The Doctor of Engineering (Eng.D.) programme will have its maiden intake in August 2017. The aim is to offer a qualification which, whilst being equivalent in status and challenge to the Ph.D., is more appropriate for those pursuing professional rather than academic careers.  Eng.D. is an earned doctorate, just like the Ph.D., but is based on industrial R&D rather than academic R&D.



The Eng.D. focuses on research of industrial importance, endorsed by a supporting company which hosts the student as an employee for the duration of the Eng.D. candidature. The student is jointly supervised by an NUS academic and a technology expert in the company. To train students for the commercial workplace, modules on engineering management are mandatory. Students trained in the Eng.D. programme are therefore well-prepared for a career in industrial research.

The essential differences between Eng.D. and Ph.D. can be summarized as:

  • Eng.D. research has a much deeper industrial focus

    Projects are usually initiated by the company. The student is typically a full-time salaried employee of the company, which provides co-supervision, thereby ensuring a continuing engagement in the technical research throughout the EngD candidature.

  • Mandates substantial technology management coursework

    At least half the modules to be read by an Eng.D. student must be in technology management, in order to prepare the student for a career in technology innovation and enterprise, as opposed to academic research.

All students who have successfully completed their requirements under this programme will be awarded the Doctor of Engineering.

Other essential differences between Eng.D. and Ph.D. can be found here

Further information are available for:

Programme Requirements

The existing established academic rigour of Ph.D. will apply, including prevailing requirements on:

  • Admission Criteria

  • Continuation Requirements

    • Academic warning; Probation
    • Dismissal
  • Degree Requirements

    • English language (where required)
    • Qualifying Examinations
    • Seminar Module
    • Thesis & Oral Defence Examination

While the following applies to Eng.D. students only:

  • Coursework comprising 32 MCs

    of which at least 50% must be modules on Management of Technology/Business/Industrial Engineering modules.  For the list of modules, click here

  • Exclude reading EG5911

Application Form

Application forms are obtainable from the Department upon request. Candidates must have confirmed sponsoring companies, and at least one academic supervisor, before initiating the application.

Finding a Matching Academic Supervisor

Companies interested in EngD with existing contacts in NUS Engineering may approach their contacts directly. Otherwise, NUS Engineering Vice-Dean (Research & Technology) and NUS Engineering Vice-Dean (Graduate Programmes) can help to link companies to suitable academic staff.

Role of Industrial Supervisor

The role of the industrial supervisor is to:

  • Serve as a liaison between NUS Engineering and the company on all matters related to the research project and/or the student

  • Facilitate the student’s research activities within the company

  • Ensure that sufficient amount of time is devoted by the student on the project

  • Alert NUS Engineering with regards to potential problems in the student’s research progress

  • Familiarize the student on the industrial aspects of the student’s research project

  • Provide the industrial perspective to guide the student in his/her research


Research projects deemed suitable for Eng.D. follow the Ph.D.-IPP workflow for approval. This mode may involve a funding agency, other than the company itself.  If so, a typical tripartite framework would be:

  • Funding agency provides sponsorship to the students, including tuition fees for a stipulated period (normally four years for Eng.D.), salary subsidy, grant for R&D and project-related fees for NUS Engineering to run this programme

  • Company provides part of salary, mentorship and research facilities, project-related fees

  • NUS Engineering provides mentorship, research facilities and ensure academic rigour

  • Companies may need to approach the relevant funding agency on being a participating company under the IPP mode

Contractual Agreement

A Research Collaboration Agreement (RCA) between the company and NUS Engineering is typically drawn up.  It stipulates details on the research project, funding and Intellectual Property matters.  Further details are obtainable from the Faculty’s Vice-Dean (Research & Technology) Office (engsbh@nus.edu.sg).

NUS Engineering Faculty Members

The documents on the processing for Eng.D. can be found in a secured website for staff at: https://share.nus.edu.sg/eng/gse/rsh/CDepository/default.aspx

This is a central repository of working documents for engineering staff members.

Following successful discussions with the industry partner, the “Eng.D. Project Proposal Form” is to be completed before each application’s intake deadline, for submission to the administrative staff of your Department.