Nanyang Business School PhD Programme - Course structure

NBS PhD Coursework and Qualifying Exam

In the first 18 months of your PhD Programme, you will undertake a series of courses within your specialist area. The course load for each term varies according to the requirements set by respective Divisions.  In order to graduate, each student is required to complete an equivalent of 8 full courses (24 academic units). 

Upon completing (or nearing the end of) your coursework and obtaining at least 18 academic units, which will include NTU and NBS compulsory components, you will undergo PhD Qualifying Exam, which is an assessment of your ability to undertake independent research and write a thesis. 


Dissertation Stage

At the dissertation stage, PhD students are required to:

  • present their thesis in proposal defence
  • submit their thesis for examination
  • undergo oral examination

The aim of proposal defence is to assess the academic rigour and relevance of the proposed research. It is also to ensure that the research is adequately defined and feasible to allow the student to receive feedback early in the thesis process.

When ready, the thesis is submitted to the university for examination by the thesis examiners. They will check that the thesis contains original work and critical interpretation, and that is analysis-worthy of publication in the international domain.

Finally, the thesis is presented in the oral examination where the committee examines the student's expertise on the field and advance the candidate’s knowledge.