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Civil and Environmental Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #18 (QS) Lausanne, Switzerland
The Doctoral Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering (EDCE) offered at EPFL is a multi-disciplinary program designed to tackle the most challenging problem of our time: fostering a vibrant and productive society while ensuring environmental sustainability. This challenge is being addressed by creative interactions between science and engineering.
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Overview

EPFL, the top ranked university in continental Europe in the area of engineering, provides a unique opportunity to pursue this complex goal while offering outstanding facilities and a stimulating work environment.

Lively community:

Within this program, we aim to foster a lively and active community of students and professors, where fruitful exchanges transcend traditional boundaries between disciplines. In fact, we believe that the research that will provide solutions to global problems does and will lie precisely at those interfaces. The students are exposed to this multidisciplinary atmosphere through a cutting-edge curriculum composed of a lively combination of coursework, laboratory research and seminars.

EDCE specificity:

The strength of EDCE is that it spans a remarkably broad research spectrum: from rock mechanics to microbiology, from rivers to roads and from the dams to glaciers. Because of this breadth, researchers are able to combine disciplines in creative and original ways. EDCE offers the educational model necessary to become a leader in fast-paced, high-tech industries and academia.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    12 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

As a PhD applicant, you are invited to match your scientific interests with those of the various thesis directors and laboratories according to the following themes:

  • Structural Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Environmental Resources Engineering
  • Chemical and Biological Processes.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    95

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General Requirements

You will be asked to upload a pdf version of the following documents:

  • Official transcripts of diplomas and grades from all academic institutions of higher education you list in your application (after and not including high-school)
  • Certified translations of diplomas and grades into English if not originally in French, German, Italian or English
  • Statement of objectives
  • A copy of your passport or official identity document showing your name in full

Tuition Fee

For students with a Master degree of a foreign university, CHF 150.00For students with a Master degree of a Swiss university, CHF 50.00

Living costs for Lausanne

  • 1609 - 1980 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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