These rules complement the PUC-Rio Graduate Program Regulations, in the Civil Engineering Department (DEC), and apply to full-time students with exclusive dedication. Part-time students should strive to conform to them in the best possible way, following a specific guidance from the DEC Graduate Coordination (CDPG).

Doubts and other situations not considered in these rules will be solved by the CDPG, with the endorsement of the Graduate and Research Central of PUC-Rio (CCPG).

1 Admission

Candidates from various areas of Engineering and related fields such as Architecture, Geology, Geography, Computer Science and Exact Sciences will be evaluated. Exceptionally, applicants to the Ph.D. program from Biological Sciences area may be evaluated.

2 Selection

Candidate selection is based on academic records, curriculum vitae and reference letters. A preliminary research proposal and an interview may be requested in special cases.

Applicants are selected and graded for the purpose of obtaining scholarships by CDPG. To do this they must present all the documentation required for enrollment in the graduate program.

Applicants to the doctoral program must have presented a higher performance in the master’s degree, normally evidenced by a grade point average (CR) of more than 8 (eight), and may be called for an interview and presentation of a research plan in the selection process, at the discretion of the CDPG.

Candidates accepted to the doctoral program that have not yet completed the Master’s degree must submit a dissertation defense certificate, issued by the University of origin, until the last day of enrollment foreseen in the calendar of the Graduate Programs of PUC-Rio.

3 Scholarships

The DEC has scholarships provided by CAPES, CNPq, ANP, FAPERJ and other sources of funding, which can be granted for a maximum period of two years for the Master program and four years for the Ph.D.

The CDPG will evaluate the student’s performance at the end of each semester. Based on this evaluation, the scholarship may be canceled:

A) of the Master or Ph.D. student who obtains a final evaluation inferior to 7 (seven) in any repeated discipline;

B) of the Ph.D. student who presents a CR less than 7 (seven) in any one period, or a CR less than 8 (eight), in two consecutive periods.

1 Curricular Activities

The student must fulfill 24 credits of the program in the first two semesters. Any temporarily suspension of studies in any course that affects this requirement can only be done with the formal agreement of the CDPG. Disciplines not included in the curriculum of the CED focus areas may be studied in other departments of the University or in other teaching and research institutions in the country or abroad, provided they are duly authorized by the CDPG.  In addition to the disciplines, students should attend the Seminars promoted by the Department Sectors. Students with fellowships from the research promotion agencies (CAPES, CNPq, FAPERJ) and from the Academic Vice-Chancellor of PUC-Rio (VRAc – partial or total exemption of academic fees) must enroll in the discipline CIV 3201 – Teaching Internship in Graduation (1 credit).

2 – Curricular structure

Compulsory Courses
CIV 3000 Master’s Thesis 0
CIV 3009 Scientific Production during Masters 0
LET 3101 Proficiency Exam in Foreign Language (English) 0
CIV 3201 Teaching Internship at Undergrad Program (Masters) 1

Courses of the Structures Focus Area
CIV 2103 Theory of Elasticity 3
CIV 2101 Mathematical Methods in Civil Engineering 3
CIV 2141 Seminar on Structural Engineering I 0
CIV 2142 Seminar on Structural Engineering II 0

Courses of the Geotechnical Focus Area
CIV 2520 Rock Mechanics 2
CIV 2530 Soil Mechanics 4
CIV 2531 Geology 2
CIV 2540 Constitutive Models for Geotechnical Materials I 2
CIV 2541 Geotechnical Seminary I 0
CIV 2542 Geotechnical Seminary II 0

 

Elective courses

Focus Area Structures (1)
CIV 2102 Matrix Calculation of Structures 3
CIV 2104 Plasticity Theory 3
CIV 2105 Theory of Shells 3
CIV 2106 Instability of Structures 3
CIV 2108 Structural Dynamics I 3
CIV 2109 Experimental Structural Analysis 3
CIV 2110 Introduction to Continuum Mechanics 3
CIV 2112 Theory of Plates 3
CIV 2118 Finite Element Methods 3
CIV 2119 Advanced Elasticity 3
CIV 2121 Structural Dynamics II 3
CIV 2122 Special Topics in Structural Dynamics 3
CIV 2123 Constitutive Models for Concrete Structures 3
CIV 2124 Behavior and Design of Steel Structures I 3
CIV 2125 Behavior and Design of Steel Structures II 3
CIV 2126 Behavior and Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures 3
CIV 2127 Behavior and Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures 3
CIV 2129 Mathematical Programming Applied to Civil Engineering 3
CIV 2130 Structures of Composite Materials 3
CIV 2133 Risk Analysis and Control of Structural Systems 3
CIV 2134 Pathology of Structures 3
CIV 2151 Hybrid Method of Boundary Elements 3
CIV 2153 Introduction to Non-Linear Analysis 3
CIV 2154 The Practice of Modeling and Simulation of Structural Systems in Eng. Civil 3
CIV 2155 BIM: New Technologies and Methodologies in Engineering and Architecture 3
CIV 2191/92 Special Topics in Structural Engineering 1
CIV 2193/94 Special Topics in Structural Engineering 2
CIV 2195/99 Special Topics in Structural Engineering 3
CIV 2312 Steel Structures III 3
CIV 2801 Fundaments of Applied Computer Graphics 3
CIV 2802 Graphic Systems for Engineering 3
CIV 3011 Guided Study in Civil Engineering 3
CIV 3201 Teaching Internship at Undergrad Program 1
CIV 3015 Guided Study for Masters 3

(1)  Other courses of the Technical-Scientific Center may be taken, provided they have previously been accepted by the Graduate Coordination of the Department of Civil Engineering.

Geotechnical Focus Area
CIV 2516 Engineering Geology 3
CIV 2517 Foundations 3
CIV 2519 Lateral Earth Pressure and Slope Stability 3
CIV 2532 Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering 3
CIV 2534 Applied Rock Mechanics 3
CIV 2543 Environmental Geotechnics 3
CIV 2546 Groundwater Hydrology 3
CIV 2553 Experimental Geotechnics 3
CIV 3015 Guided Study for Masters 3

3 Proposal for a Master’s Thesis

By the end of the second semester of the Course (July 31 or December 31) each student must submit a dissertation proposal to CDPG. The following should be included in the proposal, written in agreement with the future supervisor: preliminary title, abstract, research line, Prediction of resources, preliminary schedule and keywords. The student’s enrollment in the subsequent semester will only be done if this requirement has been fulfilled.

4 Conclusion of Master’s Thesis

The conclusion of the thesis usually occurs at the end of the second year of the course. The norms for the presentation of dissertations are regulated by the Central Postgraduate Coordination (CCPG) of PUC-Rio.

5 Obtaining the M.Sc degree.

The PUC-Rio will not grant the Master’s degree to the candidate who does not prove to have submitted an article previously approved by the supervisor, referring to his dissertation, to a Periodical or to a Congress or Conference in his area of activity. Also, PUC-Rio may not grant the Master’s degree if the deadlines specified by the CCPG are not met. The DAR will only issue a document confirming that the student has completed the master’s program after delivery of the final version of the dissertation.

1 Curricular Activities

The student must be primarily dedicated to the completion of the 48 credits required in the doctoral program. Any temporarily suspension of studies in any course that affects this requirement can only be done with the formal agreement of the CDPG. In addition to the disciplines, students should attend the Seminars promoted by the Department Sections.

The use of credits obtained in the Master’s program must be requested to the DAR until the end of the first semester of residency in the Doctorate program.

It is recommended that the student seek early on to direct the studies to his area of interest, if possible already under the guidance of a professor with whom he/she has research affinity, but without neglecting a solid basic training. In the absence of this tutor, the student’s general academic supervision should be by a professor nominated by the CDPG.

Students with grants from the research promotion agencies (CAPES, CNPq, FAPERJ) and the Academic Vice-Chancellor of PUC-Rio (partial or total exemption of academic fees) must enroll in the CIV courses 3210 – Teaching Internship at Undergraduate Program (0 credit) and CIV 3211 – Teaching Internship at Undergraduate Program (1 credit).

2 – Curricular structure

Compulsory Courses
CIV 3001 Ph.D. Thesis 0
CIV 3004 Qualification Exam 0
CIV 3007 Thesis Proposal Exam 0
CIV 3010 Ph.D. Scientific Production 0
CIV 3012 Guided Study for Ph.D. 3
LET 3101 Proficiency Exam in Foreign Language (English) 0
LET 3106 Proficiency Exam in Foreign Language (English) 0
CIV 3210 Teaching Internship at Undergrad Program (Ph.D.) 0
CIV 3211 Teaching Internship at Undergrad Program (Ph.D.) 1

Courses of the Structures Focus Area
CIV 2141 Seminar on Structural Engineering I 0
CIV 2142 Seminar on Structural Engineering II 0

Courses of the Geotechnical Focus Area
CIV 2541 Geotechnical Seminary I 0
CIV 2542 Geotechnical Seminary II 0

Elective courses
CIV 3013 Guided Study for Ph.D. II 3
CIV 3014 Guided Study for Ph.D.  III 3

Focus Area Structures (2)
CIV 2101 Mathematical Methods in Civil Engineering 3
CIV 2102 Matrix Calculation of Structures 3
CIV 2013 Elasticity Theory 3
CIV 2104 Plasticity Theory 3
CIV 2105 Theory of Shells 3
CIV 2106 Instability of Structures 3
CIV 2108 Structural Dynamics I 3
CIV 2109 Experimental Structural Analysis 3
CIV 2110 Introduction to Continuum Mechanics 3
CIV 2112 Theory of Plates 3
CIV 2118 Finite Element Methods 3
CIV 2119 Advanced Elasticity 3
CIV 2121 Structural Dynamics II 3
CIV 2122 Special Topics in Structural Dynamics 3
CIV 2123 Constitutive Models for Concrete Structures 3
CIV 2124 Behavior and Design of Steel Structures I 3
CIV 2125 Behavior and Design of Steel Structures II 3
CIV 2126 Behavior and Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures 3}
CIV 2127 Behavior and Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures 3
CIV 2129 Mathematical Programming Applied to Civil Engineering 3
CIV 2130 Structures of Composite Materials 3
CIV 2133 Risk Analysis and Control of Structural Systems 3
CIV 2134 Pathology of Structures 3
CIV 2151 Hybrid Method of Boundary Elements 3
CIV 2153 Introduction to Non-Linear Analysis 3
CIV 2154 The Practice of Modeling and Simulation of Structural Systems in Eng. Civil 3
CIV 2155 BIM: New Technologies and Methodologies in Engineering and Architecture 3
CIV 2191/92 Special Topics in Structural Engineering 1
CIV 2193/94 Special Topics in Structural Engineering 2
CIV 2195/99 Special Topics in Structural Engineering
CIV 2312 Steel Structures III 3
CIV 2801 Fundaments of Applied Computer Graphics 3
CIV 2802 Graphic Systems for Engineering 3
CIV 3015 Guided Study for Masters 3

Geotechnical Focus Area
CIV 2516 Engineering Geology 3
CIV 2517 Foundations 3
CIV 2518 Earth Dams and Rockfill Dams 2
CIV 2519 Lateral Earth Pressure and Slope Stability 3
CIV 2520 Rock Mechanics 2
CIV 2530 Rock Mechanics 4
CIV 2531 Geology 2
CIV 2532 Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering 3
CIV 2534 Applied Rock Mechanics 3
CIV 2535 Soil Dynamics 3
CIV 2537 Laboratory Tests in Geotechnics 2
CIV 2538 Geotechnical Field Investigations 2
CIV 2540 Constitutive Models for Geotechnical Materials I 2
CIV 2543 Environmental Geotechnics 3
CIV 2544 Advanced Soil Mechanics 3
CIV 2545 Petroleum Geomechanics 3
CIV 2546 Groundwater Hydrology 3
CIV 2547 Constitutive Models for Geotechnical Materials II 3
CIV 2548 Clay Minerals: Properties and Applications 2
CIV 2550 Geostatistics 3
CIV 2551 Microbiology for Environmental Geotechnics 3
CIV 2552 Numerical Methods in Problems of Flow and Transport in Porous Media 3
CIV 2553 Experimental Geotechnics 3
CIV 2554 Geotechnical Instrumentation 3
CIV 2555 Geotechnics of Disposal of Solid Waste 3
CIV 2556 Pavement Geotechnics 3
CIV 2580/81 Special Topic in Geotechnics 1
CIV 2582/85 Special Topic in Geotechnics 2
CIV 2586/89 Special Topic in Geotechnics 3
CIV 3015 Guided Study for Masters 3

(1) Other courses of the Technical-Scientific Center may be taken, provided they have previously been accepted by the Graduate Coordination of the Department of Civil Engineering.

 3 Qualification exam

It should be held until the end of the third semester of the course. Postponement of a maximum of 60 (sixty) days may be allowed, exceptionally, by CDPG to part-time students.

3.1 Objective

The Qualification Exam seeks to assess the student’s ability to use their skills in developing studies within their research line. These skills translate in terms of creativity, depth of reasoning, clarity of ideas and general work ability, as well as basic knowledge in the area in which the student intends to qualify.

3.2 Composition

The qualification examination consists of two parts. The first refers to the qualification itself, in which the candidate must demonstrate basic knowledge and training for the development of the proposed thesis work. The second refers to the thesis proposal itself, in which the candidate will be evaluated for the relevance and feasibility of carrying out the proposed work considering the infrastructure available or to be developed.

3.3 Required Documentation

The candidate should present to the members of the Examining Board a document that summarizes the results of the Guided Studies (or formal courses) courses aimed at the development of the thesis, within a typical presentation format of a Research Project (i.e. including: Introduction, Justifications, Objectives, Bibliographic Review, Methodology, Schedule and Expected Results).

3.4 Exam Committee

The Qualification Examination will be carried out by an Exam Committee made up of members with doctorates, to be proposed by a professor (usually the future supervior) and approved by the CDPG. The Committee must necessarily consist of at least three credentialed DEC professors (including the future supervisor). When deemed appropriate, members outside the DEC/PUC-Rio may also be included. The composition of the examining board (which should not exceed five components) must be previously approved by the CDPG.

One of the Committee’s professors (typically the future supervisor) should be appointed as chair and have the following duties:

  • Submit, for approval by the CDPG, the composition of the Examining Committee and the candidate’s research line, at least 21 days in advance of the exam date;
  • Be responsible for the preparation and proper functioning of the Qualification Examination, including the advance submission (minimum of 15 working days) of the document prepared by the candidate to the members of the bank;
  • Prepare and submit to the CDPG the Qualification Examination Minutes with the final result and signature of all members of the Exam Committee.

3.5 Result

The candidate must be approved, separately, in the two parts mentioned in item 3.2. In case of disapproval in qualification, the candidate will be disconnected from the program. In case of disapproval of the thesis proposal, the candidate must resubmit the proposal after a maximum of four months.

 4 Conclusion of the Doctoral Thesis

The conclusion of the thesis usually occurs at the end of the fourth year of the program. The norms for the presentation of theses are regulated by the Central Postgraduate Coordination of PUC-Rio. Attached are the files of the New Regulation of Deliberation 01/2016, which approved the new regulation.

5 Obtaining the D.Sc.

PUC-Rio will not grant the title of Doctor to the candidate who does not prove to have submitted an article, referring to his thesis, to a periodical of international reputation within his area of performance. Also, PUC-Rio may not grant the title of Doctor if the deadlines specified by the CCPG are not fulfilled. The DAR will only issue a document confirming that the student has completed the doctoral program after delivery of the final thesis.