PhD Degree Programs

Our doctoral (PhD) programs offers highly motivated students an opportunity to develop their research skills in close collaboration with world-renowned engineers and other scientists in Duke's uniquely interdisciplinary environment.

Highly Ranked

  • #1 in U.S. computer engineering research productivity (Academic Analytics)
  • #3 in the world in biomedical engineering (Shanghai Ranking)
  • #6 in the U.S./#11 in the world in environmental science & engineering (Shanghai Ranking)
  • #8 in U.S. electrical engineering faculty research productivity (Academic Analytics)
  • Top 15 in U.S. mechanical engineering research productivity (Academic Analytics)

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Duke PhD students receive full funding for their PhD studies for their first five years.

In our research labs, we're busting through traditional boundaries. The vast majority of our research programs focus on areas where more than one discipline of study is needed to solve the problems at hand. Our faculty engineers are working with researchers from Duke’s School of Medicine, Nicholas School for the Environment, science departments of chemistry, physics, math and computer science—and with scientists and engineers around the world.

These relationships will stretch you intellectually, help you build technical depth, and help you get a job after graduate school. Learn where our PhD grads go.

Benefits for PhD Students

  • Direct admission to a research group
  • 100 percent funding, plus conference & travel support
  • Dedicated career development, such as our innovative PhD Plus program
  • Membership in our supportive departmental graduate student organizations

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Biomedical Engineering

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

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