PHD Opportunities

The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The department offers Doctor of Philosophy degree in Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering. The programme involves a minimum of three years for full-time candidates, or five year for part-time registered candidates.

Sandwich Programmes:

The CoET offers Ph.D. training by the sandwich mode. This is mainly in areas where the facilities and research infrastructure in CoET is deemed inadequate to provide quality research meriting the award of Ph.D. Training under the sandwich mode is also offered in line with the frameworks of collaborative research programmes with other universities.  

ACET Research Programme

The Department of Transportation and Geotechnical Engineering, UDSM, in collaboration with the Institute of Development Studies, University of Nairobi, and the University of Cape Town (the Lead Research Institute) have concluded a 5-years research programme titled Development and Governance of Public and Non-Motorised Transport Provision in African Cities: Research and Capacity Development. The Department was involved in the following projects.



Financial Source

Research Area

VOLVO through Cape Town University

Transport systems and travel behaviour

Travel behaviour change

School travel planning

City restructuring

Road safety in DSM

Minibus public transport operations and regulation in DSM

Public transport system assessment

Non-motorised travel and infrastructure in DSM

Sida Research Programme- Rural and Urban Infrastructure Development

The development of four projects from the Department were concluded and eventually recommended and approved for funding by Sida a sum of SEK17,000,000 for the period of 4 years starting July 2009 to June 2015. The four projects are as follows.

Financial Source

Research Area


Mobility and Infrastructure Planning and Management

Continuous In-situ Penetration Test as an alternative to extensive exploratory boreholes investigation in Tanzania

Stabilization of Mine Tailings and Utilization for Infrastructure Development in Tanzania

Data/GIS for Urban Management

AFCAP Research Programme

The Government of Tanzania, through the Prime Minister’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Governments (PMO-RALG), had entered into a technical partnership with the Africa Community Access Programme (AFCAP) for the purpose of implementing cost effective, reliable and sustainable access solutions for rural communities. Specifically, AFCAP was designed to assist with the implementation of research/demonstration sites in selected districts in Tanzania, namely Bagamoyo district (Coast Region) and Siha district (Kilimanjaro Region) and funded a research project on “Design, Construction and Monitoring of Demonstration Sites for District Road Improvement” in the above-mentioned districts. The TGE Department concluded the AFCAP project where two students were supported to pursue degree of Master of Science in Highway Engineering by Thesis in the research areas as shown below.

Financial Source

Research Area



Environmentally optimized methodology in design and construction of low volume district roads in Tanzania

Optimizing the use of local materials in the environmentally optimized design and construction of low volume district roads in Tanzania


Research Group and Centers

The Department initiated several research groups; Transport Studies, Geotechnical Engineering, Geomatics, and Ocean Engineering. These groups are still informal and should be aligned in accordance with the UDSM guidelines and if possible eventually form a research center.