Phd in Economic Analysis and Business Strategy


What you learn

Most of the research staff involved in the Official Doctoral Program in Economic Analysis and Business Strategy work either in research groups at the forefront within the Galician university system, or in other research groups that obtain funding in the different national or European competitive calls. Thus, the relevance of the research lines in which the program focuses is reflected in the scientific productivity of the participating research groups, which are: Natural and Environmental Resources Economics Research Group (ERENEA), with webpage ; Research Group in Energy, Innovation and Enviroment (REDE), with the website ; Research Group in Economic Analysis (RGEA), with the website ; Income, Territory and Labor Market Research Group, with the website cryo / Grupo-EA7.htm ; Group of Researchers in Empirical Economics (GriEE), with the website ; Statistical Inference, Decision and Operations Research Group (SiDOR), with the website ; Economic Studies Research Group: Transport, Work and Sustainability, with the website ; Business History Study Group (GEHE); Macroeconomics and Health Research Group (Macro-health); Regulatory, Economics and Finance Research Group (GREFIN); Jean Monnet Group on Competitiveness and Development in the European Union (C&D Group), with the website ; Research Group in Economic Analysis of Markets and Institutions (AEMI); Environmental Economics and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (ECON-NATURA) Research Group, with the website ; Research Group on Optimization, Decision, Statistics and Applications Models (MODESTYA), with the website pub / gi1914 ; Applied Financial Valuation Research Group (VALFINAP), with the website research / groups / valfinap . The Official Doctoral Program in Economic Analysis and Business Strategy aims to integrate each student into one of the research groups where the research staff belongs to. At the same time, the association of this program with the PhD in European Economics Erasmus Mundus (EDEEM) opens the possibility for student stays abroad in order to obtain a degree from two partner universities. It also makes it possible for students to obtain European funding to carry out their doctorate or stay at one of the partner universities. To obtain this funding, the candidate is required to take the Erasmus Mundus Master Models and Methods of Quantitative Economics (QEM) exams in advance. a>, in order to be approved for the European student program. This alternative will be offered to students in the program who may be interested.

Generic skills

BASIC AND GENERAL COMPETENCES CB11. Systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of related research skills and methods. CB12. Ability to conceive, design or create, implement and adopt a substantial research or creation process. CB13. Ability to contribute to the expansion of knowledge frontiers through original research. CB14. Ability to perform critical analysis and evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas. CB15. Ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community, and society in general, about their fields of knowledge in ways and languages commonly used in the international scientific community. CB16. Ability to foster, in academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advancement within a knowledge-based society. PERSONAL SKILLS AND SKILLS CA01. Capacity to develop knowledge in contexts where there is little specific information. CA02. Finding the key questions you need to answer to solve a complex problem. CA03. Design, create, develop and undertake new and innovative projects in your area of knowledge. CA04. Work both as a team and autonomously in an international or multidisciplinary context. CA05. Integrate knowledge, face complexity and formulate judgments with limited information. CA06. Carry out criticism and intellectual defense of solutions. OTHER COMPETENCES CE1. Knowledge of econometric methods and techniques for analyzing and obtaining information coming from testing hypotheses from empirical economic data. CE2. In-depth knowledge of theoretical models and their application to specific economic situations. CG1. Ability to present and defend with rigor, clarity and precision new ideas both in the usual working environment and in national or international scientific meetings. CT1. Ability to interact and defend with rigor, clarity and precision new ideas to specialists from other areas of knowledge.

Professional and academic career

Professional and academic career

The program aims to train experts with the skills necessary to use theoretical models and techniques that allow them to obtain information from testing hypotheses from empirical economic data, in order to develop an academic or professional career.

Companies and institutions involved

Formal steps to associate this program with the EU-funded PhD in European Economy Erasmus Mundus (EDEEM) have ended. The new EDEEM coordinator, Professor Herbert Dawid, received and returned to the University of Vigo the association document on April 3, 2014. EDEEM partners are the universities Paris I, Amsterdam, Bielefeld, Nova de Lisboa, Catholic de Louvain and Ca 'Foscari Venezia, as well as the École desHutes des Sciences in Social Sciences. The coordination corresponds to Bielefeld University since April 1st. The association of this program with the EDEEM opens the possibility of exchanging students and they will obtain a joint degree in two partner universities. Also that the students get European funding to carry out their doctorate or have a stay at one of the partner universities. To obtain this funding, the candidate must first take the Erasmus Mundus Master Models and Methods of QuantitativeEconomics (QEM) exams. a>, in order to approve the students of the European program. This alternative will be offered to students in our program who express their interest. On the one hand, it should be mentioned that the different research groups that are involved in this program maintain permanent contacts with other research groups and / or institutions and companies to carry out specific activities. Thus, for example, the REDE group collaborates with companies such as Alcoa, Valora, Iberdrola or PSA Citroën, among others. The ERENEA group collaborates with the Shipowners' Cooperative of the Port of Vigo, the CETMAR, the Caixa Galicia Foundation and the Economic and Social Council of Galicia. The GREFIN collaborates with companies such as Engasa and Sodecan, and the GEHE with Spas of Galicia and the Galician Chamber of Mining. The Research Group in Financial Management and Management Information Systems collaborates with the Galician Audiovisual Technology Platform and the Galician Logistics Technology Platform. The Research Group in Economic Studies: Transport, Work and Sustainability works with the Port Authority of Ferrol-San Cibrao, the Occupational Observatory of the UDC and the City Council of A Coruña, while the C + D Group collaborates with the Jean Monnet Action on European integration at the university and the ERDF expert assessment network of the EU Regional Policy Directorate. Macrosaealth works with the Ministry of Health of the Xunta de Galicia and the Chiesi laboratory among other entities. Within the groups of the University of Santiago de Compostela, the ECON-NATURA group has recently collaborated with the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Superior Court of Justice of Galicia in the assessment of the economic and environmental damage caused by the sinking of the Prestige ship. The MODESTYA group, in turn, has a long historical range of collaborating companies and research centers, within which we can highlight the IGE, the Ministry of Culture, Education and University Planning and the Ministry of Rural Environment or Sea. The AEMI group has been essential in the preparation of the annual reports of the Caixa Galicia Foundation on the economy of Galicia, while the researchers of the VALFINAP group collaborate with companies in the insurance and finance sectors, such as MAPFRE. Moreover, the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Vigo has maintained a close collaboration with the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto (Portugal) for the training of researchers for more than a decade. The doctoral program in Economics of Porto held doctoral stays in Vigo and this faculty welcomed four young doctors from Porto who chose to complete their post-doctoral training with funding from the Foundation for Science and Technology of the Portuguese Government. In order to give this collaboration an institutional character, a formal collaboration agreement with the University of Porto is being processed for the exchange of doctoral students.

Research lines

This are the main research lines for current study.

  • Análisis de las políticas económicas
  • Análisis económico financiero
  • Análisis macroeconómico dinámico
  • Comercialización e investigación de mercados
  • Comportamiento estratégico y teoría de juegos
  • Desigualdad y economía de género
  • Economía de la salud y de la familia
  • Economía espacial, urbana, regional e internacional
  • Economía industrial y de la información
  • Economía Medioambiental y de los recursos naturales
  • Historia económica
  • Métodos cuantitativos
  • Organización y estrategia de la empresa

Planning for teaching

Additional subject teaching

Candidates who do not meet all the necessary prior learning conditions for the programme may be required to complete additional courses in the form of subjects and modules from UDC Master’s and undergraduate programmes. The number of credits from additional subject teaching will not exceed 15 ECTS credits, which students may choose to complete before or after enrolment in the PhD programme.

Students who do not opt to complete additional coursework prior to enrolment should register for their extra subjects or modules at the same time as the PhD. Failure to complete additional coursework within a period of three consecutive terms will result in the termination of the student’s registration.

See also UDC PhD Policies and Regulations, Article 16: Applications.

EIDUDC teaching and training activities

EIDUDC teaching and training activities

Programme-specific teaching and training activities

1. Attendance to scheduled seminars. Students are expected to attend seminars systematically, in person or by video conference, read the documentation and ask questions and comments. Control procedure: face-to-face control. The Academic Commission of the Doctoral Program (CAPD) will issue a report on the attendance of each student. 2. Specific courses at the research frontier The CAPD will program specific courses, taught by prestigious researchers, to take the students to the frontier of knowledge in some lines of research specific to the program. Control procedure: face-to-face control. 3. Internships at other research centers To defend a thesis, the student will have to make a minimum stay of three months in a research center outside Galicia with scientific collaboration. Control procedure: the report and summary of the activity carried out will be presented, endorsed by the scientific person in charge of the center where the stay was made. 4. Periodic presentations of the research status At the end of each course, students will present the status of their research project to some of the members of the CAPD and the specialized teaching staff in the subject. CAPD will evaluate the project and make suggestions for improvement. 5. Attendance at scientific meetings The CAPD, according to the direction of the theses, will ensure that from the 2nd year the students attend at least one national or international scientific meeting per course to present the results of their research. Control procedure: acceptance of work, evaluation of the scientific committee and certification of attendance. 6. Drafting of working documents In the 3rd year, each student will prepare at least one working document with the contributions that can be presented at scientific meetings. It will be written or have an English version. Control procedure: The CAPD will receive the file in English and incorporate it into the activity file.

Supervision agreement

The PhD supervision agreement defines the academic relationship between the candidate and the University, the rights and responsibilities of each (including any intellectual and/or industrial property rights resulting from the candidate’s research), the procedures in place in relation to conflict resolution, and the duration of the agreement. It also specifies the duties of the PhD tutor and supervisor.

The supervision agreement must be signed by the candidate, tutor and designated university representative (or representatives) within a maximum period of one month as from the date of registration. The supervisor’s signature may be added subsequently, once a supervisor has been appointed.

When the document has been signed by all the relevant parties, the agreement is then added to the candidate’s record of activities.

See also UDC PhD Policies and Regulations, Article 31: Supervision agreement.

Research plan

The candidate must prepare a research plan within six months of registration, with information regarding methodology, objectives, resources and milestones. The research plan is submitted together with the report of the supervisor and/or tutor for approval by the Academic Committee for PhD Programmes (CAPD). Improvements to the plan may be introduced with the approval of the supervisor and/or tutor based on the annual review of the student’s research progress.

Research plans are subject to annual review by the CAPD, including the report(s) of the supervisor and/or tutor and the candidate’s record of activities. Students will be permitted to continue with their studies if the outcome of the review is satisfactory. If the outcome is negative, the student will be required to submit a new plan within a period of six months. If the committee is still not satisfied, the candidate will be removed from the programme.

See also UDC PhD Policies and Regulations, Article 30: Research plan.

Student mobility

UDC holds student mobility agreements with universities and other third-level institutions across four continents. Students are offered several opportunities each year to apply to study abroad in one of these centres (for a single term or for a whole year), with the guarantee that all credits obtained will be duly recognised in their academic record upon their return.

For each round of applications, the University publishes the list of exchange options available to students and, where relevant, the specific conditions associated with each. Students may also apply to the University for funding for international work experience placements and internships.

Work experience placements are accredited in the student's academic record and the European diploma supplement. Students are free to decide in which host company or academic institution within the EHEA they wish to carry out their placement. To assist them in their search, the University has created an online noticeboard with jobs postings and other news.

Work-study placements in A Coruña are arranged by the International Relations Office (ORI) of the UDC in collaboration with the international relations coordinators in the student’s home university. The general entry criteria, rights and obligations of students, and admission and acceptance procedures for the programme, are regulated by the UDC Mobility Policy.