PhD Programmes

The College prepares students for a fast-changing globalised knowledge economy, and for those interested in teaching and research, to become future leaders in their academic fields. A full range of programmes await those who are willing to traverse the challenging and yet wondrous journey of discovery with us. Whether in design and media art, communication and information studies, economics, English literature, history, Chinese studies, international relations, linguistics, psychology, philosophy, public policy, sociology, Asia research, or thematic areas such as ageing and health, migration and population, digital humanities, urban complexities, or science, technology and society, that cross disciplinary boundaries, our students work alongside top scholars not only from the College but also the other Schools and Colleges at NTU, and have opportunities to collaborate with other researchers and postgraduate students from our many overseas partner universities.

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Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme

In keeping with global trends and needs, students at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme at NTU will concentrate on two or more disciplines, instead of one.

The establishment of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme is an exciting development for both NTU and Singapore. Today, fresh thinking is urgently needed to mitigate many global challenges, not least in environmental sustainability, the creation of viable alternative energy solutions, future healthcare, new media and many other wide-ranging and complex issues.

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme is expected to integrate innovative and interdisciplinary thinking across the university, and strengthen NTU's role as a vital player in catalysing the development of breakthrough ideas and technologies out of the university and into the world.


School of Art, Design and Media

The doctoral programme provides creative research opportunities in a wide spectrum of academic areas. Students are expected and encouraged to develop innovative ways of thinking, and to experiment and create in a range of media. This programme also acts as an incubator for the development and realization of original artistic and professional productions, including design, interactive media, film, animation and new art forms.

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School of Humanities

The PhD programme at SoH will enable you to gain a solid background in research and be fully equipped to have a career in research and teaching in world-class universities. The programmes are offered in most of the disciplines: Chinese, English, Linguistics & Multilingual Studies, History, and Philosophy. The School offers Graduate Research Degrees in all of these disciplines.


School of Social Sciences

The programme is offered in all four of our subject areas: Economics, Psychology, Public Policy & Global Affairs, and Sociology. Each subject has outstanding faculty members who continually strive towards engaging and promoting vibrant intellectual life through excellent education and research. Our faculty members have won a host of prestigious prizes globally including Fulbright Awards, Fung Princeton Fellowships, the American Sociological Association Feminist Scholar Activist Award, the Canadian Sociological Association Early Investigator Award, among many others. They have published their research in the best journals and in top presses, such as, University of California Press, Cornell University Press and Cambridge University Press.


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The research programme is specially designed for students to work with faculty members with diverse research interests in the fields of communications and information studies. Research students have the opportunity to present their research work at regional and global conferences. In addition, they get the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on numerous publications in top academic journals. The research students in the PhD programme are exposed to classroom teaching opportunities to prepare them for an academic career.