Graduate Students

Admission Requirements and Procedures

General Requirements

Applicants to the PhD and MSc programmes must satisfy the following criteria:

  • BSc in physics or a related discipline. If the university has an honours system, at least second-upper class honours, or the equivalent, is required.
  • For the PhD programme, applicants may optionally have a MSc degree in physics or a related discipline, but this is not mandatory. If the university has an honours system, at least second-upper class honours in the MSc degree, or the equivalent, is required.
  • International applicants must have either GRE General Test scores or GATE scores. A GRE subject score in Physics is welcome but not required.
  • International applicants who are not native English speakers must have TOEFL scores or IETLS scores. (Note: applicants from China and India do not qualify as native English speakers; if unsure, please contact us and ask.)

If you are unable to take the GRE/GATE or TOEFL/IETLS for some reason, it may be possible for you to take alternative evaluation tests administered by the School. Please ask your prospective supervisor (see below) for more information.

There are two application periods each year: October to January (for admission in August), and June to July (for admission in January). Most students are admitted during the first period. If you have missed the application period, please ask your prospective supervisor (see below) for advice. For more information about admission procedures, including the list of required supporting documents and application fees, please visit the NTU Graduate Admissions page.

Contacting a faculty member (IMPORTANT)

Before you actually apply, please contact the faculty member(s) you are interested in working with, and ask if they are interested in supervising you. Regardless of all other admission criteria, graduate students are admitted into the Division of Physics and Applied Physics only if a faculty member agrees to be the research supervisor. Click here for our list of faculty members.

The faculty member(s) that you contact may require you to give additional details about your educational and research background. He or she will also be able to give you more information about the scholarships available for supporting your graduate studies.

Once a faculty member has agreed to accept you as a graduate student, you may start the formal application process using NTU's online graduate admissions system.

Nanyang President's Graduate Scholarship

Applicants who are Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs), and/or graduates from Singaporean universities are strongly encouraged to consider applying for the Nanyang President's Graduate Scholarship (NPGS). The application period is usually October – November. See the NPGS website for more information.