PhD in Architecture

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.

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.

Professional Goals

Lecturing and academic career, research, architecture critique and promotion.

Mode of Study

Daytime, full-time and face-to-face

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese and English

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Regulamento n.º 315/2013 de 19 de agosto (Regulamento Académico da Universidade de Coimbra).

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.

Course Coordinator(s)

Nuno Alberto Leite Rodrigues Grande

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of 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

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.

Access to Further Studies

Non aplicable

Study Programme


Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 9337

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 3 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0

Annual Fee: 2750.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2023
End date: 16-12-2023
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2024
End date: 23-05-2024


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