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Doctoral Program in Individual, Family and Society: A Multidisciplinary Vision

It allows the development of research activity in different fields and topics of the social sciences.

General information

What does this doctorate consist of?

The PhD Program in Individual, Family and Society: an interdisciplinary vision is aimed at people interested in research and the acquisition of advanced knowledge on the most pressing current issues and problems affecting individuals, families, communication and the current social context, as well as the interaction between all these dimensions, with a multidisciplinary approach).

It provides doctoral students with a global and interdisciplinary framework of knowledge to facilitate the development of their research activity in different areas and topics in the social sciences.

The University maintains educational collaboration agreements that allow for exchanges and research stays.

Our program has a renowned teaching staff with extensive national and international research experience, as well as an extensive network of collaboration agreements with public and private institutions, universities and research institutes around the world.

- You can study this program with the International Mention.

- The program can also be taken as an Industrial Doctorate.

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

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

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Academic calendar

Study Plan

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 following guide shows the detailed steps that students must follow to register the activities that they carry out during their Doctoral studies: Guide to Managing Doctoral Activities for the Student.

The designated Tutor will advise Doctoral students individually on their enrollment by indicating which Training Activities should be carried out in accordance with the area of dedication/specialization in professional activities.

The training activities offered in the program are intended to guarantee the acquisition of research skills by Doctoral students. In the event that the Doctoral student has previous experience in research activities, the academic recognition of this experience can be considered, along with the adjustment of the training activities to the student´s profile, after receiving the authorization of the Academic Committee. The training activities are of two types: transversal (for all Doctoral students in the Doctoral School) and specific (specific to each Program).

The training activities in the Doctoral Program are detailed below.


The Doctoral student may not need to take any complementary training courses, or may need to take one or several courses. The decision is made by the Academic Committee after the interview for admission and assessment of the documents provided.

Profile 1:

Applicants with a Master's Degree of a fundamentally professional nature and with little methodological training will have to take up to 21 ECTS credits in Complementary Training Courses focusing on the following contents:

Profile 2:

Applicants with a Master's Degree of a fundamentally professional nature, specially orientated to the carrying out of a Doctoral thesis project of a legal nature, will have to take up to 21 ECTS credits in Complementary Training Courses focusing on the following contents:

Profile 3:

Applicants who, in their studies have not taken subjects oriented to data analysis, in addition to the above Complementary Training Courses, must complete 9 ECTS credits focusing on:

Interdisciplinary vision oriented to research with social impact

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Quality and regulations

For this doctorate

The program's lines of research are as follows:
- Social problems, intervention and social policy.
- Educational innovation and teaching-learning processes: history, current affairs and prospects.
- Clinical and health psychology.
- Family, protection and development.
- Interlinguistic and intercultural analysis.

Faculty by lines of research

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Comillas CIHS

Cantoblanco Campus.

Since its foundation, the Faculties of Human and Social Sciences, Theology and Canon Law at Comillas Pontifical University have had the vocation to promote humanism and plurality.

It is defined by its desire to train people capable of taking thought and ideas to the highest levels, and to give them the necessary skills to be useful and improve life in the complex world in which we live.

Preguntas frecuentes

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  • A maximum of three years, full-time, and five years, part-time, from admission to the program until the application for submission of the doctoral thesis is made.

  • 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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PhD Coordinator:
María Prieto Ursúa

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

Information points:
Faculty of Human and Social Sciences
Teresa Codina
C/ Universidad Comillas, 3
28049 - Madrid
Tel. +34 91 734 39 50 - Ext: 2512

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