Ph.D. On Campus

Spatial Planning

University of Porto

36 months
2750 EUR/year
2750 EUR/year
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Spatial Planning from University of Porto is designed to foster advanced knowledge in the field of spatial planning, aiming at explaining, resolving and supporting future public policy agendas. 


Spatial Planning from University of Porto combines three principles as follows: the definition of a set of core competences in advanced knowledge on spatial dynamics, spatial planning and applied scientific research; the emphasis on specialised areas of knowledge associated with the existing research skills found in both schools; and a flexibility principle, allowing the adaptation of curricula to the specific needs and characteristics of candidates.

Students at Spatial Planning from University of Porto will gain:

  • Advanced knowledge of the contemporary spatial dynamics, and of planning theory.
  • Advanced skills to develop research contributing to the expansion of knowledge, while respecting the requirements of academic quality and integrity.
  • Advanced skills to analyze from a critical perspective, assess, and summarize new and complex concepts.
  • Advanced competences to communicate scientific results to their peers, other members of the academic community, and the general public.
  • Advanced competences to promote technological, social, and cultural progress both in an academic and/or a professional context. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Urban Design
  • Urbanism and Spatial Planning
  • Contemporary Spatial Dynamics
  • Decision Support Methodologies
  • Research Methodologies
  • Housing Planning
  • Planning and Environmental Assessment
  • Thesis Project in Planning
  • Urban Regenaration
  • Transport Systems
  • Planning Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • ID document (Citizen Card /ID Card / Passport) or declaration containing the identification data 
    • Graduation certificate regarding a higher education degree 
    • Certificate (Transcript) of the higher education institution listing the curricular units in which you got a passing grade, indicating the regime (semester/year) and the number of credit units/ECTS.
    • Curriculum vitae 
    • Letter of motivation;
    • Information regarding the supervisor;
    • Letters of recommendation;
    • Photo (optional)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2750 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2750 EUR per year during 36 months.

Students covered by the international student status (CPLP) - 2.750,00€

Living costs for Porto

556 - 865 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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