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PhD Admissions

Admission to the NBS PhD Programme is once a year (enrolment in late July). Please refer to the table below for the application period for Academic Year (AY) 2021.

Nanyang President's Graduate
Scholarship (NPGS)
​Click here ​1 Oct 2020 - 30 Nov 2020
​NTU Research Scholarship (RSS)
(includes self-funding)​
​Click here​ ​1 Oct 2020 - 31 Jan 2021
Application Requirements
We are looking for candidates with good bachelor's or master's degree and strong motivation and passion for research.

Submission of application is fully digital. Electronic copies of your supporting documents must be uploaded through the online portal.
​1 ​Personal particulars page of your passport (for international applicants)
​2 ​Recent passport-sized colour photograph
​3 ​GMAT/GRE and TOEFL/IELTS score reports (exams taken in the last 5 and 2 years respectively).
​4 ​Official Bachelor's and Master's degree (if any) transcripts with detailed results
Transcripts should include the marking scale (interpretation/explanation of grades/marks)
5​ ​Bachelor's and Master's degree (if any) certificates
Applicants who are in the midst of completing their degree must submit a certification letter from the university stating the expected graduation period.
​6 ​Two academic referee reports
Before you apply online and provide the name and email addresses of your referees, ensure that nominated referees have already agreed to provide referee reports as they will be contacted by the University to provide their reports online.  Provide your referees' official email addresses and not personal email addresses.
​7 ​A brief research proposal
A short write-up (approximately 2-3 pages in length) on the topic/idea that you wish to investigate/study if you are admitted into the programme.
​8 ​Statement of objectives
A 1-2 page statement that explains (a) your purpose and objective for applying to our PhD programme; (b) your significant accomplishments and achievements; and (c) your strengths and weaknesses in your chosen area of specialisation.
​9 ​Curriculum Vitae
​10 ​Research publications, award certificates (if any)
Ensure that the electronic documents are clear (pdf/jpeg format). Do not take photos of your documents. Do not also send paper copies of documents.

All academic documents not in English must be accompanied by official English translations. Translation can be done by the home university or any official authorized parties. The translated documents must bear an original ink signature and seal.​

The official GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS score sheet will be required upon admission. Candidates who will be sending their score reports to our school may note of our institution codes:  V24-ZV-92 for GMAT, 7250 for GRE.

Note down the application number as you fill in the form. You will need this number for future enquiries or updates on your application.

Submit only one set of application. Incomplete and late applications will be rejected.

Application Fees
Please pay the application fee amounting to S$53.50 (inclusive of tax)  after submission of application. Refer to this link for the University's guideline on fees. Applications that are not paid timely will be deemed invalid.
What to expect next
The review of applications usually commences in January and the outcome of application becomes available between March and May.  If you are shortlisted, you will be contacted for interview.

If your application is successful, you will receive an admission letter between February and May, along with information on application for Student Pass (for international students). ​

Status of application
You can check the status of your application online via this link -$rsh_inquiry_grass.main

Technical Assistance
If you need technical assistance pertaining to the online application system, please contact our IT Support​.

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