Doctor of Philosophy in Sustainability Science and Technology


About The Programme

This novel PhD programme aims to produce leaders in academia and industry through its multi-disciplinary approach to sustainability. Graduates will be equipped with quantitative and qualitative analytical skills necessary to formulate and champion solutions to global sustainability issues.

Working with Sunway University's team of highly qualified, experienced and world class academicians, PhD candidates would gain exposure to the various systems involved in sustainability issues and debates. Students will also be guided into identifying areas of investigation within the emerging areas of research contributing towards sustainable development solutions.

Sunway University's state-of-the-art facilities coupled with research partnerships with globally excellent institutions provide every scholar the opportunity to become key researchers in the field of sustainability.




January & July



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)



Foong Yee Ling
Programme Coordinator



General Enquiries



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