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Engineering Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months


As part of the application process, the applicant must choose an Engineering Science concentration from either Aerospace, Biomedical, Civil, Energy Science and Engineering (Bredesen Center), Environmental Engineering or Mechanical Engineering programs. The student’s departmental home is that of the chosen concentration and of the student’s major professor.

Energy Science and Engineering Concentration

This concentration is offered in collaboration with the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education (CIRE). The CIRE is a joint effort between the Tickle College of Engineering, other UT colleges, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The students who wish to pursue this concentration will normally have completed 6 Core credit hours, 3 credit hours of Knowledge Breadth, and 6 credit hours of Knowledge Specialization coursework (minimum 15 credit hours) specified under the Energy Science and Engineering major, (PhD) program.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    72 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses will depend on the student’s research program and all must be approved by the student’s advisory committee. Students must satisfy:

  • Mathematics requirement of the home department.
  • All examination requirements of the home department.
  • Successful defense of the dissertation.

    English Language Requirements

    You only need to take one of these language tests:

    • Minimum required score:


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    • Minimum required score:


      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    Academic Requirements

    General Requirements

    Admission requirements:

    • The completed online Graduate Application for Admission 
    • A non-refundable application fee 
    • One unofficial transcript from all colleges and universities attended submitted on-line at the time of application to the Graduate School
    • The submission of official transcripts and degree certificates
    • Departmental application
    • Reference letters or rating forms

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      31538 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 31538 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
    • National

      13120 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 13120 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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    Living costs for Knoxville

    • 885 - 1460 USD/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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