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What will I learn?

The MSc and PhD programmes are research intensive programmes that emphasise both the mastery of research skills and acquisition of core knowledge in a specified area of interest. Students will complete coursework and conduct independent research under the supervision of a faculty member.

From Year 1, both MSc and PhD students will embark on their research projects, complete core modules and choose from a range of elective modules that cater to individual research interests.

In Year 2, MSc students will start writing their thesis, while PhD students will complete a PhD Qualifying Examination (PQE) which assesses their ability to complete PhD requirements based on their academic progress and quality of their research. MSc students who wish to transfer to the PhD programme need to complete the PhD coursework requirements, and pass the PQE within 2 years.

In Years 3-5, PhD students will execute the rest of their research plans and submit and defend the thesis.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students are required to complete:

  • 28 MCs of coursework
  • A PhD Qualifying Examination by Year 2
  • Research project culminating in the submission of a thesis, and successfully defending the research in the thesis defence

Which department am I in?

Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health

Study options

Full Time (60 months)

Tuition fees
Fee for students without service obligation: SG $38,580 per year; Fee for students with service obligation: SG $20,350 per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health

National University of Singapore,

Tahir Foundation Building, 12 Science Drive 2, #10-01,

117549, 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

Students must have a good Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline or Bachelor’s Degree with good Honours (at least 2nd Upper Class) or its equivalent in a relevant discipline or MBBS or its equivalent or Bachelor of Dental Surgery or its equivalent.

International applicants must submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and meet the following minimum scores:

  • 587 on the TOEFL paper-based test
  • 240 on the TOEFL computer-based test
  • 94 on the TOEFL internet-based test
  • 7.0 on the IELTS test

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