PhD Programme in Cultural Studies in Asia

National University of Singapore Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Program Description

PhD Programme in Cultural Studies in Asia

National University of Singapore Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Cultural Studies in Asia Ph.D. Programme

Cultural Studies in Asia is a field of teaching and research which challenges conventional disciplinary boundaries to rethink received knowledge on existing issues and to address emergent concerns thrown up by the rapid changes and impact on cultural practices, brought on by new technologies and the new phase of global capitalism.

Adopting a multidisciplinary methodology, the Programme will provide teaching and research skills in the analysis of the flows and exchanges of popular cultural practices in contemporary Asia, across fluid and porous national and cultural boundaries.

The aims of this graduate programme are:

  • Promote specialist and expert study and research of contemporary cultural practices in Asia.
  • Provide the necessary intellectual training that equips individuals for a variety of careers in the creative industry, in both the private and public sectors.

Research candidates pursuing full-time studies are expected to commit themselves to at least 40 hours per week of study. The University does not encourage full-time students from taking up employment during term time that might interfere with their studies. Foreign students pursuing studies on a Student's Pass must pursue their studies on a full-time basis.

The maximum period of candidature for a doctoral candidate is 60 months from the date of the registration. The maximum period of candidature is inclusive of periods of approved study leave but may exclude periods of approved leave of absence, subject to Faculty approval. It is inclusive of any period of preparatory study that may be required by the Department where the candidate is pursuing his/her studies.

Candidates must spend a period of residence in Singapore for a minimum of 18 months for the Ph.D. degree during their candidature.Period of study leave and overseas fieldwork do not count towards residency. Please note that candidates who are awarded NUS scholarships must reside in Singapore throughout the duration of the scholarship award.

Candidates admitted must pursue in the University a course of advanced study comprising no fewer than 6 modules and research approved by the Faculty under the supervision of one or more academic staff of the Faculty. Three core modules are compulsory for all candidates, so as to provide a common grounding in the field. All elective modules will be drawn from existing relevant postgraduate modules on offer from the different departments in FASS. In addition, one special topic module will be conducted each academic year by a visiting scholar.

For Ph.D. students, at least 50% of the total MC requirements must be at level 6000. Up to 25% of the total MC requirements may be at level 4000. The remaining MCs must be at level 5000 or 6000.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 14, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
18 - 60 months
Full time