The PhD in Urbanism emerged in Portugal within the Lisbon School of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon, having the first defended thesis in 1990. The current doctoral study results from the adaptation of the old study to the Bologn process, and presents a flexibility which allows students to structure the study in accordance to their own research interests. It continues to be the only PhD in Urbanism offered by public universities in Portugal.
The study is organized in diverse transdisciplinar lines of research and according to four main themes:
- Morphology and urban project;
- Urban and territorial planning;
- Environment and landscape;
- Urban policies.
Given its relationship with the research centre (CIAUD), these lines frame students, researchers and teachers in financed research projects and universitary extension contracts, directed towards the necessities of the labour marke, public administrationt and of contemporary society. PhD students are stimulated to integrate research groups, as well as the CIAUD, after de approval of itd thesis project, creating a scientific ecosystem optimized to the publication with peer review and to the participation in scientific events.