Academic Commission

  • Carmen Beviá Baeza (Director)
  • Francesco Turino (Secretary)
  • Paloma Taltavull de la Paz (Subdirector)
  • José Manuel Casado Díaz
  • Antonio Escudero Gutiérrez
  • Juan Mora López
  • Fidel Pérez Sebastián
  • Joel Sandonís Díez

         Responsibilities of the Academic Commission

  • Establish requirements and additional criteria for the selection and admission of students.
  • Assign a tutor and an director to each doctoral student.
  • Authorize the extensions to the doctorate studies.
  • Annually evaluate the research plan and the document of activities of the doctoral students.
  • Approve the thesis defense and propose the evaluation committee.
  • Authorize the stays and activities outside Spain of the doctoral students aimed at obtaining the mention of International PhD.
  • Designate as many internal subcommittees as necessary to guarantee the proper performance of their activities.

Research areas


  1.  Economic Theory
  2.  Experimental Economics and Behavioral Economics
  3.  Social Networks
  4.  Industrial Organization
  5.  Social Choice Theory
  6.  Public Economics
  7.  Health Economics

Macroeconomics and Econometrics

  1.  Macroeconomics
  2.  Econometrics
  3.  Labor Economics
  4.  Development Economics
  5.  Microeconometrics
  6.  Macroeconometrics
  7.  Regional Economics

Appplied Economics

  1.  Real Estate Economics
  2.  Tourism Economics
  3.  Economics of Innovation and New Technologies
  4.  Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment
  5.  Transport Economics
  6.  International Economics
  7.  Development and Poverty


Admission Profile

We encourage students with a solid academic background in quantitative methods and economics, preferably with a master degree in quantitative economics or applied economics, to apply.

For students who are in possession of master's degrees in Economics, Quantitative Economics, Applied Economics, Quantitative Methods, Mathematics and related areas, obtained in Spanish and foreign renowned universities, admission to the PhD is conditional upon obtaining a score more than satisfactory (indicatively, not less than an average score of 7 over 10). In each case, the Academic Committee of the doctoral programme will evaluate the student's transcript and will decide on its admission.

For students who are not in possession of the aforementioned degrees, admission to the PhD is conditional on the valuation of the Academic Commission. The Academic Commission, in view of the student's curriculum, may establish specific doctoral training activities.

For students who require part-time doctoral studies, the admission criteria are the same. The procedure and the conditions to be fulfilled are those in force in the doctoral regulations (See the EDUA web page).

Admission Requirements

Detail information about the legal admission requirements can be found at  EDUA web page.

Admission Criteria

The admission criteria will be based on the merit and capacity of the applicants, according to their academic certificates, the Curriculum Vitae and a personal interview.

For these purposes, admission will be based on the weighting of the following criteria:

  • Academic Record (50%)
  • Knowledge of a language commonly used in the scientific community to which the PhD program belongs (25%)
  • Personal interview with the applicant (15%)
  • Recommendation letters by university professors that have direct knowledge of the capacity and competence of the applicant (10%)

The admission criteria for part-time students will be the same as those contemplated for full-time students.

Training activities

All students will have to do a series of transversal activities; some of those activities are common to all doctoral programs whereas others are specific to each individual program.

Common compulsory transversal training activities

  • ACTIVITY 1: Tools for the management and recovery of information

  • ACTIVITY 2: Goals and objectives of research

  • ACTIVITY 3: Scientific Communication Models

  • ACTIVITY 4: Transfer of Knowledge Models

For more information check the EDUA web page.

Specific Activities

  • ACTIVITY 1: Seminars and research workshops

Detail and planning: The doctorate students must attend seminars given by researchers associated with the doctoral program or invited professors.

Control procedure: Students must attend a minimum of 20 of these seminars, which will be included in the document of activities of the doctoral student.

Actions and criteria of mobility: Mobility aids for invited professors.

  • ACTIVITY 2: Seminars for doctoral students

Detail and planning: The doctorate students must present and defend publically the work done during each academic year to the rest of the students and professors of the doctorate program.

Control procedure: Students must present and attend the presentation of the rest of students. Their participation will be included in the document of activities of the student.

  • ACTIVITY 3: Tutorials

Detail and planning: Specific training made by the thesis advisor: aspects such as scientific knowledge in the context of the object of research, management of techniques and software needed to carry out the research, design and analysis of experiments, discussion and dissemination of the research' results. This activity also includes training for the writing of the Doctoral Thesis.

Control procedure: The thesis advisor will supervise the information provided by the doctoral student in the document of activities of the doctoral student.

  • ACTIVITY 4: Scientific communication

Detail and planning: Specific training in scientific communication. Activities include preparation, shipping the manuscript, and (in the case of acceptance) public exhibition of work related to the topic of thesis in congresses, conferences and meetings (workshops) or national or international PhD workshops.

Control procedure: Certificate of attendance to the event of scientific communication and bibliographic reference of the event minutes in the document for activities of the doctorate.

Actions and criteria of mobility: Mobility grants for PhD students.

  • ACTIVITY 5: Stays at universities and research centers

Number of hours: Minimum stay of one month, with the possibility of splitting the period in fractions of time.

Detail and planning: Specific training consisting of the mobility of the student to a different university or research center.

Control procedure: Participation Certificate of the visiting period issued by the host University or research center.

Actions and criteria of mobility: Mobility grants for PhD students.

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