PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering

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Program Description

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Concentration: Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering. The program has evolved in response to the national need of developing qualified and specialized engineers in the various disciplines of Civil Engineering including structural, geotechnical, environmental, water resources, highway, transportation, surveying, and construction management. The award of the Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering requires successful completion of a minimum of 25 credit hours of graduate “taught” coursework and 30 credit hours in research in addition to passing comprehensive and prospectus exams. Graduates of the program will contribute to the transfer of research knowledge, skills, and methodologies to work environments. Graduates of the program will be highly specialized in their respective areas and therefore they are anticipated to take the lead in the national development of the UAE in the various fields of Civil Engineering.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Concentration: Water Resources

The Water Resources Graduate Program offers a Ph.D. degree in Water Resources that is in response to the national dire needs of developing its water resources. The program also aims at preparing specialists capable of providing leadership and necessary technical expertise to governmental and private sectors in different areas of water resources. These include surface and groundwater resources, irrigation, treatment, desalination, in addition to management of water resources and demands. The offered program is interdisciplinary and accepts students with backgrounds in Engineering, Science, and Agriculture. The Ph.D. degree in Water Resources requires successful completion of a minimum of 25 credit hours of graduate coursework and 30 credit hours in research in addition to passing comprehensive, prospectus, and final exams.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Concentration: Material Science and Engineering

The Ph.D. program in Material Science and Engineering is designed to give students a broad and deep understanding of materials science and engineering so that they will have long and fruitful careers as researchers. The interdisciplinary nature of the program is ideally suited to address this requirement. The graduate students in the Materials Science and Engineering Program benefit from the unique and broad combination of faculty members and research facilities. The program focuses on all materials: metals, polymers, ceramics, electronic materials, nanomaterials, biomaterials, and their composites. The investments made in this graduate program will produce well-educated professionals who will contribute to society and the economy. The award of the Ph.D. degree in Material Science and Engineering requires successful completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate coursework and 36 credit hours in research in addition to passing comprehensive and prospectus exams.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Perform and defend an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Demonstrate insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Ph.D. Scholarship (All Nationalities) Full-Time

The purpose of the “Ph.D. Scholarship” is to recruit high achieving graduate students in certain majors at UAEU and provide them with full and continuous financial support to pursue their graduate studies at UAEU.

Student Eligibility

  • Have a GPA ≥ 3.5/4.0 in Master degree.
  • A score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS Academic exam or equivalent.
  • Have no employment or other financial sponsorship.
  • Have a dissertation in one of the UAE priority sectors(Renewable Energy, Transportation, Education, Health, Water, Technology, Space).
  • Meet the Ph.D. admission requirements.

Benefits

  • Full tuition waiver.
  • Monthly Stipend.
  • Health insurance (if needed).
  • Extra Bonus:
    • Up to AED 3,000 from supervisor’s external research project, or
    • Up to AED 2,000 from supervisor’s internal research project.

Duration

4 years

Duties and Expectations

  • Maintain GPA of ≥ 3.3 at the Ph.D. level.
  • Be enrolled full-time (minimum of 9 credits/semester) at the Ph.D. level.
  • Be available at UAEU full-time.
  • Commit to a minimum of 40 hours/week as the following:
    • During the first 3 semesters of active enrollment: 35 hours/week on courses and/or research project + 5 hours/week as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA).
    • After 3 semesters of active enrollment: 30 hours/week on courses and/or research project + 10 hours/week as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA).

Ph.D. Fellowship (All Nationalities) Full-Time

The purpose of the “Ph.D. Fellowship” is to recruit high achieving graduate students in certain majors at UAEU and provide them with full and continuous financial support to pursue their graduate studies at UAEU.

Student Eligibility

  • Have a GPA ≥ 3.3/4.0 in Master degree.
  • A score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS Academic exam or equivalent.
  • Have no employment or other financial sponsorship.
  • Have a dissertation in one of the UAE priority sectors(Renewable Energy, Transportation, Education, Health, Water, Technology, Space).
  • Meet the Ph.D. admission requirements.

Benefits

a) Full Package:

  • Full tuition waiver.
  • Monthly Stipend:
  • Health insurance (if needed).
  • Extra Bonus:
    • Up to AED 3,000 from supervisor’s external research project, or
    • Up to AED 2,000 from supervisor’s internal research project.

b) Basic Package:

  • Full tuition waiver.
  • Health insurance (if needed).
  • Additional work (optional) as Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA) up to 20 hours per week upon availability by the College or College of Graduate Studies (up to AED 4,000).
  • Extra Bonus:
    • Up to AED 3,000 from supervisor’s external research project, or
    • Up to AED 2,000 from supervisor’s internal research project.

Duration

4 years

Duties and Expectations

  • Maintain a GPA of ≥ 3.0 at the Ph.D. level.
  • Be enrolled full-time (minimum of 9 credits/semester).
  • Be available at UAEU full time.
  • Commit to a minimum of 40 hours/week as the following:
    • During the first 3 semesters of active enrollment: 35 hours/week on courses and/or research project + 5 hours/week as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA).
    • After 3 semesters of active enrollment: 30 hours/week on courses and/or research project + 10 hours/week as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA).

Ph.D. Tuition Payer (All Nationalities) Part-time or Full-time

The purpose of the “Ph.D. Tuition Payer” option is to recruit high achieving graduate students who are employed and wish to pursue their graduate studies at UAEU on a part-time basis.

Student Eligibility

  • Have a GPA ≥ 3.0/4.0 in Master degree.
  • Pay the tuition fees of the Ph.D. program.
  • Prefer to have the dissertation in one of the UAE priority sectors(Renewable Energy, Transportation, Education, Health, Water, Technology, Space).
  • Meet the Ph.D. admission requirements.

Benefits

  • Optional work as Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA) up to 10 hours per week upon availability by College or College of Graduate Studies (up to AED 2,000).
  • Extra Bonus:
    • Up to AED 3,000 from supervisor’s external research project, or
    • Up to AED 2,000 from supervisor’s internal research project.

Duration

4 - 6 years

Duties and Expectations

  • Maintain a GPA of ≥ 3.0 at the Ph.D. level.
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits/semester.
  • The applicant can be an employee and work outside of UAE University.
  • The applicant can have external financial sponsorship from any organization.

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Last updated September 2019

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The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) is a comprehensive, research-intensive university enrolling approximately 13,900 students, with more than 900 faculty and 65,000 alumni holding key positions ... Read More

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