Program objectives

The doctoral program is designed for students interested in leading independent, original research in the fields taught in the Faculty.

The doctoral program focuses on completing original research and preparing a dissertation. The acquisition of knowledge is generally through guided independent study and reading in areas related to the research topic.

Research must be original, either experimental or theoretical, basic or applied, with an emphasis on the analytic and scientific approach. Candidates must be able to demonstrate excellent research abilities, as well as the ability to conduct original research that has significance to the field. Candidates must also demonstrate qualities of imagination, enterprise, analytical skill, judgment and perseverance, required of an independent researcher. Research will be considered significant if it is of the caliber required for publication in a distinguished international scientific journal, and considerably advances knowledge and insight in the field of research.

The Faculty offers doctoral degrees in five fields:

  • Doctoral degree in Architecture and Urbanism
  • Doctoral degree in Environmental Studies
  • Doctoral degree in Landscape Architecture
  • Doctoral degree in Urban and Regional Planning
  • Doctoral degree in Industrial Design

An updated list of doctoral dissertations completed in the Faculty appears here.


The doctoral program spans 36 months. The first year is devoted to background studies, review of the literature and preparing the dissertation proposal. The two final years are devoted to research, writing scientific publications and the dissertation.

The Faculty offers a generous scholarship and tuition exemption to most doctoral students, based on personal excellence.

More information on the program is available here.

Admissions requirements

The program is open to students with a thesis master’s degree, according to the Technion Graduate School’s guidelines. Candidates with a non-thesis master’s degree must meet admissions requirements for exploratory research (as part of non-degree studies), approved by the school, including the following conditions:
• A grade point average of 90 or above in their master’s degree, and a grade of 90 or above on their final thesis.
• At least two letters of recommendation from lecturers at the Technion or other academic institutions or professional in the field, preferable who hold an advanced academic degree. One of the letters of recommendation must be from the student’s master’s thesis advisor.

Candidates with a Master of Science in fields other than their proposed field of research that are relevant to their research will be admitted to the program after fulfilling 15 credits of prerequisite courses in the Continuing Studies program.
Acceptance to the PhD program is conditional on finding a doctoral advisor and submitting a description of the proposed field of research, which will be reviewed by the track’s Admission’s Committee.

Applications are accepted year-round.


To apply, click here.


Keren Steger, Graduate Studies Coordinator | Amado Building 312
+972-4-8294285 |