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What will I learn?

We welcome graduates with good academic potential and strong interest in research to be a part of the premier research-based programme leading to a doctoral degree.

Students in this programme spend the first two semesters on advanced courses before embarking on a research project that culminates in a research dissertation.

Structure of Programme

All graduate research students are admitted directly into a full-time graduate programme that leads to either:

Doctor in Philosophy (PhD), if the candidate passes the Qualifying Examination (QE); or

Master of Science (MSc), if the candidate fails the Qualifying Examination but is allowed to complete as an MSc candidate

All IS PhD candidates are required to complete four out of five foundation modules (16 modular credits), spanning the different streams of IS research. For students who plan to work on economics of IS, design science, or data mining research, they can take relevant elective modules from the Computer Science or Economics departments in the first year. IS PhD candidates will also have the flexibility to select elective modules (24 modular credits) that are relevant to their own study and research plan. For the elective modules, at least 16 modular credits must be at level 6000, and at least 8 modular credits must be from School of Computing.

Which department am I in?

School of Computing

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
SG$20,350.00 (11,49,068) per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


School of Computing

National University of Singapore,

Computing 1 13 Computing Drive,

117417, 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

The normal minimum entry qualifications for admission to the programme by research are a good relevant bachelor's degree/master's degree. Candidates applying for Research Scholarships must have obtained a bachelor's degree with at least a 2nd Class Upper Honours, or its equivalent in Computing or related discipline. Candidates should have the ability to pursue research in the candidate's proposed field of advanced study.

English Language Requirements: The minimum TOEFL scores for Internet Based Test (IBT) is 90; or IELTS score of 6.0.


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