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Architectural, Civil and Urban Heritage and Refurbishment of Existing Buildings, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months


Emerging technologies and embodiments provide powerful tools for the development of professional activity. Therefore, it makes sense cohesive multidisciplinary activities and technologies, especially in a time when society demands of professional practitioners with greater emphasis on conservation and sustainability.

It articulates the team of doctors participating at the UPC research group Architectural Representation and Modelling (AR&M), recognized by the Generalitat de Catalunya, within which several interest areas are developed:

  • Knowledge of historical buildings and centres: past and future developments.
  • Characterization of existing buildings: systems, conservation and adaptation.
  • Study and representation of architectural heritage (archaeological / historical) in Catalonia.
  • Communication of the architectural project’s idea. Its analysis and development.
  • Study and representation of landscape; its heritage values.
  • Heritage and public space. Cognitive space and dynamics.
  • Sustainable urban forms and processes of urban regeneration and heritage.
  • Modelling and visualization in architecture, civil, urban planning and design works.
  • Re-use of architectural and urban heritage.
  • Vernacular and rural architecture. Heritage and scale values.

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

Courses include:

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

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

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.
  • EU/EEA

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