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What will I learn?

Comprising six taught modules, a Qualifying Examination, an 80,000 word thesis and an oral examination, the PhD in Theatre Studies offers students the opportunity to cement a comprehensive knowledge of the field, and to conduct original research into a specific aspect of it.

The maximum duration for both full-time and part-time study is 60 months. Those awarded an NUS scholarship are required to reside in Singapore during the duration of the scholarship award.

To obtain the degree of PhD (Theatre Studies), candidates will be required to:

pass six modules, at least three of which must be at level 6000

In Theatre Studies, there are two compulsory modules: TS5101 (Text and Performance) and TS6770 (Graduate Research Seminar)

obtain a minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.5 for all examinable modules. In order to continue in the PhD programme, a candidate must not have:

  • a CAP of less than 3.5 for three consecutive semesters; or
  • a CAP below 3.0 for two consecutive semesters.
  • reside in Singapore for a minimum of 18 months of the candidature
  • pass all components of the Qualifying Exam (QE)
  • successfully complete and defend a thesis of not more than 80,000 words.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (60 months)

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

Expected August 2022

Venue

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5,

5 Arts Link,

117570, 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 intending to read Master of Arts (Chinese Culture and Language) coursework programme must fulfill any of the following: An NUS Honours degree (Second Class and above) or equivalent (e.g., a four-year Bachelor’s degree with at least an average grade of B or equivalent) in the subject or related field; or A good Bachelor’s degree (at least an average grade of B or equivalent) in the subject or related field and successful completion of a placement test; or exceptionally; or Other qualifications and experience subject to approval by the Board of Graduate Studies.

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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