PhD in Sustainable Energy | Hamad Bin Khalifa University

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PhD in Sustainable Energy

Doctoral program with a focus on topics related to sustainable energy and the impact urbanization, transportation and manufacturing have on energy sustainability.

Hamad Bin Khalifa University

CSE’s Sustainable Energy PhD program provide students with extensive knowledge in topics related to sustainable energy and the impact of growth, urbanization, transportation and manufacturing on energy and overall sustainable development.

The programs also look at the implications and drivers of sustainable policymaking on society, the economy, and the environment.

A key component for both degrees is original, guided research in energy science, technologies and policies that support sustainable development.

The multidisciplinary approach to the curricula allows for engagement in cross-disciplinary science and builds fundamental knowledge that evolves with developments in the energy field, equipping graduates with the tools needed to pursue a wide variety of career paths.

Program Focus


  • Skills to build a successful career in science, engineering, technology and developmental studies including ethics, technical writing, research methods, data analytics, and advanced computing methods.
  • Fundamentals of energy engineering, sciences and technologies for sustainability.
  • Fossil fuel energy use and environmental impact.
  • Engineering and scientific development of renewable green energy.
  • Energy storage, distribution and consumption efficiency.
  • Social and economic aspects of sustainability including, but not limited to, demand side management, efficiency, human capital, financing, and policymaking.



A 54-credit program, taught in English, typically over three years and requires a masterʼs degree. The program includes:

  • Three core courses

  • Three elective courses

  • Three semesters of graduate research seminars

  • 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,
    • Acandidacy examination (dissertation proposal) in their fifth semester,
    • Successfully defend their final dissertation to the public and their dissertation committee.
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