Doctoral Programme in Scientific Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Heritage and Landscape (SCAHL)



This doctoral program is promoted by the "Global Change and Heritage" Training and Research Unit, made up of three research groups of excellence: IBeA (Environmental Analytical Chemistry), HGI (Hydrogeology-Geotechnics-Environment) and GPAC (Built Heritage), together with the incorporation of other researchers from the UPV/EHU, the Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit) and the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage and Landscape.

In this doctoral program "Heritage" and "Landscape" should be understood within the conceptual framework of the European Landscape Convention (approved by the Council of Europe on 19 July 2000 and opened for signature in Florence on 20 October 2000). The ELC constitutes a genuine innovation in comparison with other international documents on cultural and natural heritage, defining landscape as "any part of the territory, as perceived by the population, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors". The ELC particularly emphasizes the need for training and education, promoting the training of specialists in landscape issues, from professional levels to the highest academic level. In view of the above state of affairs, the "Global Change and Heritage" Training and Research Unit saw an excellent opportunity to promote a doctoral program in keeping with the new European guidelines on Heritage and Landscape.

Qualification level

This qualification is recognised at level 4 in the Spanish Framework of Higher Education Qualifications (MECES) and corresponds to level 8 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), according to Royal Decree 22/2015 of 23rd January 2015 (BOE Spanish Official Gazette 07/02/2015).