Doctoral program with a focus on topics related to the sustainable environment, including the effects of human development, pollution, and population growth on the environment.

The College of Science and Engineering’s PhD program in sustainable environment provides students with extensive knowledge on topics related to sustainable environment issues, including the effect of human development on the environment; the causes, impact and control of pollution; and the demands of a growing global population on natural resources. Students conduct original and scientifically significant environmental research that concentrates on issues surrounding the support of sustainable development. The multidisciplinary approach to the curricula builds fundamental knowledge that evolves with the developments within the field, equipping graduates with the tools needed to pursue a wide variety of career paths.

Programme Focus

Through the program, students focus on a core set of skills that are required to build a successful career in science, engineering, and technology-related areas, including ethics, technical writing, research methods, data analytics, and advanced computing methods.

  • Fundamentals of sustainable development and human-environment interactions related to policy, engineering, and technology and the fundamentals of environmental processes.
  • Water demand, resource management, and treatment processes.
  • Emissions and waste sources: their transport through land, air and water, their relationship to human activity, and their impact on human health and the environment.
  • The environmental impacts of human activities such as urban development, buildings, energy generation, water treatment, and manufacturing from a lifecycle perspective.
  • The interrelationships between water, energy and food, and how to ensure their resilience and security through a nexus-based approach.


A 54-credit program, taught in English, typically over three years (for students already possessing a master’s degree) that includes:

  • 3 Core courses
  • 3 Elective courses
  • 3 Semesters of graduate research seminars
  • A 36-credit research thesis
    • under the supervision of an adviser and a PhD dissertation committee: PhD students should additionally pass a qualifying examination in their third semester and successfully defend their thesis proposal in their fourth semester to their committee.

Admission & Application Requirements

  • Applicants must have a master’s degree relevant to this program, which typically includes science and engineering disciplines. Additionally, backgrounds in economics, business, policy, and social sciences will be considered. Applicants should demonstrate strong evidence that they possess the qualities to become successful researchers and professionals. These include excellent performance in relevant coursework, past research results if any, and strong recommendation letters. Applicants with prior research experience are preferred, especially for the PhD program.
  • Applicants are required to take the IELTS or TOEFL exam in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Applicants can be exempt from this requirement if they meet one of the conditions listed below:
    • The applicant completed their studies at an institution in a country where English is the native language
    • The applicant provides an official letter from the university where they completed their undergraduate studies confirming that they obtained their degree from an institution where the medium of instruction is English (if not otherwise exempt).
    • The applicants’ first language is English
  • Applicants to the PhD program are required to submit GRE exam results from within the last five years. Applicants coming from an economics, policy and other social science backgrounds may submit results of the GMAT exam as an alternative to the GRE.
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Last updated July 30, 2018
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