To form advanced human capital–bestowing the academic degree of doctor–whose competencies allow them to make substantial social contributions, from the development of autonomous research to the dissemination of knowledge generated in the area of communication.


To educate high-level researchers who contribute to innovative solutions through an interdisciplinary approach, adding to the understanding of communication and cultural issues both known and emerging.

To form highly qualified human talent with the skills and abilities necessary for directing research initiatives with diverse theoretical-methodological techniques.

To train researchers with the competencies required for working in the areas of higher education, state administration, and the private sector.

To educate researchers with the attributes necessary to disseminate relevant knowledge resulting from their own investigations, both in indexed journals and books.


The Doctor in Communication educated at the Universidad de La Frontera and the Universidad Austral de Chile is a graduate with the capacities required for high-level performance in (1) autonomous research in the field of communication and (2) the dissemination of knowledge from the field to academic audiences. Their education stems from a critical perspective on the culture industry and its mediations, through interdisciplinary approaches, theories, and methods of analysis for developing studies on communication processes.

Their background prepares them for (1.1.) identifying new problems in intercultural contexts, both known and emerging, with different theoretical-methodological techniques; (1.2.) developing research in the field of communication with theoretical-methodological tools from an interdisciplinary perspective in order to contribute to the understanding of issues associated with distinct intercultural contexts; (2.1.) preparing scientific articles for publication in indexed journals in the field, based on theoretical debate, preliminary analysis of various corpuses, and personal research results; and (2.2.) producing scientific texts for the presentation of research results to academic audiences. The graduate has the capacity to communicate effectively with diverse audiences and analyze relevant issues based on critical thinking in the field. The Doctor in Communication from the Universidad de La Frontera and the Universidad Austral de Chile will be able to work in research centers and institutes as well as institutions of higher education both public and private.


The Doctorate in Communication has a duration of 4 years, distributed across 8 academic semesters. Classes are carried out at both universities–at the UFRO’s Valentín Letelier Campus as well as the UACh’s Isla Teja Campus–and fall primarily on Thursdays and Fridays.