“The essence of sustainable development in practice is scientifically and morally based problem solving. We need a globally coordinated effort to move from business as usual to sustainable development. Every part of the world needs to be involved in problem solving, in brainstorming, and in determining new and creative ways to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth.” – Jeffrey D. Sachs
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About the PhD Program
The PhD in Sustainable Development is a full research programme focusing on key areas of sustainable development and themes outlined in the 17 sustainable development goals. The research topics will cover a wide range of complex issues and theories related to sustainable development, from the science of climate change and ecosystems to sustainable economics, social progress, management, public policies, environmental practices and governance. Students can select any of the key dimensions of sustainable development and undertake in-depth research to develop insights, theories and practical solutions to help advance the sustainability agenda.
Positions in academia, industry, government and international and voluntary organisations that are pursuing the SDGs and sustainable practices.
Full-Time: minimum 3 years, maximum 6 years
Part-Time: minimum 4 years, maximum 8 years
January and July each year
Areas of Research
Economics and sustainable development
Finance and sustainable development
International economics, finance and investments
Social progress and social inclusion
Sustainable infrastructure, transportation and mobility
Corporate strategies and operations
Public policy and sustainable development
Trade and sustainable development
Solid and hazardous waste management
Political institutions, group conflicts, and democracy
Climate change adaptations
Plants and food system
Wildlife and forestry
Environmental and ecological systems
Mathematical modelling and simulations
Sustainable tourism, hospitality and cultural heritage
Psychology and behaviour change
Sustainable design, industrial design and creative
For this PhD programme by Research, students are required to complete
SRM6013 Research Methods, and
THS6090 Thesis Research
A Master’s Degree in a related field as accepted by the HEP Senate; OR
Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree as accepted by the HEP Senate.
English IELTS level: Minimum score of 6.0 for IELTS or equivalent.
Applicants will be required to submit:
Postgraduate application form
Research statement - The statement should briefly describe the research question that the applicant intends to pursue and the purpose of the research.
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Academic qualifications/results (Certificates and complete transcripts (Degree/master’s degree/ others)
Two (2) reference letters
One (1) passport-sized photograph
English Language Qualification (IELTS/TOEFL/MUET/others) - for international students
Scholarship application form (if any) Documents will be processed once the application is complete.