The Doctoral Program in Economic Analysis and Business Strategy, regulated by the R.D. 99/2011, gathers researchers of different areas of the Economic and Business fields coming from the Faculty of Economics and Business Science of the University of La Coruña, Santiago de Compostela and Vigo, who carry out quality researches backed up by their publications in internationally renowned scientific magazines.

The aim of the program is to train researchers that are able to accurately manage economic models and empiric data using verified econometric techniques, which allow to face theoretical or practical problems and, then, publish their conclusions on academic magazines, internationally renowned.

The program joins professors with a vast experienced carrying researches in economic and business fields, such as: environmental and natural resources economics; strategic behavior and games theory; industrial and information economics; health and family economics; analysis of economic policies; macroeconomic analysis; quantitative methods; economic and financial analysis; innovation; operations management and human resources; business organization; business strategy; spatial, urban and regional economics; social inequality and gender economics; economic history; commercialization and market research; and finances and organization of touristic businesses.

The researchers involved in the Doctoral Program integrate either reference research groups of the Galician University System or other research groups getting funding in different national or European competitive plans.

The Program continues the Doctoral Program in Economics and Business Science of the University of Vigo (released in the 2013/14 academic year as a modification of the former Doctoral Program in Economics), the Official Doctoral Program in Competitiveness, Innovation and Development: economic and business analysis of the University of La Coruña, and the Doctoral Program in Economics of the University of Santiago de Compostela. In order to protect the rights of the students coming from these programs, the programs have been integrated within the new Interuniversity Program.



Universidade de Vigo

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Universidade da Coruña



Universidade de Vigo

Natural and Environmental Economy, (ERENEA)
Research in Economics, Energy and Enviroment, (REDE)
Research Group in Economic Analysis (RGEA)
Economía, Sociedade e Territorio (ECOSOT)
Group of Researches in Empirical Economics (GriEE)
Statistical Inference, Decision and Operations Research, (SiDOR)

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC)

Environmental Economic Group and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (ECON-NATURA)
Economic analysis of markets and institutions group (AEMI)
Optimization, decision, statistics and applications models group (MODESTYA)
Applied financial valuation group (VALFINAP)

Universidade da Coruña

Jean Monnet Group about Competitiveness and Development in the European Union (C+D Group)
Research Group in Economic Studies: Transport, work and sustainability (MAJEFRE)
Business History Studies Group (GEHE)
Research Group in Macroeconomy and Health (MACROSALUD)
Research Group in Regulation, Economy and Finances (GREFIN)



Universidade de Vigo: Carlos Hervés Beloso (
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela: María Loureiro (
Universidade da Coruña: Emma Iglesias (



President: Carlos Hervés Beloso (UVigo)
Secretary: Belén Fernández-Feijóo Souto (Uvigo)
Vocal 1: X. Henrique Vázquez Vicente (Uvigo)
Vocal 2: Juan Surís Regueiro (UVigo)
Vocal 3: José Manuel Sánchez Santos (UDC)
Vocal 4: Andrés Faíña Medín (UDC)
Vocal 5: Emma Iglesias Vázquez (UDC)
Vocal 6: Manel Antelo Suárez (USC)
Vocal 7: María Loureiro García (USC)
Vocal 8: Antonio Rodríguez Sampayo (USC)



On a general basis, this program will admit candidates who have successfully passed an Economic or Business Master with an average score of B or higher, familiar with the main theoretical models and with the empirical analysis method of their specialization and having passed at least 6 credits in the following courses: Econometry; Microeconomy or Finances; Advanced Business Economy.

Moreover, the Program will admit students coming from other master programs that, according to the Academic Board, will be able to successfully follow the program; such as students coming from engineering, mathematics or statistics masters.
If the candidate doesn’t have the previous studies required by the Program, the admission will be accepted if the student has passed other specific complementary studies.

The students selection criteria will be based fundamentally on the their academic record. On the other hand, the acceptance in the program will also depend on the students’ cv and an interview that will take place with the candidates, where they will be able to show their fluency in English, their studies about the topics integrated in the doctoral program, as well as their willingness to do it. It will be an asset for the students applying for the program to previously have contact with a thesis director that has accepted to direct it.

The aspects mentioned will be concreted following the next scale:

1. Candidate’s CV (35%) Aspects about the candidates’ degree or master, as well as other official diplomas, courses or training activities received or given will be considered positively. Moreover, the Academic Board will highly value other activities and achievements included on the CV that can be appropriate for the research within the program. The opinion of the thesis director will be included here, where appropriate.

2. Degree (10%) or master (15%) scores

3. Previous training in research (10%): Introductory subjects to research and final master project, enrolment on research projects or research contracts.

4. Language certifications (15%)

5. Professional experience in fields related to the areas of knowledge of the program and in activities of elaboration and management of public policies (15%)



Full-time registration: 33 vacancies for new candidates (11 in each University)

Part-time registration: 12 vacancies for new candidates (4 in each University) For this registration modality, the Academic Board will have to necessarily accept the application. In order to apply for it, the candidate will have to prove working, family or personal circumstances with the necessary warranted documents.

A modification in the registration modality can be requested in the common registration periods and will be conditioned on the acceptance of the Academic Board.




The Academic Board will have to assign a tutor when the final admission in the Doctoral Program is done. The tutor will be a professor of the program, permanently linked to the University.

On a general basis, the tutor’s functions will be:

- To assure the interaction between the student and the Academic Board.

- Together with the thesis director, to assure the adequacy of the training and research activities within the program, as well as to guide the candidate in the teaching activity and research.

The Academic Board can modify the tutor anytime during the period of the doctoral program, as long as the reasons are justified.

Thesis Directions:

The Academic Board, following the students instructions, will assign to each candidate a Thesis Director in maximum 3 months after the registration. The Thesis Director will be responsible for the coherence and adequacy of the training activities, their impact and trends in their fields, the thesis topic, as well as its planning and appliance to other projects and activities where the candidate can be registered, if necessary.

The thesis can be directed by any Spanish or foreign doctor having proven experience in the research field, regardless of the origin of his/her university, center or institution. For these purposes, proven experience in the research field means the fulfillment of the following requirements:

- Having worked in the research field for at least six years.

- Being a main researcher of a research project financed with public funding in the last 6 years (not including the university own funding).

- Proving the authority or co-authority of at least 3 publications in magazines included on the Journal Citations Report (JCR) in the last 6 years.

- Proving the authority or co-authority of a patent exploitation.

- Having directed a doctoral thesis in the last 5 years that has been scored with an Excellent Cum Laude or Cum Laude, and that has become, at least, a publication in some of the magazines indexed in the JCR.

If one of the professors of the program fulfills the requirements, he/she must assume the functions of direction and tutoring.

The thesis can be co-directed for academic reasons, if the topic is interdisciplinary or if it is required in the national or international programs developed. The co-direction must be previously authorized by the Academic Board and can be revoked if it is not satisfactory for the thesis development, according to the Board. The requirements for the thesis co-directors are the same as for the thesis directors.