Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme (IGP)

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme (IGP) Thematic PhD Research in Future Learning at CRADLE@NTU aims to attract outstanding students with a passion for interdisciplinary research across areas of Education, Psychology, Neuroscience and Technology to catalyse new models, framework, translational research and technologies for Future Learning.

The programme seeks to nurture talents with the enthusiasm to optimize learning through cognitive neuroscience and education, using innovative technology for solutions that engage and support lifelong learning.  The doctoral candidate has the opportunity to be supervised by faculty across at least two Colleges, Schools, or Institutes within NTU.

The areas of research foci:

  1. Science of Adult Learning
  2. Innovations and Technologies in Learning
  3. Workforce Learning and the Future Economy

The successful candidate will work closely with researchers at the Centre for Research and Development in Learning (CRADLE), faculty from Colleges and Institutes across NTU (including National Institute of Education and LKCMedicine), and other international collaborators from institutes such as Johns Hopkins University, Imperial College London and/or University of Cambridge.

We welcome highly motivated candidates with an educational, engineering, psychology, or science background who are keen to work collaboratively with educators and learners. Learn more about CRADLE at



PhD Research Projects

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the faculty members/supervisors directly for a two-way discussion to determine project fit with research interest before making a formal application.



The minimum requirements for admission are:
- Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree of at least Honours (Distinction) or equivalent qualifications (e.g. Second Class Upper Honours) from a recognised university.
- Graduates with a passion for interdisciplinary research in science, engineering, computing and related aspects of medicine.
- Good GRE scores for applicants with grades from overseas universities.
- Good TOEFL or IELTS scores for applicants whose native language or medium of undergraduate instruction is not in English.
- For more details on minimum academic requirements for admission, please visit here.
- Priority assessment will be given to applicants who upload a short introductory video of themselves during online applications.

Applicants are evaluated holistically based on academic results, research/work experiences, research proposal and other research/academic merits such as peer-reviewed publications. Satisfying minimal standards does not guarantee admission since the number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of places available. Many well-qualified applicants cannot be accommodated as selection is highly competitive.

Note: The eligibility criteria listed are not exhaustive. Additional selection criteria may be included based on prevailing policies. These policies may be amended from time to time without notice.

Application and Admission

Applications are required to be submitted online through the GRAS portal. 

Please select programme code (IGP) Thematic PhD Research in Future Learning at CRADLE.

Please visit here to find out details on how to apply for our PhD research programme before submitting a formal application. Incomplete submissions will be rejected.


There are many different types of graduate scholarships available in the university for graduate students.

These scholarships are highly competitive and are administrated by NTU Office of Admissions (Graduate Admissions). Most scholarships can be renewed every academic year subject to satisfactory academic and research progress.

For more information, please click here.