PhD in Civil Engineering Programs


  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Road and Transport Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Construction Engineering and Management

Rationale of the Graduate Program
The rationale behind this PhD program is to educate students in advanced civil engineering topics and to enable them deliver solutions through research works for construction industry related problems, by forming collaborative relationships with construction industry and stake holders, for the benefit of the local universities and the nation at large.

The program is a step forward towards realizing the long felt needs of the country in training engineers equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge and practical training, to support frontier technologies and thrive for research endeavors which ultimately dissolve the notorious problems of the construction industry. The program may be offered in collaboration with external universities as “sandwich” course work or it can be completely supported by Bahir Dar University. The program is expected to give sufficient emphasis on project-based learning and research and development in order to equip the participants in the program with a better understanding of complex engineering problems.

Generally, the objective of this doctoral program is to satisfy the national demand for highly trained civil engineers and researchers. There are many “new world”, or recently emergent, global problems, the solution of which requires specialist inputs. Hence, the ultimate objective of the doctoral program is to satisfy the national demand for highly trained engineers, research specialists.

Admission Requirements

  1. Candidates must meet the general graduate application and admission policy of Bahir Dar University and Bahir Dar Institute of Technology PhD guideline;
  2. The candidate must have completed MSc. or equivalent degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a recognized institution in Construction Technology and Management, Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Road and Transportation Engineering and other related civil engineering fields.
  3. Admissions should be on the basis of availability of a supervisor.
  4. The final admission of a PhD candidate into a particular area of specialization is made by Faculty Graduate Council (FGC).
  5. The presence of self or government sponsorship.
  6. Foreign applicants may, in lieu of sitting for entrance examination, submit results of GRE/TOEFL/IELTS or equivalent language proficiency examinations for applicants whose undergraduate medium of instruction is not English.
  7. The candidate must produce a minimum of two letters of recommendation from undergraduate and/or postgraduate instructors, employers or professional Associations.
  8. For candidates who have obtained post-graduate degree Ten years earlier as on the last date prescribed for receipt of the completed application, a written test on basic knowledge will be conducted

Graduation Requirements
As per the University Senate Legislation.

As per the University Senate Legislation.