The HBKU Sustainable Environment PhD program provides students with extensive knowledge in 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, guided 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.
- Core skills 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.
- Air emission sources and how these relate to human activity, as well as the impact on human health and the environment of key pollutants.Explore the impact of human activities such as energy generation, water treatment, and manufacturing on land – particularly in terms of solid and hazardous waste generation and disposal.
A 68-credit program, taught in English, typically over 3 years (for students already possessing a master’s degree) that includes:
- Core course: Sustainability Fundamentals and Tools
- Core course: Research Methods and Ethics
- Core course: Elected Math Core
- Core course: Elected Computation Core
- 2 elective courses
- 6 semesters of graduate research seminars
- A 44-credit research thesis under the supervision of an adviser and a PhD dissertation committee; Students without a master’s degree but with exceptional performance in an approved bachelor’s degree may be admitted to the PhD program but will need to take an additional 24 credits of coursework. PhD students should additionally pass a candidacy examination after their second semester and successfully defend their thesis proposal after 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 undergraduate 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 December 18, 2017