Looking for a PhD in Communications? Find out more about CEINDO CEU’s Doctorate in Social Communications.



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Welcome to the Doctorate Program in Social Communications

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The Doctorate Program in Social Communication aims to promote knowledge in those areas of social sciences particularly impacted by new communication technologies. It seeks to:

  • Prepare and integrate future researchers in the Community of Researchers on Social Communication Trends (CITEC), which brings together the work of groups focused on the program´s general areas of interest: vulnerable audiences, communication, public sphere and citizenship; specialized communication, innovation, and technologies.
  • Train candidates to join the international network of researchers of social change brought about by new technologies in the digital society.
  • Promote cyber security and explore the cultural impact of rapidly evolving media and digital communication networks.

Training is carried out through participation in European and national projects such as those of the National R&D Plan, regional competition announcements, and internal projects of the University itself.

CEINDO CEU Doctorado Internacional

Over 75years’

experience at all educational levels

What sets us apart?

1. Research

Work with the top researchers in their fields.


2. Global in Scope

Conduct research abroad.

3. Professional Development

Develop your research skills and advance your professional career.

Academic Committee Academic Committee


Tamara Vázquez Barrio
Tamara Vázquez Barrio
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Ana Beriain Bañares
Assistant Coordinator (UAO CEU)
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Elvira García de Torres
Elvira García de Torres
Assistant Coordinator (UCH CEU)
[email protected]
María Puchalt López
María Puchalt López
[email protected]

Research Coordinators

  • LINE 1: Communication and vulnerable audiences.
    José Francisco Serrano Oceja [email protected]
  • LINE 2: Communications, citizenship, and the public sphere.
    Tamara Vázquez Barrio [email protected]
  • LINE 3: Specialized communication, innovation, and technologies.
    Elvira García de Torres [email protected]

Additional researchers

Postdoctoral Advisors

Research Líneas de Investigación

LINE 1. Communication and vulnerable audiences.

José Francisco Serrano Oceja
Research Coordinator

The Digital society, Communication, and Vulnerable Audiences area of research studies the effects of new Internet-based technologies on users, especially those in most need of protection and instruction, so-called ‘vulnerable audiences ‘. The main purposes are:

  • Promoting cybersecurity.
  • Contributing to the enhancement of digital confidence in business and government relations.
  • Promoting digital literacy to mitigate the harmful effects of the “digital divide” at home and school.
  • Participating in European media promotion strategies.
  • Promoting self-regulation as the best way to encourage network administrators and users to freely share the responsibility of ensuring a protected virtual space.

LÍNE 2. Communications, Citizenship, and the Public Sphere

Tamara Vazquez Barrio
Tamara Vázquez Barrio
Research Coordinator

The Communications, Citizenship, and the Public Sphere field of study focuses the agents and processes involved in building and bolstering citizenship and the public sphere in the network society. The main areas of research are:

  • Institutions and intangible assets: communication, reputation, and leadership.
  • New trends in political communication.
  • Digital citizenship
  • Mediatized politics, infotainment, and political fiction
  • Convergence of media in the digital society
  • Populist narratives: politicians, citizens, and new conversations.

LÍNE 3. Specialized Communication, Innovation and Technologies

Elvira García de Torres
Elvira García de Torres 
Research Coordinator

Emerging contents, new trends, journalistic, advertising and cinematographic forms and languages are the subject of study of line 3: Specialized Communication, Innovation and Technologies. The research projects in this field of study will immerse you in:

  • Scientific, technological, and environmental Journalism.
  • Creative resources, brands, and consumers in the digital age.
  • Institutional communication, campaigns and CSR, new trends in digital communication, journalism´s survival in open environments, citizen participation, and social media.
  • Formatos y lenguajes multimedia y multipantalla. Análisis textual cinematográfico.
  • Convergencia del diseño, la imagen y la producción en los nuevos medios de comunicación.

Admissions Profile

This doctoral program is intended for students with a background in human, social or communication sciences, with a particular interest in the influence of mediated communication and information and communication technologies on individuals and society as a whole. It is recommended that students possess a solid knowledge of foreign languages, especially English, for the study of specialized international resources.
See our General Admissions Criteria

Specific Criteria for Admission

The Academic Committee is responsible for evaluating those applications that fit the recommended admissions profile and requirements, and putting forward proposals for admission. The Academic Committee will review each case individually to confirm whether or not the candidate’s previous training is suitable for the doctorate program, and whether the candidate should complete any additional training.
The Academic Committee will evaluate the application for admission based on the following criteria:
– Previous qualifications, priority will be given to those relating to Communication Sciences (2 points out of 10).
– Academic transcripts (4 points out of 10, of which 3 will be for the Bachelor’s degree and 1 for the Master’s degree).
– Proposal describing research experience and interests (1 point out of 10).
– Letters of recommendation -a maximum of two- (2 points out of 10).
– Other qualifications such as internships, research grants or publications (1 point out of 10).

Admission procedures for students with special educational needs due to disability.
In the case of students with special educational needs due to disability, the Academic Committee of each program will issue a pre-admission report evaluating the possibility of a modified curriculum, courses and/or alternative studies in accordance to the principles of equal opportunity, without prejudice to the competencies of the universities´ Equal Opportunity programs.

Training Plan



Training Complements

The Academic Committee of the doctoral program will determine the appropriate training complement (courses, research work) in each case as established in the VERIFICA Report:

  • Epistemological issues related to the communication of media research.
  • New forms of rhetoric and cultural mediation.
  • Quantitative methods applied to mediated communication research.
  • Qualitative methods applied to mediated communication research.


– Comprehensive understanding of a field of study and mastery of related skills and research methods.
– Ability to devise, design, create, implement and adopt a significant process of research or development.
– Ability to push the limits knowledge through original research.
– Ability to analyze, assess, and synthesize new and complex ideas in a critical fashion.
– Ability to engage the academic and scientific communities, and society at large, with your fields of knowledge, through international scientific standards and languages
– Ability to promote, both academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic and cultural progress within the knowledge society.
– Coping in contexts where specific information is limited.
– Finding the key questions that must be answered in order to solve a complex problem.
– Designing, creating, developing, and undertaking new and innovative projects in your field of knowledge.
– Working both independently and as part of a larger team, in an international or multidisciplinary context.
– Integrating knowledge, dealing with complexity and forming opinions based on limited information.
– Criticism and intellectual defense of solutions.
– Ability to develop a critical attitude towards the professional work of communication intermediaries in companies specializing in the processing of information and/or the promotion of the cultural industry.
– Ability to understand and master research methods applied to communication from a theoretical and practical perspective.
– Ability to analyze the social influence of the media and practical mastery of their uses.
– Ability to develop the specific skills and abilities of communication, information and advertising professionals.
– Ability to use the various traditional and online media in an advanced way.
– Ability to assess contents of audiovisual communication, advertising and journalism.
– Ability to understand the social and communicative changes brought about by the process of implementation of new technologies and the Internet.

Doctoral Thesis

You can consult the procedure below for the deposit and defence of the thesis at the CEU International Doctoral School (CEINDO):

Specific requirements of the Doctoral Program in Social Communication:


You can consult the regulations established in article RD99/2011 and other external regulations, as well as CEINDO’s internal regulations at:

You can consult the information related to mentions at:

You can consult the thesis defended at:

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