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What will I learn?

Research students are supported mainly through research scholarships awarded under University research vote, and research grants undertaken by faculty. Graduation requirements include coursework (with minimum academic performance requirements), seminar module and thesis. PhD candidates are required to pass a Qualifying Examination, comprising a written Comprehensive Examination and a defence of thesis proposal, final thesis examination and viva.

The Department’s full-time researchers are distributed between 4 research clusters:

  • Productivity
  • Sustainable Buildings
  • Project Finance & Construction Law
  • Building Energy Efficiency

Which department am I in?

School of Design and Environment

Study options

Full Time (1-3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$20,350.00 (11,31,813) per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


School of Design and Environment

National University of Singapore,

4 Architecture Drive,

117566, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants require a Bachelor’s degree with honours or equivalent, in a relevant discipline; or a Bachelor’s degree with a relevant Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate with a minimum CAP of 3.00. English Language Requirements: 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; an IELTS score of 6.0.

For international students

Admission to a research master’s programme normally requires a good honours degree or equivalent. The Department may also admit students with a good bachelor’s degree with relevant research or working experience on a case-by-case basis. Applicants (except NUS/NTU/SMU graduates) should submit GRE score (minimum scores 320 for the verbal and quantitative sections and 3.5 for the analytical section). GRE scores are valid for five years from the test date. Applicants whose native tongue or medium of undergraduate education is not in English MUST submit documentary evidence of their TOEFL scores. The minimum TOEFL Score ranges from 580 TO 600 or 85 for internet based test. IELTS score should be 7 and above. Applicants are encouraged to take the TSE (Test of Spoken English) and TWE (Test of Written English).


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