Doctor of Philosophy in Language Studies
(admitted from August 2015 Intake and before)

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 for the duration of the scholarship award.

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

  1. pass six modules, at least three of which must be at level 6000
    In English Language, there is one compulsory module: EL6770 (Graduate Research Seminar)
  2. 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.
  3. reside in Singapore for a minimum of 18 months of the candidature
  4. pass all components of the Qualifying Exam (QE)
  5. successfully complete and defend a thesis of not more than 80,000 words.

A student enrolled in the PhD in the area of Language Studies may take modules offered by another graduate programme in the university, subject to the approval of the student supervisor, the lecturer of the module, the Head of the Department of English Language and Literature, and the host department, and relevance to the student’s studies and availability.

For details on the components of the Qualifying Exam, thesis writing and PhD process, refer to the Graduate Handbook.


Doctor of Philosophy in English Language and Linguistics
(admitted from August 2016 Intake and after)

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 for the duration of the scholarship award.

To qualify for the degree of PhD in English Language and Linguistics, candidates will be required to pass a minimum of 32 modular credits (MCs) or eight modules (each module is worth 4 MCs) from the English Language and Linguistics curriculum. The following conditions must be fulfilled:

  1. Of these eight modules, the following four are compulsory:
    o EL5101 Grammatical Analysis
    o EL5102 Phonetics and Phonology
    o EL5103 Language in Society
    o EL6770 Graduate Research Seminar

    Of the remaining four modules, one must be at level 6000.

    No more than one module may be at level 4000.
  2. 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.
  3. reside in Singapore for a minimum of 18 months of the candidature
  4. pass all components of the Qualifying Exam (QE)
  5. successfully complete and defend a thesis of not more than 80,000 words.

A student enrolled in the PhD in the area of English Language and Linguistics may take modules offered by another graduate programme in the university, subject to the approval of the student supervisor, the lecturer of the module, the Head of the Department of English Language and Literature, and the host department, and relevance to the student’s studies and availability.

For details on the components of the Qualifying Exam, thesis writing and PhD process, refer to the Graduate Handbook.