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What will I learn?

Doctoral research represents a unique, individual contribution to a discipline, so each student’s work is different. It provides an opportunity for you to chase ideas, seek new knowledge and turn your ideas into reality.

Doctoral studies include taking a number of modules (or courses) that lay the foundations for research. Students also attend and deliver seminars where current research is presented. A Comprehensive Exam, followed by a Ph.D. qualifying examination, ensures that students are making headway. The research work, which forms the largest single component, culminate in a thesis that will be examined both orally and in writing.

Which department am I in?

NUS Engineering

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
Fee for students with service obligation: SG $19,250 per year; Non-Subsidised Fees: SG $36,500 per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


NUS Engineering

National University of Singapore,

Block EA #07-26, 9 Engineering Drive 1,

117576, 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

In general, the University requires:

  • Normally a good Masters degree in a relevant discipline; or
  • an NUS Honours degree (at least Distinction/Second Class Upper Division) or equivalent (e.g., a four-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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