The PhD is a doctoral degree, specifically called a "doctor of philosophy" degree. This is misleading because PhD holders are not necessarily philosophers (unless they earned their degree in philosophy!). That said, PhD recipients are able to engage in thought experiments, reason about problems, and solve problems in sophisticated ways.
A PhD in Civil Engineering prepares you for civil engineering research careers in the private sector as well as teaching at the university level. You can choose to narrow your field to any of these disciplines; structural materials and engineering,geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering, environmental and water resources engineering or urban infrastructure systems engineering and management.
Australia has a subsidized higher education for students pursuing the undergraduate degrees. They also give loan and grants for the post graduate students. Higher learning starts at undergraduate degree level to a doctoral degree offered in any field of study.
Victoria has eight universities and various government-run institutions that facilitate technical and further education. In addition, there is a state Library which is good for researchers undertaking higher education in the area.
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