Ph.D. On Campus

Doctor of Philosophy (Education)

Nanyang Technological University

60 months
14544 USD/year
6790 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Nanyang Technological University offers higher degree studies by research leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Education) in line with the increasing emphasis on research in the areas of Arts, Education and Sciences.


Applicants reading the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Education) at Nanyang Technological University will pursue an independent but supervised research in an approved field of advanced study based on which a thesis will be submitted.

A rigorous system is used to prepare the candidates into the research phase. In the initial stage of the PhD study, the candidates are required to pass a Qualifying Examination.

Full-time candidates

In the first 18 months of study, you will be required to complete the Qualifying Examination requirements as indicated in (i) and (ii) below:

  • Attend classes and pass the examinations of
    • 4 graduate level courses chosen from the University's Master-degree coursework programmes or from approved special topic courses and
    • obtain an overall average Grade B, and no course should have a Grade below C+
  • Submit an in-depth literature review of an approved research topic
  • All Full-time PhD students are required to take HWG702- Small Group Teaching and HWG703 – Graduate English. Exemptions may be sought if students meet the exemption criteria. NIE Scholars must complete HWG702 and HWG703 before the PhD Confirmation Examination in order to receive the stipend increment. Non-scholars may complete their HWG702 and HWG703 requirement before the end of their candidature.
  • All PhD students from the August 2019 intake onwards are to complete the Communications/Writing Training Programme as a graduation requirement. The programme consists of the following compulsory components:
    • SA830 Writing and Communication Skills for PhD Students
      • The course is graded as a Pass/Fail and will appear in the student’s transcript.
      • The course will not be counted towards the coursework requirements for graduation.
    • 3MT Presentation
      • Students must participate in a 3-minute thesis (3MT) presentation symposium before graduation. The 3MT symposia is co-organized by the Graduate Students Associate (GSA) and Graduate College (GC).

    Part-time candidates

    In the first 24 months of study, you will be required to complete the Qualifying Examination requirements as indicated in (i) and (ii) above.

    Exemption of courses

    Exemption of courses may be granted by the Dean if you are deemed to have already done sufficient coursework in the relevant area in a graduate level programme at a recognised university. You would have to complete a minimum of three courses after allowing for exemptions.

    Programme Structure

    Areas of research include:

    • Asian Languages and Cultures
    • English Language and Literature
    • Humanities and Social Studies Education
    • Learning Sciences and Assessment
    • Mathematics and Mathematics Education: Mathematics Education or Mathematics
    • Natural Sciences and Science Education

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 60 months
    • Part-time
      • 60 months

    Start dates & application deadlines


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

    GPA admission requirements GPA
    GRE admission requirements GRE®
    3.5 (analytical)

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • A Bachelor's degree with honours at least at Second Class Upper level, Master's degree in the relevant areas and the ability to pursue research in the candidate's proposed field of advanced study.
    • Shortlisted applicants will undergo an interview session as part of the selection process.
    • A valid GRE score is required for applicants who are not graduates of the Autonomous Universities in Singapore. See detailed requirements for English language on competency and GRE requirements here.

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      14544 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 14544 USD per year during 60 months.
    • National

      6790 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 6790 USD per year during 60 months.
    • Singapore Citizen: S$9,150
    • Singapore Permanent Resident S$12,800
    • International Student S$19,600
    • Non-Subsidised Fees S$38,850 / $42,300

    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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