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Architecture and Planning, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The doctoral degree programme in Architecture and Planning at the University of Liechtenstein is geared to international standards and criteria. We build our reputation on education through research – and on education in research. The aim is to develop and promote emerging researchers as an extension of the Master’s degree, and at other stages of their careers.


Why study Architecture and Planning at the University of Liechtenstein

  • In Liechtenstein you will find a small but well-connected university with excellent teaching and research conditions.
  • Studying and researching in small groups provides a personal, creative and productive learning and environment.
  • At the University of Liechtenstein, doctoral students are fully integrated members of the university’s research community.

The degree programme is organised into two sections. The first is structured into a set of curricular offerings. In this preparation phase, methodical and subject competencies are further expanded. The doctoral students prepare a preliminary study, or research plan, for their dissertation, to be presented in a colloquium. The preliminary study must be approved before continuing the programme.

The second section of the degree programme is the dissertation phase. Research is carried out independently, and the results are presented in the form of a dissertation. Seminars or colloquia relating to the dissertation must be attended. The dissertation is concluded with a disputation, or oral defence. The dissertation must be published before the academic degree can be awarded. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
      3 - 5 Years
  • Credits
    30 ECTS
    • 20 ECTS (Preparation phase)
    • 10 ECTS (Dissertation phase)
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Modules in the preparation phase include: 

  • Research Design and Management
  • Scientific Writing
  • Sustainability in Architecture and Planning
  • Research and Design Methods in Architecture and Planning

In the dissertation phase, two seminars (e.g. Doctoral Consortium in Architecture and Planning and International Conference Participation and Paper Presentation) are to be attended in the respective focal area. 

It can be written as a monograph or as a cumulative dissertation thesis.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

The application for admission into the Doctoral degree programme requires a Master´s (MSc, MA) or diploma degree from an international recognized university which confers doctoral degrees. Also the consent of a professor (doctoral supervisor) of the University of Liechtenstein and the confirmation of funding in the event of being employed by University of Liechtenstein, provided that the course of study is not entirely funded on one’s own or through other sources of funding, are required. 

Professional work outside the University of Liechtenstein is only possible in well-founded exceptional cases. A workload reduction down to 50% is recommended. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2192 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1096 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1666 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 833 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Tuition fee: CHF 950 - (EU/EEA and Swiss citizens); 

  • CHF 1.250 - (other citizens)

  • Application fee: CHF 100


Expenses for the degree programme stem not only from the cost of living, but must also be calculated for related infrastructure supplies (work place), for possible new equipment, software, literature and for incidental expenses (meetings, conferences).

Doctoral candidates are budding researchers pursuing a professional activity. The University of Liechtenstein and the chairs endeavour to ensure that the work performed by doctoral candidates is funded and an employment relationship ensues.

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