The School of Social Sciences has a regular intake in August.


Candidates may start applying online from 1 October for consideration to the following August intake. The application portal closes on 15th November for the Nanyang Research Scholarship (RSS) (same portal for self-financing students), and 30th November for the Nanyang President's Graduate Scholarship (NPGS)​. All applications received after 30 November will be processed for the January intake instead.​​


Candidates who would like to be considered for Scholarship should meet the stipulated deadlines. Candidates applying for the Nanyang President's Graduate Scholarship (NPGS) need not submit an additional application for the Nanyang Research Scholarship (RSS). However, RSS candidates will not be considered for the NPGS unless application has been made directly for the NPGS.


Applications for the January intake will begin in June and end in July prior to the admission period. The application portal closes on 31 July for the Nanyang Research Scholarship (same portal for self-financing students).


Candidates shortlisted for admission will be notified of the outcome anytime between March to May for the August intake and November to December for the January intake (if applicable).


Incomplete applications will not be processed by the School. Applications will only be considered complete upon the submission of the online Referee Reports.


Only the first choice in subject area of the applicant will be processed. Candidates who wish to be considered to more than one subject area will have to make separate applications.


Applicants have to ensure the accuracy of all data before submission is made as no amendments are permitted once the application is submitted.


Shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview in-person or through Skype. Admission depends on the quality of the application, including the academic record, relevant experience, and strength of the research proposal (guide​). Admission also depends on availability of an appropriate supervisor and availability of scholarship.

Please refer to the Apply to SSS page for more information.

Admission requirements for Ph.D. in Public Policy & Global Affairs

·        A Master’s degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Law, Political Science, International Relations or a related field.

·      A good language proficiency score: IELTS score at least 7.0 (on all subtests); TOEFL score at least 105 – Internet Based Test Score or 580 – Paper Based Test Score. IELTS is preferred. Applicants from Singapore universities and English speaking countries are exempted from IELTS/TOEFL.

·      It is strongly recommended for applicants to contact one of the faculty members whom they wish to work with. Applicants can discuss their proposal with the faculty member and ask for suggestions and feedback prior to submitting the application.


The newly launched TOEFL ITP PLUS (offered by ETS) and online IELTS Indicator (offered by British Council) can be accepted  in place of the usual IELTS Academic or TOEFL iBT test scores. The TOEFL ITP PLUS and IELTS Indicator are launched due to test center suspensions in current COVID-19 situation.​

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