Ph.D. in Civil Engineering


Ph.D. in Civil Engineering is a minimum three-year doctoral degree course. It can extend up to 5 years depending upon individual candidates.

The eligibility conditions for admission into Ph.D. programme is a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or any branch of engineering or its equivalent from a recognised university with a minimum of 55 per cent marks or a CGPA score of a minimum of 5.5 on a ten-point scale.

Civil Engineering encompasses different areas like mechanics of materials, analysis and design of different components of infrastructure, and the management of natural resources. The programme deals with the design, construction and maintenance of crucial structures for the general public like roads, bridges, dams, railways and so on.  A doctorate in Civil Engineering helps candidates develop a critical understanding of the discipline. Candidates acquire an in-depth understanding of this branch of engineering and develop specialised research skills. They can research areas of infrastructure and eco-friendly technologies.

The department of Civil Engineering at GIET University has well-experienced faculty members who guide candidates in pursuing their research. The University also has well-equipped infrastructure for advanced research. The department has been at the forefront in areas such as theoretical and applied mechanics, reliability engineering, large-scale testing and computation, earthquake engineering, water engineering and so on.

Our candidates have researched important areas of Civil Engineering like:

Foundation Engineering

  •  Interference effect of footings and anchors
  •  Seismic bearing capacity of foundations and seismic earth pressures

Soil Reinforcement and Geosynthetics:

  •  Use of coir fibres for sustainable development
  •  Field tests on Geosynthetic reinforced unpaved roads

Environmental Engineering

  •  Water distribution network
  •  Re-use of hazardous waste in Civil Engineering applications
  •  Defluorination of groundwater

Earthquake Engineering

  •  Engineering modelling of earthquake source
  •  Seismic site characterisation
  •  Structural vibration model

Water Resources Management

  • Use of Remote Sensing for irrigation water allocations
  • Optimisation in water resources system
  • Structured irrigation system

Mechanics of Materials

  • Studies on fibre reinforced concrete
  • Studies on the repair of concrete material
  • Studies on creep and shrinkage in normal and heavy density concrete

and so on.

The areas where Civil Engineering PhD holders can get employment include construction companies, infrastructure development companies, R&D Centres, Railways and so on. The various job profiles that a doctoral candidate can attain are Building Control Surveyor, Building Services Engineer, Engineering Geologist, Fire Risk Assessor, Geotechnical Engineer, Urban Designer etc.

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