Institute of Graduate Studies and Research

Civil Engineering (PhD)

Duration 5 Years
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About the Program

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering program covers the fields of structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydrology, and material and construction management. Due to the importance of applied learning, our program is among the top institutions that utilizes state-of-the-art research and development laboratories and computer laboratories. Our program offers an education in realization of the importance to generate ethical, entrepreneurial, environmentally-responsible, technologically advanced graduates for national and international platforms of the field of civil engineering without wavering from high-quality educational standards.
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering degree is designed to raise research specialists in the areas of material, geotechnical, structural, clean/waste water and construction management. Purpose of this education is not only to educate research specialists who are up-to-date with necessary engineering and technological knowledge and have the ability to adapt to the new knowledge; but also to have graduates who can advance the field of civil engineering by effectively using their knowledge, self-confidence, communication and research skills they have gained throughout their education.

Education Opportunities

Materials, Geotechnical, Transportation, and Surveying laboratories serve Ph.D. students and help them serve their communities with their research.
Department of Civil Engineering, for use in educational and research purposes, has the following laboratories:
- Construction Materials Laboratory: latest technological equipment to explore the physical, mechanical, and durability properties of all materials that are used in the construction industry;

  • Soil Mechanics Laboratory: All necessary equipment to find the physical and mechanical properties of soils;
  • Central Laboratory: Equipment required to determine the chemical and mineralogical structure of composite materials;
  • Transportation Laboratory: Equipment needed to determine the abrasion resistance of aggregates, CBR test, Marshall test, Viscometer, Compaction equipment;
  • Computer Laboratory: Equipment having properties compatible with today’s technology and software packages to be used in designs.

The most important devices included in the laboratories include; Computer-controlled steel tension and low frequency creep detection equipment, steel reinforcement, and stirrup diameter detection equipment, concrete tomography laser, 3-dimensional laser scanning device, scanning electron microscope (SEM), and liquid chromatography-mass spectroscopy (LC-MS/MS).

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Career Areas

Graduates, by fulfilling the needs of the society with the specialized education they gained, can pursue a rewarding career in any of the private and governmental educational institutions which operate in various civil engineering fields via transferring the knowledge, application methods and techniques they have learned; and by the attainment of a higher responsibility in management and leadership.

Contact

Institute of Graduate Studies and Research
Graduate Sciences and Education Center, GE106
Tel: +90 392 671 1111 Extension: 2214-2228
Institute E-mail: ciu-institute@ciu.edu.tr

Compulsory modules

First Semester
ELECTIVE

Course code

CVLE6X1

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ELECTIVE

Course code

CVLE6X2

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ELECTIVE

Course code

CVLE6X3

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ELECTIVE

Course code

CVLE6X4

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Second Semester
THESIS

Course code

CVLE600

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

QUALIFICATION EXAM

Course code

CVLE650

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

SEMINAR

Course code

CVLE690

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

ELECTIVE

Course code

CVLE6X5

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ELECTIVE

Course code

CVLE6X6

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Philosophy of Science

Course code

PHIL601

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
This course will follow three main paths: Firstly it will introduce philosophy to doctoral students. The meaning of philosophy, its scope, its sub-branches and its different schools will be the subject topic of the first weeks. Then the course will focus on the relation of philosophy with the sources of knowledge and different sciences. Here, Rationalism, Empiricism and Intuitionism will be covered during the following weeks. In the remaining weeks the course will concentrate on philosophy of science and scientific ethics. Logical positivism, paradigm changes, falsificationism, the questions of “what is science”, “what is pseudo-science?”, “what is the relation between theory and reality?” are amongst topics that will be covered. Finally, the course will concentrate on ethical theories and will particularly cover scientific ethics.

Optional modules

ADVANCED CONCRETE TECHNOLOGY

Course code

CVLE631

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ADVANCED DURABILITY OF BUILDING MATERIALS

Course code

CVLE632

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

RESEARCH METHODS

Course code

EMNT525

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

0
This course is designed to be a background pass to graduate studies. The ability to formulate a research question, finding the data relevant to research questions, analyze those data, and presentation of research findings are skills that will be acquired through this course. Scientific thinking skills and methods of research, using library and online archives, experimental design, and presenting quantitative data are modules covered within the scope of this course. Scientific communication, writing research proposals, scientific reporting and thesis writing are also supported. Conference presentations, time management in research projects, ethical issues, plagiarism and skills of working in a group and networking are also highlighted throughout the semester.
ADVANCED PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Course code

CVLE666

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

0
This course will focus on fundamentals of pavement management. It will integrate network definition, pavement evaluation, modeling, and economic analysis. A framework for a pavement management system including data collection, pavement monitoring, pavement condition index development, pavement performance model development, life cycle cost analysis, and priority programming will be discussed in detail. Other topics covered in this course will include: database management, new data collection methods, Markov chain method, Bayesian method, and optimization techniques. This course will combine theoretical principles with practical applications. This course assists students to perform various analyses of hypothetical and real life situations since several practical examples have been included. Also, it helps students to lead the class as an instructor, and accomplish a project on their own.
TRANSPORTATION MODELING AND PLANNING

Course code

CVLE551

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

0
In Transportation Modeling and Planning course, students will learn transportation demand theory. Students will be introduced to classical approach to transportation planning and modeling: trip generation, trip distribution, modal split and traffic assignment techniques and models. Transportation Modeling and Planning course covers Direct-demand models, Survey methods, Quick-response methods, Disaggregate travel demand modeling and Freight demand and car-ownership modeling. Students will also be introduced to advanced methods in planning. Introduction to transportation planning software’s will be discussed in Transportation Modeling and Planning course. Term Project and group works will be organized to increase the effectiveness of Transportation Modeling and Planning course.
HIGHWAY MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION

Course code

CVLE552

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

CONSTRUCTION PLANNING AND SCHEDULING

Course code

CVLE561

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

This course aims to increase and improve the working knowledge of students in project planning & scheduling by means of introducing students to the advanced principles of project planning, scheduling, and control. The objective is for the student to develop an understanding of the advanced concepts of project planning, scheduling and control, and of the methods and tools utilized to implement those principles. To achieve the objective following concepts are covered in depth. Phases of project. Contractual arrangements. Organisational structure. Work breakdown structure (WBS) and coding system. Deterministic scheduling techniques. Linking WBS and critical path method (CPM). Statistical approach to project scheduling. Project control. Reporting progress. Resources management. Least cost scheduling.
CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY I

Course code

CVLE696

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Course code

CVLE694

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ADVANCED STRUCTURAL DESIGN

Course code

CVLE642

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

WATER QUALITY MANAGEMENT

Course code

CVLE622

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ADVANCED UNSATURATED SOILS

Course code

CVLE657

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

EARTH RETAINING STRUCTURES

Course code

CVLE616

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

GEOTECHNICAL INVESTIGATION

Course code

CVLE512

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Course code

CVLE601

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ADVANCED SOILD MECHANICS II

Course code

CVLE612

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

CONCRETE TECHNOLOGY

Course code

CVLE532

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

0
The course on “Concrete Technology” focuses on concrete making materials including supplementary cementitious materials. Concrete production process also forms a part of the discussion. Going through the course one would develop first-hand knowledge on concrete production process and properties and uses of concrete as a modern material of construction. The courses will enable one to make appropriate decision regarding ingredient selection and use of concrete. The course is investigated, concrete types and practical application. It helps the selection of concrete and arranges the mix proportions (mix design), fresh and hardened concrete properties. Mechanical and thermal properties of concrete are considered to Curing technology and shrinkage/crack sensitivity. And also Permeability and durability with regard to physical and chemical deterioration, including reinforcement corrosion.
TOTAL QUALITY MANAGEMENT

Course code

EMNT502

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

SOIL DYNAMICS

Course code

CVLE614

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

High Rise Buildings

Course code

CVLE548

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

0
The course provides an in-depth analysis and design on high rise buildings with emphasis on fundamental approach. Manual computation will be introduced from the basics throughout the seminar to facilitate the understanding, complemented by computer methods as means of verification and implementation. Some novel techniques such as two-cycle moment distribution, principle of virtual displacement (with short cut), powerful simplified unified approach in concrete section analysis/design, stability index and FC method are highlighted. Participants would surely have eye-opening to the fundamentals of high rise building from the perspectives of consulting engineers. It covers the introduction and general considerations for tall buildings, Structural systems in tall buildings, Wind effects, Structural analysis and design, Seismic design, Earthquake behavior & performance and planning & site organization for tall buildings.
HIGH RISE BUILDINGS

Course code

CVL548

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

0
The course provides an in-depth analysis and design on high rise buildings with emphasis on fundamental approach. Manual computation will be introduced from the basics throughout the seminar to facilitate the understanding, complemented by computer methods as means of verification and implementation. Some novel techniques such as two-cycle moment distribution, principle of virtual displacement (with short cut), powerful simplified unified approach in concrete section analysis/design, stability index and FC method are highlighted. Participants would surely have eye-opening to the fundamentals of high rise building from the perspectives of consulting engineers. It covers the introduction and general considerations for tall buildings, Structural systems in tall buildings, Wind effects, Structural analysis and design, Seismic design, Earthquake behavior & performance and planning & site organization for tall buildings.
QUALITY ENGINEERING

Course code

EMNT509

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

STATISTICS AND DATA ANALYSIS

Course code

BIOE605

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN HYDRAULICS

Course code

CVLE517

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS LABORATORY

Course code

CVLE615

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ADVANCED GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING

Course code

CVLE619

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

The course would cover Geotechnical site investigation methods and in situ tests used to estimate engineering parameters. In situ test methods: standard penetration test, cone penetration with and without pore pressure measurements, self-boring and cone pressuremeters, flat dilatometers and field vane shear tests. Correlations of strength and stiffness properties, in situ state parameters, consolidation coefficients, stress history, and other parameters. Application of soil mechanics in the analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations, and earth retaining structures. Importance of parameter selection in calculations of ultimate and serviceability limit state calculations for both shallow and deep foundations. Soil-structure interaction models using finite element based softwares.
ADVANCES IN MATERIAL SCIENCE

Course code

CVLE635

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

SUSTAINABLE CONCRETE PRODUCTION

Course code

CVLE558

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
This course will provide students with an introduction to Sustainable Concrete. In addition, the course will examine the key components of Green Concrete mixtures, illustrate some performance attributes of high-performance Green Concrete, and demonstrate the need for a process and methodology for quantifying sustainable concrete. Additionally, the course will look at various project profiles that specified Green Concrete mixtures. The Green Concrete is specified with a comparative life cycle assessment or Eco-Efficiency Analysis. This course helps to understand constituent materials of concrete, design of reinforced concrete elements, durability of concrete structures, mix proportioning, mixing, transportation and placing of concrete, special materials for concrete and strengthening of concrete structures.
ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS FOR ENGINEERING

Course code

ENGI660

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
This course covers data analysis using statistical methods, e.g., descriptive and multivariate analysis. Furthermore, the course covers the topics of correlation, sampling, estimation, and hypotheses testing. The logic and key assumptions underpinning the multivariate ordinary least squares regression model will be given together with more advanced subjects such as the analysis of time series and panel data analysis. The emphasis will be on achieving a smooth transition between theory, model definition, and outcome presentation. It will illustrate several methods of data analysis, presenting the findings of analyses (for example, visually, using graphics, tables, and text), and understanding their meaning. Students will gain hands-on experience with the techniques discussed in this course by applying them to various datasets using statistical software
SPECIAL TOPICS IN CIVIL ENGINEERING

Course code

CVLE502

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS I

Course code

CVLE511

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ADVANCED MATERIALS SCIENCE

Course code

CVLE531

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

The course on “Advanced Material Science” focuses on Metals (metal structures, equilibrium constitution and phase diagrams, case studies in phase diagrams, driving force for structural change, kinetics of structural change, diffusive transformations, and nucleation, displace transformations, light alloys, steels, alloy steels), Ceramics (structure of ceramics, mechanical properties of ceramics, cements and concretes) and Polymers & composites (structure of polymers, mechanical behavior of polymers). And also elastic, plastic and viscoelastic behavior of engineering materials are explained. Relationship of mechanical properties to internal structures of ceramics, metals and polymers. Applications of material behavior and properties to design of engineering systems.
MODERN ECONOMIC ISSUES IN ENERGY SYSTEMS

Course code

ENRE527

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

MATERIALS TESTING AND MEASUREMENTS

Course code

CVLE536

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ADVANCED FOUNDATION ENGINEERING

Course code

CVLE617

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

0
Stress distribution. Bearing capacity and settlement of shallow foundations, including spread footings and mats. Performance of driven pile and drilled shaft foundations under vertical and lateral loading. Construction considerations.
PROBABILITY THEORY AND STOCHASTIC PROCESSES

Course code

EELE612

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS I

Course code

CVLE341

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

The main purpose of this course is to introduce the concepts of statistically determinate forces, types of structures and internal loads. This course also introduces engineering students to the basic techniques required for analysing the majority of the structures and elements which most of structures are composed, including beams, frames, arches, trusses and cables. At the end of the course, students will be familiar with the following terms: fundamental concepts of structural analysis, stability and determinacy of structures, analysis of trusses, beams, frames, arches and cables, analytical expressions and diagrams, work and energy principles and their applications in the deformation analysis of structures, influence lines for statically determinate structures.
FOUNDATION DESIGN

Course code

CVLE451

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

Philosophy of Science

Course code

PHIL601

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
This course will follow three main paths: Firstly it will introduce philosophy to doctoral students. The meaning of philosophy, its scope, its sub-branches and its different schools will be the subject topic of the first weeks. Then the course will focus on the relation of philosophy with the sources of knowledge and different sciences. Here, Rationalism, Empiricism and Intuitionism will be covered during the following weeks. In the remaining weeks the course will concentrate on philosophy of science and scientific ethics. Logical positivism, paradigm changes, falsificationism, the questions of “what is science”, “what is pseudo-science?”, “what is the relation between theory and reality?” are amongst topics that will be covered. Finally, the course will concentrate on ethical theories and will particularly cover scientific ethics.
PROJECT SCHEDULING

Course code

EMNT503

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

RESEARCH TEHCNIQUES IN HUMAN ENGINEERING

Course code

EMNT516

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Course code

EMNT524

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ADVANCED TOPICS IN AIR POLLUTION

Course code

ENVE611

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Meteorology for modeling and control of air pollution; the physical and thermodynamic properties of the atmosphere, equations of motion, hydrostatic equation, continuity equation, Geostrophic approximation, geopotential height, thermal wind, baroclinic and barotropic atmosphere, atmospheric stability and inversion. Air pollution concentration models; fixed-box models, diffusion models. Primary particulate control. Control of sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides.
CONSTRUCTION QUALITY, PRODUCTIVITY AND SAFETY

Course code

CVLE661

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

Course code

CVLE665

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

Course code

ENVE633

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Various advanced level topics will be covered on environmental engineering, according to the need of students and interest of the instructor.
QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITAIVE RESEARCH METHODS

Course code

BUSN636

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS-II

Course code

CVLE374

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

FUNDAMENTALS OF REINFORCED CONCRETE

Course code

CVLE372

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

This course is based on to learn basic behavior of reinforced concrete elements under sevrice loads. This course mainly focus on reinforced concrete beam elements. Also this course basicly regarding to learn design criterias and standards for reinforced concrete beam elements and design calculation methods for structural design project and calculation of resisting mechanical performance of reinforced concrete beams to evaluate existing condition of reinforced concrete elements.
REINFORCED CONCRETE DESIGN

Course code

CVLE471

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

The objective of this course is designed to apply the scientific, engineering, technical and communication skills acquired in the four year university experience to a civil engineering related design topics, to make a design including summary of technical details in a written and oral report.
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

Course code

CVLE491

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

As technological integration and construction complexity increase, so do construction lead times. To stay competitive companies have sought to shorten the construction times of new infrastructure by managing construction development efforts effectively by using different project management tools. In this course profile of construction sector, Company and site organizations, Types and documents of construction contracts, Construction project planning techniques, Resource management, Control of construction projects, Quality, health and safety and environmental issues in civil engineering and Risk management and responsibilities of civil engineers and ethics will be covered.
ECONOMIC AND STAKEHOLDER ANALYSIS

Course code

BUSN623

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

7
This course is devoted to the techniques of cost-benefit analysis. The course follows an integrated approach that allows the financial, economic, stakeholder and risk analysis, which are carried out within a consistent methodology. In addition, the emphasis will be on the use of economic principles to develop practical methods for the measurement of the benefits and costs of projects. Applications to infrastructure investments such as roads, water supply and electricity will be elaborated. Investments in the social sectors such as health and road safety will be among the topics discussed in this course. The course will also cover the measurement of the economic opportunity cost of public funds, the measurement of the economic opportunity cost of labor and the social value of time savings.

Students who are interested in pursuing advanced graduate studies leading to a master’s, doctoral degree or professional doctorate degree for the Fall and Spring semesters every year. Applicants can directly apply online to our graduate programs using the application portal.

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  • Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Diploma
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree transcripts for each completed academic term/year.
  • Valid ALES result in document (must not exceed 5 years),
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  • Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree transcripts for each completed academic term/year.
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  • A valid Bachelor’s Degree and transcripts for each completed academic term/year.
  • A valid Master’s Degree and transcripts for each completed academic term/year.
  • Evidence of English Language competence: TOEFL (65 IBT) or IELTS (5.5). Students without these documents will take the CIU English proficiency exam on campus following arrival.
  • Scanned copy of international passport/birth certificate
  • CV
  • PhD research proposal
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Fee pe​r course     € 650,00
Fee for thesis (4 Semesters)     € 2.600,00
Fee for seminar     € 200,00 
Scientific Foundation per course     € 150,00
Registration and other fees* € 245,00
Student Union fee € 50,00    
  VAT Exc.

*Applies to 1st. Year students. € 195,00 for others.