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Conversion Between Full-Time & Part-Time Status

All students who would like to convert between full-time and part-time status must seek approval.

Approval for the conversion of a student’s status to part-time is granted on a case-by-case basis. For students who are receiving the NUS scholarships, approval is normally not granted within two years for Masters and four years for PhD candidates unless:

  • You have submitted a draft of the complete thesis to the supervisor(s); and
  • The supervisor(s), in their best judgement, feel that you are able to submit the bound copy of the thesis for examination within three months.


The scholarship will be terminated with effect from the approved date of conversion. If excess payment has already been made, scholars will be informed to make the necessary refund. If there is an over-consumption of leave, the appropriate amount arising from that will be added to the refund.

If you are an international student and your spouse is in Singapore on a social visit pass sponsored by the University, the pass will be cancelled once the application for conversion to part-time candidature has been approved.

To convert your status between full-time and part-time, you must submit your completed form to the Vice-Dean (Graduate Studies) through the existing supervisor(s) and the Head of Department/Programme for approval.

All full-time students (including those who have submitted their thesis for examination but yet to be conferred the degree) mustsubscribe to the NUS Insurance Scheme. Students who convert their candidature to part-time after the fee payment deadline are liable to pay the insurance premium for that semester.

International students are not eligible for a Student's Pass once their candidature is converted to part-time. They must ensure that they stay in Singapore on a valid pass.

Please note that there is another situation where students convert from full-time to part-time candidature. When you are ready to submit your thesis for examination, you are required to complete the "Thesis Submission Form" and forward the form to the Registrar's Office. In the form, you are asked whether you want to convert from full-time to part-time candidature and the effective date. Please take note of the points in the form.