PhD in Creative Arts and Media
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School of Arts


About The Programme

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Creative Arts and Media is a programme that provides students an opportunity to carry out research and contribute new understanding and insight to the discipline. By carrying out independent scholarly work within a specialist area of the creative arts and media, graduates will contribute to the advancement of their discipline.

Possible areas of investigation include a wide range of topics and approaches, from research about media, communication and the arts to interpretations of existing artworks, as well as creative arts practice itself. We welcome historical, theoretical or philosophical approaches as well as analytical interpretative enquiry into the work and practices of the creative arts and media. Candidates may also incorporate creative arts practice and the creation of artworks or other artefacts as part of their research. Research topics in media include journalism, public relations, corporate communications, advertising, broadcasting, film, digital heritage, the internet, or media policy and regulation. Creative arts research topics could be in areas related to the disciplines of film, music, theatre, and other art, design and media practices.

This list is not exhaustive, topics may combine, overlap, be interdisciplinary and combine theory with practice. Potential candidates should contact the Programme Leader to discuss prospective research topics of interest in the area of creative arts and media. Acceptance of the PhD proposal is subject to a panel review, interview session, and the supervisor’s approval.



January & July



Full Time: 3 Years (Minimum), 6 Years (Maximum)

Part Time: 4 Years (Minimum), 8 Years (Maximum)


Career Prospects

  • Identity Branding
  • Corporate Communications
  • Communication Design
  • New Media Design
  • Broadcasting
  • Film-making
  • Advertising
  • Virtual Reality Design


Programme Structure

In addition to the thesis, the student is required to complete one taught module - Research Methods – before proceeding with the Proposal Defence. This core module introduces students to the fundamentals of academic research and methodologies at the postgraduate level in order to conduct an independent research project.

The student is also required to complete a thesis (which may include a research-creation component, if applicable) that demonstrates mastery of the advanced points, craft and discipline of the area of research. With the assistance of the supervisor, the student will independently design and carry out an extensive research project, develop significant research outcomes that are of national and international significance, and publicly disseminate these results to engage with the scholarly community.

  • Advertising, Broadcasting, Internet, Branding
  • Creative Arts and Media
  • Film Production
  • Journalism, Public Relations, Corporate Communication
  • Music and Theatre Performance
  • Visual Arts or New Media Creation


Entry Requirement

Master’s                        A master’s degree as accepted by Sunway University’s Academic Senate with a minimum GPA of 3.0; or
                                     Other qualifications equivalent to a master’s degree, as accepted by the Senate
Other Qualifications     Any other qualifications will be considered on a case-to-case basis


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


English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

Application Procedure

Candidates are requested to send the completed application with the following supporting documents to

  • Sunway postgraduate application form
  • A copy of National Identity Card (Malaysians only) or Passport (all pages for international students)
  • Certified copies of transcripts of Master’s and undergraduate degrees
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • IELTS score or its equivalent (if relevant)
  • Soft copy of thesis/written project and/or any appropriate supporting portfolio of materials/prior creative works, where applicable
  • Five (5) passport-sized photographs
  • Research proposal


The research proposal should comprise between 1,000 and 1,500 words (excluding references), and covers the following structure:

  • An appropriate title for the research project (designated supervisor if known)
  • Introduction and justification of the study, which includes
    i. Research background
    ii. Problem statement
    iii. Research objective(s)
    iv. Research question(s)/hypothesis
  • Literature review
  • Research methodology
  • Proposed research schedule
  • List of references



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