Architecture, Urbanism and Planning, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • Tuition Fee
    Tuition fee
  • English
University rank #90 (ARWU) ,
The Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Planning offers a PhD degree in Engineering Science or a PhD degree in Architecture.


The Department of Architecture offers a PhD degree in Engineering Science or a PhD degree in Architecture. The research at this department is conducted by three divisions:

  1. Architecture and Society

  2. Architecture and Design

  3. 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

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • 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. Its research ranges from theory to practice and experimentation, across all spatial scales from the building element to the territorial, and through time from the past (history) to the future (planning). Its main areas of interest are: architectural history and conservation; architectural theory; planning and development.

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. Our research comprises a dialectic process of analytical investigation and operational synthesis, with a focus on creativity as a catalyst for innovation and foresight.

The division consists of a multidisciplinary team that all study, teach and/or practice design and/or use it as a way to undertake scientific research, with members of different backgrounds who join forces on a variety of design-related topics, such as research by design, research on design (design science), design didactics, design tools (computational design) and people who design (designing). The application domains of this division range from urban design and architectural design, over inclusive design (e.g. architectural design & disability), to interaction design (e.g. human-computer interaction).

Architectural Engineering

The Division of Architectural Engineering aims for innovation in building design by adopting an engineering approach to architecture. The focus is on the technical aspects of architecture such as structural systems, building physics, MEP, acoustics, and lighting. These elements are tackled in a multidisciplinary setting in order to assess and improve the overall performance and sustainability of buildings and the built environment.

The division follows a twofold strategy to establish this goal. First, we attempt to advance the academic state of the art by means of fundamental research in areas such as computational modeling, performance based design, life cycle assessment and costing, and robust design optimization. This research is conducted in close collaboration with the Department of Civil Engineering. Second, we try to bridge the gap between academia and construction practice: we study building materials and systems in their applications, we publish design guides for practicing architects and engineers, and we assist engineering offices by the development of design tools tailored for their needs.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

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

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.

Living costs for Leuven

870 - 1,300 EUR/month
Living Costs

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