• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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The Architecture programme from Instituto Superior Técnico is focused on:

  • the interpretation and operationalisation of built space interventions in areas relating to their cultural and technological insertion.
  • the process and organisation of architectural and urban design concerning the management and evaluation of its internal and external features as well as the interaction between stakeholders;
  • the principles and tools for spatial description and evaluation of built space performance. 


The main goal of the Doctoral Degree in Architecture is to implement the concept of a project-oriented doctorate, supported in integrated research, i.e. from the theoretic to the practical level. 

The processes of intervention in the built space are examined at both the urban and the building scale according to their environmental social, cultural and economic practicability.  

The doctoral student in Architecture gains deep and advanced knowledge in this area, supported by lecture courses, and demonstrated in an innovative thesis which must advance the state-of-the-art in its subject matter. 

The lecture courses supporting the doctoral degree are mostly based on individual autonomous study, as a background to the doctoral thesis, which must be an significant original contribution of the author as individual to the subject of study.


The Doctor's Degree in Architecture qualifies for teaching and research activities, (e.g. in institutions of higher education, research laboratories) as well as for architectural and urban design practice.

It is intended that the holder of the Doctoral Degree in Architecture shall be able to continue to develop, deepen and apply the knowledge arising from research work, thus becoming a valuable contributor to the work of the institution, which provides her/his employment.  

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Architectural Research Methods 
  • Building Process, Rehabilitation and Sustainability
  • Space-Use Studies
  • Urban Studies
  • Architectural Culture
  • Urban Design, Public Space and Interdisciplinary

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Case based examination (Curriculum evaluation and eventually interview) by the Coordination of the PhD Program, considering the basic training and experience. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1063 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1063 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Lisbon

  • 630 - 1130 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


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