Design for Haji Ali Junction

Aakanksha Jadhav, Siddhesh Godbole, and Dinesh S Soundappa, win the 2013 Bentley Student Design Awards

Paper Bridge

World’s Longest Paper Bridge Built in IIT-Madras

Flue Gas

Technology for control of SOx and NOx in flue gas; pilot plant is successfully Operating in an Industry in Chennai


Retrofitting of Pamban Bridge

Densification of fly ash

Densification of fly ash in ash pond for rehabilitation by vibro-flotation and deep explosion techniques; findings are utilized for successful construction of various facilities (Ex: 100MW power plant at Delhi Vidyut Board)


Restoration Ta Prohm Temple in Cambodia


The 45-strong faculty

Seismic Evaluation

Seismic Evaluation of the Delhi Secretariat Building

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About – Department of Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering has been in existence since the inception of IIT Madras in 1959 and has grown into a full fledged department with specialisations in all the major areas of Civil Engineering. The departmental activities embrace Planning, Design, Construction and Management. The academic programmes, B. Tech., M.Tech., M.S. and Ph.D., of the Civil Engineering department at IIT Madras are some of the best in the country and the world. Many of the faculty members have received advanced degrees and/or training from reputed institutions in India, Germany, UK., USA, Canada, Japan and Netherlands. Many of our alumni hold prestigious positions in leading academic institutions, industry and government in different countries all over the world.

MS & PhD Admissions


MS/PhD candidates please note: The deadline for applications for consideration in the Jan 2021 round of admissions is Jan 15, 2021. Applications submitted after this deadline will be considered for the July 2021 round of admissions.

Syllabus for MS and Direct MS+PhD interview
Syllabus for PhD interview

Candidates short-listed interviews  in different specialisations:

BTCM: Direct PhD /PhD   

EN      : Direct PhD/PhD


GT        : MS/Direct PhD/PhD

ST         : MS/Direct PhD/PhD

TR        : MS/Direct PhD/PhD

Interview schedule in Different Specialisation: BTCM,    EWREGT,    STRTR


To be an academic institution in dynamic equilibrium with its social, ecological and economic environment striving continuously for excellence in education, research and technological to the nation.

To become a pioneering Department in the country for teaching, research and consultancy in existing and emerging areas of Civil Engineering.

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Building Technology and Construction Management

The Building Technology & Construction Management (BTCM) division was established in late 1970s. The BTCM division functions as a center of teaching, learning, and research in Building Physics, Concrete Technology, and Construction Management. The unique combination of 13 faculty members with expertise in structural engineering, materials engineering, construction technology & management, and building physics brings in an interdisciplinary research culture within our division. With this and the excellent laboratory facilities, the BTCM division is arguably the best in the country and one among the best worldwide in its areas of expertise. The BTCM division receives excellent financial support from various government organizations and national and international leaders in construction industry. Our graduates are well-placed in industry/academia (including IITs, NITs, foreign universities, CSIR laboratories, and major national and international construction companies).


Environmental and Water Resources Engineering

Welcome to the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Division. This division was earlier known as Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering division. The hydraulic laboratory was established in 1969 with significant cooperation from German Universities. In 2000, with the introduction of Environmental Engineering Graduate Program this division has been renamed as Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Division and conducting advance research in both the fields

Environmental Engineering laboratory is equipped with most of the sophisticated instruments such as Atomic Absorption Spectrometer for heavy metals analysis in ppb levels Gas Chromatographs, Ion Chromatograph and a high performance liquid chromatograph for analyzing organic and inorganic compounds. The laboratory is also equipped with UV-Visible Spectrometer, Total Organic Carbon Analyzer, Ion Meter, Sonicator, Flue Gas Analyzer, Methane Analyzer, Environmental Dust Monitor (mass and number), Indoor Air Quality Monitor, etc.

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Geotechnical Engineering

The Geotechnical engineering division in the Civil engineering department was established in the early 1960’s. Since then, the division has been offering post-graduation programmes and carrying out advanced research & consultancy projects in various areas of Geotechnical Engineering. Major areas of research in the Geotechnical engineering includes physico-chemical behaviour of soils, strength and deformation behaviour of soils, soil dynamics & earthquake engineering and machine foundations, soil stabilisation, stone/sand columns, reinforced earth, geosynthetics, environmental geotechnique and waste disposal, unsaturated soil mechanics, rock mechanics, Numerical methods in geotechnical engineering.

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Structural Engineering

The Structural Engineering Division in the Department of Civil Engineering is a vibrant synergy of a group of leading faculty with extensive theoretical and practical experience and a large number of bright and hard-working students. Currently, there are 20 PhD scholars, 20 MS scholars and 40 MTech students working in the Division along with twelve faculty members. The division provides, undeniably, the best experimental facility in the country, and a well-endowed computing network with state-of-the-art hardware and software. With this manpower and infrastructure, the Division serves a wide range of activities related to socially relevant and world-class teaching, research, development and consultancy.

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Transportation Engineering

The Transportation Engineering Division of the Department of Civil Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras was instituted in 1973. Today, the transportation engineering program at IIT Madras is one of the biggest and best in the country. The Division has seven faculty members and offers degree programs towards M. Tech., M.S., and Ph. D. with specialization in Transportation Engineering. Besides teaching, the faculty members are actively involved in state-of-the-art research, consultancy and continuing education programs. Students and scholars work very closely with the faculty members and are primary contributors to the research and consultancy activities in the Division.