General information

The doctoral programme in Mathematics and Computer Science encompasses a body of activities through which students acquire advanced training and prepare a doctoral thesis in one of the associated research areas. It is organized by the UB’s Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science.

The programme covers eight lines of research whose researchers belong to consolidated groups recognized by the Government of Catalonia, which are also supported by Spanish and European grants, providing considerable scope for national and international collaborations.

The lines of research are:

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry

Stochastic Analysis

Mathematical Analysis

Computer Science

Differential Geometry and Topology

Mathematical Logic

Dynamical Systems

Number Theory

Doctoral student profile

Holders of master’s degrees in subjects related to the research areas covered by the programme, such as the master’s degrees in Advanced Mathematics and in Fundamental Principles of Data Science, offered by the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, and the inter-university master’s degrees in Artificial Intelligence and in Pure and Applied Logic.

Career opportunities

PhD graduates in our program find their jobs in universities, companies and public or private research centres, both national and international.

While a few years ago the main job of Mathematics research lines was the academic career, now it is common for our doctors to also access jobs in the computer or financial sectors, data analysis, among others. Their ability of abstraction and versatility are highly sought after qualities.

Our graduates in the line of Computer Science assume successfully responsibilities of creation, advice and design. They are able to lead transformative projects in artificial intelligence and data analysis in R&D centres and companies, act as CEO and CTO of startups and develop a scientific career in prestigious universities and research centres.

  • To provide advanced scientific training to doctoral students with a view to conducting quality research in the fields of Mathematics and Computer Science across both academic and professional settings.
  • To give students the greatest possible scope to acquire interdisciplinary expertise.


The PhD Program in Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Barcelona Graduate School (EDUB) is designed to lead to a high level education and the completion of a doctoral dissertation in one of the main research areas of the program. Each student has a supervisor who guarantees the training activities and the quality of the research.

The program, which has been adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) since the academic year 2006-2007, has obtained a positive verification from the Spanish Council of Universities in 2014 and is the continuation of the previous PhD Programs in Mathematics and Pure and Applied Logic.

It is part of the Official Post-Graduate Programme in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Barcelona, coordinated by the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science. The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and also the Department of Philosophy  in the Faculty of Philosophy participate in all the formative activities in the graduate studies (both departments also collaborate in the PhD Program of History of Science ). The Program groups together 8 lines of research, with a total of 70 possible advisers which provide an important interdisciplinary potential for the graduate students as well as the possibility to enjoy a wide diversity of fellowships (FPU, FPI, FI, APIF…).

The length of the doctoral studies, with a full time commitment, is a maximum of three years and 5 years, with a part time commitment,  starting from the admission (date of enrolment), until the deposit request of the thesis. The Academic Commission of the program may authorize an extension (Català) for a further year (full time commitment) or 2 years (part time commitment), that, exceptionally, may be extended by an additional year (català).

Each academic course has two admission periods: April-June (enrolment in September/October) and November-January (enrolment in February). The exact times are on the official annual calendar.

Graduate students will benefit from all the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science facilities, with an excellent location in downtown Barcelona and one of the best specialized Mathematics Library in Spain, with an important historical record of books and journals. The Library provides electronic access to all the international journals of Mathematics and related subjects. There is also a workroom with printing and WiFi connections. The Faculty also offers some traveling grants for research stays.

The program is regulated by Royal Decree 99/2011 and the General Regulations of the University of Barcelona on Graduate Studies. Evaluations and authorizations for PhD defenses are handled by the Academic Committee of the program, which is chaired by the coordinator of the program.