To graduate, a PhD student must complete the following:

  • 8 Core modules
  • 1 Independent Study module
  • 1 Elective module
  • a PhD Qualifying Examination, followed by a thesis

Students are expected to complete the programme in 4 years.

Core Modules

Below is a list of modules for the PhD programme.


You can choose to read 1 Elective modules. For a list of all Elective modules offered, click here.

Transfer of Credits and Exemptions

There will be no limit to transfer of credit for modules that have not been used towards another degree at NUS or elsewhere. For modules that have been credited towards another degree at NUS or elsewhere, up to 50% of the credits required in the coursework component may be exempted.

Only relevant graduate-level courses taken in the past five years will be considered for credit transfer or exemption.

PhD Qualifying Examination

The PhD Qualifying Examination comprises of a comprehensive written examination consisting of two parts and successful defence of the PhD thesis proposal.


Aside from the comprehensive information on our admissions page, if you have any other queries or would like to receive a copy of our programme brochure, please submit your request via our query form. Alternatively, you may also speak to our admissions officers at +65 6516 8004.