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Doctoral Program in Engineering Sciences, Industrial and Transport 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.

Years of Accreditation

  • Four years

Program Objectives

The Doctoral Program in Engineering Sciences, Industrial and Transport Engineering area, aims to train researchers with a scientific-technological orientation, capable of carrying out research authentically and independently on the frontier of knowledge and contributing to the development of complex systems in the field of industrial and transport engineering.

Students must make new contributions to knowledge during the investigation, training for their subsequent performance as researchers with creativity, leadership, and originality. The ultimate basis for awarding a doctorate is the candidate’s developed ability to master a broad field of study and their ability to do research independently.

Learning Outcomes

The academic degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Sciences requires demonstrating mastery of the area of study and conducting research independently, making an original contribution to knowledge.

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.

Research Areas

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Planning, management and optimization models of logistics and economic systems

This line considers research and development in topics such as optimization models, simulation of large-scale systems, financial engineering and innovation. It also considers the economic modeling of regulated markets (such as natural resources and telecommunications) and in sectors of public relevance, such as transportation, environment, education and health, the planning of operations in all types of organizations, the determination of willingness to pay for reducing transport externalities (delays, accidents, pollution). Complex problems in financial engineering are also studied. The tools and techniques required for these issues include appropriate methods to collect useful information for decision-making, and the formulation of models that allow understanding the behavior of the different actors involved.

Design, planning and regulation of complex systems

This line seeks to understand and address numerous challenges associated with working with complex systems, such as the design of public transport networks, planning in complex logistics networks, especially under uncertainty, the optimization of port operations, the design of air transport networks, and other large problems such as itinerary design, work shifts and resource allocation, institutional designs for incentive alignment, and development of quasi-market mechanisms, among others.

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.
  2. Applicants must have sufficient understanding of the English language to read articles, books, and access international documents and databases. 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 competencies.
  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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