What will I learn?

The NTU PhD program is 4 years. Besides working on their research, students are required to take at least 24 Academic Units of classes during their Ph.D., which roughly translates to between six and eight courses. After completing a qualifying examination their third semester, they focus on completing their doctoral project, working closely with a faculty advisor. Students already possessing Master’s Degrees may be allowed to waive up to half of their course requirements.

The PhD is designed to be completed with five years of study. During the first two years, students take courses and complete two exploratory research projects in consultation with two different faculty advisors. They also generate a proposal for their PhD research. After completing a qualifying examination their second year, they focus on completing their doctoral project, working closely with a primary faculty advisor. Students are required to take at least 24 Academic Units of classes during their PhD, which roughly translates to between six and eight courses. Students already possessing Master’s Degrees may be allowed to waive up to half of their course requirements.

PhD Timeline

By the end of the first academic year (second semester): the student submits: (1) tentative titles of research proposals for review by the oral examination committee and (2), a list of courses planned to satisfy the PhD requirement, for review by the academic advisory committee.

By the end of the second academic year: (1) passage of oral exam; (2) satisfactory completion of course requirements; (3) submission of a tentative thesis topic and adviser, and thesis advisory committee; (4) admission to candidacy.

End of the subsequent academic years: satisfactory progress toward completion of thesis.

Completion of PhD thesis by the end of fifth year. If warranted, the student may request an extension of up to two years from the academic advisory committee.

Which department am I in?

College of Science

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
SG$19,250.00 (10,51,338) per year
This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change in the coming year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Venue

College of Science

60 Nanyang Drive,

SBS-01s-45,

637551, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students

The minimum requirement for admission is a Bachelor’s degree with 2nd Class Honors Upper (or equivalent eg CGPA >3.2). The degree does not have to be a Geo Science / Earth Science degree. You do not need a Master's degree to take the PhD.

All applicants are required to submit their GRE test scores for the general test (GATE in lieu of GRE for applicants from India) in support of their applications. Test dates must be within 5 years or less from the date of your application. In some circumstances, special arrangement can be made for selected good applicants to sit for Technical Proficiency Test (TPT) in place of GRE.

International applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to submit their TOEFL/IELTS test scores as well. Test dates must be within 2 years or less from the date of your application. In some circumstances, special arrangement can be made for selected good applicants to sit for NTU’s English Proficiency Test (EPT) in place of TOEFL/IELTS.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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