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Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the natural and built environment. It is a very broad field made up of several sub-disciplines such as environmental engineering, construction engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydrotechnical engineering, materials engineering, structural engineering, and transportation engineering. Many of the sub-disciplines of civil engineering are themselves very broad and are made up of further distinguishable sub-disciplines. For example, hydrotechnical engineering includes water resources engineering, offshore engineering and coastal engineering.
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The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:
Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Please review the program website carefully to understand the program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitive process.
Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.
Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:
Overall score requirement: 100
Overall score requirement: 7.0
Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:
The GRE is optional.
A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.
Students in research-based programs usually require a faculty member to function as their supervisor. Please follow the instructions provided by each program whether applicants should contact faculty members.
Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.
All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.
Civil Engineering Materials, Environmental Engineering (Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Geo-Environmental, Pollution Control & Wastewater Management), Geotechnical Engineering, Hydrotechnical Engineering, Project & Construction Management, Structural Enginering (Earthquake Engineering), Transportation Engineering
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,698.56||$2,984.09|
|Tuition per year|
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||$3,200.00 (-)|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$969.17 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $17,242.00 (check cost calculator)|
Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.
All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $18,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships. Please note that many graduate programs provide funding packages that are substantially greater than $18,000 per year. Please check with your prospective graduate program for specific details of the funding provided to its PhD students.
All applicants are encouraged to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund their graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.
Graduate programs may have Teaching Assistantships available for registered full-time graduate students. Full teaching assistantships involve 12 hours work per week in preparation, lecturing, or laboratory instruction although many graduate programs offer partial TA appointments at less than 12 hours per week. Teaching assistantship rates are set by collective bargaining between the University and the Teaching Assistants' Union.
Many professors are able to provide Research Assistantships (GRA) from their research grants to support full-time graduate students studying under their direction. The duties usually constitute part of the student's graduate degree requirements. A Graduate Research Assistantship is a form of financial support for a period of graduate study and is, therefore, not covered by a collective agreement. Unlike other forms of fellowship support for graduate students, the amount of a GRA is neither fixed nor subject to a university-wide formula. The stipend amounts vary widely, and are dependent on the field of study and the type of research grant from which the assistantship is being funded. Some research projects also require targeted research assistance and thus hire graduate students on an hourly basis.
Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans.
All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.
Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.
The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.
Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.
Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.
Applicants have access to the cost calculator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.
96 students graduated between 2005 and 2013: 1 graduate is seeking employment; for 12 we have no data (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016). For the remaining 83 graduates:
These statistics show data for the Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.
|2011||Dr. Weerasekara developed analytical methods to determine the condition of buried gas pipelines located in areas prone to landslides, with the goal of improving safety. He further extended these methods to assess the performance of synthetic fabrics used to reinforce earth slopes and walls, resulting in improved design techniques of such structures.|
|2011||Dr. Rahmani studied the fluid dynamics of lakes and oceans to characterize mixing and turbulence in these environments. Her work showed how different layers of fluids in large bodies of water are mixed in a model representing the real world phenomena. Particularly, she studied the migration of fluid particles with different densities in lakes and oceans, and the eventual fate of fluid strips after going through many swirls.|
|2011||Dr. Chiu investigated how data visualization can assist construction managers in interpreting the large amount of data associated with capital projects. He identified the features managers required in a data visualization tool and demonstrated the ability of this tool to enhance management's analytical reasoning capabilities for management functions.|
|2011||Dr. Carvajal developed a model for calculating the seismic response of Integral Abutment bridges which do not have expansion joints. He considered factors not usually included in design, and revealed that current calculations may underestimate the effect of earthquakes. His model is easily implemented, and has great significance for bridge design.|
|2011||Dr. Sahami developed a methodology to quantitatively analyze driving behavior and learning patterns in a simulator. A model was developed based on the learning curve concept. This model showed how individuals learn to drive and how the validity of future experimental research in any driving simulator can be improved.|
|2011||Dr. Yavari studied the seismic behaviour of structural elements of existing reinforced concrete buildings by conducting several large-scale experiments on an earthquake simulator. He provided a better understanding of the interaction of structural members of concrete buildings subjected to earthquakes and proposed a number of refinements to current seismic rehabilitation guidelines.|
|2011||During strong earthquakes, shaking soils can behave like liquids and flow. Dr. Naesgaard's study of these phenomena and his development of engineering design procedures and computer models for analysis, will assist in building safer soil structures.|
|2011||Dr. Sanin examined the cyclic and post-cyclic behavior of natural silts with low plasticity. She found that liquefaction with sudden loss of strength would not occur in such silts under earthquake loading. Her research work also led to an approach to estimate the settlements due to earthquake.|
|2011||Dr. Ghafghazi validated an analytical method for in-situ density measurements of granular soils from the Cone Penetration Test using laboratory and field data. He proposed a new hypothesis to explain particle breakage of granular soils and tested its applicability with laboratory testing of Fraser river sand.|
|2011||Dr. Pina developed a methodology for the seismic risk assessment and risk reduction of schools in British Columbia. It provides a better understanding of how risk can be deaggregated according to earthquake types and how site conditions can be incorporated in probabilistic risk assessment. His ready-to-use methodology can determine whether or not a retrofit is required for schools.|
Civil Engineering covers the following areas of specialization: civil engineering materials, environmental fluid mechanics, environmental systems engineering, geo-environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydrotechnical engineering, project & construction management, structural & earthquake engineering, transportation engineering