The Doctoral Programme is provided by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto and by the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra. The programme aims to foster advanced knowledge in the field of territorial planning, directed mainly at explaining, formulating and rationalizing future public policy agendas. It seeks to combine three principles: the definition of a set of core competences in advanced knowledge of spatial dynamics, territorial planning and scientific research; the emphasis on specialised areas of knowledge associated with the existing research skills found in both schools; and flexibility, allowing the adaptation of curricula to the specific needs and characteristics of candidates.

Study plan


Condições de acesso
Holders of Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Engineering, Architecture, Economics, Geography and other areas related to the nature of the Course.
Holders of other higher degrees, with an academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognized by the Scientific Committee of the Course.


Number of vacancies 

Portuguese, English

Isabel Breda Vázquez

General objectives
As stated in their Statutes, the mission of both schools (FEUP and FCTUC) consists in the education and training of engineering professionals at an international level, sustained by research and development of excellence. These might have a regional focus but possess worldwide recognition, along with an extension practice, contemplating scientific, technical, ethical and cultural aspects. The doctoral Programmes in general, and the Doctoral Programme in Spatial Planning in particular, are key tools for schools, as they are essential to support the scientific research projects and the technological innovation processes in which the schools are currently engaged.
The objectives set up for the programme are not only consistent with the educational, scientific, and cultural projects of the associated schools, they are also instrumental for the schools to accomplish their goals. Without them, the schools would be unable to develop the scientific research and technological innovation activities that these projects emphasise.

Learning objectives (knowledge, skills and competences)

The completion of the Doctoral Programme in Spatial Planning will allow students to acquire the following knowledge, skills, and competences:

(1) Advanced knowledge of contemporary spatial dynamics and of planning theory.
(2) Advanced research skills, contributing to the expansion of knowledge, while respecting the requirements of academic quality and integrity.
(3) Advanced skills in critical analysis, assessment, and synthesis of new and complex concepts.
(4) Advanced communication competences in order to communicate scientific results to their peers, other members of the academic community, and the general public.
(5) Advanced competences to promote technological, social, and cultural progress both in an academic and/or a professional context.