Grad Students


Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements for PhD Students

The PhD programme has a minimum candidature period of 2 years, and a maximum of 5 years. Most students complete the programme in 4 years.


PhD students must complete the following courses, consisting of a total of 16 Academic Units (AUs):

  1. HWG702 - University Teaching for Teaching Assistants.
  2. HWG703 - Graduate English.
  3. CBC729 (4 AU graduate seminar course, offered in Semester 1).
  4. Two CBC Instrumentation Courses (2 AU + 2 AU).
  5. Two more lecture-based graduate courses (CBC7XX; 4 AU each).
  6. The SPMS Research Integrity (SPMS-RI) Course.

One of the lecture-based graduate CBC courses may be substituted with another graduate course offered by a different School in NTU, if prior permission is obtained from the supervisor and the Division.

Courses taken to fulfill these requirements must be taken on a letter grade basis, and PhD students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.5. We encourage students to finish their coursework by the end of their second semester of study, in order to sit for the Qualifying Examination on time (see below).

Qualifying Examination

PhD students must pass the qualifying examination (QE) within their first 18 months of study. Click here for more information about the QE.

Additional Requirements

PhD students must also complete the following:

  1. Transferable Skills Modules
  2. Information Literacy Programme (ILP)
  3. Attendance in at least 5 research seminars per semester.


PhD students must write a research thesis. Click here for the thesis formatting and submission policies set by NTU's Office of Academic Services (OAS).

Each student should meet regularly (at least once a year) with a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC), who will provide advice to ensure that the thesis is on track for completion. Once the student and supervisor have agreed that the thesis is ready, it should be submitted online (via GSLink → Academic → Thesis → Thesis Submission). After being endorsed by the supervisor, the thesis will be sent to three independent examiners for evaluation.

After the thesis has been evaluated, the student must defend it in an oral examination. The oral examination will be scheduled by the school.

Completed theses must be posted to the NTU Digital Repository.

Graduation Requirements for MSc Students

The MSc programme has a minimum candidature period of 1 year, and a maximum of 3 years.

MSc students must complete the following coursework requirements, consisting of 12 Academic Units (AUs):

  1. Either CBC729 or CBC730 (graduate seminar course; 4 AU).
  2. Two CBC Instrumentation courses (2 AU + 2 AU)
  3. One lecture-based graduate course (CBC7XX; 4 AU)

Courses taken to fulfill these requirements must be taken on a letter grade basis, and MSc students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.0.

MSc students must also write a research thesis. The thesis procedure and requirements are the same as for PhD students; however, MSc theses are usually of more limited scope than PhD theses, and are evaluated by two rather than three examiners.