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Doctoral Degree
Lisbon School of Architecture
Data de Acreditação A3ES 
Prazo de Acreditação A3ES 
6 anos
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Number 
R/A-Cr 200/2022
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Registration Date 



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.


The PhD in Urbanism has as its main goal to provide training guided towards the development of advanced individual research, preferably integrated in assessed and finances projects, conducing to the generation and transmission of knowledge. The specific goals are intellectual satisfaction, the acquisition of advanced competences that allow for the exercise of professional practice in a more informed way, with competitive advantages, and the contribution to the development of society and the economy. In that sense, the study plan is organized according to the Bologna principles.
In the 1st year, the doctoral candidates undertake several Curricular Units, aiming at the acquisition of knowledge and skills about (1) research methodologies fitting the discipline, (2) several lines of research linked to the study’s teaching staff, and (3) how to build an individual research project. The fulfilment of the objectives if assessed by the works produced in each Curricular Unit, concluding with the approval of the Thesis Project, which allow the doctoral candidate to register the theme and begin the individual research work.
In years 2 and 3, the doctoral candidates dedicate themselves to the development and operationalization of the research, culminating in the defence of the Dissertation. Its evolution is assessed in research seminars, evaluating the work progress.
The Lisbon School of Architecture provides two academic calendars for the participation in the doctoral studies. The normal regimen has as its definition the general School’s calendar, with classes and assessment periods taking place between September and July, every Friday (each semester with 14 weeks of classes). The intensive regimen has an academic calendar that includes classes every day of the week, and the duration of each semester is 5 weeks. From the year 2 onwards, the seminars join both the regimes toghether and admit a participation online.
There is no distinction among the mentioned regimens, be it at the level of the Study Plan, level of demand, tuition costs, etc., the only difference between the modalities being the academic calendar.

Career prospects 
Qualification for integration in the academic, teaching and research carrers. Researchers and managers of funded research projects and contracts. Progression and consolidation in the career of a superior technician in the Central and Municipal Public Administration, in the area of Urbanism and similar. Senior management in the business sector, in research and development institutions, and in urban and territorial design and planning offices, in areas that deal with urban development and licensing.

National Admission 

Fee – 1st year (indicative) 
Fee - remaining years (indicative) 

International Access

Fee - 1st year (indicative) 
Fee - remaining years (indicative)