Study and Research Programs

The PhD stage at ISDS-UB, extending over three years, includes a program of advanced studies and research activities. Both of these are organized with the goal to provide maximum flexibility regarding the participation of our students. They can study and do research either with a large interdisciplinary orientation, within modules, or with a focused interdisciplinary approach within Interdisciplinary Research Training Groups (IRTG). ISDS-UB organizes programs of advanced studies within:

  1. Two modules with large interdisciplinary orientations:
    • Exact and Natural Sciences;
    • Social Sciences and Humanities
  1. An Interdisciplinary Research Training Groups, developed around a research theme which requires an interdisciplinary approach, involving at least three Ph.D. supervisors from distinct fields.

ISDS organizes three levels of interdiscipinary studies and research, within modules and IRTGs:

  • focused interdisciplinarity
    • for Ph.D. students who’s research topic has an intrinsic interdisciplinary character and are part of an IRTG;
    • they have access to an advanced studies program and research activities which are focused on the interdisciplinary theme of the IRTG and which is in line with that of the Ph.D. thesis;
  • broad interdisciplinarity
    • for Ph.D. students whose research topic has an intrinsic interdisciplinary character and they are studying within a module;
    • they have access to an advanced studies program which has a broad interdisciplinary character (module) and research activities which are focused on the interdisciplinary theme of their Ph.D. thesis;
  • inceptive interdisciplinarity
    • for Ph.D. students who’s research topic has not an intrinsic interdisciplinary character but they are studying within a module;
    • they have access to an advanced studies program which has a broad interdisciplinary character (module) and research activities which are focused on the topic of their Ph.D. thesis.

Further information about ISDS-UB: Focus on Interdisciplinarity