Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences
JPT/BPP(U) (N/460/8/0022/PA9751)04/25

School of Mathematical Sciences


About The Programme

Embark in high quality and innovative research in the broad field of mathematical sciences, that demonstrates the beauty of numbers and algorithms, and their usefulness in decision-making and problem-solving.

This research programme aims to develop your research skills in one of the many exciting areas of mathematics, ranging from pure mathematics, applied mathematics to applied statistics. Working closely with your supervisors, you will be exposed to the different aspects of research activities, including developing a comprehensive literature review, identifying areas of contribution, and communicating research outputs via journal publications and conference presentations.

The programme will equip you with strong mathematical, analytical and statistical data analysis skills, to become experts and well-qualified researchers.




January & July



3 Years Full-Time, 4 Years Part-Time


Career Prospects

Doctoral graduates may enter careers in academia, consulting or research, as well as undertake specialist roles in areas related to mathematics and statistics in various organizations, such as universities, research institutes, and industrial R&D laboratories.



The programme consists of core modules and followed by a research thesis.

Candidates are required to complete three modules, namely Research Methodology, Academic Writing, and Research Proposal, in addition to the Thesis component. By undergoing these modules, candidates will develop the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct research successfully towards the completion of the thesis.

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.


Areas of Research

The School has a dedicated team of academicians and in-house actuaries who will mentor and discuss possible research topics with you in the following areas of research interests, but not limited to:

  • Applications of statistics in finance and insurance
  • Applied probability
  • Applied stochastic processes
  • Big data analytics
  • Combinatorics
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Credit risk modelling
  • Evolutionary computation
  • Graph theory
  • Linear and multilinear algebra
  • Longevity studies
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Multivariate analysis
  • Neural networks
  • Numerical optimisation
  • Optimal control computation
  • Simulation
  • Statistical modelling
  • Statistical quality control
  • Time series modelling
  • Optimal Control
  • Optimization


Entry Requirement

Master’s Degree

  • A Master Degree in mathematical sciences or related fields


Other Qualifications

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


English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
  • TOEFL 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (internet-based)


Application Procedure

As part of your application, please nominate TWO (2) referees who can provide reference letters about your suitability to undertake the programme (preferably, one academic and one professional). The letters must be printed on the letterhead of the respective referees’ organisations. Each referee is requested to seal and send the hardcopy of the letter to the correspondence address as stated below. Alternatively, the referee may request the prospective student to send the sealed letter.

Applicants will be required to submit the following documents:
i) Postgraduate Application Form*
ii) Research Statement
iii) Curriculum Vitae (CV)
iv) Scholarship Application Form (if any)
v) English Language qualification (IELTS / TOEFL / Others) for International Students
vi) Academic qualifications/results (certificates and complete transcripts) (Degree / Others)
vii) One (1) Passport-sized photograph
viii) A copy of national identity card (Malaysians only) or passport (all pages for international students)

All documents are to be sent to the correspondence address or email stated below. Incomplete documents will not be processed.

Postgraduate Administrator
School of Mathematical Sciences
Sunway University
5 Jalan Universiti, Bandar Sunway
47500 Selangor Darul Ehsan