Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) & Master of Engineering (MEng)

Programme Overview

MSE offers higher degree programmes by research on a part-time and full-time basis which has a minimum and maximum periods of candidature. They are:

 Full-Time Part-Time 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)2 years5 years3 years7 years
Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)1 year3 years1 year4 years

From AY2020, the candidature period will be revised as follows:

 Full-Time Part-Time 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)2 years5 years3 years5 years
Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)1 year3 years1 year3 years

Potential students may submit their applications here. Those who are accepted may be admitted in either January or August, subject to the approval of the University.


The student will work under the supervision of a faculty member whose research interests are in the area proposed by the student. MSE carries out research in a variety of materials-related fields. The major research areas are:

  • Biomaterial and Biomedical Devices
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Defence Materials
  • Functional Materials and Composites
  • Materials for Sustainability
  • Nanoelectronics, Nanomaterials and Multiferroics

Programme Structure

1. Coursework Requirements:Coursework Requirements:

In addition to pursuing independent research, candidates are required to satisfy the following requirements.

The coursework requirements for the two programmes are:

  • M.Eng. - 9 Academic Units with an average grade of B- or CGPA of 3.0
  • Ph.D. - 18 Academic Units, with an average grade of B or CGPA of 3.5

In both programmes, no course grade can be below C+

For NPGS scholar, please refer to the terms and conditions in your letter of offer, letter of award for Nanyang President's Graduate Scholarship.

Exemption from courses may be granted by Associate Chair (Research) if the candidate is deemed to have already done sufficient coursework in the relevant area in a Master's degree programme at a recognized university.

For more information about graduate courses, please proceed to Postgraduate Courses.

2. Ph.D. Qualifying Examination (QE):
Candidates have to undergo QE within 18th and 20th month of the candidature. Students must pass both parts below to confirm their Ph.D. or M.Eng. status.:
(i) Graduate coursework with required CGPA, and
(ii) Completion of  a report and an oral presentation

3. Thesis & Oral Examination:
At the end of the programme, both Ph.D. and M.Eng. are required to write and submit a thesis, which will be examined by internal and external examiners. After which, students have to conduct an Oral Examination.

All Ph.D. students must have at least 1 accepted first author publication before thesis submission.


Application Period

Admission is in August or January each year.

Applicants are required to submit online application via the NTU application portal. Please click here for application and admission details. Any other forms of submission will not be accepted. Applicants are advised to submit applications at least 4 months before their desired intake.

AdmissionLast day of submission with supporting documents
August Semester31 January
January Semester31 July


Contact Us

​MSE Graduate Studies Office

50 Nanyang Avenue
Singapore 639798
Tel:  6790 6749
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