PhD in Civil Engineering
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa
2 - 3 years
Full time, Part time
ZAR 20,405 / per year *
Earliest start date
* average fee. Additional fees may apply
The purpose of the qualification is to develop an engineer with advanced abilities in applying fundamental engineering sciences and/design and synthesis, and related principles independently to specific problems of society at large. One of the main objectives in this process is to develop an advanced capability to conduct fundamental engineering research of an original nature. It also promotes a lifelong learning approach and an aptitude for training other students in similar fields.
Reasons for studying at UJ
- UJ offers not only a special program called the First Year Experience to help orientate students throughout the first year but we also offer a Senior Student Experience that gears students toward the workplace!
- Grab the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports and train alongside Olympians and Paralympians on state-of-the-art pitches, tracks, and fields, or just keep fit by joining one of the gyms on each of our 4 campuses.
- Be part of a young, vibrant, and agile university that reflects and adapts easily to our country’s aspirations, while maintaining global relevance through numerous international partnerships.
- 178 Internationally respected and accepted qualifications.
- Join a university that cares enough to have raised over R300 million since the start of 2016 in order to support the Missing Middle Campaign. UJ also ensures that more than 6 000 needy students have two healthy meals per day.
- Study in the vibrant City of Gold – the economic hub of South Africa. Join a vibrant, cosmopolitan, progressive group of students and academics on their way to re-imagining the future!
- UJ offers an amazing on-campus experience whether you live in one of UJ’s residences, belong to a day house, or whether you just want to socialize at the Student Centres on all campuses.
- We ensure the health, safety, and security of all our students through our own on-campus health services and UJ Protection Services.
- Did you know that during the first five years of UJ’s existence it doubled its targeted research output and to this day, continues to break records!
Conferment of the degree
The Ph.D.: Civil will be conferred on students who have completed the research seminar and thesis successfully
- P6C0110 Thesis: Civil semester 1
- P6C0210 Thesis: Civil semester 2
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Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)
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Top 500 in the world, joint 4th in South Africa
Times Higher Education (THE)
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Physical Sciences: Top 800 in the world
- THE Young University Rankings: 173 among young universities, 4th in South Africa
- THE Emerging Economies University Rankings: 116 among universities in emerging economies, 7th in South Africa
US News & World Report’s Best Global Universities Rankings (BGUR)
- World Rankings: 378 in the world / 5th in South Africa and Africa
- Subject Rankings:
Geosciences: 222 in the world, 2nd in South Africa and Africa
Chemistry: 280 in the world, 1st in South Africa and Africa
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The qualified student will be able to:
- Identify, assess, formulate, interpret, analyze and solve engineering research/development problems creatively and innovatively by applying relevant fundamental knowledge of i.e. Mathematics, Basic Science, and Engineering Sciences in the chosen field of research.
- Plan and manage advanced engineering research projects, demonstrating fundamental knowledge, understanding, and insight into the principles, methodologies, and concepts that constitute socially responsible (to local and other communities) engineering research/development in the chosen field of research practice.
- Work effectively, individually or with others, as a member of a team, group, organization, and the community or in multi-disciplinary environments in the chosen field of research.
- Organize and manage him/herself and his/her activities responsibly, effectively, professionally, and ethically, accept responsibility within his/her limits of competence, and exercise judgment based on knowledge and expertise, pertaining to the field of research.
- Plan and conduct advanced investigations, research, and /or experiments of an original nature by applying or developing appropriate theories and methodologies and performing data analysis and interpretation.
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with engineering and specifically research audiences and the community at large, in so far as they are affected by the research, using appropriate structure, style, and graphical support.
- Use and assess appropriate advanced engineering research methods, skills, tools, technology, and information technology effectively and critically in engineering research/development practice and show an understanding and a willingness to accept responsibility for the impact of engineering research/development activities on society and the environment.
- Perform procedural and non-procedural design and synthesis of components, systems, works, products, or processes as a set of related systems and assess their social, legal, health, safety, and environmental impact and benefits, where applicable, in the chosen field of research.
- Employ various learning strategies and skills to master outcomes required for preparing him/herself to engage in continuous learning, to keep abreast of knowledge and skills required in the engineering research/development field.
- Participate as a responsible citizen in the life of local, national, and global communities by acting professionally and ethically in the chosen field of research.
- Demonstrate, where applicable, cultural and aesthetic sensitivity across a range of social contexts in the execution of engineering research/development activities.
- Explore, where applicable, education and career opportunities in advanced engineering research/development.
- Organize and develop, where applicable, entrepreneurial opportunities through engineering, technical research, development, and/or managerial skills.