Doctor of Philosophy in Sustainability Science and Technology

About The Programme

This novel PhD programme is developed in line with United Nation’s (UN) sustainable development goals (SDG) and conducted at Sunway University’s state of art laboratories. Programme is supported by its unique state of art lab facilities under different centres and departments with brand new high end equipment that was built by spending for about RM20Million. Moreover, programme has highly qualified, experienced and world class academicians to supervise and train postgraduate students to be leaders in academia and industry. Students will be exposed to many aspects of research including critical analysis of literature, identifying niche areas of interest, collecting and analysing data and communicating ideas through journal publications, book chapters and conference presentations. Students can  consult Sunway’s qualified and experienced supervisors to ascertain their area of research even prior to enrolment.



January, March, June & September



3 Years (full-time)
4 Years (part-time)


Research Clusters & Researchers

Our researchers are highly accomplished, internationally recognized, and experienced with proven track records. Check out our School Research and School of Science Technology Staff Research Profile.


Career Prospects

  • Lecturer/Senior Educator
  • Entrepreneur
  • R&D (Senior Researcher, Manager)
  • Research Scientist/ Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
  • Consultant
  • Prolific Scientific Writer
  • Scientific Policy Maker


Programme Structure


Candidates are required to take only one module namely Research Methodology to learn the techniques used to identify, select, process, and analyze information about a topic in research, in addition to the thesis component.


The PhD is awarded based on the successful completion of a thesis. The thesis should demonstrate proficiency, criticality and mastery in the subject or chosen area of research.


Entry Requirements

Master’s Degree         

A Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) in Science or Engineering disciplines which can be accepted by the Academic Senate.

Other Qualifications   

Any other qualifications will be considered on a case-to-case basis.


English Language Requirements

  • IELTS                 6.0;
  • TOEFL               550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (internet-based);
  • PTE Academic  50 overall (minimum 46 in each skill)
  • OR Medium of instruction should be English at undergraduate and Master’s level.


Application Procedure

a) Applicants will be required to submit the following completed and signed documents:

  1. Postgraduate application form 
  2. One (1) passport-sized photograph
  3. Research statement: The statement should briefly describe the research question that the applicant has discussed with his/her future PhD supervisor
  4. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  5. Scholarship application form (if any)

b) The following true copies of documents must be certified:

  1. Passport (all pages including blank pages - for international students)/Identity card (for Malaysian students)
  2. English Language Qualification (IELTS/TOEFL/MUET/others) - for international students
  3. Academic qualifications/results (Certificates and complete transcripts) (Degree/master’s degree/others)
  4. International applicants must provide certified copies of their entire course transcripts including explanations of the mark schemes used and, where possible, an indication of their class ranking/position in class

c) Two (2) reference letters

Documents will be processed once the application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. We will notify you of our final decision as soon as an appropriate supervisory team has been identified.


Contact Persons


Assoc. Prof. Dr Adarsh Kumar Pandey
Programme Leader




Professor Mohamed Kheireddine Aroua
Associate Dean(Research)



Hani Zalehan Zakaria
Programme Coordinator




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