Important: The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake graduate student recruitment on its behalf. Candidates interested in our graduate programmes 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.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is a research-based programme and is available in the following departments in the School of Computing:
The normal minimum entry qualifications for admission to the programme by research are a good relevant bachelor's degree/master's degree. Candidates applying for Research Scholarships must have obtained a bachelor's degree with at least a 2nd Class Upper Honours, or its equivalent in Computing or related discipline. Candidates should have the ability to pursue research in the candidate's proposed field of advanced study.
GRE/ GMAT/ TOEFL/ IELTS
International applicants* are to submit GRE/ GMAT/ TOEFL/ IELTS test scores as evidence which demonstrates their academic language ability and readiness for graduate study. Candidates may be required to sit for other tests as prescribed by the School. Candidates who have graduated from Indian universities may submit GATE scores instead.
Applicable from August 2023 Intake onwards, it is mandatory for all NUS PhD applicants to submit GRE scores.
In a small number of exceptional cases, some strong candidates might be exempted from the GRE requirements (up to 25% of accepted students). The admissions committee will evaluate these exceptions on an as-needed basis. As there is limited room for exceptions to be made, we encourage all applicants to submit GRE scores with their application.
Note : Those currently without GRE score may still proceed to submit their PhD applications. They may subsequently either be exempted or be asked to furnish GRE scores to further support their PhD applications.
Candidates should have a minimum GRE score of 320 (verbal & quantitative) and 3.5 (analytical); a GMAT score of 650 and above. The minimum TOEFL scores for Internet Based Test (IBT) is 90; or IELTS score of 6.0. GRE and TOEFL scores will be valid for 5 years and 2 years respectively.
*International applicants who graduated from universities where English is not the main medium of communication must submit TOEFL (http://www.ets.org/) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) (http://www.ielts.org) scores.
Submission of Test Scores
Applicants can either:
a. submit TOEFL and GRE scoresheets certified by Universities with an original stamp; or
b. request the NUS Department to certify their scoresheets if they are in Singapore; or
c. request Educational Testing Services (ETS) to send original TOEFL and GRE scores to NUS.
The University will conduct overseas interviews for foreign students who have applied for the Research Scholarships. These interviews will be held in mid-March (for the August intake) and mid-August (for January intake). Applicants will be notified of the date, time and venue of the interviews in advance. Applicants should inform the University of any change in their postal addresses.
Recommendations from two academic referees are required for the application. Please use the referee report forms available online If referees are submitting hardcopy letter, it should be duly signed and place in a sealed envelope whos openings bear their signature.