Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Program Description

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

NIE offers higher degree studies by research leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in line with the increasing emphasis on research in the areas of Humanities, Education, Sciences and Physical Education.

Applicants reading the degree of Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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.

Qualifying Examination

A rigorous system is used to prepare the candidates for the research phase. In the initial stage of the PhD study, the candidates are required to pass a Qualifying Examination.

Full-time candidates

In the first 12 months of study, you will be required to complete the Qualifying Examination requirements as indicated in1 and2 below:

  1. Attend classes and pass the examinations of 6 graduate-level courses chosen from the University's Master-degree coursework programmes or from approved special topic courses and
    obtain an overall average Grade B-, and no course should have a Grade below C+
  2. Submit an in-depth literature review of an approved research topic

Part-time candidates

In the first 24 months of study, you will be required to complete the Qualifying Examination requirements as indicated in1 and2 above.

Exemption of courses

Exemption of courses may be granted by the Dean if you are deemed to have already done sufficient coursework in the relevant area in a graduate level programme at a recognized university. You would have to complete a minimum of three courses after allowing for exemptions.

Last updated Feb 2018

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The National Institute of Education (NIE) is the sole teacher training institute in Singapore and proud to be an integral part of the educational service. The Singapore education system has been referred to as being one of the most successful educational systems in the world. This is, in part, due to the sound educational policies and research in the shaping of curriculum and management practices for schools. More importantly, it is owing to the passion and perseverance of about 28,000 committed and dedicated teachers in Singapore. We are proud to be able to call this community our colleagues and to work with them to improve the quality of our educational system for the future. Thus, NIE is committed to our vision of being an institute of distinction and our mission of creating that world-class institute renowned for its excellence in teacher education and educational research. Read less