Graduate Degrees by Research: Ph.D and M.Eng

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering offers two graduate degrees by research: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) and Master of Engineering (M. Eng). These higher degrees are awarded mainly on the basis of independent research in topics approved by the department, culminating in the submission of thesis for examination. In addition, the candidates must fulfill the coursework and seminar requirements. Currently the coursework requirement for new candidates is 6 approved modules for Ph.D. and 4 approved modules for M.Eng.

Each Ph.D candidate has to pass qualifying examination, in written and oral forms (typically in 2 years), before continuing. After submission of thesis for examination by internal and external examiners, each Ph.D. candidate is required to defend his/her research in an oral examination.

The minimum entry requirement for admission as a M.Eng candidate is a good bachelor's degree in relevant discipline. Second-Upper Honours degree of NUS and equivalent is normally required for admission with research scholarship, and Second-Lower Honours of NUS and equivalent for admission on self-financed basis. For Ph.D. admission, the same minimum entry requirement is applied and a Master's degree is an advantage but not mandatory. The maximum period of candidature is 5 years for Ph.D. and 3 years for M.Eng.

The requirements and rules are the same for full-time and part-time candidates. Successful applications are normally admitted in two intakes a year, i.e. January intake and August intake.

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Attractive Research Scholarship is Available !!

Financial support in the form of the research scholarship is available to full-time Ph.D and M.Eng. candidates on competitive basis, with priority given to Ph.D. candidates. The scholarship provides stipend of S$2,000 per month, plus waiver of research (tuition) fee. In addition, top-up of S$500 per month is given to Ph.D. students upon passing the qualifying examination and up to the end of fourth year of candidature. (S$1 is approximately US$0.7.) No bond is imposed for scholarship (except in rare cases funded by the industry). The scholarship period is four years for Ph.D and two years for M.Eng students, subject to good performance in research and coursework. As part of terms and conditions, research scholars are normally expected to assist in teaching-related duties (e.g. conduct of tutorial and laboratories, and grading of assignments) for up to 6 hours per week.

Other forms of financial support are available, namely the Graduate Student Tutorship scheme, which pays the student S$1200 per month (without waiver of research fee) and the Graduate Student Researcher scheme, which pays the student for assistance in funded research projects at S$12-15 per hour.

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Why study at the National University of Singapore (NUS)?

Singapore is one of the best-connected countries in the world, with excellent sea, air and telecommunication links. Many factors, such as political and social stability, efficient infrastructure and an English-speaking skilled workforce, have attracted foreign talents, investments and multi-national corporations to Singapore. Singapore is also a regional centre for business, IT, engineering and R&D activities. Singapore has been rated as one of the best cities for living and business by many surveys.

NUS has a very active and dynamic research environment. Its R&D activities have contributed significantly towards increasing Singapore's stature in the world stage. NUS has recently been ranked 22nd globally by QS World University Rankings (ahead of many well known universities). In Engineering & Technology, NUS has been ranked -- 13th. by Times Higher Education, London, In Civil Engineering ranking, NUS is 3rd best in the world and in Enviromental Science ranking, NUS is 10th best in the world by QS World University Rankings.

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering is one of the eight Departments and Divisions in the Faculty of Engineering of National University of Singapore. Research and Education are driven through exciting programmes embracing the increasingly integrated, interdisciplinary nature of modern civil engineering. For more details, please see the department grouping and research areas of faculty members.

How do I apply for Ph.D/M.Eng admission and/or research scholarship?

Application forms and further details can be found from the Graduate Studies Office of the Faculty of Engineering, NUS.

For enquiries, please contact

MEng / PhD Programme
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
National University of Singapore
Block E1A, Level 7
1, Engineering Drive 2
Singapore 117576
Tel: (65) 6516 4513 Fax: (65) 6779 1635

New application fee for government-subsidised MEng/PhD graduate programmes

Applicants are strongly advised to submit an online application and to pay the application fee payment online.