In collaboration with the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, this doctoral program is registered on the National Registry of Quality Graduate Programs (PNPC) of the National Science and Technology Council (CONACYT).
To train skilled professionals with resources to conduct research in health and sociocultural psychology, who can contribute knowledge that in turn leads to solutions for the country's problems, even in terms of influencing the formulation and implementation of public policies.
Reasons to study this Ph.D. program
ITESO, names a university of academic excellence, is the leading private university in western Mexico in terms of the production of knowledge in the field of psychology.
This Ph.D. program is based on rigorous scientific formation and inter-institutional coordination, in collaboration with the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, which has been operating the program for over 10 years. The program is listed on the National Registry of Quality Graduate Programs of Conacyt (National Science and Technology Council) as a developing program; its inter-institutional version is in the process of registration.
Our faculty is made up of research professors, some of whom belong to Conacyt's National System of Researchers, renowned for their publications and contributions to the field both nationally and internationally.
ITESO has 60 years of experience in the field of psychology, as it was the first Mexican university outside of Mexico City to offer a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. At the graduate level, it has over 35 years of experience in the field.
Both Mexican and foreign students are expected to enroll in the Ph.D. program.
ITESO programs provide access to networks of knowledge in which expert researchers collaborate with students on academic, professional, social and cultural projects. By studying at ITESO, you will work alongside outstanding scholars who pursue their work with a strong sense of social commitment and an interest in making relevant contributions to knowledge and offering viable solutions in the form of public policy. Because of this, ITESO is considered the leading private university in Western Mexico.
Our professors are experts in their areas and lead projects in collaboration with academics from ITESO and other institutions. They take an active part in research and collaboration projects and are committed to the values and principles of our educational project.
Finally, the Jesuit University System, to which our university belongs, has more programs listed on the National Registry of Quality Programs (PNPC) of the National Science and Technology Council than any other private institution. ITESO also has international collaboration agreements with numerous Jesuit universities around the world.
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Candidate profile and guidelines for the preliminary project
This program is aimed at students who are interested in conducting relevant research on psycho-socio-cultural problems by employing the discipline's qualitative and quantitative methods, techniques and data analysis tools, for the purpose of generating knowledge and intervention proposals.
Candidates must have:
- A Master's Degree in Psychology or a similar discipline, such as Education, Anthropology or Sociology.
- Research experience
- Ability to read texts in English
- Full-time availability
Candidates must include their name and e-mail when they submit their preliminary research project. The research proposal should not exceed 10,000 words.
In accordance with the lines of generation and application of knowledge and the topics addressed by the faculty, it must also contain the following:
Preliminary research project (maximum of 15 pages) containing:
- Project title
- A thematic field within the Ph.D. program to which the research belongs
- Research proposal: problem, questions, objectives and assumption or hypotheses
- Theoretical and contextual referents
- Proposed methodology
- Bibliographical references
The Ph.D. in Psychological Research is aimed at forming professionals with the competencies needed to explore this field of knowledge; it is based on a curricular structure that gives students the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct frontier research on relevant and contemporary topics, according to the candidate's interests and the lines of generation and application of knowledge of the basic academic nucleus of this Ph.D. program. The program consists of a combination of academic activities, seminars, advisory sessions, and documentary and empirical research.
The study plan is made up of 12 core courses and two electives, which students take over four semesters.
The first semester includes four courses. Students enroll in three courses in both their second and third semesters, leaving two courses for the fourth semester.
Each student must work on a research project from the beginning, under the supervision of an academic advisor. At the end of the semester, an advisory committee made up of the main advisor plus two more academics, one of whom can be from another institution, will conduct an evaluation.
Students have up to eight semesters to conduct their empirical research and obtain the corresponding degree.
The study plan is made up of 76 credits: 48 credits correspond to core courses, 12 to elective courses and 16 to the thesis seminar. Seminars involve the study of methodological and theoretical approaches, as well as research designs that characterize scientific psychological knowledge, with an emphasis on the appropriate use of measurement instruments and statistical procedures, as well as the implementation of qualitative methodologies for data collection and analysis, according to the topics addressed and with an ongoing process of reflection and justification of the researcher's practice.
In addition, the elective courses help students to analyze the evolution of contemporary models and current trends in the program's lines of generation and application of knowledge, as well as emerging and frontier topics in the field of psychological, sociological and anthropological research that students may require as their research progresses. High priority is given to the research conducted by the students, and every semester includes a research seminar where they present and analyze their advances. These seminars are grouped into three thematic elements or areas of knowledge:
Methods and techniques: this area consists of five courses— one introductory research seminar, two seminars on qualitative research, and two seminars on specialized statistics— which enable students to apply different scientific research designs to the field of Psychology. They also provide a solid formation in the use of computer programs for both statistical and qualitative research, to be used as resources to organize and interpret the results of their research. Below is the sequence of the seminars that make up this thematic area:
- Methods and techniques: this area consists of five courses— one introductory research seminar, two seminars on qualitative research, and two seminars on specialized statistics— which enable students to apply different scientific research designs to the field of Psychology. They also provide a solid formation in the use of computer programs for both statistical and qualitative research, to be used as resources to organize and interpret the results of their research.
- Research: this area consists of four consecutive project evaluation seminars, which allow students to receive continuous follow-up on their research activities from their first semester, as well as two seminars on the publication, dissemination, and defense of their thesis before the academic community. These seminars contain activities designed for students to analyze and reflect on the practice of researchers, as well as to learn about theoretical and methodological tools that they need.
- Theory: this area consists of one mandatory course and two elective courses. Students choose two options that relate closely to their research topic. The six elective courses offered to enable students to deepen their knowledge on specific topics and incorporate them into more specialized studies according to one of the three lines of research developed within the program's basic academic nucleus. In addition, in accordance with the flexibility of the study plan, students can take an elective course in the form of a semester-long academic stay at another university or institution, within the country or abroad, and do joint work with other researchers, deepening their knowledge of specific topics that relate to their doctoral research. The selection of elective courses will be supervised by the student's advisory committee and will be accredited by an evaluation conducted by the host institution under an inter-institutional agreement.