The Department offers two research degrees, Master of Engineering (M. Eng.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). These higher degrees are awarded on the basis of independent but supervised research in a topic, culminating in the submission of a thesis. In addition, M. Eng. and Ph. D. candidates must take and pass a number of prescribed graduate modules. The award of a Ph.D. will also require an oral examination. An overview of the degree requirements and coursework is situated at NUS Bulletin regulated by Registrar’s Office.
The normal entry requirement for admission as a Master of Engineering candidate is a good bachelor's degree. For admission as a Doctor of Philosophy candidate, a Master's degree is normally required. In both cases, the candidate must show the ability to pursue research in the proposed field of advanced study.
For the M. Eng. degree, the period of candidature ranges from 1 to 3 years, while that for the Ph. D. degree ranges from 2 to 5 years.
Financial support is currently available for suitably qualified candidates.
Application forms and further details can be found from the Graduate Studies in Engineering . If you have any inquiries regarding these two degrees, please contact:
To know more about the graduate courses, please refer to: List of Graduate Modules
For information on staff research areas, please visit our Academic Staff listing.
The Joint Ph.D. Programme between
NUS and CentraleSupélec
was launched in August 2004. CentraleSupélec is one of the prestigious Grandes Ecoles of France.
This joint programme brings together synergistically two excellent study programmes that aims to attract high-calibre students to engage in research in the following five key areas and to prepare candidates for leadership roles in R&D -
I. Admission Requirements
Candidates are admitted as full-time students by either NUS or CentraleSupélec, according to each university's prevailing admission criteria. For the initial phase, NUS will select suitable candidates from their current pool of Ph.D. students and students upgrading from Master's level research programme. In future, students who have completed their Bachelor degree (with at least a Second Class Upper Honours) will also be considered. For CentraleSupélec, students who have completed their Diplome d’Ingenieur (i.e. Master degree) will be considered. Currently only students who have been successfully admitted to our Ph.D program can apply for this joint degree.
II. Degree Requirements
The students will spend at least two semesters/terms at partner university, either undertaking research and/or reading modules. Modules completed at partner university must be pre-approved by home university and will be accredited as partial fulfillment of the Ph.D. degree.
Students must satisfy the prevailing graduation requirements of home university.
For Ph.D. students from NUS, the following requirements shall apply:
Research degree programme includes an element of coursework in the same or related fields. This provides a graduate-level foundation and prepares the student for research. The coursework component comprises not less than 24 MCs (typically 6 graduate modules) for Ph.D. students. All coursework modules and English language requirements (for international students) are to be taken and passed at an expected level of proficiency.
To cultivate a strong research culture among graduate students, Ph.D. students are required to obtain a satisfactory grade for the Doctoral Seminar module which requires them to attend 20 seminars and present 3 seminars by the 6th semester of their candidatures.
Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
A doctoral candidate must complete a prescribed set of modules before proceeding to the Ph.D. Qualifying examination (QE). The QE comprises a comprehensive examination and an oral defence of the Ph.D. thesis proposal. The comprehensive examination tests the general competence of the candidate in his/her discipline(s), while the oral defence ensures that the candidate is prepared to embark on his/her thesis research. The QE should usually be taken 12 to 24 months from the start of the candidature.
Research and Thesis component
Staff from both universities will be identified as supervisor for each candidate’s research/ A staff from home university will be identified as the students’ supervisor and a staff from partner university will be identified as the student’s co-supervisor.
At the end of the programme, candidates are required to complete a thesis based on the research conducted.
Oral Defence Examination
NUS students under the joint Ph.D. programme with CentraleSupélec need to undergo and pass only one oral defence at NUS, after the examination of the Ph.D. thesis.
III. Conferment of Degree
Successful candidates will be conferred a single degree/certificate jointly by NUS and CentraleSupélec.
For more information, please contact:
Ms Leena d/o Nakulan
Assistant Manager (Graduate Programs)
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
National University of Singapore
NUS and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) launched two new research programmes aimed at training skilled professionals in Green Electronics, a new growth area in the electronics sector. These programmes will equip NUS graduates with the knowledge and skills to plan and design green data centres and pioneer next-generation power devices for green automotive and energy harvesting.
The A*STAR Experimental Power Grid Centre welcomes electrical and computer engineering students who will help advance utility electricity delivery systems into the 21st century.
Potential research topics:
Control and Communications in Smart Grids
Network-based control in Smart Grids
Real-time systems in Smart Grids
Hybrid grids (AC +DC) and their reliability
Simply download the Application materials for completion before sending us your application package.
AGS (NUS) is a collaboration between A*STAR and NUS. Scholars register at NUS and undertake their research at an A*STAR Research Institute (RI) or the university. Scholars are given opportunities to travel abroad for conferences and overseas research attachments during their PhD studies. In addition, scholars who complete the 4-year PhD programme will be given the opportunity for a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at a top overseas university or research laboratory.