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Marcel Breuer Doctoral School of Architecture
University of Pécs
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

DLA in Architecture

Degree: Doctor of Liberal Arts in Architecture
Duration of training: 8 semesters (4+4)
Language of instruction: English, Hungarian

Head of the program: Prof. Dr. Bálint Bachmann

Application Fee for the program: 150 USD (non refundable) 
Tuition Fee for the program:4.200 USD/semester

Course programmes (FROM 2016/2017 academic year)

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Description of the program:

The Doctor of Liberal Arts (DLA) in Architecture programme of the Doctoral School covers architecture and urban architecture programmes dealing with various aspects of planning (architecture of social spaces, architectural planning and design, production environment planning, residential environment planning, settlement planning).

However, these fields are not strictly tied to specific topics or building types, but are more closely related to the professional and educational expertise and experience of the specific teachers and supervisors of the Doctoral School. Our intention is to provide our students with a historical perspective of our heritage, our responsibility towards the environment, and a coherent system of environmental and modern architectural aspects. It is in view of this that special emphasis is laid in the curriculum of our school on the individual program of activity of our doctoral candidates, which is built on the combination of creative artistic-technical activities and scientific research in a chosen field, in accordance with the specific feature of architecture being a combination of arts and science.

DLA doctoral studies

The duration of the doctoral studies is 2+2 years, divided into 8 semesters. The education starts at the beginning of September in each academic year. In the first two years students take courses and do research as well. The first phase is ending with a so-called complex examination that has two parts: measures the general knowledge in the research field and evaluates the research work carried out in the first two years. Doctoral students must present the research plan for the remaining period as well. If the complex examination is successful, students can enter the next phase. In the second 2 years there are no courses, only the research work should be continued and finished. Normally, at the end of this period the dissertation should be completed and the defense process can be started.

In order to receive a DLA degree, students must accomplish the following:
- pass all courses (achieve the absolutorium)
- pass the Complex Exam
- have a high level architectural portfolio showing the architectural projects where the doctoral student was involved or designed on its own
- have one or more master projects that are already built according to the design of the doctoral candidate or is at least under construction
- prepare the DLA Dissertation
- defend the DLA Dissertation

Doctoral defense process:

The doctoral defense process starts with an open-debate in front of the professors of the doctoral school and the Institute of Architecture. After the finalization and submission of the doctoral thesis, the thesis booklet and the portfolio, two external experts will review the submission. Finally, the thesis should be defended in front of a jury consisting of architects and professors from the home institution and from other universities.

Doctoral level of education, professional artistic work, master project, master-student relationship, design contests, workshop, architectural studio work, innovation, teamwork

Location of the education: University of Pécs, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, Breuer Marcel Doctoral School, É81 building, Boszorkány str. 2, H-7624 Pécs, Hungary.

Month of entrySeptember

For more information send your questions to and visit the Centre for International Programmes and Relations website

List of available doctoral research topics can be found on the website of the Hungarian Doctoral Council: Thesis topics currently announced