PhD in Arts and Humanities


Program Description


The Doctorate Program in Arts and Humanities of the ULL is a graduate post-graduate program aimed at training researchers in linguistic and cultural studies. It involves the departments of Fine Arts, Classical, French, Arabic and Romance Philology, Spanish Philology, English and German Philology and History of Art and Philosophy; and it covers the areas of knowledge related to linguistics and the Arabic, Spanish, French, Greek, English, Latin and Romance philologies, their cultures and literatures, and music, art and design, their production, theory and history.

This broad field of knowledge is structured in two broad lines: linguistic studies (Line 1) and philological, literary and cultural studies (line 2), but it is specified in an annual offer of supervised research lines that can be consulted on the program page.

Our basic objective is to protect the autonomous work of our students in a demanding and motivating research environment, leading to obtaining the title of doctor in one of the areas of knowledge of our competence.

The Doctorate in Arts and Humanities by the ULL is a quality training proposal, interdepartmental and interfaculty environment, with professional and research orientation, aimed at graduates in Arts and Humanities, with the following general objectives:

  • To train expert professionals, with a doctorate degree, in the basic principles of humanistic production and the arts and in the search for new analysis and interpretation tools.
  • Train for the use of these techniques in the various areas and related fields of knowledge, incorporating research and development tasks in public or private entities of universities, or research centers applied to the arts and humanities.
  • Provide adequate training in obtaining scientific information through periodicals and databases, as well as oral and written scientific communication, preparing for teaching and scientific dissemination.
  • Train for the development of a scientific career through the learning of the scientific method, the planning and execution of projects and experiments, the interpretation of results, and the elaboration of conclusions that allow to expand the applied knowledge in arts and humanities, contributing to the resolution of problems of the social environment in this branch of knowledge.

Demand and social interest. Integration of the proposal in the I + D + i strategy of the University.

One of the great social challenges recognized by the Spanish Strategy of Science, Technology and Innovation, and the Horizon 2020 of the EU is the Joint Programming Initiative Cultural Heritage and Global Change: a new challenge for Europe.

Under the acronym JPI on Cultural Heritage (JPICH). The Joint Programming Initiative "Cultural Heritage and Global Change: A New Challenge for Europe" (JPICH) is an intergovernmental initiative to promote innovative and collaborative research that will streamline and coordinate national agricultural programs.

research, making more efficient and effective use of scarce financial resources to protect cultural heritage and its contribution to European economic growth.

Europe's cultural heritage is rich and diverse, and it is a fundamental component of our individual and collective identity. In its tangible, intangible or digital forms, cultural heritage contributes to the cohesion of the European Union and plays a fundamental role in its development by creating links between citizens.

The joint cultural heritage programming initiative provides a framework within which Member States work together to maximize and take advantage of research efforts dedicated to the conservation of this cultural heritage.

In this framework, the JPICH launched in 2010 the Vision Document establishing a set of objectives aligned with the vision of the Europe 2020 Strategy and with the launching of the European Research Area.

The Strategic Agenda of the JPIHC establishes four priority research areas:

  • Promote research that allows creating a reflective society in a changing world.
  • Connect people with heritage and develop plans to allow their management and sustainable conservation.
  • Create knowledge to allow a better understanding of the context in which it was formed and in which the cultural heritage is located. The aim is to promote innovative development and address new approaches, applications and tools that, based on cultural heritage, generate added value for society.
  • Safeguard our cultural heritage. Explore how we can protect it and favor the research that is developed to support that protection.

It follows that the set of resources programmed for research in the coming years is aimed at supporting research into cultural heritage, both in its theoretical dimension and in its applications linked to heritage conservation.

In addition, specific aspects of the Canary Islands, such as their geographical location and insularity, help to define a peculiar cultural profile as a nucleus of exchanges from its earliest historical stages. On the one hand, the Canary Islands is a knot in the migratory routes and in the contemporary world has assumed the role of reference in various competitive episodes of international culture. These peculiarities support the development of a Doctorate Program in Art and Humanities supported by lines of research that integrate all facets of interest in Cultural Studies. The program offers a broad coverage of doctoral training to graduates in the field of Arts and Humanities that will contribute to: 1) the promotion of the employability of highly qualified personnel in an area of ​​great social demand and technological innovation, 2) professional development of postdoctoral researchers in the areas of Art and Humanities; 3) the training of university teaching and research staff; and 4) the training of researchers aimed at the cultural industry.

Experience in teaching knowledge area programs

The Doctoral Program in Art and Humanities derives partially from the Doctorates in Fine Arts, History of Art, Philology, Hispanic Literature and Hispanic Linguistics that will converge in the current title:

  • Fine Arts: Concept, process and techniques of the image (from the 99/01 biennium to the 01/03 biennium), Theory of the arts (from the 99/01 biennium to the biennium 03/05), Materials, techniques and procedures in plastic arts and design (from the biennium 02/04 to the biennium 03/05), Plastic creation and design (from the biennium 04/06 to the biennium 08/10) and artistic thought and cultural prospective (since the biennium 04 / 06 until the 08/10 biennium).
  • Art History: Open scenarios: the multicultural in art and music (from 2005-until the 08/10 biennium).
  • Philology: Program in which the previous four of Hispanic Linguistics, Hispanic Literature, Classical and Arabic Philology and Modern Philology (from the biennium 1999-2001, until 2011) came together, when the current Official Doctoral Program in Studies was approved Philological.

The justification of the Doctorate Program that is proposed rests on the long tradition of these studies in the district, which is supported by a good number of doctoral theses and derived publications, as well as the figures of graduates present in technical tables of the labor world.

The scientific interest of the Doctorate program is based on the scientific level of the professors / researchers that comprise it.

The Doctorate program in Art and Humanities condenses the research activity in the areas of knowledge present in the District since its inception. For this reason, and by virtue of their specialization in studies intrinsically involved in mobility and internationalization, the programs offered to date have had a mobility plan guaranteed by a number of agreements with European universities, as well as a special offer directed to the United States and Canada. On the other hand, the transversal and interdisciplinary nature of work in the humanities forms a profile in which the long tradition of studies represents a fundamental asset to guarantee competitive results.

The modality of works produced by the research groups of the Program are related to the sector of cultural industries. Advice on institutional tasks of the cultural sector including cultural heritage matters and specifically in the field of museology, archival

and documentation. It is also associated with artistic production, the audiovisual sector and literary creation.

With respect to this peculiarity, the research activity that the researchers of the program accredit, the Doctorate Program that is presented:

  1. It provides services to the SGAI (General Services for Research Support), which have proven to be an excellent tool for creating jobs and transferring results to society, as well as supporting research by the scientific community.
  2. It provides patents, so it benefits from the improvement in the management of Innovation and can contribute to its consolidation.
  3. It brings a significant number of researchers to the fabric of the Canarian society.
  4. It provides a varied postgraduate offer. Among the master's programs offered by the ULL in the arts and humanities branch, there are several inter-university programs. Also, in the research we are developing there are numerous international connections.
  5. Multidisciplinarity is undoubtedly the characteristic feature of a large part of the research lines that are achieving important successes within the Art and Humanities Branch.
  6. The research flow of the program shows a characteristic wealth of the profile of the areas of social sciences, arts and humanities, in which there are many research groups of small size and specific peculiarities that are obtaining important results.

In support of this trajectory, the R + D + i strategy of the University of La Laguna included in the Strategic Plan 2014-2020, encourages mobility and internationalization, and also promotes actions aimed at improving activities in the Humanities and Social Sciences .

The University of La Laguna has carried out a study whose results have been announced as part of the reorganization of the Research in its different dimensions. It has been presented to the Senate of the University of La Laguna for approval in its session of June 25, 2014 with the name of Strategic Research Plan 2014/2020. In it, special mention is made of the Doctorate and the improvements envisaged in the district in its different dimensions, including the creation of a doctoral school that is currently in the implementation phase.

This plan contemplates various actions aimed at the transfer of research results and the creation of employment (it must be remembered that in the Canary Islands the unemployment rate is higher than 50% among young people). We believe that the research that will emerge as a result of this doctoral program will benefit from many of the measures contemplated in the plan, since it will promote aspects that exist from the point of departure.

  • Action 6 in Line EE1.3 foresees to develop improvements in the management of Innovation and can contribute to its consolidation.
  • The improvement in the possibilities of the researchers of the doctorate programs is foreseen particularly in Action 17 of the EE2.4 Line. which defines as objective To increase the quality and the number of doctorate programs that obtain the mention towards the excellence, and master of quality.
  • Numerous international connections are involved in the research we are developing. This will be enhanced by Action 18, aimed at promoting multidisciplinary and interuniversity academic programs, with international orientation.
  • Multidisciplinarity is the objective of Action 19, since it is undoubtedly the characteristic feature of a large part of the research lines that are achieving important successes within the Art and Humanities Branch. It is defined with the aim of enhancing an integrated and global view of the research career in the research staff, with the aim of being able to tackle multidisciplinary projects that solve major societal challenges.
  • The increase in the quality of our results thanks to Action 20, promotes the study of the incentive processes to guarantee the international mention of the theses defended in the ULL and that are presented following the international tendencies of validation of doctoral theses, depending on each area.
  • And specifically, Action 46 addresses the peculiarities of the Humanities Branch by recognizing that the peculiarity of one-person or small-scale teams in the areas of knowledge of our disciplines deserve to be recognized through concrete measures that meet their specific requirements . We are convinced that precisely thanks to the possibility of joining to integrate larger multidisciplinary teams, this trend will increase in the coming years.

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Administrative Management: School of Doctorate and Postgraduate of the ULL

The program will be integrated into the Doctoral School, whose creation was approved by the Governing Council of the ULL on September 26, 2013. Until its entry into operation, the program will be assigned academically to the Faculty of Philology and its administrative management will be the responsibility of the Graduate Commission.

The Academic Committee of the Doctoral Program in Arts and Humanities at the University of La Laguna will assume the tasks of guidance of the students regarding the line of research to which to attach their doctoral thesis project and propose, where appropriate, curricular adaptations necessary.

Students with full-time and part-time dedication

In accordance with the provisions of the regulations on the permanence of the educational level, it is expected that part-time students may represent up to 40% of the students enrolled.

Full-time students: 24

Students with part-time dedication: up to 16


Basic skills

  • 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.

Personal Skills and Skills

  • 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

  • Workshop on research techniques and methodologies
  • Assistance to research seminars
  • Teaching a seminar
  • Assistance to national or international congresses
  • Stays in other research centers (mobility)

Lines of investigation

  • Line 1: Philological, literary and cultural studies
  • Line 2: Linguistic Studies

Admission criteria

Admission criteria

In accordance with the Regulations and Regulations of the Doctorate, the student must credit 300 credits of university studies, of which 60 must correspond to a Master's Degree. The previous training will be understood as complete and will allow the beginning of the research phase.

In addition, knowledge of a modern language, English, accrediting a B1 level, in addition to Spanish, will be considered an essential requirement for the completion of Doctoral studies. In particular, if the thesis to be carried out has as its object any language or work in a language other than Spanish, instrumental knowledge of that language will be required.

The Regulation of Official Teaching of Doctorate at the University of La Laguna (Resolution of January 17, 2013, BOC 17, of January 25, 2013) establishes in this respect the following:

  1. The academic commissions of the doctorate programs, referred to in article 14 of these regulations, may establish additional requirements and criteria for the selection and admission of students to the corresponding doctoral program.
  2. Admission to doctoral programs may include the requirement of specific training complements, in line with the admission profiles established for the corresponding doctoral program.
  3. These specific training supplements will have, for the purposes of public prices and granting scholarships and study aids, the consideration of doctoral level training and its development will not count for purposes of the credit limits established in article 5.2 of this regulation .
  4. The requirements and admission criteria referred to in section one, as well as the design of the training complements established in section two of this article, shall be recorded in the verification request report referred to in Article 35
  5. The admission systems and procedures must include, in the case of students with special educational needs derived from the disability, adequate support and counseling services, which will assess the need for possible curricular adaptations, itineraries or alternative studies.

Additional selection and admission criteria.

Students who meet the requirements mentioned in the previous section, want to enter the doctoral program, must provide with the application, at least the following documentation:

  1. Legalized copy of the university degree that entitles him to access, including equivalence, if applicable (if it is in process, will be pending submission for the registration process).
  2. Original certification or legalized copy of the degree that accredits, at least one B1 level of English.
  3. Original certification or legalized copy of the subjects studied in the university degree that entitles them to access, with specific mention of the denomination, duration and grade of the subjects, as well as the average grade of the academic record.
  4. Curriculum vitae.
  5. Motivated letter expressing the reasons why you are applying for the doctoral program and your interest or preference for a program line.

Body responsible for the admission process and its composition

The Academic Committee of the Program is responsible for the admission process, assessing the pre-registrations presented according to the established criteria. Through the website of the program and the Graduate Commission (or the Doctoral School when it becomes operational), the list of admitted and not admitted will be published, with expression of the reasons for non-admission and recognition of full-time dedication or partial dedication of those admitted. Admitted students must formalize their enrollment according to the schedule of the ULL. In accordance with the Regulation of Official Teaching of Doctorate of the University of La Laguna (BOC of January 25, 2013), the Academic Committee will be composed of a maximum of seven professors and / or researchers participating in it, including the academic coordinator , who will act as president of it.

Merit valuation criteria

Applications for registration will be valued by the Academic Committee of the Program according to the following scoring scale:

  1. Average grade of the academic transcript, including the qualifications of the degree or bachelor's and master's degrees (in the cases in which this is a requirement of access to the program): up to a maximum of 52%.
  2. Given the diversity of research lines, the adequacy of graduate and postgraduate specific training will be assessed to the preferred research line of the applicant, with regard to the contents of official master's studies: up to a maximum of 13%
  3. Accreditation of a level of English higher than that required for reading the bibliography and understanding of the training activities programmed in this language: up to level B2, maximum 5%.
  4. Have enjoyed collaboration or predoctoral scholarships, prizes: up to 10%
  5. Stays in other national or foreign research centers; also experience in collaboration in research activities (participation in collective article, participation in congresses or scientific dissemination events, collaboration in a research team): up to 10%.
  6. Additional formation of degree, postgraduate or specialization in the field of arts and humanities: up to 10%.

Specific admission tests

They are not contemplated.

Admission systems and procedures for students with specific educational needs derived from disability

The University of La Laguna, through the Office of the Vice-Rector for Students and the Care Services, has been developing a Program of Attention to Students with Disabilities (PAED) since 1999. The objective of this program is to guarantee equal opportunities and promote the integration of students with specific educational support needs. The PAED, through direct and personalized attention, promotes concrete measures for the integral development of these students in an open and accessible environment. The PAED maintains a stable structure of support through periodic calls. Through personal interviews the needs are known and individual action plans are designed, teachers are informed about the difficulties and advice and technical support is offered. Currently, three programs are underway, one to support students with auditory deficits (sign language), another about transportation for students with mobility deficits and another to adapt the educational environment. For additional information consult.

Students with part-time dedication. Criteria and admission procedures. Conditions to change the modality.

Taking into account the programs of origin and the interest of the program for students in specialized health training and with care work, it is estimated that 30% -40% of students opt for part-time work. This preference must be stated in the application for admission, or once admitted, when some of the circumstances mentioned below occur and that allow the recognition of this condition, without detriment to the Permanence Rules established by the ULL:

  1. Be working and documentally accredit the employment relationship;
  2. Being affected by a degree of physical or sensory disability that determines the need to study part-time. In this case, you must provide the certificate that certifies your degree of disability;
  3. To be carrying out specialized training in this or another university with part-time dedication, accrediting this condition documentarily;
  4. Have the status of primary caregiver of dependents or have children under 3 years of age. Both conditions must be documented by the competent body;
  5. Be a high level competitive athlete.
  6. Other conditions of a family or social nature that are duly justified. The recognition of the status of student with part-time dedication will be reviewed and ratified annually. In any case, the student may request a change of the dedication modality during the development of the Doctoral Program. Likewise, students who, during the development of the program, lose the condition for which they were granted part-time dedication will automatically become full-time students.
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