Prospective Postgraduate Students


Prospective Postgraduate Students for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) & Master of Engineering (MEng)


Programme Overview

MSE offers higher degree programmes by research on a part-time and full-time basis which has a minimum and maximum periods of candidature. They are:

​Full-Time ​ ​Part-Time ​
Programmes Minimum Maximum Minimum Maximum
​Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
​2 years 5 years​ ​3 years ​7 years
​Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
​1 year ​3 years ​1 year ​4 years

From AY2020, the candidature period will be revised as follows:
​Full-Time ​ ​Part-Time ​
Programmes Minimum Maximum Minimum Maximum
​Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
​2 years 5 years​ ​3 years ​5 years
​Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
​1 year ​3 years ​1 year ​3 years

Potential students may submit their applications here. Those who are accepted may be admitted in either January or August, subject to the approval of the University.



The student will work under the supervision of a faculty member whose research interests are in the area proposed by the student. MSE carries out research in a variety of materials-related fields. The major research areas are:


Interdisciplinary research is emphasized, involving faculty members from other Schools within NTU, overseas research institutes and universities. MSE works closely with Interdisciplinary Graduate School (IGS) in NTU to solve various global challenges through a multidisciplinary approach. You may learn more about IGS through this video. Please click here for more information on programmes in IGS and how to apply to IGS. Industry-sponsored research is active with research grants being offered by a variety of local and overseas companies. A more detailed list of research areas is given under the Research section.

Programme Structure

1. Coursework Requirements:Coursework Requirements:

In addition to pursuing independent research, candidates are required to satisfy the following requirements.

The coursework requirements for the two programmes are:

  • M.Eng. - 9 Academic Units with an average grade of B- or CGPA of 3.0
  • Ph.D. - 18 Academic Units, with an average grade of B or CGPA of 3.5

  In both programmes, no course grade can be below C+

For NPGS scholar, please refer to the terms and conditions in your letter of offer, letter of award for Nanyang President's Graduate Scholarship.

Exemption from courses may be granted by Associate Chair (Research) if the candidate is deemed to have already done sufficient coursework in the relevant area in a Master's degree programme at a recognized university.

For more information about graduate courses, please proceed to Postgraduate Courses.

2. Ph.D. Qualifying Examination (QE):
Candidates have to undergo QE within 18th and 20th month of the candidature. Students must pass both parts below to confirm their Ph.D. or M.Eng. status.:
(i) Graduate coursework with required CGPA, and
(ii) Completion of  a report and an oral presentation

3. Thesis & Oral Examination:
At the end of the programme, both Ph.D. and M.Eng. are required to write and submit a thesis, which will be examined by internal and external examiners. After which, students have to conduct an Oral Examination.

All Ph.D. students must have at least 1 accepted first author publication before thesis submission.