PhD (Research)

Degree Requirements

Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Start of Programme August
Language of Instruction English
Location Singapore
Mode of Study Full-Time or Part-Time

  • International students on student visa must be enrolled full-time.
  • Admission as a part-time student is at the discretion of the Department.
Duration of Degree
    Maximum candidature for both Full-Time and Part-Time: Five (5) years
Residency Requirement
  • Students must spend at least eighteen (18) months in Singapore during their candidature.

  • Students who receive NUS Research Scholarship must reside in Singapore throughout the duration of the scholarship.

  • Periods of study leave and overseas fieldwork do not count towards residency requirement.

 

Coursework Requirements Complete and pass at least six (6) modules or 24 modular credits (MCs), unless exemption has been granted by the University, which include:

  • One (1) required module: SE6770 Graduate Research Seminar (4MCs)

  • Five (5) elective modules, of which:
    • A minimum 3 modules (equivalent to 12MCs) must be at level 6000
    • A maximum of 1 module (equivalent to 5MCs) may be at level 4000
    • The remaining modules must be at level 5000 or 6000.

Optional: Up to two (2) Independent Study modules (ISM) - SE5660 and/or SE6660

Note: Students should discuss with their supervisors on the relevant modules they need to take.

English Language Requirement
  • Some students may be required to take the Diagnostic English Test (DET) to determine English proficiency. (Selected students will be notified in their offer of admission letter.)

  • Depending on their DET results, students may be required to take a Graduate English module(s) or be exempted from taking the module(s) altogether.

  • Students who are required to take the Graduate English Module(s) must obtain at least a 'C' grade in the module(s) at advanced level.

  • Graduate English modules are not counted towards the 24 MCs required for the PhD degree coursework requirements.
PhD Qualifying Examination (QE)

Students must pass a Qualifying Examination (QE) within the first 2 years of the PhD candidature. A second QE may be attempted within this period if the student fail at the first attempt.

Students must fulfill the following before being allowed to sit for the QE:

  • Complete and pass at least five (5) modules, including two (2) at level 6000, with a minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.50;
  • Where applicable, obtain at least grade 'C' in the Graduate English Module at the intermediate level.

The QE comprises:

  • Comprehensive examinations as determined by the Department to test the general competence of the student in his/her discipline(s) or field(s);
  • Submission of a 30 to 50 page thesis proposal; and
  • An oral defence of the thesis proposal held before a 3-member panel of Thesis Committee
Thesis
  • Students must complete and submit a thesis within the maximum period of candidature.

  • A Ph.D. thesis should not exceed 80, 000 words (including footnotes but excluding appendices, bibliography, maps, charts, statistical tables, graphs, illustrations, etc.).
PhD Oral Examination
  • Students must present himself/herself for an oral examination on the subject matter of the thesis and related subjects after submitting his/her thesis.

  • The oral examination comprises an oral presentation followed by an oral defence/open discussion.
Minimum Grade Requirements
  • Students whose Cumulative Average Point (CAP) falls below 3.50 (but ≥ 3.00) in any semester will be issued an academic warning.

  • Students whose Cumulative Average Point (CAP) falls below 3.50 for 2 consecutive semesters will be placed on probation.

  • Students whose Cumulative Average Point (CAP) falls below 3.50 for the third consecutive semester will be issued a letter of dismissal and denied re-admission.

  • Students whose Cumulative Average Point (CAP) falls below 3.00 in any semester will be placed on probation.

  • Students whose Cumulative Average Point (CAP) falls below 3.00 for 2 consecutive semesters will be issued a letter of dismissal.

Note: Students may be issued a warning letter or placed on probation or issued letter of dismissal for poor performance in the PhD QE, research thesis or other programme requirements.

Award of Degree A student will be recommended for award of degree if he/she has met the following requirements:

  • Complete and passed six (6) modules (refer to coursework requirements above)
  • Obtained a minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.50;
  • Passed the PhD Qualifying Examination (QE);
  • Passed the PhD thesis;
  • Passed the PhD Oral Examination;
  • Where applicable, obtained at least grade 'C' in Graduate English Module(s) (refer to English language requirement above)

 

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