysis of quotations
  • Documentation - Archives in Spain: History of Archives in the Modern and Contemporary Age
  • Documentation - Information Systems Architecture
  • Documentation - Multimedia databases
  • Documentation - Digital Library
  • Documentation - Multicultural libraries
  • Documentation - Public libraries and multiculturalism: library services for socio-cultural integration
  • Documentation - Informational Behavior
  • Documentation - Concentration of information, rates and prices of information. Access to public sector information
  • Documentation - Automated Documentation
  • Documentation - Documentation for Health Sciences
  • Documentation - Journalistic, audiovisual and film documentation
  • Documentation - Document economy
  • Documentation - Distance learning education and training
  • Documentation - Study of information needs. Search and retrieve information
  • Documentation - Study and history of the press, book and libraries
  • Documentation - Study, analysis and treatment of bibliographical and documentary heritage (preferably from Galicia)
  • Documentation - Gender Studies
  • Documentation - Studies on municipal diplomatic and ecclesiastical diplomacy (parochial, monastic, cathedral or capitular)
  • Documentation - Studies on private documentation (families, institutions or companies)
  • Documentation - Science Assessment
  • Documentation - Evolution of administrative uses and documentary typology: extrinsic and intrinsic characters
  • Documentation - Feminism and Illustration
  • Documentation - Philosophy and Methodology of Artificial Sciences
  • Documentation - Biographical and geographical information sources
  • Documentation - Sources of electronic information
  • Documentation - Documentary Sources in the Middle and Contemporary Age: Study of the documents and documentary collections produced by the institutions
  • Documentation - Theoretical Foundation of the Sciences of the Documentation (Library and Information Science)
  • Documentation - Quality management in information units
  • Documentation - History of Science
  • Documentation - History of Documentary Sciences
  • Documentation - History of the Institutions in Galicia
  • Documentation - Digital inclusion: Technological and information competences. Digital libraries
  • Documentation - Cultural industry and tourism in Galicia
  • Documentation - Innovation in Iberoamerican doctoral programs: Documentation, fundamentals and new technologies
  • Documentation - Information retrieval tools
  • Documentation - Legal research and documentation
  • Documentation - The Administration of Justice and archives
  • Documentation - The documentary chain: recovery of written and iconic texts by Galician authors and on Galicia in the mass media of exile from 1936-1978
  • Documentation - The local collection in the 21st century
  • Documentation - Documentation in the media of Galicia
  • Documentation - Documentation in museums foundations and centers of art of Galicia
  • Documentation - The publishing industry in Galicia
  • Documentation - Public sector information of the Madrid community: Description and analysis of information assets for reuse
  • Documentation - The written press as a means of social exclusion of women
  • Documentation - The sources of information in a context of change
  • Documentation - Documentary languages
  • Documentation - Methodology of scientific research
  • Documentation - Methodology of Scientific Research and Evaluation of Science
  • Documentation - Qualitative evaluation model of scientific publications in Social Sciences
  • Documentation - Information needs and sources
  • Documentation - Standardization in the field of knowledge organization (Knowledge Organization)
  • Documentation - Ontologies
  • Documentation - Organization of access to use and reuse of public sector information in Spain. Towards the consolidation of an information industry
  • Documentation - Organization and representation of knowledge
  • Documentation - Information and Documentation Policies
  • Documentation - Information and documentation policies; Information and Knowledge Society
  • Documentation - Information products and markets. Open Access
  • Documentation - Promotion and marketing in the field of information and documentation
  • Documentation - Limited Rationale in the field of Documentary Analysis (Knowledge Organization): Prediction and prescription in document identification and reidentification processes.
  • Documentation - Electronic journals
  • Documentation - Information-administration services
  • Documentation - Public documentary services and electronic information services
  • Documentation - Intelligent Information Retrieval Techniques
  • Documentation - Ownership of information and copyrights in digital environment.
  • Humanities - Contemporary news of the classic British Thought in the field of Ethics and Political Philosophy
  • Humanities - Alexander the Great: History, legend and iconography
  • Humanities - Archives and Libraries in the Ancient World
  • Humanities - Boats and maritime navigation in the beginnings of modernity
  • Humanities - Currents and Problems of Ethics and Current Political Philosophy
  • Humanities - David Hume and classical utilitarianism
  • Humanities - The cult to the sovereign in Hellenistic time and in the Roman Empire
  • Humanities - The Artabro Gulf: history and heritage
  • Humanities - The artistic heritage: museums, works and exhibitions, interaction with space, the public and society as a factor of development
  • Humanities - Studies on various medieval institutions
  • Humanities - Philosophy of Social Sciences
  • Humanities - Philosophy and Methodology of Economic Science
  • Humanities - Philosophy and Methodology of Artificial Sciences: Economics, Documentation and Communication
  • Humanities - Historical-documentary sources of the Middle Ages: Scriptural systems during the Galician Middle Ages
  • Humanities - Roman gallaecia and castreña goldsmiths
  • Humanities - War and international relations in Greece and Rome
  • Humanities - History of the Spanish Armada
  • Humanities - History of Architecture
  • Humanities - History of War and Military Art
  • Humanities - History of Reading
  • Humanities - History of prisoners of war
  • Humanities - History of an absence, women in the Middle Ages
  • Humanities - History of Art
  • Humanities - History of Art: Decorative and industrial arts. Industrial design
  • Humanities - History of the 18th Century
  • Humanities - Mesopotamian History and Culture (Sumer, Assyria and Babylon)
  • Humanities - Christian iconography
  • Humanities - Jeremy Bentham: Liberalism and Criticism of Religion
  • Humanities - John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism, Liberalism and Social Democracy
  • Humanities - Education in Galicia and Portugal during the Middle Ages: Women during the Galician Middle Ages
  • Humanities - The artistic work through documentary sources: historical-artistic, social, ornamental and iconographic study.
  • Humanities - The presence of Galicia in the Castilian historiography of the XV century
  • Humanities - Liberalism and moral education
  • Humanities - Lines of research within urban social history: Social groups and work, women and work, social movements and conflict, institutions and relations of power and urban population.
  • Humanities - Models of practical rationality: The classic utilitarianism and the models of practical rationality: the consequentialism
  • Humanities - Spanish and Hispanic American silver: Artistic creativity in the decorative arts. The interrelation of forms and models
  • Humanities - Main Portuguese sources for the study of medieval Galicia
  • Humanities - Reconquest and Castilian-Leonese repopulation during the XII century
  • Humanities - Relations between Galicia and Portugal during the Middle Ages
  • Humanities - Religiosity and culture during the Galician Middle Ages
  • Humanities - Current Trends in Philosophy and General Science Methodology
  • Humanities - Theories of Rationality
  • Humanities - Utilitarianism: Ecological Ethics, Bioethics and Infoethics

Specific Training Complements

In case the doctor does not have the complete previous training required in the program, his / her admission to the program may be conditioned to the surpassing of specific training complements, which may be subjects or modules of master and degree. The complements assigned to the same doctorate may not exceed 15 ECTS credits and may be made prior or simultaneous to the tuition in academic tuition in the program.

In case of simultaneous realization the students will have to register for these complements at the moment of formalizing the tuition of academic tutelage in the program, which must be surpassed in the maximum term of three consecutive quarters. Failure to do so will result in student disqualification from the program.


  • Techniques for the elaboration of research works
  • Conference on current trends
  • Documentation in the media and cultural industries
  • Contemporary administration and its production
  • Methods and techniques for the preparation and presentation of research papers
  • Methodology for Research in Humanities and Documentation
  • Architecture Research and Documentation Techniques
  • Methods and techniques for the preparation and presentation of research papers
  • Preparation of a research project I: search for information
  • Research and innovation in didactics of musical expression
  • Documentation, organization and presentation of research work
  • Research: Design and Process

Formative Activities of the Program

In general, the Training complements Will be established by the Academic Commission (CAPD) due to the actual enrollment of the Program. In this sense, students of the Program will have to carry out at least two activities: a) attend a training course within an official Master's Degree, giving preference to the courses oriented to the research (mainly those oriented to how to prepare a Doctoral Thesis); And b) participate in at least one Congress, Symposium or Conferences that have a clear research component.

Professional and academic outputs

All related to the three thematic fields: Documentation, Communication and Humanities. In the case of Documentation: files, libraries, documentation centers, etc. In the field of communication: press, radio, television, public relations, advertising, etc. In the field of Humanities: teaching at the middle and higher levels, research in public or private entities, public administration, etc.

Recommended profile

As this is a verified program according to Royal Decree 99/2011, it can be of fundamental interest to two types of students:

  • Those who have completed an official Master's degree (RD 1393/2007), mainly in Documentation, Communication or Humanities; Y
  • Students who have completed a previous Doctorate Program (with DEA ​​or with sufficient research), since they have a temporary ceiling in the regulations of the UDC to be able to present the Doctoral Thesis.
Last updated Mar 2020

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