Doctor of Philosophy
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 Doctor of Philosophy

 Graduate Studies

Next Available Intake

 July 2017

Application Closing Date

31 March 2016


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Programme Overview

​The industrial PhD programme is primarily intended for science, engineering and technology graduates working in local industries who:
  • are interested​ in pursuing a career in applied research
  • seek professional advancement
  • wish to enhance their understanding of a particular field or discipline within the domain of science and technology, and 
  • aspire to contribute in science and technology to the industry at the highest academic level and gain concomitant recognition of their effort and achievements.

Unique features of the programme:
The PhD programme focuses on industrial research so that the research findings and the skills acquired can be easily transferred to the local industry. Each candidate will be guided by an industry supervisor, in addition to an academic supervisor, in order to ensure industry relevance.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; therefore applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early.

​Potential candidates must:
  • Possess at least an Honours degree or its equivalent.
  • Currently doing research in science, engineering or related fields.
Applicants without a degree from local universities may have to furnish GRE scores of at least 160 (verbal) and 163 (quantitative).
All applications are considered individually on merit.
Applicants not meeting the formal academic requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to accept or reject an applicant.
Applicants may be asked to attend an interview.
  • ​​Qualifying exam
  • 8 graduate level courses
  • 1 PhD thesis
​​Click here​ to view the programme curriculum.​
The PhD programme is meant for highly skilled professionals in the industry who wish to earn their doctorate degree by research on an in-employment basis while continuing their career progression track.
Graduates from the PhD programme will have acquired the advanced knowledge and skills to function as R&D professionals and leaders.
  1. How many intake(s) are there in a year for Master of Engineering (MEng) and Doctor of Philosophy (PDENG)?
    One intake a year; e​very July.

  2. Is there admission interview for shortlisted applicants?​
    Yes, either face-to-face or telephone interview.

  3. Do applicants need to submit the research topic or proposal together with their admission application?
    It will be advantageous if applicants submit their:​
    1. proposed industry supervisor (with PhD qualification) from their organisation; ​​
    2. proposed academic supervisor (with PhD qualification) from Singapore University of Social Sciences​'s School of Science and Technology; and
    3. ​research topic and proposal.

  4. Is GRE Score necessary to apply for MEng or PDENG? What is the minimum GRE score I should obtain?
    Applicants without degree from local universities may have to furnish GRE scores of at least 600 (verbal) and 650 (quantitative) based on the old scale, or GRE scores of at least 160 (verbal) and 150 (quantitative) based on the new scale.
  5. What are the minimum and maximum durations to complete MEng and PDENG?
    The candidature periods for PhD and MEng programmes are 3 - 7 years and 2 - 5 years, respectively.

  6. What are the class schedule for MEng and PDENGg? 
    There will be classroom sessions but attendance is not compulsory. Each course is conducted once a week for six weeks and 3 hours per session. Research Methods in Science and Engineering (RES511) and Data Analysis (RES513) are conducted on Mondays.

  7. What is the required credit units required to complete the course?
    120cu for PDENG and 60cu for MEng. See below: 

    Schematic diagram for PhD programme structure
    ​​​ ​ ​ ​Coursework require​ment​ ​Thesis requirement
    ​RES511 Research Methods in Science and Engineering (5cu)
    RES513 Data Analysis (5cu)
    RES515 Seminar Course I (5cu)
    RES517 Seminar Course II (5cu)
    RES799 Phd Thesis (90cu)
    ​Credit recognition course from local AUs (5cu)*
    Credit recognition course from local AUs (5cu)*
    ​Sub-total ​30cu ​90cu
    ​Grand total 120cu​
    * A maximum of 10cu credit recognition may be awarded for successful applicants at the point of admission on the basis of prior courses taken at graduate level (i.e. at level 5 or above)

    Schematic diagram for MEng programme structure
    ​​​ ​ ​ ​Coursework require​ment​ ​Thesis requirement
    ​RES511 Research Methods in Science and Engineering (5cu)
    RES513 Data Analysis (5cu)
    RES515 Seminar Course I (5cu)
    RES517 Seminar Course II (5cu)
    RES699 MEngThesis (40cu)
    ​Sub-total ​20cu ​40cu
    ​Grand total 60cu​

  8. What are the courses available for Credit Recognition Course I (RES001) and Credit Recognition II (RES002)? What would be the areas covered in these two courses? 
    RES001 and RES002 are generic course codes to capture information of students who take postgraduate courses from other local autonomous universities (e.g., NUS, NTU) for credit recognition.

  9. What is the learning structure of RES001 and RES002 for PhD students? 
    The learning structure will follow the format of other local autonomous universities (e.g., NUS, NTU) that the courses are taken. 

  10. What does the Qualifying Examination consist of?
    The QE consist of (i) a written report that details the research work done after one year, as well as the plan for future research direction, and (ii) oral defence.

  11. The admission criteria for MEng and PDENG are the same, how should I decide which to apply? 
    Both the MEng and PDENG are industry-based research. Whether they are to apply for MEng or PDENG depends on the level of research complexity that they do in your work place. As a guideline, applicants may refer to the following websites that describe the standard expected at the PhD and Master by research degrees:
    - Doctoral degree characteristics
    - Master degree characteristics​

  12. If I do not have a topic in mind, will Singapore University of Social Sciences provide a list of research topics for selection?
    There is no specific list of topics as the topics are proposed from the successful applicant's company and refined by the University's appointed supervisor. Expertise can be found from the individual CVs of SST Academic staff:

    Only those with PhDs are allowed to be academic supervisors.

    Applicant needs to propose someone from his/her company who has PhD to be Industry Supervisor.

  13. When is the submission deadline for thesis/dissertation?
    There is no specific submission deadline for the thesis/dissertation. These are submitted after satisfying the supervisors that the research thesis/dissertation meets the appropriate standard within the candidature period of 3-7 years for PhD and 2-5 years for MEng.

  14. Is there a criteria for students to progress to PDENG from MEng? 
    Students may apply to PhD programme after graduating with the MEng degree. Alternatively, applicants may directly apply to PhD without a Master's degree, so long as he/she fulfills the admission requirements.

  15. Is there a CGPA requirement in order to graduate with MEng or PDENG?
    Students should maintain a CGPA of at least 3.5 and 3.0 for PhD and MEng programmes, respectively.​​​​​​​​​​