Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering

KP/JPS (R2/526/8/0118)02/28
Intakes: March, June/July & Sept/Oct
Full Time: 3 – 6 years
Part Time: 4 – 6 years
Level of Study:
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The Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (by research) offered at IUKL has a greater emphasis on research compared with the Master degree and is geared towards mastering Civil Engineering knowledge in preparation for a higher career development. This degree is recommended for those who expect to engage in a professional career in research, teaching or technical work of an advanced nature.

Key Features

  • To provide students with flexibility in research and develop students’ intellectual ability in specialised areas of Civil Engineering.
  • To equip students with advanced knowledge, tools and techniques that will support their research capability and career development.
  • To expose students to the research frontier in various fields of specialisation in Civil Engineering

Learning/Research Methodology

  • The research project will be guided by an appointed supervisor.
  • Students will be required to attend seminars in their research area.
  • Students will be required to present and defend their research proposal at the end of their first quarter of study.
  • Students are required to submit monthly progress reports to their supervisors. Periodic consultations will be arranged as set by the supervisor.
  • Students are required to publish at least one paper in their research area in an international journal or present at a conference.
  • The Postgraduate Studies Committee will review the students’ performance on a quarterly basis.
  • Upon completion of their research, students will have to present and defend their thesis.

Research Areas

Construction Engineering

  • Construction of physical infrastructure design
  • Rural and low-cost housing
  • Small & medium industrial buildings

Geotechnical Engineering

  • Properties and behavior of soil and their application to design of foundation
  • Retaining structures, earth dams and slopes
  • Soil improvement and ground stabilization
  • Soil dynamics and earthquake engineering

Highway and Pavement Engineering

  • Transportation engineering and planning
  • Traffic flow theory
  • System management applicable to all modes with emphasis on highway and multimodal transportation

Structural Engineering

  • Earthquake resistant steel and concrete design applied to buildings and bridges
  • Structural dynamics
  • Structural mechanics
  • Finite element methods

Water Resources Engineering

  • Advanced hydraulics and modern hydrologic techniques
  • Flood forecasting
  • Groundwater flow modeling
  • Water resources management
  • Policy formulation


  • A Master’s degree accepted by the HEP Senate; OR
  • Other qualifications equivalent to a master’s degree that are accepted by the HEP Senate.
PTE 47
Cambridge English 154

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