UniversityUniversity of Auckland
This course is available
Level of Study
Next start date
Expected Jul 2023
The PhD is a globally recognised postgraduate research degree and the highest level of degree you can achieve. PhD students are critical, curious, creative thinkers who undertake original research over at least 3 years.
This course is also offered at overseas locations.
Civil Engineering is about the creation, improvement and protection of the environments we live in.
Civil Engineering teaches you about the effective planning, design and construction of the built environment. This includes the working and living spaces people depend on, as well as critical infrastructure such as motorways, bridges, and water supply networks. The many and varied elective courses available within Civil Engineering encourage you to find a path that resonates with your own interests, giving you opportunities to see how you can shape the world that we live in.
This specialisation gives you the chance to see how you can shape the world we live in. In topics with an environmental focus, you will learn how to design, develop and evaluate structures, equipment and systems to provide practical solutions to problems caused by increasing consumption and waste.
Some of the topics you can study in Civil Engineering include:
The University of Auckland PhD is a three-to-four year full-time advanced research degree.
On possible to the PhD programme, you will be enrolled provisionally. By the end of your first year, you must meet a number of goals to be confirmed into the PhD programme, including developing a full thesis proposal. After confirmation, you will continue to work on your research before submitting your thesis for examination after three years and within four years of your start date. The examination process includes an oral exam.
As part of your PhD study, you can take part in our doctoral skills programme, designed to help you achieve success in your research and develop skills for your future. We have a dedicated postgraduate careers advisor, and our library service includes specialist subject librarians to help you in your research. The central School of Graduate Studies provides dedicated support and advice for the doctoral community.
We welcome research proposals in topics relating to our key areas, including:
Masters-level qualification or the equivalent of a bachelor's degree with honours
Evidence of significant research, usually undertaken as part of prior study
IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.