Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (By Research)


Programme Type

Full-time, Part-time

School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Graduate Programmes

The School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (SCBE) offers the SCBE Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (By Research), on a part-time and full-time basis.

The periods of candidature are as follows: 

Candidature Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  Full-Time (Year) Part-Time (Year)
  2 3
  5 5

Students pay fees at unsubsidised rates after Maximum of candidature

Possible areas of research 

  • Nanotechnology catalysis and reaction engineering  

  • Process systems engineering  

  • Industrial chemistry  

  • Chiral and pharmaceutical sciences  

  • Biotechnology  

  • Green technology  

  • Separation technologies  

  • Molecular modeling  

  • Tissue engineering  

For faculty listing in the various research areas, please click here.


There are two intakes each year - August or January. Applicants are advised to upload their applications 4 months before their 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.  
General Admission Requirement of Research Program, please click here.

Applications for admission must be submitted online. For more information, please click on Research Programmes Admissions Guide


Students are required to submit course exemption request at least two weeks before course registration period.

PhD Coursework Components

Before Qualifying Examination:

  • 18 AUs (6 courses: 3 core courses from School and 3 elective courses preferably at least 2 from School) with CGPA 3.50
  • Graduate English (HWG703)* & University Teaching for Teaching Assistants (HWG702)*

*  For full time PhD students only

Before Thesis Submission:

  • 3 AUs Communication Courses (compulsory for students admitted from AY2019 onwards)
  • 3-minute thesis (3MT)

Research Component

  • Qualifying examination & confirmation by end of year 2
  • Submission of thesis for examination
  • PhD oral examination

Programme Structure

  • All candidates will commence as Research Students in the first instance. Subsequently, the candidate will be required to pass the Qualifying Examination and Confirmation Exercise in order to be confirmed as a PhD candidate or MEng candidate. 
  • The candidate will pursue the research work under the supervision of the supervisor and submit for examination a thesis based on the research work done.  The candidate must keep in frequent and regular contact with the supervisor regarding the research throughout the candidature period. 
  • The candidate is required to attend classes and pass the examination to meet the coursework requirements such as Academic Unit (AU) and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).   
  • Candidates are required to complete all the coursework and undergo a Qualifying Examination cum Confirmation Exercise within the period stipulated.  
  • Upon completion of the research, the candidate is required to submit the thesis in a form ready and acceptable for examination before the expiry of the maximum candidature. 
  • In addition to being examined on the thesis, a candidate for the degree of PhD must pass an oral examination) on the subject matter of the thesis and other related subjects. 


Core subjects
• BG7002 Molecular Biophysics
• BG7005 Advanced Mathematics for Bioengineering
• CH7003 Advanced Reaction Engineering

• CH7004 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics


Elective subjects
• BG6001 Advanced Biomaterials
• CH7102 Cell Therapeutics Engineering
For Tuition Fees, scholarship and other financial matters, please click here

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