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Theory and History of Architecture, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #314 (QS) Barcelona, Spain
The Theory and History of Architecture programme is the result of the unification, in 1996-1997, of the two doctoral programmes of the Department of Architectural Composition: the Composition and Aesthetics programme with that of the History of Art and of Architecture. 
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The doctoral programme seeks the specialised training of postgraduate students in the Department's disciplines and fulfils its educational mission by monitoring, directing and approving doctoral theses drawn up by doctoral candidates. This generic and rather obvious statement having been made, we shall now go into detail on the more concrete objectives that our programme has pursued in the past, as well as those it is currently pursuing.

Firstly, the programme attempts to offer students the most complete view possible of the research fields in which the Department's members are involved, whether individually or collectively. In this manner, students can familiarise themselves with this research work, take an interest in it and use it as a reference when the time comes to undertake work of their own towards obtaining their research credits and subsequently writing their doctoral theses.

Secondly, the topics dealt with in the different courses are related to the research work of the doctors teaching them, and also act as sectoral and concrete approaches to the general problem currently facing the theory of architecture, aesthetics, historiography of art and architecture, technology and the city. Our programme thus aims to enhance students' awareness of this set of problems and help them to understand their research work, in its function of approaching or delving into specific subjects as part of a global vision and a shared intellectual effort.

Thirdly, on a more circumstantial and pragmatic level, our programme dedicates some of its courses to the examination of Latin American architecture and cities. A significant contingent of our students are Latin American and many of them wish to write doctoral theses on subjects having to do with their respective countries. From the beginning of our doctoral programme, we have considered it appropriate to firmly accept this reality and to offer the study and research fields to satisfy this demand.

Finally, the programme aims to provide students with the methodological and bibliographical instruments required for them to complete their studies, carry out their research work and develop doctoral theses. It also aims to direct - and if possible facilitate - their access to documentary sources and generally assist, advise and tutor them to direct and facilitate their individual work up to the completion and defence of their doctoral thesis.

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:

  • Historiography of art and architecture
  • Theory of architecture
  • Technology and architecture
  • Criticism and architecture
  • History and criticism of architecture

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.
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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.


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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