Doctor of Philosophy in Creative Arts and Media


Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Creative Arts and Media is a program that provides students an opportunity to carry out research and contribute new understanding and insight into 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 an analytical interpretative inquiry 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 artifacts 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 Ph.D. proposal is subject to a panel review, interview session, and the supervisor’s approval.


January, March, June & September


  • 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

Program 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.

Areas of Research

  • 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


  • A master’s degree as accepted by Sunway University’s Academic Senate with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • 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

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:
    • Research background
    • Problem statement
    • Research objective(s)
    • Research question(s)/hypothesis
  • Literature review
  • Research methodology
  • Proposed research schedule
  • List of references
Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

For almost 32 years Sunway University has established a reputation both in Malaysia and overseas, as an inspiring educational leader. Perfectly harnessing the highest quality of academic personnel and ... Read More

For almost 32 years Sunway University has established a reputation both in Malaysia and overseas, as an inspiring educational leader. Perfectly harnessing the highest quality of academic personnel and an exceptionally diverse range of programmes any global educational powerhouse would be proud of. Read less