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Industrial PhD

The Industrial Doctorates Plan is a programme co-funded by the Government of Catalonia, in collaboration with the University, which aims to contribute to the competitiveness and internationalisation of Catalan industry, strengthen the instruments for attracting talent and encourage young researchers and future PhDs to develop R&D&I projects in companies.

The essential element of the industrial doctorate process is the research project of the company or institution in which the doctoral student carries out their research training, in collaboration with a university or research centre, and which is the subject of a doctoral thesis.

The Department of Management (DOE), within its areas of expertise, offers companies and institutions its collaboration, providing academic tutors for the completion of the doctoral thesis of the PhD student in line with the interests of R&D&I and the research project proposed by the company.


Benefits for the companies

  • The co-financing of the programme by the Government of Catalonia allows companies to save a significant part of the costs of innovation.

  • The industrial doctorate creates bridges with the University, its high-level scientists, resources and specialised infrastructures, serving as a link for technology transfer.

  • It attracts and helps to train high-potential people to improve the competitiveness and internationalisation of the company.

  • The research project developed by the doctoral student facilitates the undertaking of R&D&I projects, helping to boost innovation and competitiveness.

Benefits for doctoral students

  • The opportunity to participate in an R&D&I project that generates high added value to their CV, contracted by a company committed to innovation and research.

  • They are supervised by people from the company and the university who guide and continuously assess their progress.

  • They work with the resources of the university laboratories and in the company's facilities.

  • Be trained in research that integrates academic rigour and the practical needs of companies.

  • Have additional funding to attend conferences and other research resources.