PhD in CIVIL ENGINEERING
- Name of the PhD study program In English: Philosophy of Doctorate in Civil Engineering.
- Formative objectives of the doctoral study program " Epoka University Doctoral Program in Civil Engineering (CE-PhD Program) leads to the highest degree offered by the Institute and is designed to provide students an opportunity to obtain the greatest possible expertise in their chosen field through intensive research. " Advancement of analytical and/or experimental knowledge through a combination of specialized courses and a research thesis under the supervision of an experienced researcher forms the main component of the doctoral programs. Where possible, research of interest to industry is encouraged. " PhD is a higher degree involving a program of research training and supervision, which leads to the production of a thesis. It entails the creation and interpretation of new knowledge through original research that extends the boundaries of an academic discipline and merits publication " The objectives of the PhD program is to educate highly qualified researchers required for the expansion of fundamental knowledge and technological innovation through research and development, as well as the needs of institutions of higher learning.
- General elements of the doctoral study program The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program at the Department of Civil Engineering (CE) is designed to meet the demands for specialized scientists and engineers in industry and in higher education. Program also gives opportunity to qualified students from various academic disciplines for further education at an advanced level in Civil Engineering During the first year of Ph.D. it requires to complete 8 courses (60 ECTS / 24 American credits) and during the next two years thesis work or final dissertation (120 ECTS) should be submitted in total of 180 ECTS. The full-time Ph.D. course lasts for a minimum of 6 semesters (three years), up to a maximum of 12 semesters (six years). Candidates must submit within that time-frame. Unless they can invoke truly exceptional grounds (for instance a medical emergency) to justify deferring submission. Under certain circumstances, it is possible to spend time away from Tirana to pursue research.