Admission & Application
Candidates seeking admission to the programme leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree by research should have:
A good Honours and Masters degree in relevant disciplines such as the humanities, social sciences, area studies, and other inter-disciplinary studies with evidence of having read subjects related to Southeast Asia or Asia; and
the ability to pursue research in the candidate’s proposed field of advanced study.
English Language Proficiency
As the medium of instruction at NUS is English, applicants whose native tongue and medium of undergraduate instruction is not English should submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores as evidence of their proficiency in the English language.
The minimum TOEFL score required are as follows:
1. Internet-based test (iBT)
Minimum score of 85 (with a minimum score of 22 for the writing section)
2. Paper-based test (PBT)
Minimum score of 580
3. Computer-based test (CBT)
Minimum score of 237
A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 in all sections and overall score is required.
TOEFL or IELTS are only valid for two (2) years after the test and the validity should not expire before the beginning of the application period.
The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has indicated that score reports are valid only if our University receives them directly from ETS. The Faculty's TOEFL institution code is 9081.
Meeting the above requirements does not imply automatic acceptance into the programme.
Application for Admission
The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake graduate student recruitment on its behalf. Candidates interested in our graduate programme are advised to apply directly to the University and not through any agents. Candidates who apply through agents will not have any added advantage in gaining admission and the University reserves the right to reject such applications without giving reasons.
|Application Period||16 May to 1 November|
|Start of Programme||August|
|How to Apply||Step 1:
Identify a research topic and consult with your proposed supervisor.
Complete and submit the online application form via the Graduate Admission System during application period. You may refer to the online application system user guide.
Pay the application fee online via the Graduate Admission System. Applications without application fee will not be processed.
Print out the online application form and application fee receipt as proof of payment. Remember to sign on the application form and attach one recent passport-sized photograph.
Submit the printed copy of your online application form, application fee receipt and required supporting documents by post.
|Application Fee||S$50.00 (inclusive of GST) for online application. Application fee is not refundable.|
|Outcome of Application||
|Communication with Applicants||
Completed/Incomplete application received after the application deadline (i.e. received on 2 November) will be considered for the next intake.
Due to the large number of applications received each year, we regret that we will not be able to attend to enquiries on the status of applications or receipt of documents. If you are concerned about the delivery of your documents, please send them via registered mail or courier.
Rejection of Application
Inaccurate or false information or omission of material information or no application fee payment will render your application invalid. The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake graduate student recruitment on its behalf and it reserves the right to reject without giving reasons, applications submitted through any external agencies and applications that are incomplete or inaccurate. Persons admitted on the basis of inaccurate or false information may be expelled.