PhD in Physics

Academic year 2020-21

What is it?

The PhD in Physics programme aims to provide top-flight scientific and technological training for professionals and academics to be able to face and solve large-scale problems and provide original contributions to knowledge and new technologies in different fields of physics with a multidisciplinary perspective.

The supervising centres behind this programme are the Department of Physics at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC) and the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA). The IFISC and IMEDEA are joint research centres of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the UIB.


The programme centres around six areas of research where the supervising centres have gained accredited international prestige: 1) Relativity and Astrophysics; 2) Meteorology, Physical Oceanography and Climate Physics; 3) Materials Physics—Applications in Engineering; 4) Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Physics; 5) Cross-Disciplinary and Non-Linear Physics, and 6) Physics of Complex Systems.
The main activity of the programme is the production of a PhD thesis, although students will have to pass specific training activities aimed at rounding out their learning (attendance at research seminars, giving research seminars, attending tutorials, preparing scientific papers, preparing and writing an article in an indexed journal and, where possible, undertaking a research stay at another prestigious international centre in the field). Optionally, students may also participate in other cross-cutting activities organised by the UIB Doctoral School.

What will you learn?

Students on the PhD in Physics programme will specialise in and learn how to carry out top-flight international research in the topic they choose within one of the six areas of the programme. The aim is to attain systematic understanding, with a critical ability, in an area of study and mastery of the related research skills and methods. They will develop a research project during the PhD programme that is able to contribute to widening the frontiers of knowledge and respond to key questions to solve a complex problem. They will work as part of a team and independently in an international, multidisciplinary context, interact with other research groups, and learn to communicate and defend their research and knowledge both to academic audiences and to society in general.

What will you be able to do once you finish?

A PhD qualification provides high professional capacity in a wide range of areas, particularly in those that require creativity and innovation. Amongst many other options, being awarded a PhD enables students to:

  • Join the private sector as an R&D&i project supervisor or manager
  • Undertake a research career at research centres, initially following a post-doctoral training programme or by pursuing an academic career combining research and teaching at a university
  • Develop their own business project and/or undertake consultancy work.

High-quality official study

Legislation requires that official Spanish degree programmes receive a positive assessment from the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA, by its Spanish acronym). This process is known as verification, and it serves to ensure that education programmes are properly designed to provide the competencies and reach the learning goals around which the programmes are built.

The European Higher Education Area requires that there be a system in place to ensure the quality of degree programmes .

The doctorate programme is subject to constant assessment and improvement processes that guarantee that it maintains a certain level of prestige and renown in Europe. You can see the results of the assessment processes in the results section .

Certification coordinator Dr. Antoni Cladera Bohigas
Double PhD degree (See the technical details for more details)
Precio de la tutela por año académico ¤210.00
Precio de la tutela y conceptos administrativos por año académico ¤270.60
20 places

Composition of the Academic Committee

Antoni Cladera Bohigas
Rosa López Gonzalo
  •  Alejandro Orfila Föster
  •  Damià Gomila Villalonga
  •  Carlos Palenzuela Luque
  • Cristóbal López Sánchez


Would you like more information?

If you would like to help us improve, or if you have a comment, question, or suggestion, contact the Doctoral School with the following form or at (+34) 971 17 2498