The Doctorate in Classical Archaeology programme offers wide-ranging instruction in the Mediterranean cultures from protohistory to late antiquity. It is taught by a team of professors and researchers involved in the research activities of each of the participating institutions (URV, ICAC and UAB) and imparts a wide range of theoretical and practical abilities unique in Catalan university education.

The teams and the lines of research are diverse in terms of their interdisciplinarity and transversality. This can be seen in the 8 research teams that make up the MIRMED (2014SGR 1197) consolidated research group coordinated by the ICAC, which is the scientific basis of the doctorate programme.

The programme places specialist laboratories at the disposal of the students and also offers the possibility of working at some of the main archaeological sites on the Mediterranean. Its objective is to train new generations of researchers able to associate an education in the humanities with in-depth experience in classical archaeology, heritage analysis and research specialisation.
In 2014, 23 students were enrolled in the doctorate programmes the ICAC participates in.
ICAC researchers, in addition to supervising theses as part of the aforementioned doctorate programmes, also direct the theses of other doctorate programmes outside the Institute.
In the academic year 2013-2014, the URV, the ICAC and the UAB inaugurated a new doctorate programme in Classical Archaeology, coordinated by the URV, as provided for in Royal Decree 99/2011. It was also the second year of the new URV Doctorate School that coordinates all the doctorate programmes in which the ICAC participates under Royal Decrees 56/2005, 1393/2007 and 778/1998.


Rovira i Virgili University (URV), the Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICAC) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).

General objectives

The main objective of the Doctorate in Classical Archaeology is to train students in high-quality advanced research. The general objectives are as follows:

  • To incorporate the doctoral candidate into a research group
  • To increase their abilities to acquire an intensive specialisation in the different orientations contributed by the lines of research defined in the programme
  • To strengthen their initiative for the development of research projects with the methodology and scientific principles of the line in which they carry out their research
  • To foster the acquisition of general skills related to the ability to work alone and as part of a group, participation in research projects, management of bibliographic databases, etc.
  • Preparation of the doctoral thesis

Structure of the doctorate

The doctorate programme training period is linked to the Master’s Degree in Classical Archaeology.
The doctorate also includes the organisation of specialised seminars and training workshops in the diverse lines of research included in the programme

Lines of research and thesis supervision

Research lines and supervisors (URV-ICAC).

Lines of research and thesis supervision (UAB).


  • Maximum number of students: 25
  • Admission and selection criteria

To enter the Doctorate Programme in its research period it is necessary to comply with the conditions established as entrance requirements in Article 19 and the additional fourth provision of Royal Decree 1393/2007.


Dr. Joaquín Ruiz de Arbulo
Committee Chairperson, representative of the URV Faculty of Arts
Department of History and the History of Art
Tel. 977 55 81 45
and the Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology
Tel. 977 24 91 33

Dr. Josep Maria Palet Martínez
PhD Program Supervisor
Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology
Tel. 977 24 91 33

Ana Gallego
ICAC Administrative Support
Tel. 977 24 91 33 (ext. 214)