PhD Programme


Programme Structure


Option of Study

PhD students may opt for either options of study:
  • By research: submission of thesis of 80, 000 words; or
  • By research with a practical component: submission of thesis of 60, 000 words and the product of the practical component



Required Coursework

PhD students are required to fulfill the following coursework requirements by the 18th month of their candidature
  • 6 graduate courses
    To complete 6 graduate courses and attain a minimum of CGPA of 3.5. At least 3 of the courses must be taken at the School of Art, Design and Media while the remaining 3 courses could be taken at other Schools in NTU, subject to the approval by the respective supervisor;
  • 2 mandatory courses
    To complete and pass Graduate English (unless exempted) and Small Group Teaching. No academic units would be awarded for these 2 courses; and


Qualifying Exam, Thesis and Oral Examination

After fulfilling their coursework requirements, PhD students are required to take a Qualifying Exam within the 18th to 24th month of their candidature. The key objectives of the Qualifying Exam are to ascertain that the thesis is a distinct addition to the knowledge in the chosen field and that the PhD student possesses the level of competency required to proceed to the next stage of the candidature. PhD students who pass the Qualifying Exam will continue with their candidature.

To graduate, the PhD students are required to submit their thesis for assessment by examiners from NTU and other universities before the end of their candidature. And they are to sit for an oral examination after they pass their thesis examination.