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Doctoral program in Engineering Sciences, Civil Engineering Area

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Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Sciences

schedule Duration

8 semesters

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31/08/2023 - 31/10/2023

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March 2024

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On-Campus

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$6.846.000 (annually)

Program Description

The complexity of today’s technological problems requires that experts be addressed by searching for, adapting, and integrating globally available alternatives. This Doctoral Program contributes to this perspective and allows for new research and development for the industry, regulatory agencies, and academic activity. In addition, the Doctoral Program is a platform for specialized consultancy, creating innovative companies, and acting as an agent of profound technological change within the company.

Our students can do an internship in top-level foreign research centers financed by the school or the university. They can also present their research results at international conferences and publish articles in mainstream journals. In addition, they can opt for a dual degree through one of the cooperation agreements currently in force with prestigious foreign universities.

This area seeks to contribute to the scientific-technological development of the planning, design, construction, and management of the infrastructure needed by our society under environmental, social, and economic sustainability requirements. The Program emphasizes the ability to generate knowledge and address multidisciplinary problems that incorporate environmental engineering and geosciences. Furthermore, it seeks to develop understanding to solve complex Civil Engineering problems of national and global relevance, where the innovation component is relevant.

Years of Accreditation

  • Eight years

Program Objectives

The objective of the Doctoral Program in Engineering Sciences is to train researchers with a solid scientific-technological background, capable of conducting original and independent research at the frontier of knowledge to contribute to the scientific and technological development of the planning, design, construction, and management of the infrastructure needed by our society under environmental, social, and economic sustainability requirements. In addition, the Program seeks to develop knowledge to solve complex Civil Engineering problems of national and global relevance, where the innovation component is relevant and emphasizes the ability to generate knowledge and address multidisciplinary issues.

Learning Outcomes

Engineering Sciences requires demonstrating mastery of the area of study and conducting research independently, making an original contribution to knowledge in that area.

During their doctoral training, students will acquire competencies to face scientific and technological problems creatively and efficiently, and that, due to their diverse nature, require complementing solid theoretical and conceptual bases with the application of methodologies and techniques of analysis relevant to some of the research areas of the Program’s areas of specialization.

Graduates of the Program will be able to:

  • Get to know state of the art in the specific field of their line of research, considering the theoretical and methodological approaches particular to the discipline.
  • Establish and argue a scientific hypothesis.
  • Carry out a scientific-technological based study that allows validation of the hypothesis, developing the methodological, conceptual, and/or theoretical tools that enable them to approach and understand the subject matter; and
  • Design and implement an experimental model that explains the research problem, using appropriate methodologies to analyze the data collected in the testing phase.
  • Show mastery in the general field of research in which they were trained to develop research in other specific lines different from the one(s) addressed during the Doctoral Program.

Thus, graduates of the Program will function in a highly demanding academic environment, act as agents of profound technological changes within companies and in technology centers, play a relevant role in public institutions, perform specialized consultancies, and create innovative companies.

Research Areas

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Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

This research area seeks to generate fundamental knowledge and technological development on the sustainability and resilience of infrastructure in the different stages of the life cycle of building and civil engineering works, such as design, construction, operation, and provision. Through complex engineering processes it is possible to build infrastructure that contributes to the integral development of communities, minimizes environmental impacts, generates economic benefits, and is resilient to extreme stresses such as those due to climate change and natural disasters. This requires addressing issues such as natural disaster risk assessment and mitigation, optimized and sustainable management of water resources, and the development of innovative technologies in buildings to minimize energy consumption and its consequent environmental impacts. This research area includes topics such as Structural Engineering, Construction Management, Hydraulic Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Seismic Engineering, and Materials Engineering.

Geosciences, Environment and Resources

This research area seeks to generate basic knowledge and technological development on the natural processes of the Earth System, and their interaction and impact on the sustained and sustainable development of society. These complex natural processes, which occur at different spatial and temporal scales, require a multi-systemic and integrative view of geosciences, environment, and civil engineering. This integration seeks to understand and control the impact of civil engineering on natural systems, to use natural resources and energy in a more efficient and environmentally responsible manner, and to understand the impact of physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes on the quality of life of the population and on the infrastructure and services developed by engineering for this purpose. This area research includes topics such as River and Coastal Engineering, Fluid Dynamics, Water Resources, Environmental Engineering, and Geosciences.

Application Requirements

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The application requirements, according to the regulations of the Doctoral program in Engineering Sciences, are the following:

  1. In case of having foreign academic degrees, these must be equivalent to those mentioned above.
    Applicants must have sufficient understanding of the English language to read articles, books, and access international documents and databases.
  2. Applicants who do not have a certificate of English language proficiency as stated in the regulations of the UC Doctoral program must take a diagnostic test at the university to assess their language level and enroll in the courses indicated to achieve the required competencie
  3. The Program is based on joint work between a supervising professor and a student in a defined area of specialization, so a certain degree of affinity of interests is required. The latter makes it impossible to assure the admission of all qualified applicants. Therefore, it is highly recommended to contact a professor working in the area of interest before applying. In the following link you will find the list of UC Engineering academics grouped by academic area.

Graduation Requirements

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  • To be a Doctoral Candidate.
  • To have passed all courses and academic activities of the study plan, maintaining a cumulative grade point average higher than or equal to 5.0 during all semesters of permanence in the program and within a period not exceeding ten academic semesters.
  • To have finished and passed the doctoral thesis and the degree exam.
  • To have stayed in the Doctoral program for at least four semesters.
  • To have no debts of any kind with the University.

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