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About Ph.D Program:

The PhD program in Structural Engineering imparts the knowledge and skills towards performing high quality research in the area of Structural Engineering. PhD students are expected to publish their work in leading international journals and conferences pertaining to their area of research.

The program has limited amount of course work, essentially to prepare the student to carry out research, and to develop adequate breadth in the subject area. The main emphasis is on the research work leading to a thesis. This involves delving in depth into a research topic and includes grasping, evaluating and refining ideas, mathematical rigor, problem formulation, literature survey, implementation and performance evaluation. Typically students decide on their research area and faculty advisor within the first year while doing course work. Thereafter, the steps involved are: finishing course work (to build research background and breadth), thesis proposal defense, and thesis defense. Upon clearing the requirements and the acceptance of their thesis proposal, the student works on the thesis, and its successful defense leads to the degree.

Advantages (for the student):

The program offers adequate platform for a student to work on their innovative ideas with self motivation.


Flexible (6 semesters minimum; 14 semesters maximum). Typical duration varies between 4-6 years.


BE/B.Tech or ME/M.Tech in Civil Engineering.



Computer Aided Structural Engineering