Architecture, Urbanism and Planning, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language

About

The Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Planning at KU Leuven offers a PhD degree in Engineering Science or a PhD degree in Architecture. The research at this department is conducted by three divisions:

  • Architecture and Society
  • Architecture and Design
  • Architectural Engineering

Research in the Department of Architecture is characterized by transdisciplinarity: its hallmark is the interaction between different disciplinary approaches (engineering, design, urbanism, planning, humanities, social sciences) in their engagement with different stakeholders and with the practice of planning, designing, building and managing the built environment. This research forms the foundation of its educational programs that are striving to be at the top nationally (bachelor and master) and internationally (advanced masters and PhD programs).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Architecture and Society

The division ‘Architecture and Society’ stands at the crossroads between engineering and the architectural sciences on the one hand, and the humanities and social sciences on the other, and uses a broad variety of relevant methodologies from these fields in an interdisciplinary perspective. 

Architecture and Design

The aim of the Division Architecture and Design at the Department of Architecture is to understand and foster design as a way of knowing and means of knowledge production, within the context of scientific research, university education, and the professional practice of architecture and urbanism. 

Architectural Engineering

The Division of Architectural Engineering aims for innovation in building design by adopting an engineering approach to architecture. 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    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:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language.

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Academic Requirements

Applicants need to have obtained a relevant master degree with excellent grades. We are looking for highly motivated researchers with good English proficiency.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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