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What will I learn?

The CAS PhD programme offers an intensive course of study that promotes a trans-regional understanding of Asia. Students will be exposed to ideas designed to shift attention beyond the conceptual boundaries of area-studies scholarship towards the dynamics and processes that connect the region’s vast peoples, cultures, and worldviews.

Qualified candidates will have training in at least two geographical/cultural areas (South, East, Southeast, Northeast, West Asia) enabling them to explore the varying methods, debates, and issues that have shaped those respective fields comparatively. Every candidate will also be exposed to scholarship and conversations drawn from Inter-Asia Studies that highlight the interconnectedness within the broader Asia region.

Participating faculty members, located in our area-studies departments and disciplinary-based departments, represent one of the largest concentrations of Asia-focused scholars in the world. FASS’s research clusters bring together graduate students and faculty regularly to explore topics in (but not limited to): comparative religions, transnational flows, and global histories. Taken together with the CAS PhD programme’s innovative curriculum, participating candidates have the opportunity to not only engage with leading specialists of Asian Studies, they also contribute to the process of producing knowledge about Asia from within the region.

The CAS PhD programme welcomes students who have a deep commitment to transnational research and who are curious about places, peoples, and processes in the region that do not fit easily within the conventional approaches to the study of Asia.

Candidates must complete the following:

3 core modules as part of modular requirements:

  • CAS 5101: Theorizing from Asia
  • CAS 6101: Asian Studies in Asia
  • CAS 6770: Graduate Research Seminar

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (72 months)

Tuition fees
SG$32,900.00 (18,57,708) per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5,

5 Arts Link,

117570, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

PhD programme requires a good Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or at least a Second Class Upper Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. English Language Requirements: TOEFL scores for Internet Based Test (IBT) is 90; or IELTS score of 6.0. 

For international students

Applications are invited from candidates who meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a good Masters degree in a relevant discipline; or
  • Have an NUS Honours degree (at least Second Class Upper Division) or equivalent (e.g., a 4-year Bachelors degree with an average grade above B) in a relevant discipline, subject to approval by the Faculty, on a case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements: Minimum TOEFL score is required: 85 for the internet-based test (with a minimum score of 22 for the writing section); or 580 for the paper-based test; or 237 for the computer-based test. IELTS result of 6.0 is required.


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