All successful applicants are admitted into the Graduate Programme, leading to either a Master of Science degree (M.Sc.) or Ph.D. degree.
Visit the web sites of
GRE to find out
the test centres near your country.
Those who are interested in
applying for this programme should sit for the above test/s early, bearing in
mind that there may be specific test dates, and the test result/s may take a
few months to reach the university.
Please request ETS to send the test results
to us. Our institution/department code is 9087/72
for TOEFL and 0677/0703 for GRE.
Current rate for various types of fees, payment procedures and deadlines can be found at Research Programme: Course Fees.
Information, and the terms and conditions of scholarships can be found at Research Programme: Scholarships.
Candidates admitted on scholarships are given the award for the first year. A scholarship is renewable annually up to a
maximum of 4 years for Ph.D. candidates, subject to satisfactory progress. A scholarship may be suspended or terminated at
any time if the candidate's performance is not satisfactory. More details can be found in the terms and conditions of
Duration of candidature is the same for both fulltime and part-time studies:
Subject to departmental approval, an M.Sc. or Ph.D. student may be allowed to substitute up to two MA-modules with approved non-MA-modules at level 5000 or higher to fulfill the course work requirements.
When should I submit the application form?
You may do so anytime as the online system remains open throughout. You are strongly encouraged to apply online and to adhere strictly to the closing dates for each intake. Applications submitted past deadlines will be automatically saved for the next intake, and will not be processed for the current intake.
All required documents, including payment of application fee, must reach us together with the application form before the closing date. Late payment and applications will not be processed.
When will my application be reviewed?
All applications are reviewed and considered by a committee only after the closing date. We are unable to review qualifications before the closing date, nor advise on whether you would be a suitable applicant or the chances of admission.
How do I apply for scholarship?
The scholarship application is self-contained in the application package. Scholarships are limited and application is on competitive basis. You are strongly encouraged to also look to other sources of funding such as those offered by
What does the scholarship cover?
Several types of scholarships are available and the terms and conditions may differ.
See scholarships/awards for details.
Must I sit for TOEFL and GRE tests?
TOEFL ascertains a candidate's English language proficiency and is necessary if English is not your native tongue the medium of university instruction is not completely in English.
GRE is a comparative all-purpose test for graduate admission and is especially useful in helping us better assess the applicants with qualifications from outside NUS/Singapore. You are only required to sit for the GRE (general test).
For details on test centres and test dates, check the web sites of TOEFL and GRE.
Do you accept copies of test results for TOEFL and GRE tests?
If you have sat for the tests but are worried that the score sheets may not reach us in time, you may email or fax a copy of the test candidate's score sheet to us first. Processing of applications may be delayed if the required documents are not available during the review.
May I be exempted from sitting for TOEFL and GRE tests since they are not available in my province/country?
You may replace TOEFL with IELTS or an official certification letter from your institution indicating that the medium of teaching/instruction was English, whichever is available. But GRE test is not replaceable with any other tests.
Can I submit the test results after the application closing date, if there are no test dates available before the closing date?
You are strongly advised to plan ahead for the tests so that the results may reach us before the closing date. In the unfortunate event that the test results can only be submitted after application closing date, they must reach us within two weeks of the closing date.
Must I fill in the research topic, title and proposed supervisor sections in the application form?
You may leave these fields blank if you are undecided about them at the point of applying, although we encourage you to at least indicate an area of research interest. You should, however, start thinking and planning for possible research topics after the application has been submitted. This would facilitate the process of finding a suitable supervisor should you be admitted.
You may refer to the research interests of our faculty staff at our website and contact them directly to discuss the possibility of them supervising your thesis research, should you be admitted.
When will I know the outcome of my application?
All applicants will be informed by 31 May (for the August intake) or 31 October (for the January intake). But we do not acknowledge receipt of applications, and are unable to answer queries related to the status of applications and chances of admission.
Where are the interviews held?
Face-to-face interviews will be arranged in Beijing or Shanghai for applicants from China, and New Delhi, Chennai or Calcutta for applicants from India. Applicants from other countries will be interviewed over the phone. Singaporeans, Singapore PRs and other applicants from local institutions may or may not be interviewed.
Can I reschedule the interview?
Due to schedule and logistics constraints, face-to-face interviews cannot be rescheduled if you miss your scheduled time slot. You will also be considered to have automatically withdrawn your application if you do not turn up for your interview.
We do not provide any form of financial support for attending the interview. We also will not interview candidates who have not submitted applications beforehand.
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I can't find answers in the FAQs above.
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