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PhD Civil Engineering

 Course Level
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

42100 HKD
42100 HKD

Application fee

International 300 HKD
National 300 HKD
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6
TOEFL-IBT (min)80
TOEFL-PBT (min)550
GMAT (avg)610

About this course

The postgraduate programmes in Civil Engineering aim at training students to solve problems in Civil Engineering by enlarging and deepening their knowledge base as well as encouraging the intellectual pursuit of creative ideas to improve human and natural environments.

The in-progress and planned projects in Hong Kong for airport construction, port facility expansion, improved road systems, pollution control, and urban re-development demand the work of large teams of Civil and Structural engineers in the next decade. As the practice of civil and structural engineering itself develops rapidly, the leaders of these teams are likely to be those who have broad-based and in-depth knowledge of the discipline as well as a good grasp of new design concepts and technologies. Postgraduate training develops such potentials and offers excellent opportunities for students who wish to become future leaders in this profession. Students engaging in postgraduate studies in Civil and Structural Engineering may concentrate on structural, environmental, geotechnical, water resources, transportation, construction engineering or infrastructure development.

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Eligibility Criteria

Admission Requirements

Prior Educational Background 

  • For admission to the MPhil/PhD program, students must possess a good first degree or a Master's degree from a recognized university or an approved institution. An applicant's undergraduate background is not a precondition for admission. Students with a solid quantitative background and commitment to academic study and research are encouraged to apply. 

The GRE and the TOFEL Requirements 

  • On top of their academic performance, an applicant must demonstrate his/her capability for graduate studies by obtaining a satisfactory score in the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE, score around 1200) or other equivalent means. 
  • For applicants attended educational institutions where the medium of instruction was not English and whose first language is not English, a satisfactory score in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL) is required.

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Course Modules

  • The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program requires completion of at least 24 credits of approved coursework. Students with a master’s degree may be granted credit transfer of up to 12 credits, subject to approval. PhD students are required to obtain a GGA of 3.150 for graduation. Students are also required to fulfill the school requirements on PhD programs. For details, please refer to the section of School of Engineering.
  • All full-time and part-time students are required to take and pass ENGG 6770 Professional Development in Engineering and CIVL 6770 Professional Development in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Students may be exempted from certain ENGG 6770 events, subject to prior approval of the School. Part-time students may be exempted from a maximum of 50% of mini-workshops of CIVL 6770, subject to prior approval of the Department.
  • Students are expected to complete the Professional Development courses in their first two years of study. Subject to approval, part-time students may be given extension to complete the courses. HKUST MPhil (CIVL) graduates who have taken and passed ENGG 6770 before may be exempted from taking the same course, subject to prior approval from the Department Head and PG Coordinator
  • Full-time students are also required to take and pass LANG 5001 Postgraduate English for Academic Purposes. Students can be exempted from taking LANG 5001 with the agreement of the Department Head and PG Coordinator.
  • The credits earned from ENGG 6770, CIVL 6770 and LANG 5001 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.
  • In addition, full-time students are required to attend departmental seminars, and take and pass CIVL 6050 Civil Engineering Seminar I at least four times. All PhD students, regardless of study mode, are required to take and pass CIVL 6060 Civil Engineering Seminar II at least twice.

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How to Apply

Application Requirements

  • Transcript
  • Degree Certificate(s), if graduated
  • For applicants graduated from University in Mainland China, please upload both Degree Certificate and Graduation Certificate.
  • English proficiency proof / certificate (i.e. IELTS / TOEFL / Medium of Instruction) (if applicable)
  • GRE and GMAT scores are not required. Fresh graduates may provide information on work experience and professional qualification if they are available. Applicants may also upload other information not listed above but helpful to the admission committee to make the best decision.
  • Please note all submitted information will be kept confidential and will only be kept for a certain period of time. All application material will not be returned to the applicants by any means.

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