PhD in Architecture

Department of Architecture

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Academic year




Course Type

3rd Cycle Studies

Qualification Awarded



3 Year(s)

ECTS Credits


Annual Fee

2750.0 €

Course Coordinator(s)

José António Oliveira Bandeirinha (jabandeirinha@uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Armando Manuel de Castilho Rabaça Correia Cordeiro (rabaca.darq@gmail.com)

General Objectives of the Course
The Doctoral Program’s objectives focus on advanced knowledge on scientific areas which can be considered specific within the field of architecture. This knowledge should be useful not only for research but also to architectural education and professional activity.
These fields aim to deepen and to expand knowledge in architecture through the research on specific areas — Cultural Studies and Architecture; Theory and History of Architecture and Urbanism; Urban Culture and Design. To do so, the program focuses on developing epistemologically and consistent research methodologies that ensure the knowledge reliability produced in those areas.
After the changes introduced by the Bologna Process, the PhD program in Architecture of the University of Coimbra has been progressively improved, integrating all the contents suggested by pedagogical practices and by the results of the didactic experience.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
The PhD Study Cycle targets architects and candidates with other scientific backgrounds which are aligned with architectural research. This program will be carried out in a research and debate environment. Its complexity fulfils the need for knowledge-crossing that is typical from this area of study. The same applies to the final product of this training — the PhD Thesis.
Other outcomes concern the expansion of knowledge in the field of architecture and in some more specific areas — Cultural Studies and Architecture; Theory and History of Architecture and Urbanism; Urban Culture and Design — in order to interact, in an active and qualified way, with the broader scientific community, aiming to the progress of knowledge.
Mode of Study
Daytime, full-time and face-to-face
Access to Further Studies
Non aplicable
Admission Requirements

The selection and ranking of candidates is governed according to "Rules of Doctoral Programs in FCTUC”. Access requirements are a Bachelor or a Master degree in a field of knowledge compatible with Architecture.

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

Recognition of Prior Learning
According to the regulation n.º 191/2014, de 15 de maio (Regulamento de Creditação de Formação Anterior e de Experiência Profissional da Universidade de Coimbra.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
According to the Decreto Lei 74/2006, de 24 de março, com as posteriores alterações, Portaria 782/2009, de 23 de julho
Professional Goals
Lecturing and academic career, research, architecture critique and promotion.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Regulamento n.º 315/2013 de 19 de agosto (Regulamento Académico da Universidade de Coimbra).
Graduation Requirements

To obtain the PhD degree in Architecture the candidate must present and defend a Doctoral Thesis and have a mandatory amount of 180 ECTS.

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
  • 2014-03-03 a 2020-03-02
R/A-Ef 1518/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2011-03-18