Ph.D. On Campus

Architectural Design

Polytechnic University of Catalonia

36 months
667 EUR/year
667 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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At Architectural Design from Polytechnic University of Catalonia the central theme of the practice of architecture is architectural design, which must bring together construction, spatial organisation and use via the aesthetic, ethical and cognitive dimensions of the design process.


Architectural Design from Polytechnic University of Catalonia is organised around research groups, each of which has a particular profile based on its focus. Thus, it is not necessary for each one of them to respond to the same need for research into design; its teaching; its aesthetic, ethical or scientific nature; or its impact on modern cultural life.

Students at Architectural Design from Polytechnic University of Catalonia will gain the following competencies:

  • A systematic understanding of the field of study and a mastery of the research skills and methods related to the field.
  • An ability to conceive, design or create, put into practice and adopt a substantial process of research or creation. 
  • An ability to contribute to pushing back the frontiers of knowledge through original research.
  • A capacity for critical analysis and an ability to assess and summarise new and complex ideas.
  • An ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general as regards their fields of knowledge in the manner and languages that are typical of the international scientific community to which they belong.
  • An ability to foster scientific, technological, social, artistic and cultural progress in academic and professional contexts within a knowledge-based society.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • 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 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


Partially taught in English, Partially taught in Spanish, Partially taught in Catalan


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

  • Applicants must hold a Spanish bachelor’s degree or equivalent and a Spanish master’s degree or equivalent, provided they have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits on the two degrees 
  • Entrance qualification.
  • Academic transcript of your previous studies.
  • If your entrance qualification was issued by a foreign institution, a letter from your home university stating that your qualification qualifies you for admission to doctoral studies in that country.
  • CV with references to your research and publications.
  • Proof of any grants or financial aid obtained.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    667 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2001 EUR for the full programme during 36 months.
  • National

    667 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2001 EUR for the full programme during 36 months.

Estimated fee

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.


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