Research Programmes: Application Information

Important: The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake graduate student recruitment on its behalf. Candidates interested in our graduate programmes are advised to apply directly to the University and not through any agents. Candidates who apply through agents will not have any added advantage in gaining admission and the University reserves the right to reject such applications without giving reasons.

 

Closing Date

There are two intakes per academic year: Semester 1 (August) and Semester 2 (January).

  • For the Semester 1 (August) intake, the closing date is 15 November of the previous year.
  • For the Semester 2 (January) intake, the closing date is 15 May of the previous year.

Applications are open all year round. Applications received after the closing date will be considered for the next relevant intake.

 

 

Application

Applications for admission to graduate research programmes are available online, through the Graduate Admission System.

Applicants are encouraged to browse through the User Guide to better equip themselves before commencing your application.

Please note that even though an application is submitted online, relevant supporting documents must be sent via post. In order for applications to be considered for a specific intake, the online application, payment of application fees and available supporting documents must reach the University by the relevant deadlines.

Completed applications (with all the requirement documents) submitted before the respective application closing date will be processed. 

Completed/Incomplete applications received after the respective application deadline will be considered for the next intake.

 

 

Application Fees

A non-refundable application fee of S$50.00 (for both online and paper application) inclusive of GST is payable for each application. 

Applicants should send the proof of payment together with their application materials. An application without the application fee payment will not be processed.

 

The modes of payment are:

Online Payment

  • Credit Card (VISA, Mastercard or AMEX)
  • Debit Card (applicants must have an online banking account with either of the following banks - POSB/DBS, UOB or Citibank)

 

Payment by Cheque

Complete the Application Fee Form and send it together with a crossed cheque made payable to "National University of Singapore".

Please write your name, mailing address and programme(s) applied for at the reverse side of the cheque.

 

Payment by Bank Draft

Complete the Application Fee Form and send it together with a bank draft (drawn on a bank in Singapore in Singapore Dollar) made payable to "National University of Singapore". Please write your name, mailing address and programme(s) applied for at the reverse side of the bank draft.

 

Payment at NUS Student Services Centre

Complete the Application Fee Form and make payment by NETS or cash at the Student Services Centre (located at Level 1, Yusof Ishak House) during operating hours.

 

 

Instructions on Application

Please note that even though an application is submitted online, relevant supporting documents must be sent via post. In order for applications to be considered for a specific intake, the online application, payment of application fees and available supporting documents must reach the University by the relevant deadlines.

Applicants may print the completed Application Form from the application portal by clicking on the 'Application Number' hyperlink in 'Basic Programme Information'.

Applicants who wish to apply to more than one department must submit separate sets of application forms. Each set of application form should be accompanied by all supporting documents.

All supporting documents, if not in English, must be accompanied by copies of the English translation of the documents. Any omission of information required in the application or supporting documents will render the application void.

Supporting documents submitted are not returnable.

 

 

Supporting Documents

Transcript

An official transcript of academic records is required from each university the applicant has attended. Applicants are responsible for requesting the transcript(s) from the relevant universities. Applicants may use the prescribed form for such request.

Transcripts must be enclosed in an official SEALED envelope with its flap bearing the security seal of the university and the signature of the Registrar or representative.

Graduates from NUS may submit copies of their result slips or transcripts.

 

Other Academic Certificates

In addition to university transcripts, applicants may attach any other academic certificates to support their application.

 

TOEFL/IELTS

Applicants whose native tongue AND medium of university instruction is not completely in English should submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as evidence of their proficiency in the English language.

TOEFL/ IELTS scores are valid for two (2) years from the test date. If the test has been taken more than two years ago, applicants should retake the test to have the scores reported.

 

Applicants are to quote the following institutional and department codes for TOEFL:

  • Institutional Code: 9087
  • Biological Sciences: 35
  • Chemistry (including Food Science): 62
  • Mathematics: 72
  • Pharmacy: 47
  • Physics: 76
  • Statistics: 59

 

GRE

Applicants (except for NUS/NTU/SMU graduates) should submit GRE scores.

GRE scores are valid for five (5) years from the test date. If the test was taken more than five years since, applicants should retake the test to have the scores reported.

 

Applicants are to quote the following institutional and department codes for GRE:

  • Institutional Code: 0677
  • Biological Sciences: 0299
  • Chemistry: 0301
  • Food Science: 0107
  • Mathematics: 0703
  • Pharmacy: 0613
  • Physics: 0808
  • Statistics: 0705

Applicants from India may submit GATE scores in lieu of GRE.

 

Referee Reports

Recommendations from two (2) academic referees are to be submitted via the online admission system. Applicants should check with their referees and obtain their institutional email address. Email addresses from domains other than ".edu" may be subjected to additional screening and filtering. Once the online application is submitted by the applicant, an automated email will be generated and sent to the referees.

Alternatively, recommendations from referees may be submitted via hardcopy. Applicants should request that their referees return the recommendation form in a SEALED envelope, with its opening bearing their signatures across it.

 

Publications

Applicants are to submit a copy of each of their publication(s), if any. The journal's "Impact Factor" field (which allows input of up to one decimal point) is essentially a measure of scientific impact that is based on citation rates for an article or other citable item. It also takes into account the significance of the journals in which results has been published. Applicants are to leave this portion blank if they are unsure.

 

Research Proposal

Applicants are encouraged to submit a brief preliminary research proposal of not more than 1,000 words.

 

Documentary Proof of Financial Support

International applicants who are not applying for the Research Scholarship or have indicated their wish to be considered for admission in the event that their Research Scholarship application is unsuccessful, must submit documentary evidence of their ability to support their study (e.g. a bank statement) indicating the availability of funding of at least S$40,000 or its equivalent.

Applicants who are sponsored by an individual or organization will need to submit a letter from the sponsor with details/ documentary proof of the sponsorship.

Those who are working in Singapore and applying for admission to our part-time programme may submit a copy of their recent pay slip.

 

Citizenship Certificate/NRIC/Passport

Singapore Citizens and Singapore PRs should submit a copy of their Singapore NRIC or citizenship certificate/ re-entry permit.

International applicants should submit a copy of their passport page, showing their nationality.

 

Joint Ph.D. Application

In addition to the above supporting documents, applicants for Joint Ph.D. programmes must submit the following:

  • A research proposal including a research plan detailing the study period and dates to be spent at each institution and research training arrangements
  • Letter of support from their potential NUS supervisor
  • Letter of support from their potential supervisor at the partner university
  • Any other requirements by the partner university

 

 

Where to send the forms

Applicants may refer to the Application Checklist.
Applicants are to send the completed application forms and supporting documents to the department(s) they are applying to. Please refer here for the departmental addresses.

 

 

Correspondence from the University

The respective department will correspond with applicants via email and the online status enquiry during the application process to convey messages such as requesting for outstanding documents, interview notifications, etc.

Hence, it is very important that applicants provide a valid and correct email address and maintain their email account regularly. The University will not be responsible for undeliverable emails and their consequences.

 

 

Application Outcome

Applicants will be informed officially on the outcome of their application via email latest as follows:

  • Semester 1 (August) intake: 31 May
  • Semester 2 (January) intake: 31 October of the previous year