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The National University of Singapore (NUS) is an autonomous research university in Singapore.

From a modest medical school founded in 1905, the National University of Singapore (NUS) has evolved into a global university with distinctive strengths in education and research, with an entrepreneurial dimension. As Singapore’s foremost and most prestigious institution of higher learning, NUS aims to advance knowledge and educate students, foster innovation and nurture talent, all in the service of country and society.

The University’s 150-hectare Kent Ridge campus is a hub of activity, with over 36,000 students from 80 countries. The addition of the new Bukit Timah campus in August 2006, surrounded by the Botanic Gardens, offers the space and tranquillity for discourse and intellectual stimulation.

Students are enrolled in 13 faculties offering courses ranging from architecture to medicine to music. A broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty offerings aim to produce well-rounded students. Creativity and innovation are nurtured through challenging project work, participative learning and an environment conducive to sparking ideas and imagination.

A special feature of an NUS education is the global dimension of its courses – both graduate and undergraduate – in partnership with some of the world’s best institutions including Harvard, MIT, Karolinska Institutet, Peking and Australian National University.

 Initiatives that provide students with the competitive edge and adeptness to thrive in any environment include the University Scholars Programme, Overseas College Programme and Student Exchange Programme. The NUS experience is complemented by a rich residential life and numerous avenues for artistic, cultural and sporting pursuits.


•             Tony Tan: Ex-President of Singapore

•             Mahathir Mohamad: Ex Prime Minister

•             Margaret Chan: Director-General of WHO

International applicants with selected academic qualifications are required to submit SAT and SAT Subject Tests scores, English Language scores and/or sit for the University Entrance Examination.

IELTS 6.5 for Overall, Reading and Writing


The SAT consists of 3 Sections, Critical Reading section, Writing section and Mathematics section.

 All 3 sections have to be taken in one sitting. Combination of sections scores from different settings is not accepted.

Applicants are required to submit 3 subject tests as follows:

• Mathematics Level II

• A second subject of your choice (excluding Mathematics Level I)

 • A third subject of your choice (excluding Mathematics Level I)

 Mathematics Level II is a compulsory subject for all courses except Law.

Applicants applying for admission to Law may take any subject, including Mathematics Level I, in lieu of Mathematics Level II.

For SAT Subject Tests, the 3 subjects can be taken in no more than two sittings, but within the period of one year. The second and third subjects should be chosen based on the subject prerequisites of the courses you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for Chemical Engineering, you will need to choose Physics and Chemistry. If you are applying for Business Administration, you may choose any two subjects except Mathematics Level I. No minimum Subject Test scores are stipulated.



Admission is based on academic merit as well as open competition among all eligible applicants. In addition to fulfilling admission requirements for the applicant category that you belong to, you should also ensure that you fulfil the subject prerequisites for the courses which you wish to be considered for. Please note that the subject prerequisites  are subject to changes every year. You are strongly encouraged to visit  website  for further updates.

Indian Standard 12 (All Qualifications) Completed or is completing Indian Standard 12 in the year of admission. State Board applicants must submit SAT and SAT Subject Tests in addition to their Standard 12 results. Applicants completing Standard 12 in the year of admission are not eligible to apply for Dentistry, Law, Medicine and Nursing. (The University may conduct additional Architecture and Industrial Design aptitude tests in June subject to availability.)

Shortlisted candidates for courses in Architecture, Dentistry, Industrial Design, Law, Medicine or Nursing will be notified via email to attend additional tests and/or interviews in April/May each year to assess their suitability.

 Students applying for the Dentistry, Law and/or Medicine courses are required to submit actual results by the respective closing dates applicable to the qualifications they are offering, as shortlisting for tests and interviews is based on actual results.

 For Music Programmes offered by Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, applicants are required to submit a separate application to the Conservatory. An audition will be conducted for shortlisted applicants and applicants will be informed separately


Decisions on admission are made by the Faculty/School after careful evaluation of all applications. Evaluation is carried out based on a combination of factors such as academic degree and record, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores and relevant work experience. Other considerations may include the potential for future contributions to the academic or professional fields, research interest of the professors involved in each degree programme and the relevance of the academic preparation for the chosen course of study. As English is the medium of instruction of the University, applicants may be required to demonstrate proficiency in English in the form of TOEFL/IELTS as part of the admission criteria.

The minimum set of admission requirements are given below and individual programmes may have their own additional requirements. Applicants should refer to the respective Faculty/School's graduate studies website for more information.

Minimum Requirements for MASTER'S 

Admission to a coursework-based graduate programme would usually require a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in the subject or related discipline. In addition, programmes may require candidates to demonstrate readiness for graduate study through a specific standard of achievement in:

•             Common placement examination (e.g., the subject GRE, GMAT); or

•             Programme-administered placement test in the relevant field (which may also consist of a structured interview to test the candidate’s understanding of the field); or

•             Completion of 40 MCs of preparatory modules.

Exceptionally, candidates with other qualifications and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis, subject to approval by the BGS.

Minimum Requirements for Research DEGREES

Candidates must demonstrate readiness for graduate study through some specific standard of achievement in a common entry examination (e.g., the subject GRE, GMAT), and/or an admissions test or an interview.

Admission to a research Master’s programme normally requires a good Honours degree or equivalent. Departments may also admit students with a good Bachelor’s degree with relevant research or working experience on a case-by-case basis, subject to approval by the Board of Graduate Studies (BGS).

Admission into a PhD programme requires a good Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or at least a Second Class Upper Honours / Honours (Distinction) degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.




• Chinese Language

• Chinese Studies

• Japanese Studies

• Malay Studies

• South Asian Studies

• Southeast Asian Studies

• English Language

• English Literature

• History

• Philosophy

• Theatre Studies

• Communications & New Media

• Economics

• Geography

• Political Science

• Psychology

• Social Work

• Sociology

• Environmental Studies in Geography

• European Studies

• Global Studies


 Business Administration (Accountancy)

• Business Administration


 Business Analytics

• Computer Science

• Information Security

• Information Systems

• Computer Engineering




• Industrial Design

• Project & Facilities Management

• Real Estate


• Biomedical Engineering

• Chemical Engineering

• Civil Engineering

• Engineering Science

• Environmental Engineering

• Electrical Engineering

• Industrial and Systems Engineering

• Material Science & Engineering

• Mechanical Engineering

• Computer Engineering






• Applied Mathematics

• Applied Mathematics with specialisation in Mathematical Modelling and Data Analytics

• Applied Mathematics with specialisation in Operations Research and Financial Mathematics

• Chemistry

• Chemistry (with specialisation in Materials Chemistry)

• Chemistry (with specialisation in Medicinal Chemistry)

• Chemistry (with specialisation in Environment and Energy)

• Computational Biology

• Data Science and Analytics

• Food Science and Technology

• Life Sciences

• Life Sciences (with specialisation in Biomedical Science)

• Life Sciences (with specialisation in Environmental Biology)

• Life Sciences (with specialisation in Molecular & Cell Biology)

• Mathematics

• Physics

• Physics (with specialisation in Astrophysics)

• Physics (with specialisation in Physics in Technology)

• Quantitative Finance

• Statistics

• Statistics (with specialisation in Data Science)

• Statistics (with specialisation in Finance and Business Statistics)

• Environmental Studies in Biology


Enquires should be directed to the Graduate Divisions of the respective Faculties/Schools conducting the programmes.

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences            

  • Graduate Diploma in Social Work
  • Master of Arts (Chinese Culture and Language)
  • Master of Arts (Chinese Studies, English Language and Linguistics, Literary Studies and Southeast Asian Studies)
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical)
  • Master of Science (Applied Geographic Information Systems)
  • Master of Social Sciences (Applied Economics)
  • Master of Social Work


  • Master of Arts in Departments/Programmes: Chinese Studies, English Language & Literature, History, Communications & New Media, Japanese Studies, Malay Studies, Philosophy, South Asian Studies, and Southeast Asian Studies.
  • Master of Social Sciences in Departments: Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Departments/Programmes: Chinese Studies, Economics, English Language & Literature, Geography, History, Communications & New Media, Japanese Studies, Malay Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, South Asian Studies and Southeast Asian Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Cultural Studies in Asia Programme and Comparative Asian Studies Programme

School of Business

  • Master of Business Administration
  • MBA with Specialisation in Real Estate
  • Double Degree with Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
  • NUS-HEC Paris Double Degree MBA
  • NUS-Peking University Double Degree MBA
  • S3 Asia MBA
  • Asia-Pacific Executive MBA
  • Asia-Pacific Executive MBA (in Chinese)
  • UCLA-NUS Executive MBA
  • Master in Public Administration and Management in collaboration with LKYSPP (in Chinese)
  • Master of Science Management
  • Master of Science Business Analytics


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Departments of Strategy and Policy, Decision Sciences, Finance, Accounting, Management & Organisation, and Marketing.

School of Computing

  • Master of Computing


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Departments of Computer Science and Information Systems. (Student will be enrolled into a common graduate programme in the first instance.)         

Faculty of Dentistry


  • Master of Science & Doctor of Philosophy in Departments of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Preventive Dentistry, and Restorative Dentistry.
  • Dental Residency Training Programmes  
  • Master of Dental Surgery* (Endodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry, Periodontology, and Prosthodontics)

Please note that the Master of Dental Surgery does not automatically qualify the holder for registration to practice in Singapore as registration to practice in Singapore is under the purview of the Singapore Dental Council.             

Graduate Diploma Courses         

  • Graduate Diploma in Dental Implantology
  • Graduate Diploma in Advanced General Dentistry

School of Design & Environment            

  • Master of Science (Building Performance and Sustainability, Project Management, Real Estate, Environmental Management and Integrated Sustainable Design)
  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Arts (Urban Design)
  • Master of Landscape Architecture
  • Master of Urban Planning



  • Master of Arts (Architecture)
  • Master of Arts (Industrial Design)
  • Master of Science (Building)
  • Master of Science (Real Estate and Urban Economics)
  • Doctor of Philosophy(Architecture)
  • Doctor Philosophy (Industrial Design)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Building)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Real Estate)
  • NUS-DTU Joint PhD Programme

Faculty of Engineering      

  • Master of Science (Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Environmental Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering; Hydraulic Engineering & Water Resources Management; Industrial & Systems Engineering; Intellectual Property Management; Management of Technology; Materials Science & Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Offshore Technology; Safety, Health & Environmental Technology; Systems Design & Management; and Transport Systems & Management)


  • Master of Engineering & Doctor of Philosophy in Departments/Division of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Engineering & Technology Management, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
  • NUS-CentraleSupelec Joint Doctor of Philosophy (Joint degree with CentraleSupelec, France)
  • NUS-TU/e Joint Doctor of Philosophy (Joint degree with Technische Universiteit Eindhoven)
  • NUS-IITB Joint Doctor of Philosophy (Joint degree with Indian Institute of Technology Bombay)
  • NUS-IITM Joint Doctor of Philosophy (Joint degree with Indian Institute of Technology Madras)
  • NUS-IITK Joint Doctor of Philosophy (Joint degree with Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur)
  • NUS-SUTD Joint Doctor of Philosophy (Joint degree with Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore

Faculty of Law

  • Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law & Arbitration
  • Master of Laws (with or without specializations) - Asian Legal Studies; Corporate & Financial Services Law; Intellectual Property & Technology Law; International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution; International & Comparative Law; Maritime Law
  • Master of Laws (International Business Law)
  • Double Degree Programmes in LLM- MPP/MPA
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

  • Master in Public Policy
  • Master in Public Administration
  • Master in Public Management
  • Master in Public Administration and Management (in Chinese) – in collaboration with NUS Business School

               Doctor of Philosophy

NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences & Engineering


  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • NUS PhD-MBA – in collaboration with NGS and NUS Business School
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Centre for Quantum Technologies

Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health          

  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Epidemiology
  • Master of Public Health


  • Master of Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of Science

  • Master of Science (Chemistry, Applied Physics, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences & Technology, Quantitative Finance, Physics, and Statistics)
  • Master of Science in Chemistry for Energy & Environment
  • Joint Master of Science in Industrial Chemistry – NUS & Technical University of Munich (TUM)
  • Joint Master of Science in Science Communication – NUS & The Australian National University (ANU)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy


  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Pharmacy, Physics, and Statistics & Applied Probability)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Pharmacy, Physics, Statistics & Applied Probability)
  • NUS-IIT Joint Doctor of Philosophy (with either IITB/IITM/IITK)
  • NUS-King’s College London Joint Doctor of Philosophy (offered by Department of Biological Sciences and Physics and NUS and the School of Biomedical Sciences at KCL)
  • NUS-Hebrew University of Jerusalem Joint Doctor of Philosophy

Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

  • Graduate Diploma (Family Medicine, Family Practice Dermatology, Geriatric Medicine, Mental Health, Occupational Medicine, Palliative Medicine)
  • Master of Medicine by examination only (Anaesthesiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery,Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatric Medicine, Psychiatry, Surgery)
  • Master of Science (Audiology)
  • Master of Science (Speech and Language Pathology)

(Please note that the Master of Medicine degree does not automatically qualify the holder for medical registration to practise in Singapore as registration to practise in Singapore is under the purview of the Singapore Medical Council. Candidates for Master of Medicine are required to fulfil specific hospital-based training prior to admission into the examinations.)


  • Master of Science (Anaesthesia, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Diagnostic Radiology, Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Paediatrics, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychological Medicine, and Surgery)
  • Master of Clinical Investigation
  • Doctor of Philosophy (School of Medicine)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Cancer Science Institute)  
  • Master of Nursing


  • Master of Science (Nursing) and Doctor of Philosophy

Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music


  • Master of Music (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Harp, Piano, Composition, Conducting)

Duke-NUS Medical School

  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biology and Medicine
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
  • Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biology and Medicine

Institute of Systems Science      

  • Graduate Diploma (Systems Analysis)
  • Master of Technology in Software Engineering (jointly offered by ISS, Department of ECE and School of Computing)
  • Master of Technology in Knowledge Engineering (jointly offered by ISS, Department of ECE and School of Computing)
  • Master of Technology in Enterprise Business Analytics (offered jointly by ISS, Department of ISE and Division of ETM)
  • Master of Technology in IT Leadership (jointly offered by ISS and School of Computing)

Mechanobiology Institute

RESEARCH DEGREES (Mechanobiology)  

  • Doctor of Philosophy

Risk Management Institute         

  • Master of Science (Financial Engineering)

The Logistics Institute - Asia Pacific     

  • NUS-GeorgiaTech Double Master Programme in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (DMP) (Master of Science in Logistics & Supply Chain Management from NUS and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (joint offered by the Engineering Department of ISE of Faculty of Engineering, Department of Decision Sciences of NUS Business School, and The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific)

Please Note:

Applications to pursue Graduate Research Programmes with all Research Institutes/Centres at NUS must be submitted to the Graduate Division of the relevant Faculty for consideration. Successful candidates will be registered with an appropriate Department in NUS and may be attached to the Research Institute/Centre to conduct research and attend courses.


University provides on campus accommodation to its students and provides them with option to choose from various Halls of Residences, Student Residences or Residential Colleges

The campus residency accommodates about 6000 students in 6 Halls of Residences (Eusoff Hall, Kent Ridge Hall, King Edward VII Hall, Raffles Hall, Sheares Hall, Temasek Hall) and 3 Student Residences (Kuok Foundation House, Prince George's Park Residences and Ridge View Residences) There is a free shuttle bus service to commute from residencies to and fro, seven days a week. There are newly built town houses graduate students, both apartment and single rooms. Most graduate students live off-campus.

 The accommodation is divided into single room (single-occupancy) or double room (double-occupancy). Laundry rooms equipped with washing machines and coin-operated tumble dryers are located in each student accommodation.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) offers a variety of undergraduate scholarships and awards in recognition of outstanding academic achievements, leadership qualities and special talents.

Scholarships Administered by NUS

Eligible students will be considered for the following scholarships by their faculties or schools through their application for admission to NUS. NO separate scholarship application is required.

ASEAN Undergraduate Scholarship (AUS)

Science & Technology (S&T) Undergraduate Scholarship

Scholarships Offered by External Organisations

Club 21 Scholarship

Dr Goh Keng Swee (GKS) Scholarship

A Better Florist Scholarship

Kuok Foundation Undergraduate Awards

Saudi Aramco Scholarship

Sudents get many kinds of financial aid like a scholarship that covers 100% of tuition fee, Skills Future Credit (SFC), Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) Scheme, Tuition Fee Loan (TFL) and GIRO deductions/NETS/others. NUS helps needy students get work-study assistance jobs.

However, the rule is that international students may not work more than 16 hours a week. Especially for the purpose of scholarship, since 2009, students who choose to take a lower fee can apply for ‘Service Obligation’ where S$10,000-12,000 get waived off with an obligation that the student will work in Singapore for the next 3 years.

International students who receive a Tuition Grant are required to work for a Singapore entity for three years upon graduation.

Scholarships available for Graduate Research Degree Programmes and the faculties at which they are tenable

NUS Research Scholarship is awarded to deserving graduates for research leading to a higher degree at the University.

President's Graduate Fellowship is awarded to students who show exceptional promise and accomplishment in research in All faculties.

Commonwealth Scholarship is awarded to outstanding graduate students from Commonwealth countries for research leading to a higher degree at the University in All faculties.

A*STAR Graduate Scholarship (for Singaporeans, Singapore PRs and ASEAN nationals) for   NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering

NGS Scholarship for NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering

SMART Graduate Fellowship for  Faculty of Science,, Faculty of Engineering, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) for Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering, School of Computing, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

SAP Industry PhD Scholar Program for School of Computing



Quick Facts

INSTITUTION TYPEAutonomous research university




Fees range around 29,350 - 38,450 S$ anually depending on your course. But if you avail the subsidised fee it comes around 17,000 - 20,100 S$ annually.


Full-time international undergraduate students will incur on average S$10,000 of living expenses per year. The costs have been derived based on a conservative estimate of expenses required for a comfortable lifestyle on campus.



QS World University Ranking 2018 :      15

World Ranking                     :        53

Country Rank                       :         1

Presence                               :         86

Impact                                   :         107

Openness                              :        66

Excellence                             :          27


National University of Singapore, 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119077

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