Newcastle University in Singapore

Doctor of Philosophy

Programme Details

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an extended research degree usually lasting three to four years full-time and five to seven years part-time.

Type of Programme 

Postgraduate research degree, face-to-face meetings and presentations.

Our team of academics are well established in the areas of Mechanical Engineering including Energy and Sustainability, Chemical Engineering including Process Safety and Risk Management, Electrical Power Engineering, and Marine Technology Engineering.

See our Expertise and Facilities page for more information about individual supervisors and their expertise.

Programme Duration

  • Full time: 36 months + 12 months write-up
  • Part time: 72 months + 12 months write-up

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • First degree or equivalent with minimum second higher classification (2.1). Applicants with First degree or equivalent with minimum second lower (2.2) classification and relevant experience, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirement

  • English Language Entry Requirements : IELTS overall 6.5 or equivalent
  • Exemption: You do not need to prove your English ability if you meet one of the criteria in this page.

Fees & Funding

For information on Fees & Funding, please refer to Fees & Funding AY2021/2022 (Singapore)

Applicant Eligibility

The course is only available to Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents, Singapore Employment Pass holders, Singapore Dependant's Pass* holders.

*subject to approval by the respective pass-issuing authority.

Potential Research Projects

Look through the Research areas for MPhil & PhD and then speak to the supervisor to discuss the options. Projects may be subject to change.




A PhD involves original research that should make a significant contribution to the knowledge of a specific subject. Your research will enable you to become an expert in your chosen topic.

You will develop your project with help from an academic supervisor or team of supervisors. This could be theoretical or involve working with an industrial partner to develop new products. It will depend on your subject and research interests.

To complete the PhD you will produce a substantial piece of work (80,000 – 100,000 words) in the form of a supervised thesis. It should show evidence of originality and be suitable for publication.


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How to Apply

The application process:

  1. Prospective candidates are required to visit Newcastle Research & Innovation Institute (NewRIIS) for a Pre-application Counselling session.
    (i) Kindly email the NewRIIS team for an appointment. 
    (ii) Please bring along the following original documents for verification when you visit NewRIIS
          - NRIC or Passport
          - highest academic qualification
          - testimonials
          - updated CV

  2. Online application
    (i) Before applying, please prepare the following documents/items
         - correct programme code (please check with PG Programme Administrator/Coordinator, if you are unsure) 
         - scanned verified educational documents
         - updated CV
         - personal statement 
         - research proposal 
    (ii) Create account for online application
    (iii) Apply online

For more information or clarifications, please email the NewRIIS team at


Please click on the link to download:

Programme Handbook - MPhil / PhD Handbook AY2019/2020