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What are the deadlines for admissions?

There are 2 intakes per year (August and January). For August and January admissions, the deadlines for applications are 31st January and 30th June, respectively.

What entry requirements to I have to meet for admission?

The minimum requirement for admission is a Bachelor’s degree with 2nd Class Honors Upper (or equivalent eg CGPA >3.2). 

All applicants are required to submit their GRE test scores for the general test (GATE in lieu of GRE for applicants from India) in support of their applications. Test dates must be within 5 years or less from the date of your application. In some circumstances, special arrangement can be made for selected good applicants to sit for Technical Proficiency Test (TPT) in place of GRE. 

For applicants whose native language is not English, a good TOEFL score is required. Test dates must be within 2 years or less from the date of your application. IELTS may be submitted in place of TOEFL. In some circumstances, special arrangement can be made for selected good applicants to sit for NTU’s English Proficiency Test (EPT) in place of TOEFL/IELTS.

How do I apply to the programme?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the projects site of the EOS and contact Principal Investigators (PIs) to discuss possible PhD topics. Applicants who do not contact PIs before applying are unlikely to be admitted to the program.

You may apply for both School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences or Interdisciplinary Graduate School, as EOS have collaboration with both schools and the scholarship offered by both schools will be same To apply on-line for graduate programs by research. Please note the following selections when completing your online application form:

For PhD program under School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS): 

  • Navigate to the Graduate Research Admission System
  • Under Program Applied For > Program Applied – Select “[159] Doctor of Philosophy (SPMS)”
  • Under 'proposed supervisor’ you can indicate the name of the Professor whom you are interested to join his/her research group, so that your application materials could be directed to his/her attention but this is subjected to the Selection Committee's discretion. Please indicate on the online application form, under 'proposed field of research', the Division of Earth Sciences.

For PhD program under Interdisciplinary Graduate School (IGS):
The PhD students at the Interdisciplinary Graduate School will be required to complete two out of their six graduate courses in a second discipline, as compared to a regular PhD student that does all six courses in the core discipline. All IGS students are required to have their main and co- supervisors from different Schools.

  • Navigate to the Graduate Research Admission System
  • Under Program Applied For > Program Applied – Select “[186A] Doctor of Philosophy (IGS-Sustainable Earth) EOS
  • Under 'proposed supervisor’ you can indicate the name of the Professor whom you are interested to join his/her research group, so that your application materials could be directed to his/her attention but this is subjected to the Selection Committee's discretion. Please indicate on the online application form, under 'proposed field of research' the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS).

How will I know what the status of my application is?

Generally, the application process may take up to 4 months or more, depending on the completeness of the application, consideration, evaluation and approval by the respective Schools/Board of Graduate Studies.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome as follows:
August intake - notification by May/June or earlier
January intake - notification by November/December or earlier

What about the additional allowance from EOS?

Graduate students of the EOS will be given additional allowance, which will be funded through the EOS annual budgeting process. Scholarship will be for 5 years, subject to the student’s satisfactory progress, as judged by the student’s Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC). After that, subject to a yearly recommendation of the Academic Committee and the approval of the Head of Division. With the additional allowance from EOS, the graduate students will be getting a monthly stipend of SGD2700 for their first year, and the stipend will be increase incrementally for the next 3 years.

Tuition Fees
Tuition fees will be in accordance with the fees set by the Ministry of Education and are subject to change. But, tuition fees should be covered under the scholarship schemes.

What are the conditions of the offer of admission?

Medical examination
The offer of admission is made to you subject to the condition that the University is satisfied that your health is good and that you are free from diseases. As such all full-time international students and all students awarded Research Scholarships must undergo and pass a medical examination prior to admission to the University. This is to determine their medical fitness to pursue their program of study in the University.

In addition, the issuance of Student's Pass to international students by the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) is also subject to medical clearance. International students must pass the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Tuberculosis (TB) medical tests before they can be issued with their Student's Pass.

The above medical examination must be done at the Medical Centre in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Please allow 7 working days before matriculation for your medical examination to be processed. Please click here for further information.

Students who fail the above medical examination cannot be admitted to the University. Those who fail the above medical examination will be repatriated to their home country at their own cost.