Universidade do Porto
Faculdade de Arquitectura
Porto, PT
Universidade do Porto
Faculdade de Arquitectura
Via Panorâmica S/N
4150-564 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 João Pedro Xavier 
Degree programmes
Integrated Master: Portuguese
PhD Programme
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).

The Faculty of Architecture is part of the University of Porto (U.Porto) and is located in Porto (UNESCO classified World Heritage Site since 1996), Portugal’s second largest city, with a privileged location in the Northern coast of the country. The complex of buildings housing the FAUP, located at Pólo III (Campo Alegre), is one of the most emblematic creations of Álvaro Siza’s career, who was awarded with the Pritzker Prize 1992.

1092 students (419 Bachelor, 591 Master, 82 PhD), 10% of foreign students.

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

Student Activities

Please contact the Secretary of the School.


Please visit the website of the accommodation for students of U.Porto: www.up.pt

Admission Requirements

PhD Programme in Architecture

• One can apply for access to the 3rd cycle of studies leading to a doctoral degree:
a) The holders of a Bachelor's degree (Pre-Bologna) or Master's degree, in architecture or related areas (rather Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Civil Engineering, Design, Fine Arts ) with a minimum of 300 ECTS or equivalent and final average equal or higher than 14 values.
b) Exceptionally, may be admitted candidates with average under 14 values with academic, scientific or professional curriculum especially relevant, recognized by the Scientific Committee as certifying the ability for the attainment of this cycle of studies.

Master Degree in Architecture

• National Contest for Admissions to Higher Education
• Special Regimes
• Special Contests

◦ International Students
◦ Candidates over 23
◦ Graduates of other Higher Education programmes
◦ Graduates of Technological Specialisation programmes
◦ Candidates holders of a Bachelor Degree in a related field

• Re-Admission, Transfer or Course Change

Master in Spatial Planning and Urban Project

• Holders of a Bachelor's or Master’s degree (or legal equivalent) in Architecture and Civil Engineering or similar areas (i.e. Landscape Architecture; Architectural Engineering; Spatial Planning; Urbanism; Environmental Engineering; Geography; Land Management; Environmental Science, Transport Planning, etc.).
• In exceptional cases, those with a highly recognized professional curriculum, at the discretion of the Scientific Committee of the cycle of studies.

* The Master in Spatial Planning and Urban Project is a joint initiative of the Faculty of Engineering - University of Porto (FEUP) and the Faculty of Architecture - University of Porto (FAUP).

Advanced Studies Course in Architectural Heritage

• Graduates in Architecture (or in a similar training area, such as Engineering, History of Art, etc.) from foreign universities will be admitted in this programme, following appreciation of their curricula.


Tuition fees


PhD Programme in Architecture

2.750,00 € | students with Portuguese nationality | EU/EFTA country nationality
3000,00 € | international students from the CPLP – Community of Portuguese Language Speaking Countries
3.750,00 € | students from a non-EU/CPLP country

Master Degree in Architecture

871,52 € | students with Portuguese nationality | EU/EFTA country nationality
2000,00€ | students from the countries of the CPLP - Community of Portuguese Language Countries
3500,00€ | international students
Tuition fee is paid at home institution | exchange students

Master in Spatial Planning and Urban Project

1.250,00 € | students with Portuguese nationality | EU/EFTA country nationality
2.000,00€ | students from the countries of the CPLP - Community of Portuguese Language Countries
4.000,00€ | students from a non-EU/CPLP country

Advanced Studies Course in Architectural Heritage

2.200,00 €

* plus enrolment and registration fee

Application Deadline

PhD Programme in Architecture
January to July, to start studying in September

Master Degree in Architecture
January to September, with different deadlines, to start studying in September (for application details please contact the International Cooperation and Academic Affairs Services: servicos.academicos@arq.up.pt).

Master in Spatial Planning and Urban Project
January to July, to start studying in September (for application enquiries please contact: mppu@fe.up.pt).

Advanced Studies Course in Architectural Heritage**
May to September, to start studying in September

** applications open every two years.


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Integrated Master, Architecture, 5 years, Master in Architecture, Portuguese,

300 ECTS

PhD Programme, Architecture, 3 years, Doctoral,

180 ECTS

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 Center for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism (CEAU) was established in 1994 and it statutorily comprises the R&D Center of the Faculty of Architecture – University of Porto (FAUP), integrating, also, a Research & Development Unit (EAT-North-145) funded and assessed by the Foundation of Science and Technology (FCT).

CEAU aims to promote artistic, scientific and technological research activities in the disciplinary areas of architecture, construction, urban planning and other related fields. Its action is reflected in the:

  • Support to the development of research, in particular, for those that integrate the postgraduate training of FAUP (namely, Master thesis, PhD thesis and Post-doctoral grants);
  • External provision of scientific services in cooperation with the Research Center for the Faculty of Architecture of Porto – CEFA-UP (Service Provision Unit FAUP);
  • Close collaboration with the activities of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto.

CEAU includes a total of 174 researchers, 77 integrated researchers (Ph.D.), 34 integrated researchers (non Ph.D.) and 63 collaborator researchers, wherein most of the non-doctoral members attend the Doctoral Programme in Architecture at FAUP, developing their thesis in connection with the CEAU ongoing research projects.

CEAU is also deeply committed to the development of international relations, taking part in several university and cooperation networks. Following this policy, CEAU also hosts, for periods of varying lengths, postdoc fellows and Ph.D. students from different international institutions, mainly from European and South American countries.

Although Architecture remains the main disciplinary area, CEAU also includes, among its integrated and associate members, researchers from other fields such as Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Engineering, Geography, History and Sociology.

In order to develop its activity, CEAU is structured into seven research groups, namely:

  • Architecture: Theory, Project and History (ATPH)
  • Architecture and modes of inhabiting (AMH)
  • Housing architectural design and forms of dwelling (AdC)
  • Architecture, Art and Image (AAI)
  • Digital Fabrication Laboratory (DFL)
  • Territory Dynamics and Morphologies (MDT)
  • Architecture, City and Territory Heritage (PACT)
  • Theory and Project Practices (T2P)

CEAU research activity has been supported by FCT funding projects as well as by contracts established with other public and private institutions.

Besides books publication, papers in journals and conferences, etc., the research activity of the Center also includes the organization of national and international workshops, seminars, conferences, and other scientific events, in order to disseminate the results of the work developed at CEAU.