Universidade do Porto
Faculdade de Arquitectura
Porto, Portugal
Universidade do Porto
Faculdade de Arquitectura
Faculty of Architecture
4150 - 755 Porto

N 41° 9' 1.08'', E 41° 9' 1.08''

International Office

e: mobile@arq.up.pt
t: +351 22 605 71 00
f: +351 22 605 71 99
Professor Carlos Alberto Esteves Guimarães
Degree programmes
Integrated Master
Doctoral Programme
Advanced Studies Courso (Posgraduate Specialization Course)
Faculty profile

The School’s program allies the importance of freehand drawing and the constructive and structural problems found on the practice of architecture to fundamental theory. The study is a full-time five academic year degree leading to a master thesis. The Faculty’s main aim is training students to become critical and creative professionals. It participates in European exchange programmes such as the Long-life Learning Programme, and has established contacts with
universities in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mozambique and Angola. Its unique way of thinking and teaching architecture brings to FAUP more than a hundred foreign students each year.
The Faculty of Architecture is recognized as being one of the most important schools of architecture in Portugal and in the world and its faculty is mainly organized by teachers with an appraised professional curriculum. Of these, are examples the 2 pritzker awarded teachers: Alvaro Siza (1992) and Eduardo Souto Moura (2011).

Please contact the Secretary of the School.

1064 students (0 Bachelor, 979 Master, 85 PhD), 10% of foreign students.

32 staff members (32 full-time and approx. 0 visiting lecturers and critics).

Student Activities

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The Social Service of the University of Porto may provide accommodation in Halls of Residence

Admission Requirements

Integrated Master in Architecture: Descriptive Geometry, Drawing or Mathematics | Master in Spatial Planning and Urban Project: Please contact the Secretary of the School. | Doctoral Programme in Architecture: - Master Degree (or equivalent) in  the field of Architecture or related field; -Degree in Architecture (former to Bologna) or related field; - Relevant Academic or Professional Curriculum


Tuition fees

Tuition and fees

Master in Architecture: 986 EU | Continuing training course in Urban Development andEcological Sustainability: 2250 EU | Advanced Studies in Architectural Heritage: 2500 EU| Doctoral Programme in Architecture: 2750 EU

Application Deadline

Integrated Master in Architecture, 1st year: 1st Phase 16-27 Jul; 2nd Phase 10-21 Sep; 3rd Phase: 27 Sep - 05 Oct | Advanced Studies in Architectural Heritage: 11 Jun - 02 Jul | Continuing training course in Urban Development and Ecological Sustainability: Oct 2011 | Doctoral Programme in Architecture: Jun 13 - 30


Integrated Master, Msc in Architecture, 5 Years, Integrated, 300,

First 3 years: First Degree in Architecture (Undergraduate)

Last 2 years: Master in Architecture (Graduate)

Doctoral Programme, PhD in Architecture, 3 years, Doctoral, 180,
Advanced Studies Courso (Posgraduate Specialization Course), Specialist in Architectural Heritage, 1 Year, Advanced, 45,

The curriculum emphasizes on project, theory and history of architecture, and drawing. All Classes are in Portuguese.

The new curriculum started to function during 2008 following the Bologna Agreement.

The faculty offers a Master in Architecture and a Master of Science  in Spatial Planning and Urban project (together with the Faculty of Engineering).

Integrated Master in Architecture

The Integrated Master in Architecture is an integrated study cycle and is comprised of 300 credits and lasts for 10 semesters.

Students from an Integrated Master”s programme who complete its first 6 semesters (180 ECTS) will be issued a Bachelor”s degree Diploma in Architectural Studies. However, a Bachelor”s degree Diploma does not suffice for admission to the  professional body for Architects. An extra 120 ECTS are required for professionals to be admitted to the Board, i.e., a total of 300 ECTS, corresponding to 5 academic years and a Master”s degree.

Applications for and admissions to Integrated Masters programmes conform to regulations applicable to the first study cycle.

The Master in Architecture is   vertically structured holding a common core of courses on Drawing, Architectural Theory and History, Architectural Design and Urban Studies. The programme has a transversal logic which relates the subjects of each year to a theme that is studied within the subject perspective.The study is a full-time five academic year degree leading to a master thesis.

MSc in Spatial Planning and Urban Project

The second study cycle (MSc in Spatial Planning and Urban Project)  is comprised of 90 to 120 ECTS, lasting for a minimum of three or four semesters. Exceptionally, it can be comprised of 60 ECTS and last for two semesters, for students with stable professional experiences, consolidated internationally in the Master”s field of expertise. The second study cycle includes:

– a specialization programme, comprised of an organized set of courses designated as Master”s programme and corresponding to a minimum of 50% of the cycle”s credits;

– an original scientific dissertation or project work, expressly conceived for the programme,  Students who do not complete their dissertation but who complete the programme curriculum will be issued a Master”s programme Diploma (which does not, however, confer a Master”s degree).

Special Courses:

The University has two specialization courses. One, called “Especialiazação em Edificação e Projeto Urbano” is a closed programme with a Brazilian cooperation. The Second is the Advanced Studies in Architectural Heritage, a 1-year programme in a postgraduate level, offering 45 ECTS.


The Doctoral Programme in Architecture, is a  3rd cycle study which awards students with a doctoral degree in Architecture and encompasses:
a) writing an original thesis which has to be specially written for this purpose and be adequate for students’ field of knowledge and specialized area;
b) the completion of course units on Theory, Urban Planning and Living Space designed for investigation, being called Doctoral Programme and awarding students with a Doctoral Programme Diploma.



The activities of R&D are integrate in a Centre of Research and Development called Centro de Estudos em Arquitectura e Urbanismo da FAUP (Studies Centre of Architecture and Urbanism of FAUP).