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What will I learn?

The PhD is awarded on the submission of a thesis of not more than 80,000 words that is a substantial piece of original research in a particular field of law, or a critical interpretation worthy of publication, written under supervision by a Faculty academic member.

Research-based Programmes

Research-based graduate programmes (namely the PhD and Master's degrees in certain disciplines) generally have the following common elements: coursework; graduate seminar; and thesis component.

Coursework element

Research degree programmes includes an element of coursework in the same or related fields. This provides a graduate-level foundation and prepares the student for research. The recommended coursework component comprises 2 to 6 modules for the Master's and 6 to 15 modules for the PhD programmes. Exceptionally, the Senate may approve variations with adequate justifications. Graduate-level modules (i.e. level-5000 and above) are generally expected to be 4 MCs each. Nonetheless, to enable a student to build expertise in a new field, modules below level-5000 may be allowed, up to 25% of the total MC requirement for the coursework component, subject to the approval of the supervisor and Department.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Law

Study options

Full Time (Minimum period of candidature is two years and the maximum five years.)

Tuition fees
Non-Subsidised Fees: SG $36,800 per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


Faculty of Law

National University of Singapore,

Eu Tong Sen Building, 469G Bukit Timah Road,

259776, 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

A good Bachelor’s or first degree in Law (LLB/BA/JD); OR a good Master’s degree in Law (LLM/BCL/MJur/MPhil) with a relevant Bachelor’s Degree; OR relevant equivalent qualifications. Minimum TOEFL iBT 100. (Other TOEFL paper-based score of 600-603 or minimum IELTS 7.0 will be considered, but we strongly prefer the TOEFL iBT.)


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