Inter-university doctorate in Migration Studies (UJA-UGR)


Become a qualified researcher in the field of fmigration studies under the supervision of world-wide acknowledged scientists

The Doctoral Programme in Migration Studies from the University of Granada, University of Jaén and Pablo de Olavide University is verified according to the regulations of RD 99/2011 It allows the incorporation of those people who are willing to start doctoral studies at the university in Spain from any country in the world and who have graduated training in areas such as legal sciences, social sciences, human sciences or any other area that may be of interest in migration studies. His training vocation is clearly transdisciplinary.

The program will begin to be taught from the 2013-2014 academic year with an offer of 2 places (10 at the University of Granada, 5 at the University of Jaén and 5 at the Pablo de Olavide University). As a general rule, dedication to the doctorate will be full time. In duly justified exceptional cases, the Academic Commission of the Program may agree, at the request of the person concerned, to monitor part-time studies. The number of students admitted for each course with a part-time dedication will not exceed 10 percent of the places offered. Part-time candidates must meet the same admission criteria as the rest.

Also take advantage of the transversal and unique complementary training of the University of Jaén and all the activities aimed at improving your personal and professional projection that the UJA provides associated with this degree.

  • Study migrations from a social, cultural and gender analysis
  • Analyze migrations from a psychosocial approach
  • Analyze migration and human development from a social, legal and political dimension, from the framework of the Welfare State and Diversity Management
  • Training in Migration Studies from a transdisciplinary perspective
  • Provide epistemological and methodological tools for understanding globalization and human mobility, work and migrations
  • Train and specialize students in Migration Studies through activities such as the search for and management of scientific information, an entrepreneurial route, preparation of a research project, patents, professional orientation course and job search techniques, writing and preparation workshop from a scientific article

In the monography of the degree report you can consult the complete list of academic competences accredited by the inter-university Doctorate in Migration Studies at the University of Jaén.

The ideal applicant profile is people like you, who are interested in developing research in this field and willing to take advantage of the opportunities offered. Applicants should be motivated for making new discoveries through research, and have the capacity for critical thinking, comprehension, interpretation and application of research results, as well as basic skills in computer tools and English language.

General access requirements for Doctoral Programmes at the University of Jaen

In general, access to an official doctoral programme is available to persons in possession of a Spanish official bachelor's degree, or equivalent, and a university master's degree.

Access is also available to persons who meet one of the following conditions:

  1. Being in possession of an official Spanish university qualification, or one of another member country of the European Higher Education Area, which qualifies them for access to a master's degree in accordance with the provisions of Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of October 29, and having obtained a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in all official university studies, of which at least 60 must be at master's level.
  2. Being in possession of an official Spanish degree whose duration, according to the rules of Community law, is at least 300 ECTS credits. These graduates must attend the mandatory bridging courses referred to in Article 7.2 of these regulations, unless the curriculum of said degree includes research training credits equivalent in educational value to the research credits obtained in master’s degree courses.
  3. Being in possession of a university degree and, after obtaining a training place in the entrance test to specialized medical training, having obtained a positive evaluation in at least two years of training in a programme to obtain an official degree in one of the Health Science specialties.
  4. Being in possession of a degree obtained under a foreign education system, without need for official recognition, after the University has verified that said degree accredits a level of education equivalent to the Spanish official master´s degree and allows admission to doctoral studies in the country issuing the qualification. In no case shall this admission imply the official recognition of the original qualification held by the individual or its recognition for purposes other than access to doctoral studies. Regardless of this, the doctoral degree obtained will be officially valid in Spain.
  5. Being in possession of a Bachelor, Architect or Engineer degree and also having achieved the Diploma de Estudios Avanzados in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 778/1998, of April 30, or the research proficiency stipulated in the Royal Decree 185/1985, of January 23.
  6. Being in possession of another Spanish doctoral degree obtained under earlier university regulations.

Specific access requirements for the Doctoral Programme in Migration Studies

  • Capabilities. Resources and skills for recognition of human diversity and respect for human rights and other forms of recognition of equality among human beings. Along with this, mastery of basic resources in research in social sciences and/or humanities will be recommended.
  • Previous knowledge. Graduate and postgraduate studies in social sciences and/or humanities that include some of the basic themes in the study of migratory processes: human mobility, demography, migratory theories, immigration law, stereotype and prejudice studies, studies on racism and xenophobia , etc.
  • Types of degrees. It can be accessed from any master's degree in social sciences or humanities, although the possibility of admission from other master's degrees will be studied if a work plan is presented that may be of interest to the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Programme.

Training supplements

Training supplements are established based on the entry profile. The necessary training complements for each profile will be agreed upon by consensus between the program coordinator and the tutor assigned to the student; They will depend on the basic training, the admission profile of the doctoral student and the line of research selected, and will preferably be chosen from the subjects of the Master's Degrees related to the Doctoral Program.

The Academic Commission of the program will analyze in particular the cases of students with special educational needs in order to adapt the training program to guarantee the acquisition of the competences of the doctoral level.

Admission criteria.

In accordance with the provisions of article 7 of RD 99/2011, which regulates official doctoral teaching, as well as the regulations governing official doctoral teaching and the doctoral degree by the University of Granada, approved in Governing Council of May 2, 2012, the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Programme in Migration Studies at the University of Granada, University of Jaén and Pablo de Olavide University agrees on the following admission criteria:

  1. Academic record (average grade). A range between 0 and 5 will be established, with 0 being the score corresponding to the minimum grade necessary to pass the degree studies and 5 the score corresponding to the maximum grade that can be achieved.
  2. Curriculum vitae. Previous experience in research and teaching will be valued up to 2 points.
  3. Connection through Scholarship or Contract with the University of Granada or with any other of the collaborating institutions. Up to 2 points.
  4. Knowledge of English (include if the program sees another or other languages convenient). The candidate must accredit level B2 or equivalent. Up to 1 point.
  5. Present the endorsement of a professor of the program or a researcher of recognized prestige with availability to assume the direction or co-direction of the thesis. Up to 1 point.
  6. Personal interview with the program coordinator. The motivation and personal commitment of the student to the Doctoral Programme will be valued. Up to 1 point.

Admission to the programme will require a minimum score of 7 points. The admission criteria will be common for full-time and part-time students, who will have to establish and justify their dedication in the admission application. Students with specific educational needs derived from the disability will have an academic advisor during the admission process who will assess the need for possible curricular adaptations, itineraries or alternative studies.

Students may enroll in doctoral studies at full dedication, or part-time if duly justified. The maximum period of permanence in PhD studies will be 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time. Students may ask for an ordinary extension for one year if enrolled full-time or two years if enrolled part-time. After this, all students may ask for an extraordinary extension period of one year. Applications for the extensions provided for in current legislation are to be duly reasoned and will be resolved by the Academic Committee for the PhD programme. Students may also apply for a temporary leave for a maximum period of one year, and extendible to one further year. Students may be excluded from the programme if they do not renew enrolments or if they obtain two negative overall assessments consecutively in the training and research activities in which they are enrolled for that year.

According to the rules for enrolment of the University of Jaen, application for doctoral studies is open during the complete year. Application and enrolment in doctoral studies can be done through the University Servicio de Gestión Académica.

There are four periods for application and registration during the year. Places not covered in one period will be added to next period´s offer.

School Year 2023/2024

  • First cohort (application open until September 30, 2023; admission and registration during October, 2023)
    • Nº of places offered: 5
  • Second cohort (application open until January 31, 2024; admission and registration during February, 2024)
    • Nº of places offered: 0
  • Third cohort (application open until May 31, 2024; admission and registration during June, 2024)
    • Nº of places offered: 0

Send us your application, and you will receive a personalized response in due time.

Yearly demand for places

If you are willing to apply for grants, please check the University International Relations website.

Academic Information

This doctoral programme is based on research lines carried out by teaching and research staff that will be in charge of supervising your research work. The mentor (who may also be your supervisor or a different member of the PhD programme) will guide you through the training activities of the programme.

While the mentor must belong to the university´s permanent staff that participates in the doctoral programme, the thesis supervision can be assigned to any person participating in the programme who is in possession of a PhD degree and has a qualified research experience, either from inside or from outside of the university.

Research topics (UJA)

  1. Social, cultural and gender analysis of migrations
  2. Social, legal and political analysis of migrations and human development: welfare state and diversity management

Research topic: Social, cultural and gender analysis of migrations

Profesorado de la línea de investigación Análisis social, cultural y de género de las migraciones
Name ORCID code Affiliation
Agrela Romero, Belén 0000-0001-8976-9710 UJA
García Luque, Antonia UJA

Research topic: Social, legal and political analysis of migrations and human development: welfare state and diversity management

Profesorado de la línea de investigación Análisis social, jurídico y político de las migraciones y desarrollo humano: estado de bienestar y gestión de la diversidad
Name ORCID code Affiliation
Esteban de la Rosa, Gloria 0000-0003-1699-7493 UJA
Grande Gascón, Mª Luisa 0000-0003-0803-534X UJA
Ruíz Seisdedos, Susana 0000-0003-2660-8172 UJA
Sotomayor Morales, Eva 0000-0002-5579-3859


Blázquez Vilaplana, Belén 0000-0003-0440-9113 UJA

  • 1. Social, cultural and gender analysis of migrations
  • 2. Globalization and human mobility: work and migrations
  • 3. Psychosocial analysis of migrations
  • 4. Social, legal and political analysis of migrations and human development: welfare state and diversity management

Research topic: Social, cultural and gender analysis of migrationss

Profesorado de la línea de investigación Análisis social, cultural y de género de las migraciones
Name ORCID code Affiliation
Agrela Romero, Belén 0000-0001-8976-9710 UJA
Bravo Moreno, Ana 0000-0001-6298-0428 EXTERNO
García Castaño, F. Javier 0000-0001-6833-9527 EXTERNO
Álvarez Veinguer, Aurora 0000-0003-1181-8214 EXTERNO
Cárdenas Rodríguez, Mª Rocío 0000-0003-1737-3092 EXTERNO
González Alcantud, José Antonio 0000-0002-1483-9865 EXTERNO
Llorent Bedmar, Vicente 0000-0003-4166-6098 EXTERNO

Research topic: Globalization and human mobility: work and migrations

Profesorado de la línea de investigación Globalización y movilidad humana: trabajo y migraciones
Name ORCID code Affiliation
Alarcón Cabrera, Carlos 0000-0002-7697-9273 EXTERNO
Cohen Amselem, Aron 0000-0002-4830-7955 EXTERNO
Soriano Miras, Rosa María 0000-0001-8296-2382 EXTERNO
Cordero Ramón, Nuria 0000-0002-9875-1042 EXTERNO
Rodríguez Prieto, Rafael 0000-0002-8056-1785 EXTERNO
Soriano Díaz, Ramón Luís 0000-0003-0773-3904 EXTERNO

Research topic: Psychosocial analysis of migrations

Profesorado de la línea de investigación Análisis psicosocial de las migraciones
Name ORCID code Affiliation
Macías Gómez-Estern, Beatriz 0000-0003-4952-1811 EXTERNO
Sánchez Medina, José Antonio EXTERNO
Musitu Ochoa, Gonzalo 0000-0002-8668-1526 EXTERNO
Navarro González, Mª Elena EXTERNO
Ramírez Garrido, Juan Daniel 0000-0001-8480-4716 EXTERNO
Villalba Quesada, Cristina 0000-0002-0580-7132 EXTERNO
Vives Montero, Mª Carmen 0000-0003-3532-039X EXTERNO

Research topic: Social, legal and political analysis of migrations and human development: welfare state and diversity management

Profesorado de la línea de investigación Análisis social, jurídico y político de las migraciones y desarrollo humano: estado de bienestar y gestión de la diversidad
Name ORCID code Affiliation
Esteban de la Rosa, Gloria 0000-0003-1699-7493 UJA
de la Fuente Robles, Yolanda María 0000-0002-2643-0100 UJA
Díaz Aznarte, Mª Teresa 0000-0003-2032-3926 EXTERNO
Fernández Avilés, José Antonio EXTERNO
García Valverde, Mª Dolores EXTERNO
Grande Gascón, Mª Luisa 0000-0003-0803-534X UJA
Huete García, Mª Ángeles 0000-0001-5789-6811 EXTERNO
Linares Abad, Manuel 0000-0002-4285-1335 UJA
Moya Escudero, Mercedes 0000-0003-2325-8090 EXTERNO
Pérez Alonso, Esteban Juan 0000-0003-0665-7524 EXTERNO
Robles Egea, Antonio 0000-0002-9341-0011 EXTERNO
Ruíz Seisdedos, Susana 0000-0003-2660-8172 UJA
Sotomayor Morales, Eva 0000-0002-5579-3859 UJA

During the course of your PhD thesis, you will be asked to take a set of training activities aimed at achieving the main competences that every PhD from the University of Jaen must develop by the end of doctoral studies:

Compulsory training activities

  • General: Framework of doctoral studies.
  • General: Framework of scientific research. Research policies.
  • General: Design and follow-up of research projects.
  • General: Knowledge transfer.
  • General: Dissemination of research results.
  • General: Employment and researcher career.
  • Specific: Relevant contribution from the PhD thesis.

In addition, the student may also get enrolled in other training activities (most of which are programme-specific), aimed at acquisition of specific competences of this doctoral programme.

Optional training activities:

  • General: Doctoral seminars.
  • Specific: Active participation in seminars, conferences, symposia, courses and workshops.
  • Specific: Short-term visit (minimum three months) to a foreign research institution (compulsory for students willing to achieve the International mention in their PhD degree).

You may check the calendar of training activities.

You can get more detailed information on the procedures for registration for the different activities and available grants.

All general training activities are in Spanish. Some specific training activities may be in English.

PhD students must pass a yearly evaluation of their activities. This includes general compulsory activities of doctoral studies and specific optional activities offered by the programme. After enrolment, you will receive a link for completion of your Student´s record of training activitiesand Research plan.

Each year, students must present proof of participation in at least two training activities. Nonetheless, the Academic commission may issue a positive evaluation for students with only one activity if this is duly justified.

The studies are duly completed with the presentation of the PhD thesis and the student´s public dissertation.

After completion of the Research Plan and Training activities, students may proceed to the public defense of their PhD thesis once the thesis has received initial approval from the PhD thesis supervisor(s) and the Academic Committee of the PhD programme as well as final approval from the Steering Committee of the Doctoral School. In order to receive this approval, the thesis must have achieved a relevant contribution signed by the PhD student as first author. The adequacy of the contribution will be determined according to the criteria established by the Comisión Nacional Evaluadora de la Actividad Investigadora (CNEAI) for the main areas of research and knowledge.

At the time of finishing your thesis you may need to check the rules that apply for writing the thesis in a foreign language and for the deposit and thesis defense.

Broadening your experience in other universities now becomes essential in a scenario where information, enterprise and society are globalized. Short-term visits (of at least 3 months) to a foreing institution allow doctoral students to achieve the International mention in their diploma. In addition, the option of JointSupervision allows you to achieve a PhD degree issued simultaneously by University of Jaen and by a foreign university. Under this modality of study, you will be assigned a thesis supervisor in each of the participating universities under the conditions laid down in the corresponding cotutele agreement.

PhD students may also spend part or most of their training period in a company. The mention of Industrial Doctorate can be obtained provided that the topic of the thesis is embedded in the research strategy of a company to which the doctoral student is bound by a contractual agreement.

There are different types of mobility grants for doctoral students, including FPI (MINECO), FPU (MECD), individual PAIDI grants or Plan de Apoyo a la Investigación, Desarrollo Tecnológico e Innovación from Jaen University. Sudents may also apply for grants from Campus de Excelencia Internacional, Erasmus mobility grants, and grants offered by the Doctoral School of Jaen University.

Complementary Study Programs

The University of Jaén is committed to an integral training of its students. On this page you will find complementary training activities that will allow you to configure a comprehensive curriculum that favors your employability and your professional and personal development. Check this page regularly because the information is continuously updated.

There are no programs of complementary studies that match the specified filter criteria.

Career Guidance

Internship Training in Companies

The University of Jaen is aware that internships in companies can be essential to your professional career. For that reason, it offers a range of options for you to get enrolled in extracurricular internships, including the University programmes for entrepreneurial activities and Icaro programme. The calls from University of Jaen´s Plan de Apoyo a la Transferencia del Conocimiento, el Emprendimiento y la Empleabilidad may offer you multiple options to facilitate your incorporation to the world of work.

Career Prospects

  • Access to research and academic teaching both nationally and internationally
  • Academic specialization for labor insertion related to migrations in the field of social, legal and political sciences. Professional opportunities in the public and private spheres and, especially, in the Third Sector
  • Highly qualified professionalization in the field of migrations
  • Creation of a management company and/or psychosocial, legal, political, cultural advice... related to migratory processes
  • Design, creation, development and undertaking of innovative and innovative scientific projects in different fields fo knowledge

Coordination and Quality

The academic coordination commission is the collegiate body in charge of direction and academic management of the title. It interacts directly with the students and is in charge of programming the academic activities offered to the students, preparing the calendar, as well as other academic aspects necessary for an optimal development of the title. It will also be in charge of introducing the modifications included in the improvement process proposed by the title´s Quality Assurance System.


  • Coordinator: Francisco Javier Durán Ruiz (UGR)
  • Coordinator local: Dra. Agrela Romero, Belén (UJA). PTU
  • Ana Bravo Moreno (UGR)
  • Aron Cohen Amselem (UGR)
  • Susana Ruiz Seisdedos, (UJA)
  • José Antonio Fernández Avilés, (UGR)
  • Maria Luisa Grande Gascon, (UJA)
  • Beatriz Macias Gomez-Estern (UPO)
  • Antonio Robles Egea (UGR)
  • Victoria Rodríguez-Rico Roldán (UGR)
  • Jose Antonio Sanchez Medina (UPO)
  • Rosa María Soriano Miras (UGR)

The Internal Quality Assurance Commission of the Doctoral programme performs the function of promoting and facilitating the continued improvement of the different activities (teaching, research, transfer of results, administrative issues) concerning the title. It also analyses the academic results and the level of satisfaction the title and prepares the improvement plan that the Academic commission will then put in practice.


  • Coordinador/a del Programa de Doctorado: F. Javier García Castaño (UGR)
  • Un miembro del equipo de dirección de la Escuela Internacional de Posgrado (pendiente de nombramiento)
  • Salvador Muñoz Ruiz (PAS)
  • Un estudiante/doctorando (pendiente de nombramiento)
  • Belén Agrela Romero (UJA)
  • Beatriz Macías Gómez-Estern (UPO)
  • José Antonio Fernández Avilés (UGR) (Suplente)
  • Un estudiante del Programa de Doctorado (Suplente) (pendiente de nombramiento)

The quality assurance system of Jaen University has a two-tiered structure of responsibility. On one side, the corresponding Vice-Rectorate coordinates the quality evaluation process for the different titles, departments and university services and, on the other, the Academic Centre in charge of the title, which applies its Quality Assurance System. You may check the Internal Quality Assurance System of this doctoral programme at the website of the coordinating institution.

All official titles given by Jaen University undergo different evaluation processes by the Dirección de Evaluación y Acreditación (DEVA) of the Agencia Andaluza del Conocimiento. The different evaluation reports of this title (verification, modification, follow-up and renewal of accreditation) are available through the following link: informes de evaluación de títulos de la DEVA.

The relevant information for this title concerning number of new enrolments, academic results and student´s level of satisfaction with the title is available at the university statistical yearbook (anuario estadístico de la Universidad de Jaén) under the headings “Estudiantes” and “Satisfacción de los grupos de interés”.

You may also check the dropout rates (informes de abandono) for the titles given by Jaen University.

Employability is one of the most important elements of the quality of the title. You can take a look at the report on employability for the different titles at Jaen University (estudios sobre la inserción laboral de los titulados) where you will find the most common professional careers of people who took this doctorate before you.