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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in School of Materials Science and Engineering



What will I learn?

The student will work under the supervision of a faculty member whose research interests are in the area proposed by the student. MSE carries out research in a variety of materials-related fields. The major research areas are:

  • Biomaterial and Biomedical Devices
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Defence Materials
  • Functional Materials and Composites
  • Materials for Sustainability
  • Nanoelectronics, Nanomaterials and Multiferroics

Interdisciplinary research is emphasized, involving faculty members from other Schools within NTU, overseas research institutes and universities. MSE works closely with Interdisciplinary Graduate School (IGS) in NTU to solve various global challenges through a multidisciplinary approach. You may learn more about IGS through this video. Please click here for more information on programmes in IGS and how to apply to IGS. Industry-sponsored research is active with research grants being offered by a variety of local and overseas companies. A more detailed list of research areas is given under the Research section.

Career Prospects

Our graduates are always in high demand by the industry due to their interdisciplinary training and relevant research competencies. Many of our graduate students go on to secure employment during their final year of candidature in multinational organizations and overseas universities/research institutions such as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Queensland, BASF, Hewlett Packard, Ciba Vision, Advanced Micro Devices and GlobalFoundries.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (Minimum 2 years; Maximum 5 years​)

Tuition fees
SG$19,250.00 (11,80,258) per year
This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change in the coming year.
Start date

Expected January, August 2023


College of Engineering

70 Nanyang Drive,

Block N1.3 Level B1,

637457, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants from Local Universities

Applicants from autonomous universities in Singapore must have a relevant Bachelor’s degree with at least Honours (Distinction) or better. Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) need not be provided.

Applicants from Overseas Universities (based on the first degree)

Applicants from overseas universities must have a relevant Bachelor’s degree with at least 2nd Upper Honours or better.

Applicants from universities in China must have an average grade of 80 or above for the relevant Bachelor’s degree.

Applicants from universities in India must have 1st Class Honours for the relevant Bachelor’s degree.

Minimum TOEFL score must be equivalent to or more than: 600 for paper-based test, 250 for computer-based test, 100 for internet-based test. Minimum IELTS score must be equivalent to or more than 6.5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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