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  • Education level: PhD.
  • Type of Curriculum: Research
  • Academic Program: PhD. in Engineering - Civil Engineering
  • Title granted: PhD. in Engineering
  • SNIES code: 102832
  • Creation year: 2013
  • Opening year: 2013
  • Campus: Bogota DC.
  • Faculty: Engineering
  • Estimated Duartion: 8 semesters
  • Total credits: 135
  • Six-monthly fees (detailed down by points):

    Academic fee

    Administrative fee

    Welfare fee

    Insurance fee




    24,890 COP

  • Point equivalence: One day of the current statutory minimum monthly wage (CSMMW) 2021 and according to Circular 025 of 2020 - General Secretariat , the point equivalence is $30,284 COP
  • Current approximate cost of the semester: $7,293,050 COP



Promote education of researchers at doctoral level, who stand out for their critical and rational appropriation of solid scientific and technological knowledge in the different areas of Civil Engineering, capable of leading innovation processes, generation, application and dissemination of knowledge, thus contributing to the autonomous and integral development of the country, in the public and private environments.


In a horizon of 10 years the Doctorate program in Engineering - Civil Engineering of the National University of Colombia will be recognized for the excellent training of its graduates, for the high level of its technological infrastructure and for its capacity to generate new knowledge reflected in a wide production of scientific material and technological innovation, for the continuous interaction with academic networks worldwide, and its impact on the country’s development.


Overall Learning Outcome

To educate Doctors in Engineering - Civil Engineering capable of proposing, guiding and carrying out with scientific and technical rigor, original and autonomous research, through the development of a research dissertation that strengthens the basic and applied scientific advance, to generate technological, social and economic development in a region or country. Accordingly, new knowledge should be recognized as such by peer researchers.

Specific Learning Outcomes

The specific learning outcomes of the curriculum are:

  • To educate researchers and professors to enrich research groups and contribute to the country’s academic and research improvement in the field of Civil Engineering.
  • To promote the production of knowledge and basic and applied research in the areas of Engineering that make up the Doctorate in Civil Engineering.
  • To promote multidisciplinary work and the integration of research developed in the five areas of the Doctorate in Civil Engineering program.
  • To support the formulation of policies, norms and regulations by governmental entities, supported by knowledge acquired through the research developed in the program.
  • To increase the participation of the National University in national and international research networks that allow the exchange of experiences, technical and research cooperation and the mobility of national and foreign students and teachers.
  • To increase the national and international dissemination of the results of the research developed in the program, through the publication of articles in indexed journals (in the Journal Citation Report of ISI - Thompson Reuters) and participation in high-level academic and scientific events.
  • To educate consulting engineers with solid scientific bases, with the aim of promoting better sustainable infrastructure developments.


In order to achieve the objectives set, the following strategies of the curriculum are presented:

  • To motivate the participation of students and graduates of the levels of training in undergraduate, specialization and master, to continue their training process in the doctoral program.
  • To encourage the creation of research spaces for the development of doctoral theses, directed by professors linked to the Department in the different areas of Civil Engineering.
  • To facilitate the interaction of the doctoral programme with other academic programmes of the National University of Colombia, at its different headquarters, and with other national and foreign academic institutions, by developing cooperation projects to integrate knowledge and technological trends.
  • To promote the development of agreements with public and private sector institutions to link scientific research with the solution of problems of common interest.
  • To prepare and submit research proposals to entities involved in the financing of scientific projects.
  • To promote the application of knowledge in local and regional problems, taking into account the particular characteristics of the country. Promote the critical analysis, with academic peers, of the results of the research developed and disseminate them through the different types of scientific publication of the highest level (ISI indexed journals and world-class congresses).


Candidate Profile

Candidates for the Doctoral Program must meet the following characteristics:

  • Hold the title of Civil Engineer and demonstrate academic excellence and research experience. The advisory committee of the Doctorate in Civil Engineering program may admit professionals with different degrees, provided that they demonstrate basic knowledge and research experience corresponding to the chosen line of research.
  • Demonstrate skills to formulate and develop research projects in the research areas of the program with complete autonomy.
  • Have the ability to work in an interdisciplinary way as a researcher in university institutions, research institutes, industries or companies.
  • Show ability to identify and solve Civil Engineering problems using high levels of theoretical and technological knowledge.

Student Profile

During the maturation process in the Doctorate students must:

  • Demonstrate skills to formulate and develop research projects in the programme areas with complete autonomy.
  • Have the ability to work in an interdisciplinary way as a researcher in university institutions, research institutes, industries or companies.
  • Show ability to identify and solve Civil Engineering problems using high levels of theoretical and technological knowledge.
  • Analyze, argue and communicate the knowledge acquired in an appropriate way in the academic, scientific and technical fields.

Graduate Profile

Graduates of the Doctoral Program in Civil Engineering of the National University in Bogota will be able to:

  • Propose, direct, lead and conduct high-level research autonomously.
  • Create, adapt, develop or innovate original knowledge and apply it to the solution of problems of Civil Engineering in the Colombian and Latin American context.
  • Participate in the construction of academic and scientific communities in the area of Civil Engineering.
  • Demonstrate leadership for multidisciplinary team work. e) To analyse, argue and communicate the knowledge acquired in an appropriate way in the academic, scientific and technical fields.

From the occupational point of view, the graduate may work as a teacher and researcher in public or private higher education institutions. Likewise, it may be linked as a technical-scientific in public entities such as Autonomous Corporations, decentralized Institutes such as IDEAM or the Geological Service, as well as governmental entities such as Ministries or Secretaries.

It is expected that the program will have an impact on the labor market of Consulting in Civil Engineering, increasing the quality of it, with the insertion of new techniques and developments in the design and engineering studies of our country and our neighbors.


Doctoral studies require full-time study. The subjects can be taken in any of the plans offered by the University or can also be directed courses. The Agreement 20 of 2014 of the Faculty of Engineering Council of the Bogotá Headquarters, defines the lines of research and the courses associated directly to the plan.

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  • Courses are offered every semester. **For the full list of courses offered, please refer to

  • The timetable for postgraduate courses is usually in the 7:00 to 9:00 and 18:00 to 20:00 bands.


Research Lines

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PhD. in Enginering - Civil Engineering

Call for Proposals 2021-2S


General Clarifications

  • If you have completed your undergraduate studies at the National University of Colombia, still have credits and are interested in obtaining the benefit to pursue postgraduate studies at the university, access this link for more information.

If you are a foreign student, click on the link for more information Aspirantes Extranjeros. We clarified that the certificates of admission / acceptance letters (if required) are issued only to applicants selected by the National University in the admissions process established.

Admission to the doctorate is permanent and is carried out through non-mass admission processes (different from those for undergraduate and master's degrees). The mode of study is face-to-face and full-time.

Dates to keep in mind:



Purchasing of PIN, enrollment and registration to the curricular program.

From 24 February to 18 June 2021 at 18:00 hours

Complete the web application for resumes and applicant support and upload the research proposal.

To be defined with each applicant.

Presentation of the English proficiency test.

To be defined with each applicant.

Deadline for the presentation of final tests.

To be defined with each applicant.


  • Pay registration fees. The cost of admission fees for the year 2021 is COP $302,000, which you can pay at any branch of the Banco Popular or virtual payment at:
    Applicants outside Colombia must make an electronic payment of US$195. Once the transaction is completed you will find the link "Continue Registration", if this is your wish follow the link and you can formalize your registration. Please note that at the time of registration you are requested the "Transaction Number" and the "Confirmation Number", remember that you must have noted them or have the copy of the voucher that is sent to the email registered at the time of payment. Having these numbers, enter them in the step in which they are requested and continue with the process of formalizing their registration.
  • Formalising the registration via Internet Internet. It must be done through the website!input.action, in which you must log in to the corresponding process and then select Graduate Enrollment. No more than three days after payment you must register, so that the link to complete the application of resume support (Send payment support to and
  • Complete the application for resumes as agreed with the PhD coordinator.
  • Attend the interview.  The date of presentation of the interview will be arranged with the coordination of the doctorate.
  • Consult the publication of final results. o view the results, please go to page, Postgraduate Section, under the Results option, according to the schedule set out in the corresponding call.


The documents marked with (*) are optional. However, these documents are worth points towards the qualification of the curriculum vitae, so it is recommended that you attach them if you have them.


  • Identification document.
  • Professional card
  • Support for university studies:
    • Degree Certificate
    • Diploma.
    • Transcript of grades.
    • Document legalized by apostille or diplomatic delegation (in the case of certificates obtained abroad)
    • Certificate of completion of studies issued by the institution where he/she studied (for students who do not yet have an undergraduate degree)
    • Academic History Report (for undergraduate students of the National University of Colombia with choice of graduate degree)
  • Academic Honors*:
    • Name of the distinction, institution that grants, date on which it was granted (please attach the supporting documentation).
  • Professional Experience*:
    • Name of the institution or company, type of relationship, start and end date (or in progress), position, main function and attach support of it.
  • Experience as a Professor*:
    • Name of the institution, dedication of the company, start and end date (or in progress), areas of work, information of subjects taught and intention of hours per week and attach support.
  • Research Experience*:
    • Name of the research project, institution, project area, funding entity, main functions, start date of linkage and completion (or ongoing), country and attach support.
  • Intellectual Production*:
    • Type of production (article in indexed journal, book, book chapter, patent, software, pilot plant, industrial design, other production), production data and attach support.
  • Certifications of Language Proficiency*:
    • It is a compulsory requirement to demonstrate a level of English B1 or higher. (Please refer to the section below "Language Proficiency").
  • Academic or professional references*:
    • The website will ask you for the basic contact details of two people who will register 2 academic or professional references according to the profile to which you aspire (academic references apply to the research profile, whereas academic or professional references apply to the deepening profile). The information provided by the persons you indicate is confidential and will be known only to the program directives during the admission evaluation process.


    • Research Proposal (Corresponds to the knowledge Exam).
    • Motivation letter (maximum one page), stating your interest in pursuing a PhD.
    • Letter from the professor endorsing your application to the doctorate and committing to be the applicant's tutor.
    • The web application will ask you for the basic contact details of two people who will register 2 academic references. The information filled in by the people you indicate is confidential and will be known only to the programme management during the admission evaluation process.

NOTE: Those people who enter by early admission or automatic admission (Universidad Nacional de Colombia) must apply for the sending of documents in order to register their resume in the program.


The reception of documents will be carried out by filling out a web application, in which the supports and documents mentioned in the previous section will be loaded. Each applicant will receive an email from the Academic Vice-Deanship of the Faculty with the corresponding web and instructional link.

The Faculty of Engineering of the National University of Colombia, is not responsible in case the applicant cannot enter his data and documents satisfactorily through the web application, due to the demand of simultaneous users exceeding the capacity of the system. it is recommended to advance the process before the closing date


  • Advance the document loading process prior to the closing date.
  • Verify that you have all required documents, each in PDF format (only) and that it does not exceed the size of 10MB.
  • Allow sufficient time to load the documents. Loading of documents can be done in parts, closing each time you finish loading each part of the requested documentation.
  • The documents related to a (*) are optional, the others are mandatory. However, these supports give points within the qualification of the resume, it is recommended to attach them in case of having them.
  • To make changes to documents you have previously loaded, you must load the new document and save the changes. The new document will replace the previously loaded one.
  • The application using a set of choices indicates the number of records loaded in each section and points in red to the section in which there are no loaded supports.
  • Previously contact the people you will relate to as references, and make sure that you enter the recommendations within the set deadline.
  • After loading the entire documentation, it will be enough to log out to save it. This information will be stored and sent automatically to the evaluators after application closure.


The regulations governing the admission process for postgraduate programmes of the National University of Colombia are contained in Decision 035 of 2014 of the Academic Vice-rectory, specifically the Faculty of Engineering details some aspects by Agreement 028 of 2016 of the Faculty of Engineering Council, the weighting of its components is as shown below:




Minimum approval score

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3.0 over 5.0

CV Assessment criteria

The evaluation of the applicant's curriculum vitae will be based on the documentation submitted during the admission process (curriculum vitae and supporting documents). Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, professional and research experience, academic distinctions, publications and academic references will be taken into account for the maximum evaluation.

Exams Assessment Criteria

The aim of the preliminary research proposal for PhD in Engineering - Civil Engineering applicants is to identify their ability to formulate research projects. The proposal evaluates the criteria of quality, coherence, relevance, feasibility and impact.

Interview Assessment Criteria

In the interview, applicants will be asked about different aspects of their interest in the programme, as well as their chances of successfully completing the programme.

Proficiency of Foreign Language

Applicants for the Doctoral Programme in Engineering must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language (English). The sufficiency test is eliminatory, the applicant must demonstrate at least a B1 level of English, otherwise he will not be admitted.

At the time of registration via the internet (step 2), the applicant will be asked if he wants to approve the English proficiency test, he can select from the following options:

  • Be a graduate of an undergraduate program at the National University of Colombia.
  • If you are a graduate of a postgraduate program from the National University of Colombia and obtained a grade equal to or higher than 3.5 in the English exam presented in the admission process.
  • Achieve the level of sufficiency required by the University through the test applied by the National Admissions Directorate.
  • Present a foreign language certificate with a validity of less than two years. See Homologate proof of knowledge in English. To present the certificate you must deliver the original and current certificate, within the schedule established by the respective call during the registration period, to the National Admissions Directorate (Calle 44 No. 45-67, Bloque B3, Unidad Camilo Torres, Bogotá D.C., from Monday to Friday in continuous working day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm); or send to the email a digital image of the original and current certificate, that is, with a date of submission not later than two years of the test being applied for. The duration of the certificate is counted with respect to the start date of the registration process.

Minimum admission mark

The minimum admission mark after weighting all the components of the entrance examination shall be 3.0 out of 5.0

Regulation associated with the process

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Coordinator: Julio Esteban Colmenares Montañez


Directorate Email

Telephone: (+57) (1) 3165000 Ext. 13312

Address: Av. NQS (Carrera 30), 45-03, Campus Ciudad Universitaria - Building: 406 - Office: 209

Curricular Area: Civil and Agricultural Engineering

Director: Carolina María Sánchez Sáenz

Telephone: (+57) (1) 3165000 Ext. 13663



Status: Non-self-assessed