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PhD Programs

Our uniquely multidisciplinary programs cultivate engineering leaders

At Duke Engineering, we have created a thriving, rigorous, supportive and interdisciplinary environment in which we cultivate engineering leaders.

More than two dozen Duke alumni and faculty have been elected into the National Academy of Engineering »

Members of our renowned faculty are leaders in globally-leading areas of engineering research.


Mentorship From Day One

Our PhD students receive exceptional technical training and mentorship from our world-class faculty.

In our laboratories, PhD students become true collaborators, where they co-invent new solutions, develop entrepreneurial skills and even become company founders.

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Outstanding Student Support

On our campus, you'll have the advantage of programs designed and dedicated to building your social, writing, business and leadership skills. We will prepare you for career success no matter your path.

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Prepared for a Great Career

About half our PhD graduates join industry—often with leading global tech companies. Nearly 40 percent start academic careers—many at the world's leading research institutions.

Across the United States and around the globe, you'll find a strong network of Duke Engineering alumni in leading roles.

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Areas of Study

Biomedical Engineering

Research Areas

  • Bioelectric Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
  • Biomedical Imaging and Biophotonics
  • Biomedical and Health Data Sciences
  • Biosensors and Bioinstrumentation
  • Computational Modeling of Biological Systems
  • Drug and Gene Delivery
  • Immune Engineering
  • Neural Engineering
  • Synthetic and Systems Biology
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Areas

  • Computational Mechanics & Scientific Computing
  • Environmental Health Engineering
  • Geomechanics & Geophysics for Energy and the Environment
  • Hydrology & Fluid Dynamics
  • Risk & Resilient Systems

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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Areas

  • Signal and Information Processing and Robotics
  • Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Microelectronics, Photonics, and Nanotechnology

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Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Areas

  • Acoustics
  • Aerodynamics & Fluid Dynamics
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Computational Mechanics & Scientific Computing
  • Dynamics, Controls and Human-Machine Interaction
  • Energy Technology and Heat Transfer
  • Mechanics and Materials Science

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Duke University Program in Materials Science and Engineering

Research Areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Computational Materials Discovery
  • Electronic & Photonic Materials
  • Energy Materials
  • Metamaterials
  • Soft Materials

A Multidisciplinary Program That Builds on Duke's Strengths

This university-wide degree program is uniquely multidisciplinary—and built upon Duke's strengths in materials science and engineering.

PhD students are admitted through Duke academic departments in engineering and the natural sciences. Applications must be submitted by the departmental deadline.

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