Learning objectives


The Ph.D. program includes research in architecture, physical planning, environment and sustainable development, real estate and facilities management. The candidate who has completed the Ph.D. program in Architecture will have broad overview of the subject field in general and also deep knowledge in his/her specific research area. The candidate will have experience in, and be able to formulate research’s issues; he/she will be able to develop a theoretical foundation and framework for the research and use relevant methods of research within the filed. For the research design the candidate will have substantially good general knowledge about relevant scientific theories within the subject’s area.
According to the content of the research project which is the basis for the doctoral thesis, the candidate will have knowledge about and be able to apply and choose between different methods, both qualitative and quantitative, which are state-of-the-art in the discipline, and are relevant for the research project. This can also include research design as part of the creative work by an architect or an artist combined with scientific theoretical reflection called “Research by Design”.
The goal is to enable a candidate to contribute in producing new knowledge and ideas, new theories, methods and finding new solution within the subject’s area. The candidate with completed Ph.D. degree is expected to work at the national and international scientific forefront in his/ her subject’s area and to be able to evaluate limitations in the current knowledge situation in subject’s area.


A candidate, who has completed Ph.D. program in Architecture, will be able to formulate relevant scientific tasks and issues and carry out the professional development in the field. The candidate will be able to carry out internationally relevant research at a higher academic level. In addition to architecture, this program includes theories and research methods used in science and technology, social sciences and humanities. A candidate with a completed Ph.D. degree in architecture will be able to solve and process complex tasks related to social challenges within the subject’s area. The understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of problem setting and solutions will be central for many of the candidates.

General competence

A completed doctoral education in architecture provides theoretical knowledge and practical training within scientific work and methodology. The candidate is both nationally and internationally oriented. A Ph.D. education creates a basis for being a successful leader in engineering, management, planning, education and research. The candidate will be able to carry out his/her research with professional independence. Besides that, the candidate should be able to consider the limitations of current knowledge level and take the initiative to drive innovations.