PhD in Sustainability Science (UNU-IAS, 2017)


    The PhD programme in Sustainability Science aims to produce scholars who will become key researchers in the field of sustainability science. The programme takes an innovative approach to sustainability, seeking to promote a better understanding of the issues by incorporating global change perspectives, specifically those related to climate change and biodiversity.

    The programme will equip graduates with comprehensive, multidisciplinary knowledge of sustainability problems, and deepen their understanding of the role of environmental sustainability in addressing current issues related to global change. Students undertake problem-oriented research, acquiring the quantitative and qualitative analytical research skills necessary to understand the underlying principles of various systems involved in sustainability issues and debates. Through coursework and research, PhD students gain critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as the technical literacy required to address sustainability problems.

    The duration of the PhD in Sustainability Science programme is three years; the programme starts in September. Students are expected to complete all degree requirements by July of their third year. Students must complete a PhD dissertation in one of several UNU-IAS research themes, focusing on global change and sustainability.

    Students are also encouraged to take a joint PhD diploma offered by UNU-IAS and the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Frontier Sciences (UT-GSFS) on Sustainability.

    Application deadline: 28 April 2017

    For more information, including requirements, how to apply, and scholarship availability, please see the PhD in Sustainability programme announcement on the UNU-IAS website.

  • UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability

    Admissions Office

    53-70, Jingumae 5-chome

    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925


    Tel.: +81 (0)3 5467-1212