The ISTD PhD programme is a 4-year programme with course requirements and strong research components with one of the ISTD faculty members. As part of the PhD degree requirements, the following examinations must be passed: an oral qualifying examination, a preliminary exam and the thesis defence. Are you interested? Find out about our application requirements here.
- A student with a Bachelor’s degree is required to take four courses. The student can choose any graduate courses offered by ISTD. For graduate courses offered by other pillars, the student would need to seek advice from the advisor.
- A student with a Master’s degree may apply for waiver of specific course requirements by submitting the request form. The graduate committee shall decide on the application based on the graduate courses taken by the student. The approval will be on a case by case basis.
All students are recommended to complete the required coursework prior to the end of the first year of PhD study.
- To be eligible for a PhD degree a student must pass an oral qualifying examination, a preliminary exam and the thesis defence.
- All students must attend the ISTD Seminar Series for at least 2 semesters during their course of study (attendance of 80% of the seminars for the term is required) and delivered at least two technical talks in ISTD Seminar Series during their course of study.
- All students must meet the necessary teaching experience requirement.
- All students must take part in the Professional Development Opportunities Programme.
Qualifying Examination (QE)
An oral Qualifying Examination (QE) would be conducted prior to the end of the second year of PhD study. The student must achieve CGPA score of 3.5 or better prior to the QE and must submit a QE Statement to the graduate committee in the semester prior to the QE. The QE will assess the research progress and knowledge related to research papers for which a student has been requested to read and understand. The QE committee would consist of at least three faculty members selected by the graduate committee and approved by the pillar head.
Students who fail the QE can take a make-up QE within two terms of failing the first one. Passing the QE or the make-up QE is a requirement to stay in the PhD programme.
Preliminary Examination (PE)
A student must pass an oral preliminary examination. This examination will be conducted by a faculty committee. The preliminary examination is to assess a student’s understanding of the research topic; progress towards solving the research problem; and plan to achieve the goal of the thesis research. The student will propose a committee consisting of at least three faculty members to be approved by the ISTD graduate committee chair or pillar head to examine the student. The student’s advisor will be a member of the committee. At least half of the chosen committee members should be research ISTD faculty. The graduate committee chair or pillar head will appoint the Chair to the committee. At the end of a student’s oral exam the committee could make one of the following three recommendations: Pass (with minor), Fail with one additional chance, and Fail. In the event a second chance is available, the student must re-appear for the exam before the end of the following term. A student failing the oral exam may not continue the PhD programme.
The student will propose a committee consisting of at least three faculty members to be approved by the ISTD graduate committee chair or pillar head to examine the thesis. The graduate committee chair or pillar head will appoint the Chair to the committee. The student will be required to defend her/his work in an oral examination. The committee will consist of the student’s advisor. At least half of the chosen committee members should be research ISTD faculty. The committee may include an optional addition of up to two external qualified faculty. A student must have met SUTD’s PhD requirements, completed the course requirement with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 out of 5, passed the QE, PE, the oral defence to be able to quality for the PhD degree.
|PhD Intake||Qualifier (QE) before||Prelim (PE) before||4-year scholarships (MOE and non-MOE funded: A*STAR SINGA, EDB-IPP, SMART)||5-year scholarships
(MOE funded before AY2016)
|Oral Defence before||TEC-approved Thesis Submission to OGS before||Oral Defence before||TEC-approved Thesis Submission to OGS before|
|Sep 2013||Completed||Completed||31-Aug 2017||31-Dec 2017||28-Feb 2018||31-Aug 2018|
|Jan 2014||Completed||Completed||31-Dec 2017||30-Apr 2018||30-Jun 2018||31-Dec 2018|
|Sep 2014||Completed||Completed||31-Aug 2018||31-Dec 2018||28-Feb 2019||31-Aug 2019|
|Jan 2015||Completed||Completed||31-Dec 2018||30-Apr 2019||30-Jun 2019||31-Dec 2019|
|Sep 2015||Completed||28-Feb 2018||31-Aug 2019||31-Dec 2019||28-Feb 2020||31-Aug 2020|
|Jan 2016||Completed||30-Jun 2018||31-Dec 2019||30-Apr 2020||30-Jun 2020||31-Dec 2020|
|Sep 2016||30-Apr 2018||28-Feb 2019||31-Aug 2020||31-Dec 2020||NA||NA|
|Jan 2017||31-Aug 2018||30-Jun 2019||31-Dec 2020||30-Apr 2021||NA||NA|
|Sep 2017||30-Apr 2019||28-Feb 2020||31-Aug 2021||31-Dec 2021||NA||NA|
|Jan 2018||31-Aug 2019||30-Jun 2020||31-Dec 2021||30-Apr 2022||NA||NA|