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Urbanism, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #314 (QS) Barcelona, Spain
The main goal of the Doctoral Program is to offer the possibility of formation within the field of urbanistic research. The program proposes rigorous analysis and academic reflection on themes, central to the history of urban planning and to current urbanism, to the forms of analysis and intervention in both regional and urban planning as well as in large scale architectural projects.
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The main reason for the initial impulse of the courses, and later of the Doctorate Programme of Doctorate, was in the first place to make possible the training of the members of our Department as doctorates. The fact of starting with four initial PhD's, the professors of those first subjects, and having now twenty-six of them in the Department, apart from others who are almost finishing their doctorates, shows the importance of this initiative.

This training task also applied to several professors that have at some point been in the Department, or to others that came from several Spanish Universities (Madrid, Granada, Coruña, San Sebastián, Valencia). Nine doctorate professors in our Programme are nowadays professors of different Schools and Universities, two of them having been deans of these.

The programme foremost aim is to form doctoral candidates, yet at the same time, its aim is to foster debate and the spread of knowledge of research activity within the Departments different areas of specialization. One of the main program objectives is to foment exhaustive study within the four main thematic areas which can be summarized in the following manner.

  • Analysis and Urban Planning: Comprehension of urban phenomena engendered by the study of urban form. Research and practise of Town Planning at varying scales and degrees of compromise by the architect in the city.
  • Analysis and Regional Planning: Study of the forms and processes of regional transformation, of their organisation, logic and root causes. Reflection on models, methods and instruments of Regional Planning.
  • Urban History: Deepening of the knowledge of historic experiences and interpretation of key projects or theories in the evolution of Urbanism.
  • Landscape architecture and environmental impact: Analysis of the form and ordering of landscape and study of the impact of the large territorial interventions.

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:

  • Analysis and Urban Planning
  • Analysis and Regional Planning
  • Urban History
  • Landscape architecture and environmental impact

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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