Doctoral Program in Sustainable Built Environment

The built environment has evolved to frame and facilitate nearly all human activities. Simultaneously, its constant expansion has become more and more harmful to the natural environment.

The construction sector accounts for an estimated 40% of earth resources consumption and, therefore, has a crucial role to play in achieving sustainability. Urban development has special importance within the broader context of sustainability as well, while current trends predict that the number of urban dwellers will keep rising, reaching almost 5 billion by 2030 out of a world total of 8.1 billion.

The main objective of the doctoral programme is to create an integrated approach to this subject, covering phases of design, construction materials and technologies, service life evaluation and durability, rehabilitation, building comfort and use of energy, construction economics, and management, sustainable urban development and regeneration.

iDiSBE aims at providing a high level specialized advanced education in order to develop in the doctoral candidates the ability to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of sustainable built environment, through creative and autonomous investigation.

Access to higher education

The conclusion of this Doctoral degree allows the realization of research activity at the post-doctoral level.

Access forms

Access to this cycle of studies requires an application to the School of Engineering of the University of Minho.

Formal requirements

The minimum requirements for applying to International Doctorate in Sustainable Built Environment are as follows:

  • A Master Degree with a minimum grade of B- in the ECTS grading scale (at least a score of 70%), from a field in the scope of the EMDiSBE programme. A fluent communication in English is required. Students from non-English speaking countries are required to have one of the following certificates: TOEFL certificate paper-based (minimum score 525), TOEFL certificate internet based (minimum score 72), IELTS certificate (academic version, minimum score 6.5) or other recognized English language proficiency certificate.

Application deadlines

  • 1st Phase 24th August to 4th September 2015 (Academic Year 2015/2016)
  • 2nd Phase 4th to 15th January 2016 (Academic Year 2015/2016)
  • 3rd Phase 4th to 15th January 2016 (Academic Year 2016/2017)
Program taught in:
  • English
  • Portuguese (Portugal)

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