For students admitted prior to Semester I, 2009/2010, the QE should be taken before the end of the second year of the PhD candidature. A second attempt may be taken no later than six months after a first, failed attempt. This applies to both full-time and part-time candidates.
For students admitted from Semester I 2009/2010, the QE should be passed within the first two years of the PhD candidature. Within this period, a second PhD QE may be attempted should the candidate fail at the first attempt. This applies to both full-time and part-time candidates. For research scholars, the scholarship will only be suspended upon the recommendation of the Department.
The thesis committee comprises the supervisor and two other faculty members, both of whom can be from any department within NUS (including CNM).
CNM’s QE requirements are that candidates have two written examinations and one oral examination.
The oral examination will cover issues that were not clearly articulated in the written examination. It will take place no later than four weeks after the written examination is completed. The committee members will inform the student of the issues which the student will have to address during the oral examination so the student can prepare adequately.