Phd in Landscape Architecture and Urban Ecology

Department of Life Sciences

Entidade s parceira s : Universidade do Porto, Universidade de Lisboa

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Academic year




Course Type

3rd Cycle Studies

Qualification Awarded



6 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits


Annual Fee

3000.0 €

Course Coordinator(s)

Paula Cristina de Oliveira Castro (pcastro@ci.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Armando Manuel de Castilho Rabaça Correia Cordeiro (rabaca@darq.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
The PhD in Landscape Architecture and Urban Ecology aims:
- A post-graduate education leading to the award of the degree of Doctor of "Landscape Architecture and Urban Ecology";
- The integration of the three universities in the sharing of teaching and research of the doctoral program, a rotation system in which the University is identified annually host;
- Contribute to the current state of discussion of theory and methods in Landscape Architecture;
- Deepening of strategic areas such as planning and urban ecology, landscape aesthetics, environmental psychology and sociology, the planning for recreation and other matters that constitute the domains of knowledge in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. It implies, therefore, capacity building and discussion of the relationship between art (drawing, design and critical) and science (biological processes, planning and management).
Mode of Study
Taught full-time, presence required, during the day in working hours.
Access to Further Studies
The Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture and Urban Ecology provides access to Post – Doctoral studies
Admission Requirements

The access conditions are:
- Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture, Environmental Engineering, Geographical Engineering, Agricultural Sciences and Biology and related fields, obtained before the implementation of the Bologna Process.
- Degree of Master (second cycle higher education) in Landscape Architecture, Environmental Engineering, Geographical, Agricultural Sciences, Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Engineering and Biology and related fields, obtained prior to the implementation of the Bologna Process as well as
- Another national or foreign qualification considered, in legal terms as equivalent.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Can also apply to this PhD those who have science curriculum, academic and professional qualification attesting to the capacity for a doctoral degree, being the organ of the host University, identified each year, the decision on this assessment curriculum, in consultation with the Coordinating Committee of the PhD.
When the Coordinating Committee deems it necessary, may recommend to the candidates, in addition to their basic training, the frequency or approval of one or more courses, in addition to integrating the curriculum in the PhD.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no. 74/2006, 24th March, changed and republished by the decree: DL no. 107/2008, 25th June.
Professional Goals
Land use planning and administration; Landscape Architecture professionals and lectures
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Given the fact that pedagogical assessment is inseparable from teaching, it is intended to ascertain competences and knowledge that students acquired, their critical thinking, their ability to point out and solve problems, as well as their written and oral expression. Students admitted to examination are those who are registered in the curricular units in the academic year in which the exams are carried out and, simultaneously, registered in those examinations, whenever this registration is necessary, in accordance with number 7, article 5 of the Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra.
The assessment elements are the following examples: written or oral exam, tests, written or practical assignments, as well as individual or group projects that may have to be orally defended and students’ participation in classes. Assessment of each curricular unit may include one or more of the mentioned assessment elements.

The mark obtained by each student in each curricular unit consists of a whole number between 0 and 20 points and students who obtain the minimum final mark of 10 points are successfully assessed.
Whenever assessment of a curricular unit comprises more than one assessment element, the final mark is calculated on the basis of the marks students obtained in each assessment element by means of a formula that is made public in accordance with number 1, article 8 of the Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra.
Graduation Requirements

To obtain the required degree is the preparation and public defense of an original thesis.

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2017
End date: 21-12-2017
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2018
End date: 30-05-2018
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2016-11-15 a 2022-11-14
R/A-Ef 1519/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2011-03-18