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Environmental Engineering


The Doctoral Program in Environmental Engineering started for the first time in the 1986-87 academic year, and it can be considered as the first doctoral program Environmental Engineering has been taught in Spain, with the purpose of training doctors in this discipline. Given the cross-cutting nature of Environmental Engineering, this doctoral program is interdepartmental and is integrated by interdisciplinary research groups with specialized lines of work in various areas of environmental engineering. This gives the students the opportunity to fit their doctoral studies and interest in different lines of research that make up the program. The program and the groups involved have a clear vocation for internationalization of research developed as well as a proved history of collaborative research projects with other universities and companies, both national and international level.

Academic year
  • Starts: October 1st
  • Ends: September 30th
Duration 3 years (full-time) or 5 years (part-time)
Delivery On-campus
Places 10
Official degree Ph.D. Degree in Environmental Engineering by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (recorded in the Spanish Ministry of Education's degree register)

When pre-enrolling to the degree, students must choose their dedication, which may be:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

More information on fees & discounts

More information on grants

Academic coordinator Manolo Espino Infantes
Secretariat UPC-Campus Nord
Building C2, Room 202
Phone: +34 934 017 094

From September 1st 2020 till July 23rd 2021.

  • Check that you fulfill all admission requirements.
  • Make sure all your documents are properly legalized.

On-line at UPC's pre-enrolment site.

Who assesses the applications?

The academic committee of the doctoral program is in charge of assessing and admitting the candidates.

  • it prioritizes those applicants having the support of their thesis supervisor.
  • Availability of scholarships or grants is essential.
When will I know if I have been admitted?

Within a month's time since the admission procedure started.

Document generated by this procedure

If you are admitted to the program, the Support Unit to Doctoral Studies of Barcelona School of Civil Engineering will issue the letter of admission.


New doctoral students




At the Support Unit to Doctoral Studies of Barcelona School of Civil Engineering.

Building C-2, 2nd floor
Room 202
08028 Barcelona

  • Ordinary call: From 1st till 31st October 2021.
  • Extraordinary call: From 1st till 28th February 2022.

Former students




At e-Secretaria

  • Ordinary call: From 1st till 31st October 2021.
Documents generated by this procedure
  • Enrolment form (e-Secretaria)
  • Enrolment certificate (e-Secretaria)


Who monitors my work?

The academic committee of the doctoral program is in charge of monitoring the student's work yearly.

  • In June, students update and generate their Doctoral students activity report (DAD) at our virtual platform (Atenea PhD).
  • In July, the thesis supervisor must send the year's assessment report, the DAD and the updated research plan, if necessary.
  • In September, the Academic Committee assesses all students and issues a global assessment.
ATTENTION: Failing to submit the required documents will result in a FAIL score.
When will I know the result?

In September, when the Academic Committee issues the final results, students will receive an email to inform that the records are available at e-Secretaria.

Documents generated by the procedure
  • Official academic record


What is it?

A research plan is a document that briefly defines the research activity that will take place and guides the student through the process.

How do I write it?
When will I submit and defend my research plan?

During the 1st academic year, students must submit their research plan.

On the 2nd academic year, the plan is updated, if necessary, and then publicly defended in front of the assessing pannel.

Public defenses are scheduled within two calls:

  • in June (for students that have enroled for the first time in September).
  • in February (for students that have enroled for the first time in February's extraordinary call).

For specific dates, please contact the secretariat for each program.

What does the public defense entail?

The public defense consists of an oral exposition of the written Research Plan during no more than 20 minutes, followed by a 5-minute time for questioning or commenting on the part of the assessing pannel. The mark will be either "Satisfactory" or "Non satisfactory”. In case of receiving a "Non satisfactory" mark, the Doctoral Commission can offer the student up to 6 months to make the necessary amends.

The assessing pannel will consist of three doctors, two belonging to the Doctoral programme and a third one foreign to the programme. Neither the director of the thesis, nor the supervisor may be part of the pannel.



From October 1st 2020 till September 30th 2021.

ATTENTION: The Support Unit to Doctoral Studies will not formalize thesis registrations on public or local holidays (which includes low-occupancy periods), or school holidays (21st-24th December 2020 and 28th-30th July 2021). Theses registered before September 30th 2021 will be considered part of the 2020-2021 academic year.


To apply for...

  • A change to full- or part-time
  • A change of thesis supervisor
  • An extension
  • A temporary withdrawal

Access the general request area of the UPC electronic site and upload the specific form for each procedure to ED (forms).


For information and procedures on...

  • Co-supervisor
  • Agreements
  • Industrial doctorates
  • Grants
  • Mobility
  • Legalization of documents
  • Equivalences

Please visit the UPC's Doctoral School for more information.