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Doctor of Philosophy

Doctorate Degree Programme

Focuses on applied and multidisciplinary research, and is aimed at developing practice-oriented thought leaders for the industry/society.

Doctor of Philosophy


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme aims to develop practice-oriented thought leaders for the industry or society. It caters to those who wish to conduct applied research work that addresses issues and challenges pertinent to society, industry or professional practice. While students may choose to specialise in a specific discipline, researches that adopt an interdisciplinary approach are encouraged in view of the complexity of many contemporary issues and challenges.

Unique Features of the Programme

  • Focus on applied research topics that are of relevance to contemporary society, industry and professional practice.
  • Encourage a multidisciplinary approach.

Admission Requirements

Refer to general admission criteria for graduate programmes.

In addition, applicants will need to meet these minimum requirements:

  • A master's degree from a reputable university.

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be considered on a case-by-case discretionary basis. Due to the applied nature of this PhD, alternative criteria such as portfolio, patents, industry and professional achievements may be referenced to support admission.

While it is not compulsory to do so, applicants are encouraged to connect with a potential supervisor prior to applying. You may browse through the Faculty Listing to identity suitable faculty members who may complement your proposed area of research.

As part of the application process, interested applicants are also required to submit a copy of their latest CV and a proposed topic or area of research stating the following:

  • Proposed topic or area of research;
  • Identified potential supervisor (if any);
  • Motivation for the proposed topic or area of research, and
  • Relevance of the proposed topic or area of research in addressing contemporary issues/challenges in the profession/industry/society.

You may adopt the research proposal template, or design your own research proposal template for submission.

Programme Structure

Students are expected to complete 40 cu of research methodology courses and discipline-specific courses before passing the Qualifying Examination. Upon successfully completing the Qualifying Examination, the student will embark on the completion of the Dissertation. The final stage of the PhD study will be the examination of the dissertation and the Oral Defence.

For more information on the course requirement and programme structure, please refer to the diagram below:

Doctor of Philosophy

Candidates who wish to conduct applied research work that addresses issues and challenges pertinent to society, industry or professional practice.

As the PHDG programme focuses on the applied research addressing issues and challenges pertinent to society, industry or professional practice, apart from joining institutes of higher learning as faculty, graduates from this programme may also join applied research institutions, government agencies or private sectors organisations such as research firms and consultancy firms.

  1. What is the minimum and maximum period of candidature?
    Minimum is 3 years and maximum is 7 years.

  2. What is the total number of credit units (cu) required for graduation?
    120 cu (80 cu for dissertation; 40 cu for coursework)

  3. What is the graduation requirement?
    Students must attain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 3.0 for the 40 cu of courses and pass the Qualifying Examination and Oral Defense for the Dissertation Examination.

  4. Will I be assigned a supervisor?
    Yes. A supervisor will be assigned to guide the student. For those pursuing interdisciplinary research, more than one supervisor may be assigned where feasible.

  5. What is a Qualifying Examination?
    The Qualifying Examination consists of a written proposal and an oral presentation of the research proposal.

  6. How much is the tuition fees?
    Please refer to this table.

  7. When are the lessons scheduled for SUSS courses?
    Classes for SUSS courses are generally conducted on weekday evenings from 7pm to 10pm, or on weekends from 8.30am to 5.30pm.

  8. If I am an international student, do I need to apply for visa to come to Singapore?
    The University will provide the necessary information to facilitate the application of student pass. For more information, please click here.
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