Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)(Full-time & Part-Time)

Provided by National Institute of Education (NIE), an institute of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore

Course introduction


We offer higher degree studies by research leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in line with the increasing emphasis on research in the areas of Humanities, Education, Sciences and Physical Education.
Applicants reading the degree of PhD by research will pursue an independent but supervised research in an approved field of advanced study based on which a thesis should be between 70,000 to 100,000 words must be submitted. A PhD thesis written in the Chinese language should not exceed 200,000 Chinese characters. The award of the research degree is based entirely on the work presented in the thesis.


Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

Areas of Research

Arts and Humanities

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  1. Literature Pedagogy
  2. Comparative Literature/Post-colonial Literature/Contemporary Literature
  • Chinese/Malay/Tamil Language and Literature
  • History
  • History Education
  • Geography
  • Geography Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Social Sciences
  • Music
  • Art
  • Drama and Performance
  1. Issues in Drama in Education
  2. Emergent Asian Theatre Forms and Training
  3. New Approaches to Shakespeare Production
  • Educational Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Sociology of Education
  • History of Education
  • Special Needs Education
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Multimedia and Information Technology
  • Curriculum and Teaching
  • School/Educational Management
  • High Ability Studies
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Management
  • New Literacies, Multi-Literacies and Digital Literacies
  • The Role of Disciplinarity, Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity
  • Cognitive-Developmental Psychology
  • Biological Sciences
  1. Botany
  2. Zoology
  3. Molecular Biology
  4. Agrotechnology
  5. Biotechnology
  6. Environmental Science
  7. Biology Education
  • Natural Products Chemistry
  • Polymer and Surfactant Chemistry
  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Analytical and Environmental Chemistry
  • Materials Science
  • Chemistry Education
  • Plasma Radiation and Microlithography
  • RF Plasmas and Materials
  • Laser-materials Interactive
  • Laser-based Biophysics
  • Computational Science
  • Physics Education
  • Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Graph Theory
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Operations Research
  • Topology
  • Statistics
Physical Education

Sport Sciences
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Motor Learning
  • Biomechanics
Sport Studies
  • Exercise/Sports Psychology
  • Sociocultural Studies of Sport
  • Sports History
  • Sports Management
Sports Pedagogy
  • Curriculum Theory in Physical Education
  • Instructional Processes in Physical Education
  • Teacher Knowledge and Development in Physical Education

Entry Requirements

A Bachelor's degree with honours at least at Second Class Upper level, Master's degree in the relevant areas and the ability to pursue research in the candidate's proposed field of advanced study.
Shortlisted applicants will undergo an interview session as part of the selection process.
Local applicants whose first degree is from a foreign university may be asked to provide a GRE score on a case-by-case basis. For international applicants, more information on the entry requirements can be found here. :

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

The degree of PhD by research is offered on both full-time and part-time basis. The candidature periods are as follows:

Full-time Up to a maximum of 5 years
Part-time Up to a maximum of 7 years

Fees & Funding

Our tuition fees are subject to revision on a yearly basis. More details can be found here. :