DLA in Architecture / PhD in Architectural Engineering, Ph. D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Semester)
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  • English (take IELTS)
The primary task of the Doctoral School is to provide educational programmes of a high standard in accordance with the requirements of the Bologna system to those leading architects with an MSc or MA degree, as well as to those with an MA or MSc degree in an architecture-related field. The DLA in Architecture / PhD in Architectural Engineering programme is offered by the University of Pécs.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Courses of the Breuer Marcell Doctoral School of the University of Pécs are built on the single-cycle MSc programme in Architecture, the multi-cycle MSc programme in Architecture, the multi-cycle MA programme in Architecture, as well as the single-cycle MA programme in Architecture.

The primary task of the Doctoral School is to provide educational programmes of a high standard in accordance with the requirements of the Bologna system to those leading architects with an MSc or MA degree, as well as to those with an MA or MSc degree in an architecture-related field.

The programmes of the Doctoral School engage in fields dealing with the most important concerns in Hungary and, specifically in the Pécs region, the areas of national heritage protection. Heritage protection, taking advantage of the latest developments and technologies, enjoys priority within the highly complex system of architectural tasks both in Hungary and the whole of Europe. Heritage protection, in addition to its architectural and artistic aspects, encompasses the active use of a wider range of scientific fields (civil engineering, structural engineering, geology, information technology).

The DLA in Architecture / PhD in Architectural Engineering programme is offered by the University of Pécs. The Pécs Doctoral School has demonstrated and justified the importance of this highly complex activity over the past six years. However, the need to simultaneously deal with a very wide scope of activities requires a change in the methods applied.

It is in light of the above that we wish to reshape and modernise the structure of the Doctoral School, primarily based on recommendations of the President of the Hungarian Accreditation Committee and the Visiting Committee of the Hungarian Accreditation Committee. Accordingly, in addition to DLA degrees in Architecture, the Doctoral School will also grant PhD degrees in Architecture in the future.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

Specific features of the Doctoral School
  • the Doctoral School will maintain its engagement in the fields of architecture and the protection of national heritage assumed six years ago;
  • the Doctoral School will organise the work associated with the doctoral programme and doctoral dissertation defence within one organisational unit but offering two different programmes:
  • DLA programme in Architecture
  • PhD programme in Architectural Engineering
  • lectures and seminars offered by the Doctoral School can be attended by students of both programmes

The excellent teaching staff and the infrastructure of the Pécs Doctoral School help students to engage in creative work, and due to its excellent professional and international relationships the school provides students with all the means necessary for the successful preparation of doctoral dissertations and projects.

While students engage in an integrated heritage protection programme, Pécs with its special spirit and culture also offers an opportunity for young architects and researchers to experiment with heritage protection ideas of the modern architecture of the 21st century.

As a result of our special circumstances, our undergraduate programmes are taught by staff excelling at various fields of art and architecture in an exceptional infrastructural environment. This ensures that students have the opportunity to examine the relation of architecture to other fields of art and applied arts, as well as to apply the creative methods of such fields in the area of architecture.

In our Doctoral School at the Pollack Mihály Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, doctoral studies can be pursued in the fields of ecological architecture, sustainable architecture and the use of new materials and technologies, and with the wide range of engineering specialisation (such as structural engineering, building engineering, building electricity, information technology, etc.) offered at the faculty, an opportunity is created for researchers to revive traditional heritage protection ideas and methods. The interdisciplinary nature of architecture ensures that it can meet today's social expectations in the planning, research and creative activities.

The Doctoral School cooperates with several Hungarian and foreign educational and research institutes. We are in the fortunate position of being part of a multi-faculty university which means we have been able to develop a close cooperation with the Faculties of Medicine, Natural Sciences, Arts, Humanities and Economics.

The renovation of the University Campus, an important part of the cultural heritage of Pécs, is a testimony to the success of this cooperation, the Doctoral School being the engine at both the planning and implementation stage. The establishment of a jointly used research centre, the so-called Science Building, is another excellent example of the fruitful cooperation of the various faculties of the university.

Our Doctoral School also cooperates in various fields of expertise with research project groups of the National Office of Cultural Heritage, the Faculty of Horticultural Science, Corvinus University, the Architectural Arts Department, Faculty of Wood Sciences, University of West Hungary, as well as the Faculties of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

The high level of our international relations is demonstrated by our Doctoral School being invited to and participating in several joint events such as the DLA Expo in Berlin.

We have strong bilateral relations with German institutions, the benefit of which manifests primarily in the workshops of undergraduate students coordinated by doctoral candidates.

Over the last few years, the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology have undergone a HUF 6 billion reconstruction, which is a significant project even on an international scale. As a result, the most up-to-date infrastructural background is available to the Doctoral School.

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Academic Requirements

Application procedure/ Graduation Requirements

Those Hungarian and foreign citizens can apply for the program who:

a) already hold or in the year of admission are to obtain a university degree awarded to them by a Hungarian or foreign institute of higher education in the discipline or arts,

b) performed independent creative work in the selected discipline or, for lack of this, continuously achieved outstanding results in planning/design subjects,

c) have at least one intermediate level type 'C' (written and oral) state accredited language exam,

d) present their previous theoretical and creative achievements in a portfolio.


A firm knowledge of English or German is absolutely necessary to be able to take our courses in English or in German. Concerning the international programmes offered by the University of Pécs, the English language requirement is:


  • CAE (45 to 59) / FCE grade: B or C / PET Pass with distinction
  • IELTS: 6.5 to 7.0
  • TOEFL (IBT): 87 to 109
  • British General Qualifications: GCE A-level (known as A2)


  • CPE (45 to 59) /CAE grade B or C / FCE grade A
  • IELTS: 7.0 to 8.0 (8.0 is borderline between C1 and C2)
  • TOEFL (IBT): 110 - 120


  • CPE grade A, B or C / CAE grade A
  • IELTS: 8.0 to 9.0

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 2300 International
  • EUR 2300 EU/EEA
  • Tuition fee: 3000 USD / 2300 EUR per semester
  • Application fee: 100 USD


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