Prospective Postgraduate Students



Programme Requirement

MSE offers higher degree programmes by research on a part-time and full-time basis. They are:

  • Master of Engineering (M.Eng.):
    Minimum period of candidature: 12 months

     Maximum period of candidature: 36 months

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.):
    Minimum period of candidature: 24 months

     Maximum period of candidature: 60 months

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.

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+

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. Please click here for the exemption form.

A maximum exemption of 2 courses may be granted for Ph.D. students.

M.Eng. students may be granted a maximum exemption of 1 course.

At the end of the programme, the graduate student is required to write and submit a thesis, which will be examined by internal and external examiners.

Ph.D. Qualifying Examination (QE):

Starting January 2015, the School will have a new procedure for QE for all Ph.D. students.

The QE for full-time Ph.D. students must be completed within 18-20 months of their candidature, and 24 months for part-time Ph.D. students. Full-time Ph.D. students who have converted to part-time candidature after 1 year are also required to pass their QE between the 18th-20th month of their candidature.

Prior to submitting your QE reports, please ensure you have met the following requirements:

  1. Attended at least 8 colloquia and 8 seminars (by the 18th month of candidature)
  2. Completed 6 courses (18 Academic Units) with a minimum CGPA of 3.5 
    The 6 courses must comprise a minimum of 4 graded courses and a maximum of 2 Pass/Fail courses.
  3. Completed HWG 703 and HWG 702.
  • HWG 702 can only be taken after the 2nd semester of candidature.
  •  Ideally, the courses should be taken in consecutive semesters.

4.  Completed the Research Integrity Online Course

You are required to produce a ring-bound (monochrome, double-sided, 2-slide per page) Turnitin report (accessible through NTULearn) with a similarity index less than 10%. It may be necessary to remove reference list pages.

Please submit the Turnitin report to MSE Research Office for approval first before you are notified to print your QE reports.

Please submit the following after your Turnitin report is approved:

  1. Application for QE form
  2. 4 ring-bound copies of QE reports (5 if you have a co-supervisor)
  3. Research Integrity Online Course certificate
  4. Ph.D. student colloquium/seminar attendance form
  5. Academic transcript (download via GSLink)
  6. Nomination of Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) form (if you have yet to submit it previously)


Please note that students are required to schedule their own QE presentation with your Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC).

Students will be notified of the QE chairperson after submitting the report. Subsequently, students will then schedule the QE review with the chairperson, supervisor(s), nominated examiner and nominated member.

Please notify MSE Research Office once the date and time of the QE is finalized. MSE Research Office will reserve a room and send out a final email of your QE to all concerned parties.

  1. All QEs will be chaired either by Associate Chair (Research), Assistant Chair (Research) or Assistant Chair (Graduate Studies).
  2. All QEs will be held on:
    • Tuesdays: 9 am-10.30 am or 3 pm-4.30 pm
    • Wednesdays: 3 pm-4.30 pm
    • Thursdays: 9 am-10.30 am or 3 pm-4.30 pm
  3. All students will be assessed against a standard rubric (Marking Guide) for the QE report and oral presentation.​