PhD in Business - Barcelona

The PhD in Business is a unique programme within the Catalan university system that enables students to carry out high-level research activities in business and management at the UB Business School, the centre for research and postgraduate and executive education in business at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Barcelona.

The programme is specifically intended for students seeking to embark on an international career in research. After successful completion of the programme, new PhD holders will be able to work as academics in universities, business schools or research centres. However, the academic arena is not only the career opportunity for students. The doctoral programme in Business also prepares them to work in fields like consulting.

The University of Barcelona is the top Southern European University in the QS World University Rankings. The graduate programme in Business is taught at the Faculty of Economics and Business, which is one of the largest in southwest Europe and has received outstanding results in the Ministry of Education's teaching and research quality reviews. Moreover, it is one of the largest economics and business faculties in Catalonia and one of the faculties belonging to the Barcelona Knowledge Campus, the most active "Campus of International Excellence" in Spain. Students enrolled in the programme can attend frequent seminars and talks by some of the world's top academics and professionals in the vibrant city of Barcelona.


Student profile:

Education background

48% Master at the University of Barcelona

24% Master at an American university

14% Master at an Asian university

14% Master at a Spanish university (excluding UB)

Geographic distribution

47% America

25% Spain

16% Asia-Africa-Oceania

12% Europe (excluding Spain)


Study Options: Full-Time (3 years) / Part-Time (5 years)

Application Requirements

  • Master degree in a related discipline
  • Two reference letters
  • Research proposal
  • Statement of interest

To enter a doctoral programme at the University of Barcelona, it is necessary to have completed 300 ECTS credits, and 60 of those have to correspond to an official graduate, research oriented master’s programme.

Language requirement: Sufficient level of English

More information: UB Business School

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