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
· 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
· 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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