Grad Students


Graduation Requirements

The general graduation requirements for SPMS graduate students are described below. Graduate students enrolled under the Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme (IGP) must fulfill additional requirements; please refer to the IGP site for more information.

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.

Graduate-Level Coursework

PhD students must complete a total of 16 Academic Units (AU) of graduate-level coursework, comprising:

PhD students are expected to maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.5. We recommend finishing the coursework by the end of the first year, in order to sit for the Qualifying Examination on time.

Communication Courses

PhD students are also required to complete the following courses on communication and related topics. These courses do not carry any AU.

Research Integrity

Research integrity is of the utmost importance to the university. As such, during the first year of the PhD programme, students are required to complete:

Qualifying Examination

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

Other Requirements

  • Graduate students must attend at least 5 seminars each semester.
  • Most graduate students are enrolled in the Graduate Assistantship Programme (GAP), which requires them to participate in lab supervision, teaching tutorials, and/or other teaching-related activities.
  • Each student must meet 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.
  • Submission of regular progress reports, including list of publications, TAC reports, and degree audit.

The PhD Thesis

PhD students must write a research thesis. Click here for NTU's thesis formatting and submission policies.

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 is sent to three independent examiners for evaluation. After this evaluation, the student must defend the thesis in an oral examination 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 12 AU of coursework consisting of:

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.

Other graduation requirements are:

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.