Research Programmes: Programme Requirements 

 

The following is a synopsis of the general requirements for both M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes. Please visit the websites of the respective departments for more details.

 

Coursework Requirements

M.Sc.

  • In general, students are required to attend and pass examinations in a minimum of 3 modules (2 modules from level 5000 and above + 1 compulsory seminar module).
  • Exception: Students from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics are required to read 6 modules.
  • The number of required modules may vary from department to department. Please check with the relevant department for more information.

 

Ph.D.

  • In general, students are required to attend and pass examinations in a minimum of 6 modules (5 modules from level 5000 and above + 1 compulsory seminar module). Exception: Students from the Department of Mathematics are required to read 9 modules.
  • The number of required modules may vary from department to department. Please check with the relevant department for more information.

 

These courses are to be selected in consultation with student's thesis supervisor(s) and/or department.

All modules taken by the student will be included in the CAP computation. This includes undergraduate modules and cross-faculty modules.

 

 

English Language Requirement

All international students are required to take an English Language proficiency test (Diagnostic English Test) unless exemption has been granted. This test will determine whether candidates would need to take the Graduate English course.

  • M.Sc. - Achieve an intermediate level of proficiency in the Graduate English course
  • Ph.D. - Achieve an advanced level of proficiency in the Graduate English course

To fulfil the English Language requirement, students must obtain a Grade C and above. Starting from AY2012 Semester 2 intake, students will be charged a module fee of S$2,000 if they are required to repeat the English module.

 

 

Continuation Requirements

M.Sc.

  • A student will be issued warning for any semester in which his/her CAP falls below 3.00. If, in the following semester, the student's CAP again falls below 3.00 but above 2.50, he/she will be placed on probation.
  • For continuation in the M.Sc. programme, a student's CAP should not fall below 2.5 or equivalent for two consecutive semesters, or 3.0 for three consecutive semesters.
  • Termination of candidature will result if a student fails to maintain the minimum CAP.

 

Ph.D.

  • A student will be issued a warning for any semester in which his/her CAP falls below 3.50. If, in the following semester, the student's CAP again falls below 3.5 but above 3.0, he/she will be placed on probation.
  • For continuation in the PhD programme, a student's CAP should not fall below 3.0 or equivalent for two consecutive semesters, or 3.5 for three consecutive semesters.
  • Termination of candidature will result if a student fails to maintain the minimum CAP.

 

Research scholars who do not meet the continuation requirements may have their monthly stipend or scholarship/fee waiver terminated without notice. Reinstatement will be reviewed after the scholar meets the continuation requirement, at the recommendation of the department.

 

 

Ph.D. Qualifying Examination (QE)

The Ph.D. Qualifying Examination comprises:

  • A comprehensive examination
  • An oral defence of the Phd thesis proposal

Please refer to the respective departmental websites on additional requirements.

 

Before sitting for the Qualifying Examination, Ph.D. candidates must satisfy the following:

  • Obtain satisfactory grades (at least grade C) in the Centre for English Language Communication graduate English modules at intermediate level (if applicable)
  • Satisfy the coursework requirements for Ph.D.
  • Other departmental requirements

The comprehensive examination (CE) tests the general competence of the student in his/her discipline(s) or field(s), whereas the oral defence of the Ph.D. thesis proposal ensures that the student is prepared to embark on his/her thesis research.

The QE should be taken before the end of the fourth semester of their Graduate Programme. A second attempt may be taken no later than six months after the first failed attempt. This applies to both full-time and part-time Ph.D. candidates. Students who fail their Ph.D. QE will graduate with a Master of Science degree.

 

 

Graduation Requirements

M.Sc.

  • Achieve a minimum CAP of 3.0 for all modules
  • Obtain at least a grade C in the graduate English courses conducted by the Centre for English Language Communication at intermediate level (if applicable)
  • Pass the Master's Thesis

 

Ph.D.

  • Achieve a minimum CAP of 3.5 for all modules
  • Obtain at least a grade C in the graduate English courses conducted by the Centre for English Language Communication at advanced level (if applicable)
  • Pass the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
  • Pass the Ph.D. Thesis
  • Pass the Ph.D. Oral Examination

 

 

Duration of Candidature

Research students may be admitted on a full-time or part-time basis. However, international students on student's pass must pursue their studies on a full-time basis.

The maximum period of candidature for Graduate Programme students (leading to):

  • M.Sc. (3 years)
  • Ph.D. (5 years)

The maximum periods of candidature for full-time or part-time students are the same.

 

 

Residency Requirement

Applicants who are not residing in Singapore or would like to do their research in overseas institutions, must spend a period of residence in Singapore for a minimum of 6 months for Master's degree or 18 months for Doctoral degree during his/her candidature.

Applicants who are awarded Research Scholarship must reside in Singapore during the duration of the scholarship award.