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Environmental Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #314 (QS) Barcelona, Spain
This Ph.D. Programme started on the academic year 1986-1987, under the name of WATER ENGINEERING, organized by the Department of Projects Engineering of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). It was imparted during the academic years 1986-1987 and 1987-88. During year 1988-1989 it changed its name to Ph.D. Programme in ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING.
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The aim of this programme is that the PhD. students acquired the skills  and abilities to research in the field of environmental engineering, specifically in the following research areas: environmental modelling (air and water quality), waste management, environmental impact assessment, environmental management systems, noise, industrial wastewater, groundwater, soils remediation, and treatment technologies.

Competencies that students must acquire 

  • Capacity for a systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of the habilitats and research methods related to the field.
  • Ability to conceive, design, implement it take a substantial research with academic rigourosity.
  • Make a contribution through original research that lass extend frontiers of knowledge by developing a  substancial "corpus", worthy of publication referenced at national or international.
  • Ability to make a critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
  • Capacity to communicate with their colleagues, the academic community as a whole and society in general about their areas of expertise.
  • Ability to promote, in academic and professional contexts, technological, social or cultural progress,  in a society based on knowledge.

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:

  • Environmental Engeering
  • Engineering Sciences and Global Development
  • Earth Sciencies 
  • Environmental Engineering and Microbiology
  • Organic Waste Management
  • Laboratory of Acoustics and Mechanical Engineering
  • Separation Techniques and Industrial Waste Treatment

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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