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Confered Degree | Duration | ECTS

Bachelor; Master | 10 Semesters | 300 ECTS

Programme Director

Professor Doutor Pedro Ressano Garcia


Professor Doutor João Borges da Cunha

Entrance Conditions

National access competition/tender:
Having completed the 12th grade;
A grade higher than 95 points (range 0-200), in the following entrance exams:
03- Design
10- Descriptive Geometry
18- Portuguese

Entry competition/tender:
Course changes;
In accordance with Decree 401/2007, of April 5.
Special competition/tender for those over the age of 23:
On completing 23 years of age by the 31st of December of the preceding year
Those not entitled access to higher education (if they have undertaken and been approved in the entrance test for the college they want to enter, they are entitled to the referred access).
Special competition/tender for higher education graduates and Diplomas in Specialized Technology:
(In accordance with Decree-Law No. 393-B/99, of 2 October;
In accordance with Ordinance No. 854-A/99, of 4 October;
In accordance with Decree-Law No. 88/2006, of May 23).

Programme requirements

Have completed a total of 300 ECTS


The Master in Architecture, aims the Architect formation serving the 11 points of the Directive 2005/36/EC. Thus, students trained in Architecture must complete the course with the ability to create architectural designs that satisfy both aesthetic (by influence of fine arts knowledge in the architectural design process), human (knowledge of the humanities, like history, anthropology , sociology, ergonomics, space perception, etc.) and techniques (knowledge of the processes of urban planning, structural systems, building systems, costs and regulations, systems and digital geometric representation, preparation of technical documents, etc. .) Simultaneously the student should understand their role and ethical conduct in society, demonstrate research ability, as well as showing knowledge of theoretical and historical characteristics of their discipline.

Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired

The studies plan has three curricular units directly assigned to the development of research work, namely: Research Methods in Project / Scientific Research Methods (6 ECTS); Laboratorial Studies Project / Theoretical Studies in Architecture (6 ECTS); Dissertation (15 ECTS). These curricular units develop along the 2nd cycle (4th and 5th years).
During this course of research, students are invited to be part of MIARQ official research body, at ULHT, the Architecture Laboratory(LABART), being integrated in research projects in accordance with their mentors.
In addition to these curricular units, all students are sent (invited by their mentors) to be integrated in research projects that teachers develop at Architecture R&D research center - Architecture Laboratory LABART.


The sum of the non optional curricular units is of 294 ECTS, and the student must attain more 6 credits in optional curricular units to make the 300 ECTS necessary to obtain the Master Degree. The free optional 6 ECTS are chosen between the curricular units of the other courses of the Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism, Geography and Arts of the University Lusófona of Humanities and Technology, according with the scientific areas expressed in the Anexe I.
The correspondence between the scientific areas of the course of Architecture and the other courses of the Faculty are, as follows:
The numbers 422 and 443 of the CNAEF, corresponding to Environmental Sciences and Earth Sciences, are included in the course of Architecture scientific area, of Urbanism, Environment and Society (UES) and are present in the Course of Geography and Development.
The number 581, that correspond in CNAEF to the educational formation in Architecture and Urbanism, is included in the two scientific areas of Architectural Project (ARCH) and Urbanism, Environment and Society (UES) that also present in some curricular units of the Course of Urbanism and Territorial Planning that also belongs to the Faculty.
All these references can be overcame by the attendance of National, European or International Workshops, that have recognized credits (ECTS) and are in the scientific area of Architecture and Urbanism (nº 581 of CNAEF). Also in certain situations, lack of curricular content (by changing¿s in the curricula or because the students present flaws on the secondary education), those options may be substituted by courses specifically opened for that purpose, provided that they are defined according to the relationship ECTS / hours of course work and its contents are within the scientific areas of the course.
27 credits are 22,5% of the 120 credits of the 2nd cycle of integrated studies and are exclusively dedicated to research for the Final Thesis and belong to curricular units like Project Research and Scientific Methods (6), Project laboratory Studies and Architectural Theory Studies (6) and Project Thesis, Theory Dissertation or Professional Report (15). 25% of the total credits of the last year belong to the Project Thesis, Theory Dissertation or Professional Report.
The third option considered in paragraph 1 of Article 20 Dec-Law 74/2006 of 24 March, the Training Report, is not available by appointment of the Board of Architects (accrediting body to the European Community).

Scientific Areas

Arquitectura e urbanismo | Arquitectura e construção | Engenharia, indústrias transformadoras e construção


Study Plan

1st Year/ Semester ECTS
Architectural Design I First Semester6
Constructive Systems IFirst Semester3
Elements of Architecture IFirst Semester10
Geometry Applied to Architecture IFirst Semester5
Introduction to Digital ProcessesFirst Semester3
Introduction to Visual CultureFirst Semester3
Architectural Design IISecond Semester6
Constructive Systems IISecond Semester3
Digital Processes ISecond Semester3
Elements of Architecture IISecond Semester10
Geometry Applied to Architecture IISecond Semester5
Introduction to Architectural Theory and History ISecond Semester3
2nd Year/ Semester ECTS
Architectural Design IIIFirst Semester6
Architecture Project IFirst Semester10
Constructive Systems IIIFirst Semester3
Digital Processes IIFirst Semester4
Introduction to Architectural Theory and History IIFirst Semester3
Structural Systems IFirst Semester4
Architecture Project IISecond Semester10
Constructive Systems IVSecond Semester3
Digital Processes IIISecond Semester4
Foundation of Landscape ArchitectureSecond Semester3
Geography, Environment and TerritorySecond Semester3
History of Architecture and the Arts ISecond Semester4
Structural Systems IISecond Semester3
3rd Year/ Semester ECTS
Architecture Project IIIFirst Semester10
Constructive Systems VFirst Semester3
Digital Processes IVFirst Semester4
History of Architecture and the Arts IIFirst Semester3
Space Anthropology IFirst Semester3
Structural Systems IIIFirst Semester3
Urban Design IFirst Semester4
Architecture Project IVSecond Semester10
Constructive Systems VISecond Semester3
History of Architecture and the Arts IIISecond Semester4
Space Anthropology IISecond Semester3
Structural Systems IVSecond Semester3
Urban Design IISecond Semester4
Urban Law and Construction RegulationsSecond Semester3
4st Year/ Semester ECTS
Architecture IFirst Semester12
Bioclimatic ArchitectureFirst Semester3
History of Portuguese Architecture IFirst Semester4
Rehabilitation and Conservation of BuildingsFirst Semester3
Theory of Architecture IFirst Semester4
Urban and Territorial PlanningFirst Semester4
Architecture IISecond Semester12
History of Portuguese Architecture IISecond Semester4
Option ISecond Semester3
Research MethodsSecond Semester4
Theory of Architecture IISecond Semester4
Urban Ecology and SustainabilitySecond Semester3
5st Year/ Semester ECTS
Architecture IIIFirst Semester12
Option IIFirst Semester3
Option IIIFirst Semester3
Research Laboratory / SeminarsFirst Semester5
Theories of Space IFirst Semester4
Urban SociologyFirst Semester3
Architecture DissertationSecond Semester15
Architecture IVSecond Semester12
Theories of Space IISecond Semester3

Teaching staff


External Students 0 €
200 €
Change Course 68 €
Admission for Undergraduates 180 €
Holders of University Degree 180 €
Over 23 years 180 €
200 €
Holders of Technological Specialization Courses 180 €
Registration217 €
Student Insurance40 €
Enrollment310 €
Average value for 30 ECTS semestral curricular units 350,1 €
Per ECTS 11,67 €

Other fees may be applied in accordance with the regulations in force