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Architectural Design, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #314 (QS) Barcelona, Spain
This program began in 1983 in our school with the main purpose of defining a specific research field for architectural design, autonomous lent related to other research fields as social sciences and history of art.
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The Official Master's Degree in Theory and Practice of Architectural Design, forms the basis of the educational activities for the doctoral programme in our department. It is a research master's degree. Therefore, its main objective is to provide students with an insight into the theories and methodologies that will enable them to apply reflective, rigorous practices to architectural design. It likewise aims to promote the training of researchers involved in design who would be able to join the university's teaching staff in the future.

This Ph. D. Program, with its four research lines, focuses on some of these adjacent fields of architectural practice; but in the end, although each research line may approach a different field of knowledge (science), all the theses shall focus on the architectural project as a design intervention able to connect geography and history, climate and society, nature and culture.

Each research line has its own methodology, as you can see in the descriptions that follow. However, they all obey to the same necessity of research: design - the scientific, esthetic or ethical nature of the architectural project, design learning, and the importance of architectural design in contemporary cultural life.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Spanish
    • Partially taught in Catalan
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research lines:

  • Modern Form
  • Modern Visual Approach and Design Project
  • Environmental and Historical Design Approaches to Architecture
  • Cultural and Historical Issues of Architectural Design Practice and Theory
  • Project and Analysis
  • Scales, Proportions, Textures 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • CV of academic, professional and research activities, and portfolio designs.
  • References to research projects completed and publications.
  • Pre-proposal of the subject of the thesis (description, aims, methodology, point of view and bibliography). Maximum of five pages.
  • Report by a lecturer backing the applicant.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    696 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2082 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    696 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2082 EUR for the full programme 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.

Living costs for Barcelona

  • 770 - 1360 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


Research employment advice and support unit

To meet the growing demand for funding support, the RESEARCH EMPLOYMENT ADVICE AND SUPPORT UNIT assists in the management of predoctoral and postdoctoral grants and scholarships (official UPC grants, FPI grants from the Ministry of Science and Innovation, FPU grants from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport and FI grants from the AGAUR).

Enrolment aids

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  • General category (3 or 4 children): a 50% reduction on the amount paid for academic university services (enrolment and administrative fees).
  • Special category (5 or more children): a 100% reduction on the amount paid for academic university services (enrolment and administrative fees).

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