Person and Society in the Contemporary World is an updated and expanded version of the former PhD in Social Psychology. Its purpose is none other than to analyse and explore the intelligibility of social reality and of psycho-social phenomena and processes in terms of theory, application and methodology. Thus, through its research lines, it deals with thematic areas that influence personal relations in today's society: the role of science and technology in the forms of social organisation, healthcare and risk management, identity construction processes, the structuring role of work, the social impact of sport, and gender issues are some of the phenomena that, without doubt, would be quoted by any analyst as being of special importance for understanding modern society and people's behaviour. The PhD programme in Person and Society in the Contemporary World must therefore allow its students to develop a far-reaching vision of modern society and the role of individuals within it, so that they can conduct research that is innovative and sensitive to the interests and needs of the contemporary world.

Candidate profile

The student profile for this PhD programme in Person and Society in the Contemporary World is that of a graduate in a subject area related to psychology, anthropology, sociology, political science or any other of the social sciences. Applicants must also have a master's degree in one of the above areas of knowledge, preferably in psychosocial research and intervention. In addition, applicants' academic interests must coincide with the lines of research of the groups participating in this PhD programme.

Professional opportunities

This PhD programme provides the following principal career options:

  • Academic career
  • Research in the social sciences
  • Psychosocial Intervention
  • Psychosocial consultancy
  • Teaching in the social sciences field

Objectives and justification

This PhD programme seeks to:

  • Train up highly proficient and skilled researchers.
  • Promote groundbreaking research lines.
  • Encourage and facilitate mobility and exchanges to forge links between lecturers and students from different countries and universities.


Francisco Tirado Serrano



Contact Person: Cristina Prats Vilarós
Phone: 93 581 2319
Social Psychology Department
Faculty of Psychology (Edificio B)
UAB Campus
08913 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)



This PhD programme has been awarded the Favorable Accreditation seal by the Catalan Quality Agency (AQU). To obtain this accreditation, the following items have been assessed: quality of the training programme, relevance of public information, teaching staff, learning support systems, quality of the results of the training programme and the SGIQ. You can consult more information in the 'Quality' section of this page.

Number of places available: 16
Fees: aprox. €540 per year View detail of the PhD's fees
Organising universities and institutions:
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Associated departments or institutes:
Department of Social Psychology

Collaborating institutions:
  • Universidad de Manizares
  • Universidad do Extremo Sul Catarinense (UNESC).
  • Societat Catalana de Seguretat i Medicina del Treball
  • Ayuntamiento de Coslada
  • Universidad del Pais Vasco (UPV)
  • Universidad Fluminense Brasil
  • 4 Alianza con Universidades de Brasil
  • University of Brigthon
  • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
  • Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina
  • Universidad Iberoamericana de Ciudad de Mexico
  • Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul
Social Sciences and Law

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