PhD Programme


Admission Criteria and Application


Admission Criteria

  • Master degree from a recognized institution which is relevant to proposed disciplines or areas of research;

  • For applicants whose mother tongue is not English, a good IELTS score of at least 7.0 is required. Candidates with an undergraduate or Masters degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English are exempted from taking the IELTS;

  • It is important to note that besides meeting the basic academic requirements, applicants will also be assessed on the strength of their portfolios which have to meet the highest professional and academic standards

Admission Criteria to ADM's PhD Programme

Application Deadline

Nanyang Technological University’s academic year commences in August and ends in July of the following year. ADM has one intake per academic year in August.
The application deadline is as shown below:
Intake  Application Period​
August 2018
August 2019
1 June 2018 until 15 November 2018


Application Requirements 

Candidates are requested to upload electronic copies of the following supporting documents via NTU’s on-line Graduate Application System. Documents uploaded must be in English. Otherwise, they must be accompanied by certified translations in English language.
  • Academic transcripts and certificate for Bachelor degree

  • Academic transcripts and certificate for Master degree

  • 1000-word research proposal, with bibliography

  • Artistic Portfolio
    An original and creative piece of work related to the proposed research area. It could be a drawing, computer animations, short films, etc.

  • Scholarly writing sample 
    It could be an undergraduate essay, Master thesis, or a published / unpublished article

  • Report from 2 academic referees
    Before you provide the name and email address of your referees, please ensure that they had already agreed to fill out the online referee report form for your NTU application.

  • Personal statement
    A short essay on your aspirations and why you identify ADM as the place to pursue your PhD. 

  • IELTS (if applicable)

  • Passport’s personal particular page / Identification card

  • One recent passport-sized colour photograph​

Application Fee

Please note that with effect from 1 June 2018 when the Research application portal open, all applicants will need to pay application fee of S$53.50 per programme.

The system only allows internet payment (VISA/MASTER).


How to Apply