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Doctoral Program in Business and Territorial Competitiveness, Innovation and Sustainability

General information

What does this doctorate consist of?

Adapted to the regulations set out in Royal Decree 99/2011, it enables students to embark on a professional career as a researcher in universities, technology centres and private or public research centres. The program comes within the framework of the Campus of International Excellence Aristos Campus Mundus 2015, whose initiative is the result of the strategic aggregation of three universities of social initiative (the University of Deusto, the Universidad Pontificia Comillas and the Universitat Ramon Llull) and which is also born with an advanced strategic cooperation agreement with Georgetown University, Boston College and Fordham University.

We need research to find and develop the solutions that our world needs.

The program, taught in English, provides an in-depth study of the different factors that affect the competitiveness and sustainability of companies and territories, in order to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, special emphasis is placed on innovation as a critical factor of competitiveness and on sustainability as a key element to preserve in order to guarantee the well-being of future generations. With these thematic axes, the program provides a solid and rigorous training in research methodology to enable researchers to generate solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals. You can study this program with the International Mention or under the Industrial Doctorate modality. Possibility of pre-doctoral contracts.


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Diferencias entre el doctorado CETISy DBA

  • Centers
    Escuela Internacional de Doctorado
  • Languages
  • Certification
  • Modality
  • Duration
    4 years full time and 7 years part time
  • Seats

Any questions?

If you need more information you can fill in the following form and you will receive information about this program.

What makes us different?



Theses read

Percentage of university alumni who would recommend the degree course studied.



Research projects

Number of projects theses read by students on the program



Recommendation note

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Academic calendar


In this CALENDAR you will be able to check the required Training Activities, Training Complements and Research Seminars, as well as other key events.

The Guide to Managing Doctoral Activities for the Student. contains the specific steps that students must follow in order to register the activities they carry out during their PhD studies

In addition to the institution's own offer, this interuniversity program offers other Training Activities, at Deusto University and IQS. The students of the program may take Training Activities at any of the centers in order to complete the 6 compulsory ones.

Teaching Staff


Who are you going to study with? and what are you going to learn?

Research skills needed in the area of economics and business

ICADE Comillas

Cantoblanco Campus.

Its origins date back to 1956 when business management courses began to be taught in the Jesuit residence in Zorrilla Street. Today, it has been a reference for more than half a century in the areas of Law and Business Administration and Management, playing a pioneering role in the implementation of double degree programs in our country.

Everything you need to know

Quality and regulations



  • Doctoral Regulations (please take into account the Transitory Provision depending on the time of commencement of studies and the previous Doctoral Regulations, available at these links: 2023 and former).


Information for students

For this doctorate

Lines of research
This Doctoral Program is structured around two main lines of research, which in turn comprise several sub-lines (see the faculty tab for more details of the research lines of the members of the program):
- Economy and Territorial Competitiveness
- Management of Organisations and Business Competitiveness
Competitiveness (whether territorial or business) and sustainability are the central axis of each of the two lines, and innovation is the fundamental element in each of them (approached from a territorial economics point of view, in one case, and from a business management point of view, in the other).

Faculty by research lines

What is our faculty researching?
You can consult in this document the lines of research of the members of the faculty. In their profiles you can also see their specific research topics and recent publications.

What are our doctoral students researching?
Here you can see the latest theses defended

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Related studies

Preguntas frecuentes

We solve your doubts

  • From 2024-2025, the PhD can be done in four years, full-time, or in seven-years part-time.

  • No, you can defend your thesis at any time if it is admitted for defence, but you should note that the minimum tuition fees are three years full-time and five years part-time.

  • Initially, it is advisable to contact the program coordinator to assess the possible line of research and thesis supervisor. Afterwards, you will have to register in the admissions portal and upload the necessary documentation. Depending on the program, this documentation may vary, please read carefully the information note of the selected program where the required documents are detailed.

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For any inquires, you may write to cetis@comillas.edu 

PhD Coordinator:Carmen Valor MartĂ­nez

Academic Committee:You can consult the composition of the Academic Committee at the following link .

For further information, please contact:
Juan José Barbachano Herrero / 915422800 ext. 2284
Pilar Drake / 915422800 ext. 2286

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