Graduate Programmes By Research

Department of Architecture
Master of Arts (Architecture)
Doctor of Philosophy
Department of Building
Master of Science (Building)
Doctor of Philosophy
Division of Industrial Design
Master of Arts (Industrial Design)
Doctor of Philosophy
Department of Real Estate
Master of Science (Real Estate & Urban Economics)
Doctor of Philosophy

Note: Coursework Students applying for a Higher Degree in Research Program must have completed a Dissertation Module with a good grade.

Research Scholarship

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Application Instructions

Before submitting your application online, you are advised to read the respective programme information above and HERE for general instructions of application for research students.

Click HERE for a checklist of the necessary application documents.

Click HERE for the Application Fee Form (Graduate Research Programmes)

Click HERE to apply online.

Submission of Application

Please print the summary of your online application and submit together with your supporting documents to:

Vice-Dean (Research)
Dean's Office
School of Design and Environment
National University of Singapore
4 Architecture Drive
Singapore 117 566

Important :
The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake student recruitment.
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.

Graduate Degrees by Research Graduation Requirement

Coursework Requirements (w.e.f. August 2004 intake)

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD)

Graduation Requirement

The following are the requirements for award of degree:

  • Minimum CAP of 3.5 for all six modules (or 24 modular credits equivalent) under the coursework requirement.
  • Satisfactory Grade of C or better in English Language Course (Advanced Level), if student is required to take the graduate English Language Course.
  • Pass in Qualifying Examination (includes a Comprehensive Written Examination and a Closed Door Oral Defence of PhD thesis proposal).
  • "Satisfactory" grade in Doctoral Seminar Module
  • Pass in PhD Thesis and Oral Examination.

Coursework Requirement

Candidates:

  • are required to read and pass 6 modules at levels 5000 and 6000 (or 24 modular credits equivalent) as prescribed by the Supervisor/Department,
  • are required to take a minimum of of 2 modules (or 8 modular credits equivalent) and maximum of 4 modules (or 16 modular credits equivalent) in each semester consecutively from the beginning of the semester (this is effective for July 2003 intake onwards),
  • must obtain an average grade of at least B (CAP of 3.50) to be computed from all modules taken (24 modular credits equivalent) under coursework requirements.

Candidates are required to meet the above requirements within 3 semesters from the start of their candidature (excluding the Special Term). In addition to the coursework requirements, PhD candidates have to take and pass a PhD Qualifying Examination.

Candidates who performed marginally below the minimum requirement but deemed to be able to achieve it mathematically with the 2 remaining modules would be allowed to continue to the next semester. Otherwise they would be asked to leave.

Continuation Requirement

In any semester in which the candidate's CAP falls below the CAP required for graduation (3.5 for PhD), a warning will be issued to the candidate. If, in the following semester, the candidate's CAP again falls below the graduation requirement, but not sufficiently to warrant immediate termination, the candidate will be placed on probation.

CAP should not fall below 3.0 for two consecutive semesters or 3.5 for three consecutive semesters. If a candidate's CAP falls below 3.0 for two consecutive semesters or 3.5 for three consecutive semesters, the candidature will be terminated.

Doctoral Seminar Module

Candidates are required to make a formal seminar presentation in a research forum before the submission of thesis for examination. The seminar will be graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) on the basis of presentation, participation and attendance.

MASTER'S DEGREE BY RESEARCH (M.Sc./M.A.)

Graduation Requirement

The following are the requirements for the award of degree:

  • MinCAP of 3.0 for all four modules (or 16 modular credits equivalent) taken under the coursework requirement.
  • Satisfactory Grade of "C" or better in English Language Course (Intermediate Level), if student is required to take the graduate English Language Course.
  • "Satisfactory" grade in graduate seminar module
  • Pass in Master's thesis

Coursework Requirement

Candidates:

  • are required to read and pass 4 modules at levels 5000 and 6000 (or 16 modular credits equivalent) as prescribed by the supervisor/department,
  • are required to take a minimum of 2 modules (or 8 modular credits equivalent) and maximum of 4 modules (or 16 modular credits equivalent) in each semester consecutively from the beginning of the semester (this is effective for July 2003 intake onwards),
  • must obtain an average grade of B- (CAP of 3.00) to be computed from all modules taken (16 modular credits equivalent) under coursework requirements..

Candidates are required to meet the above requirements within 2 semesters from the start of their candidature (excluding the Special Term).

Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirement in the first semester would be asked to leave.

Continuation Requirement

In any semester in which the candidate's CAP falls below the CAP required for graduation (3.0 for Master), a warning will be issued to the candidate. If, in the following semester, the candidate's CAP again falls below the graduation requirement, but not sufficiently to warrant immediate termination, the candidate will be placed on probation.

CAP should not fall below 2.5 for two consecutive semesters and 3.0 for three consecutive semesters. If a candidate's CAP falls below 2.5 for two consecutive semesters, the candidature will be terminated.

Graduate Seminar Module

Candidates are required to make a formal seminar presentation before submission of the thesis for examination. The seminar will be graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) on the basis of presentation, participation and attendance.

Research Candidates taking Coursework Modules

A. Students With Illnesses During Examination Period

  1. A candidate who wishes to take examinations in hospitals must give at least two working days' notice to the Department. Where such notice could not be given, the candidate is advised to submit a yellow form for consideration by the Board of Examiners.
  2. A candidate who is already warded in a hospital during the examination period and who wishes to take examinations in the hospital must give at least two working days' notice to the Department.
  3. A candidate with an infectious disease (e.g. chicken pox) may request to take the examination in an isolated location. Such a candidate must give ample notice for the Registrar's Office/Department to conduct the examination in a special location. Candidates with other serious and highly contagious/infectious diseases will not be allowed to take the examination.
  4. Candidates must submit the yellow form within 48 hours after their last paper, indicating the reasons. The yellow form is available at the Registrar's Office, Dean's Office or can be downloaded from http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/adminpolicy/LOA.html. All yellow forms submitted by graduates and undergraduates must be forwarded to the SDE Dean's Office.

B. Procedure for Appeals against Dismissal

  1. Every student is allowed only ONE appeal.
  2. Appeals should be addressed to the Vice-Dean (Academic) and submitted to the SDE Dean's Office.
  3. Appeals must be made within 2 calendar weeks of the release of exam results.
  4. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Application forms (available at the Departments) are to be submitted within 3 days from the date of announcement of results.

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