Ph.D. On Campus

RSIS Programme

Nanyang Technological University

36 months
10182 USD/year
6790 USD/year
Tuition fee
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RSIS Programme at Nanyang Technological University is a rigorous research-led programme of study that allows students to explore their subject of interest in detail under the guidance of reputable faculty.


The RSIS Programme at Nanyang Technological University's objectives are three-fold:

  • Provision of high level quantitative and qualitative skills to enable students to undertake advanced PhD programmes
  • Application of these skills to support policy-oriented research of practical relevance
  • Creation of opportunities for students to make an original contribution to knowledge in International Political Economy, International Relations and Strategic Studies disciplines, facilitating their pursuit of academic or professional careers


Doctoral students are directed to develop research proposals that address real-world policy problems and challenges. These include, for example, Maritime Security in the Asia Pacific region, Counter-Terrorism in Indonesia, the performance of Spanish defence offsets and ASEAN Multilateralism.


Students benefit from the reputation and acclaim of the RSIS PhD programme derived from its association with the School’s highly regarded think tank research activities and its well-received Masters programmes.

Career Advancement

RSIS doctoral graduates will be attractive to a wide array of professional and academic employers in the government and diplomatic fields, as well as in business and consultancy organisations, international agencies, such as the World Bank, the United Nations, the Asian Development Bank, and Universities, both in a research and teaching capacity.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Advanced Study of International Politics: Concepts, Methods and Research Design
  • Quantitative Methods in the Study of International Politics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor Degree (2:1 or higher degree classification, or equivalent)
  • Masters degree in a related discipline
  • The ability to undertake independent research in the proposed field
  • Well articulated PhD proposal
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to tailor their research proposals to fit into one of the three PhD programme specialisations on offer at RSIS, namely International Political Economy, International Relations or Strategic Studies
  • The proposal should be between 5 to 6 pages long. It should include a projected timetable at the end to indicate how the candidate plans to write the thesis from year 1 to year 4
  • Demonstrated competency in English
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10182 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10182 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    6790 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6790 USD per year during 36 months.
  • Singapore Citizen S$9,150
  • Singapore Permanent Resident S$9,150
  • International Student S$13,700
  • Non-Subsidised Fees (inclusive of GST) S$30,100

Living costs for Singapore

1878 - 3880 SGD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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