Ph.D. On Campus


Nanyang Technological University

24 months
14544 USD/year
6790 USD/year
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Economics at Nanyang Technological University provides students with a stimulating research environment which merges academic rigor with intellectual breadth. 


Economics at Nanyang Technological University equips students with a strong knowledge of economic theory and analytical techniques, which enables them to conduct solid research in their chosen field of specialization.

What you'll study

The curriculum includes coursework, participation in seminars and workshops, as well as research under the mentorship of research supervisor(s). The programme generally takes four years to complete. It begins with one year of intensive study in the core subjects of economics (Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics, and Quantitative Methods), culminating in the submission of a thesis which documents the results of original research.  The programme has a small student-to-faculty ratio, which fosters research collaboration between students and faculty members. Students also receive training in research and teaching methods.

Research areas

Our faculty’s research interests span across all major areas of economics, with significant strengths in Behavioural and Experimental Economics, Environmental Economics, Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomics, Applied Microeconomics, Economic Growth and Development, and Econometrics.  

Our recent publications appear in top economics journals, including Economic Journal, Games and Economic Behaviour, International Economic Review, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Finance, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Management Science, RAND Journal of Economics, and Review of Economics and Statistics, among others.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mathematical Economics
  • Econometrics 
  • Seminar in Microeconomics
  • Seminar in Macroeconomics 
  • Topics in Mathematical and Microeconomics 

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Deadline 15th November for the Nanyang Research Scholarship (RSS) (same portal for self-financing students), and 30th November for the Nanyang President's Graduate Scholarship (NPGS)​.
  • All applications received after 30 Novemember will be processed for the January intake instead.


18 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A good first degree in Economics or related field from a highly ranked university, with at least second upper honours.
  • An adequate background in Mathematics/Quantitative Methods.
  • An excellent GRE score, especially in the quantitative section (minimum requirement: Verbal & Quantitative Reasoning 319 out of 340 and Analytical Writing 3.5 out of 6.0). GRE is not required from NTU, NUS or SMU graduates.
  • A good language proficiency score: IELTS score at least 7.0 (on all subtests); TOEFL score at least 105 (IELTS is preferred).
  • Applicants from Singapore universities and English-speaking countries are exempted from IELTS/TOEFL.
  • It is strongly recommended for applicants to contact one of the professors whom they wish to work with. Applicants can discuss their proposal with the faculty member and ask for suggestions and feedback prior to submitting the application.​

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14544 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14544 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    6790 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6790 USD per year during 24 months.
  • Singapore Citizen: S$9,150
    • Singapore Permanent Resident S$12,800
    • International Student S$19,600
    • Non-Subsidised Fees S$38,850

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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