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What will I learn?

Candidates pursuing Doctor of Philosophy in Physics by research are required to attend and pass examinations in a minimum of six modules:

  • PC5198 Graduate Seminar Module in Physics, and
  • Five level-5000 physics modules.

Candidates may read up to two graduate-level modules offered by other Departments subject to the approval from their thesis supervisor(s) and/or department(s). All modules, which include undergraduate modules and cross faculty modules, taken by the candidates will be included in the CAP computation.


Candidates must submit, through the supervisor(s) and the Head of Department, their theses for examination within the maximum period of candidature. The thesis must be on a topic approved by the respective departments and must make some contribution to knowledge and not be a mere collation of existing materials. The thesis must contain original work or critical interpretation worthy of publication.

It is a common practice that candidates are required to present a seminar talk in the Department on their research findings before submitting the theses for examination.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

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

Expected August 2022


Faculty of Science

Block S16, Level 9,

6 Science Drive 2,

117546, 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

Interested applicants should possess the following:

  • A good relevant Bachelor and/or Master degree
  • NUS graduates should have at least a 2nd Upper Honours
  • The ability to pursue research in the candidate's proposed field of advanced study

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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