Research Programmes Admission Guide

Students are required to pursue an independent but supervised research on an approved topic based on which a thesis must be submitted for examination. Students are also required to attend classes and pass the examinations.

Important Announcement: Renaming of the School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE) to the College of Computing and Data Science (CCDS)

Effective from 01 May 2024, the School of Computer Science and Engineering will be officially renamed to the College of Computing and Data Science.

Transition to the College of Computing and Data Science: Starting 01 May 2024
Prospective applicants may apply directly to the newly renamed College of Computing and Data Science. 

Admissions Eligibility

Applicants must have Bachelor's degree with minimum Honours (Distinction) and its equivalent and the ability to pursue research in the candidate's proposed field of advanced study.

Required Test Score

A valid GRE/GMAT score is required for applicants who are not graduates of the Autonomous Universities in Singapore, unless there is specific requirement stated in the School's website for the respective programme. Test dates must be within 5 years or less from the date of your application.

Applicants from India may use the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering [GATE] score of at least 90th percentile in place of GRE. Test date must be within 3 years or less from the date of your application. 

For applicants whose native language is not English, a good TOEFL  score is required. Test dates must be within 2 years or less from the date of your application. IELTS may be submitted in place of TOEFL.

A copy of GRE/GMAT/TOEFL/IELTS test scores should be attached to the application.

In light of the post-Covid-19 pandemic, we have implemented revised requirements for admission test scores. It is important to note that we will exclusively accept the following online tests for admission. Additionally, these tests must have been taken no later than 31 December 2023. Test report reflecting date beyond 31 December 2023, will not be eligible to meet admission requirements.

  1. TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
  2. TOEFL ITP Plus for China students
  3. IELTS Indicator
  4. IELTS for UKVI
  5. GRE Take Home Test
  6. GMAT Online Test

Candidature Periods

For higher degrees by research, candidates may be admitted as full-time or part-time students. The minimum and maximum periods of candidature for both full-time and part-time are as follows:

Doctor of Philosophy
(All PhD except LKCMedicine)
2 years5 years3 years5 years
Doctor of Philosophy
3 years5 years3 years5 years
Master's Degree1 year3 years1 year3 years

Students will pay fees at non-subsidised rates if they exceed the maximum candidature period as stated in the above tables. 

Application has to be done online.

Application Period

There are two intakes each year -  August or January. Applicants are advised to submit their application before the last day of submission for the desired intake.

Intake in August or January is subjected to the school’s selection and recommendation. The University reserves the right to admit applicants in other semesters.

Admission IntakeOpening of Application PortalLast day for submission of online application with supporting documents
August Semester1 October

15 November (for CoHASS)

31 January (for all other Schools)

January Semester1 June31 July

Supporting Documents

You must upload electronic copies of your supporting documents to the application portal. Documents uploaded must be in English. Otherwise, they must be accompanied by certified translations in English language.

An application fee of S$54 (inclusive of GST) will be charged for each Research application. Commencing from the AY2024 semester 1, which begins on 1 October 2023, the application fee for each Research application will be revised to S$50 (Net). Payment can be made online before submitting application by VISA/Mastercard.

General Information on Supporting Documents

1. Passport/ Identification card (NRIC)

  • Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) has to upload NRIC and Re-entry permit. 
  •  A copy of the personal particulars page of your passport

2. One recent passport-sized colour photograph

  • Image showing full face must be taken within the last 3 months.
  • Photograph must be in colour and taken against a white background.


4. Degree Certification and Official Transcripts (Bachelor and/ or Masters)

4.1. Degree Certificate

a. Original Language
b. Official translation in English (if original is not in English)

4.2. Official Transcripts

a. Original Language
b. Official translation in English (if original is not in English)
c. Grading or marking scale of the Transcript (Interpretation of Grades/Marks)

(Translation can be done by the Home University or any official authorized parties)

Note on Official Transcript

  • A copy of official transcript with detailed academic results (marks obtained in each subject, not just grades obtained, wherever possible) is required from each university attended. It should show the university name with the official stamp or it should be certified and translated by the university. 
  • If the transcript is in a language other than English, please provide an official English translation as well and the subjects in the translation should be listed in the same order as that of the original transcript (label the transcript if need be).
  • The applicant is responsible for requesting transcripts from his/her university or universities.

5. Two Academic Referees' Reports

  • Application must be supported by two (2) academic referee reports.
  • Provide the name and institutional email addresses of two (2) academic referees.
  • The Referee email address must be an Official institutional email addressEmail address given by the free-email provider will not be accepted (i.e. email address given by hotmail, gmail, yahoo, qq, etc).
  • Upon submission of the online application, it will auto-activate an email with login ID and password to the respective Referee to notify them to complete an online Referee Report. Do ask your Referee to look out for the email in inbox/ junk mail and complete it within 14 working days upon receipt.
  • It is important to key in the correct email address for your Referee, as changes cannot be made to the online application after its submission.

6. Other Supporting documents (if applicable)

  • Research proposal
  • Resume
  • Research publications

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Notes on Application

  • Application fee payment can be made online before submitting application by VISA/Mastercard within 60 days. Please ensure that application fee is made to the correct Research Application Number (eg R21xxxxx). Application fee payment is non-transferable and non-refundable.
  • Complete set of supporting documents (must be legible) have to be uploaded via the application portal. Do not send paper copies. Late submission will not be accepted. The School may contact applicants for additional information or documents at a later date (if required).
  • You may check your  application status 3 working days after you have made successful online payment. 
  • Applications will be deemed invalid and will not be processed if payment is not made by the stipulated deadline and applicants will have to re-apply as a fresh applicant. No further notification will be sent to these applicants

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To gain a comprehensive understanding of the financial obligations throughout your postgraduate education at NTU, it is crucial to consider various cost factors. In addition to the Tuition fees and Miscellaneous fees applicable to full-time programmes, it is essential to account for the estimated cost of living, as outlined below.

Type of Costs Estimated Amount (SGD)
Accommodation (On-Campus) $516 - $756
Meals $300 - $800
Transport (within Singapore) $80 - $200 (buses and trains)
Personal Expenses $300 - $630

*The estimated cost of accommodation is based on the rate of a single room or twin-sharing room.

Last updated: March, 2024

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