To apply for our PhD by research programme, candidates are to submit their applications via the online application portal.
If you wish to be considered for more than one department, you must submit a separate application. There is no limit to the number of applications you can submit. However, each application must be accompanied by separate application fee payment and supporting documents.
Unless granted approval by our University, no candidate may concurrently be a student for more than one degree or register as an NUS candidate and of another university/institute.
Password (for online application)
When submitting your application online, you will be asked to enter a 6-character Password. Your Password is important and can be used, together with your application number, to access the following online facilities related to your application;
Online Application Status Enquiry*
Online Update of Contact Details
Online Reply to Offer of Admission
*Note: Please refer to “Notification of Application Results”.
A S$50 non-refundable application fee (per online application & inclusive of prevailing GST) is payable for our PhD programme.
When submitting your application via the online Graduate Admission System, you are required to prepare your supporting documents for upload via the online system. The documents to be uploaded to the online system should be in pdf format.
All documents that are not in English must be accompanied by certified true copies of the English translation documents. Omission of required information and documents may render the application void.
Your online application submission should consist of the following documents:
Checklist of Documents to be Submitted Online
Personal Statement (mandatory)
Candidate should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the programme, your preparation for the field of study, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests that may help in the evaluation of your aptitude and motivation for graduate studies.
Proof of Residence
A copy of citizenship certificate, identity card, passport, Employment Pass (EP) or documentary proof of permanent residence status in Singapore
Academic Qualifications (with English Translation)
Certified true copy of degree certificates - Bachelor's/Master's
Certified official transcripts - Bachelor's/Master's
Note: Applicants should submit original official transcript of academic records from each university attended during completion of registration formalities. For foreign graduates, the official transcript must be enclosed in a SEALED envelope with its flap bearing the security seal of the University and the signature of the Registrar or his representative. Original copies of supporting documents submitted by candidates will not be returned. Candidates may use the Transcript Request Form if necessary.
GRE (General) or GMAT
All applications will require two recommendation/referee’s reports.
Other Supporting Documents
Copy of publications, if any.
Providing Documentary Evidence
Applicants should submit original official transcript of academic records from each university attended during completion of registration formalities if your application is successful. Candidates are responsible for requesting their transcripts from the university concerned. You may use the transcript request form for this purpose if necessary.
For foreign graduates, the official transcript must be enclosed in a SEALED envelope with its flap bearing the security seal of the University and the signature of the Registrar or his representative. Supporting documents, if not in English, should be accompanied by copies of the English translation of the documents. Original copies of supporting documents submitted by candidates will not be returned.
Candidates are required to produce the originals of the earlier submitted certified true copies of documents for the School’s verification during enrolment (if your application is successful).
Completed applications must be submitted with the above mentioned supporting documents via the Graduate Admission (GDA) System by the stipulated application deadline.
- All required documents must be uploaded at the point of submission in order to be considered for admission. The School will not upload documents on behalf of applicants.
- Applications deemed incomplete by the School (e.g. those with insufficient documents, transcripts, etc. that do not contain all semesters’ examinations results or have not satisfactorily completed their requirements for the bachelor's degree by the stipulated deadline of submission) will not be processed.
Applicants are required to submit a new application with full set of supporting documents should they be interested to apply for the PhD programme again. Applications received after the closing date will not be processed.
Applications are accepted year round, and will be considered for the next nearest intake. There are two intakes per academic year, and the cut-off dates for each intake are:
- August Intake: 15 December (of previous calendar year)
- January Intake: 15 June (of previous calendar year)
Local applicants may submit their applications by the following alternative deadlines:
- August Intake: 15 March
- January Intake: 1 September (of previous calendar year)
1. The above alternative deadlines are applicable to local applicants only.
Local applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early, since scholarships places will be allocated as soon as qualified applicants have been successfully shortlisted.
2. Please notify firstname.lastname@example.org if you have made a submission during the alternative deadline.
Applicants may check their application status in the Graduate Admission (GDA) System after the application deadline.
Upon verifying that the application is complete, the status of the application will be updated to “online application verified” two weeks from the application deadline. Application outcome will be made known three months from the application deadline via the GDA System. An offer package will be sent via email to the successful candidate at a later date. Applicants who did not receive their outcome status can contact us at email@example.com.
Unsuccessful applicants who wish to be considered for admission for the following intake, are required to submit a new set of application together with all their relevant supporting documents.