Doctoral Program in Quaternary and Prehistory (Erasmus Mundus)

The aim of this doctoral programme is to train doctors to conduct quality advanced research. To this end, the general objectives are the following:

  • To incorporate doctoral students into a research group.
  • To broaden students' skills so that they become specialized in the various research lines defined by the programme.
  • To encourage students to undertake research projects using the methodology and scientific principles of their research line.
  • To encourage the acquisition of general skills related to individual and group work, management of bibliographic databases, and the production of a doctoral thesis, etc.
  • To write a doctoral thesis.

The doctoral programme is governed by an agreement between four university institutions, headed by the University of Ferrara. It aims for doctoral students to study at a minimum of three different institutions under a system of co-supervision, resulting in the award of a multiple degree. The universities participating in the programme are the following:

  • University of Ferrara (Italy)
  • University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain)
  • University of Tràs-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal)
  • National Museum of Natural History (Paris, France)

Research topics of the doctorate program:

  • Lithic technology
  • Zooarchaeology and Taphonomy
  • Paleoanthropology
  • Paleontology
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Evolution of the human behavior and cognition
  • Molecular Archaeology
  • Computer applications to Archeology
  • Paleoenvironmental restituion
  • Prehistoric Art
  • Heritage dissemination
  • Human Paleoecology

Academic coordination: Carlos Lorenzo Merino (
Administration contact details: Escola de Postgrau i Doctorat (telf. 977 558 235;

PhD student area