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Programme Description

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Psychology offers full-time and part-time M.A. and Ph.D. by research programs. Students in the program will be situated in an opportune position to explore and choose from a wide array of research areas that the school endeavors in. From infant to elderly populations, from qualitative to neurobiological techniques, we offer extensive research prospects in social, developmental, clinical, cultural and bio-psychological fields. Students will work alongside experts in their respective fields; where their academic journey will be well-supported by dedicated faculty members and research staff.

Psychology features specializations in many  topics and boasts integrative research spanning across multiple research domains. For instance, research projects have been conducted by utilizing methods in neuropsychology to investigate consumer behavior and implementing mobile applications for data collection in the elderly population – juxtaposing techniques across different branches of Psychology to investigate unexplored new territories. We offer state of the art amenities such as eye-tracking and neuroimaging facilities, as well as a range of laboratories to meet different research needs (e.g., child-friendly laboratory). To extend the applicability of our research to the community, the program works closely with national stakeholders in Singapore, including governmental bodies such as the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Social and Family Development, public hospitals and schools.

Our faculty members are held in high regard in the global research community and have active collaboration with international partners – research institutes and universities from around the world, including University of Cambridge, the University of Trento, New York University, Columbia University, RIKEN Brain Science Institute and many more. Students are strongly encouraged to engage in discourse with the international community during conferences and graduate exchange programs. Such international exposure allow students to learn from some of the brightest minds, foster global networks, and gain insight into the latest developments in the students’ specialized field of research.

To prepare students for a career in academia, we provide holistic training in research and other essential skills including teaching, grant-preparation and mentoring. We offer exciting opportunities to give students a head-start in a career in Psychology research in their respective fields of specialization. 

The M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Psychology are offered on both full-time and part-time basis. 

Degree Requirements

M.A.

 

For M.A., students must complete and pass the following:

 

  • Two core courses: Advanced Research Design and Data Analysis (HP7001), Research Seminar (HP7002) (6 Academic Units)
  • One elective (3 Academic Units)  

 

The coursework requirement is to be completed within the first year. M.A. students should maintain a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.00. Students are also required to complete the Epigeum Research Integrity (online course), Information Research & Management (online course), and attend research seminars. Students on NTU scholarship might have additional requirements to fulfil. Refer to the Timeline​ and Milestones​ for more instructions.  

 

Graduate Assistantship Program (GAP)

 

Students receiving scholarship from the Ministry of Education (MOE) – RSS / NPGS / Grants – are required to fulfil the Graduate Assistantship Program (GAP). GAP is a set of hours divided into Teaching / Research / Development duties determined by the type of scholarship and nationality. The GAP is a form of in-service obligation effected for Cohort 2014 and onwards has to be completed 6 months before the submission of the thesis.

 

Ph.D.

 

For Ph.D., students must complete and pass the following:

  • Two core courses: Advanced Research Design and Data Analysis (HP7001), Research Seminar (HP7002) (6 Academic Units)
  • Four electives (12 Academic Units)
  • Qualifying Examination​
  • Thesis
  • Oral Examination

 

Typically, Ph.D. students complete the coursework requirement within the first three semesters. They should maintain a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.50. They are also required to complete Epigeum Research Integrity (online course), HWG703 Graduate English (unless exempted), HWG702 Small Group Teaching, Information Research & management (online course) and attend research seminars. Students on scholarship might have additional requirements to fulfil. Students are encouraged to work closely with their supervisor and the graduate

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nator to ensure timely completion of all the requirements.

 

Ph.D. students will have to submit and defend their thesis proposal as part of the Qualifying Exam (also known as the Confirmation Exercise). The Qualifying Exam should be completed within 18 months from start of candidature. The final completed thesis will be examined by a panel of internal and external examiners, after which, an oral examination will be held. Refer to the Timeline​ and Milestones​ for more instructions.

 

Graduate Assistantship Program (GAP)

 

Students receiving scholarship from the Ministry of Education (MOE) – RSS / NPGS / Grants – are required to fulfil the Graduate Assistantship Program (GAP). GAP is a set of hours divided into Teaching / Research / Development duties determined by the type of scholarship and nationality. The GAP is a form of in-service obligation effected for Cohort 2014 and onwards has to be completed 6 months before the submission of the thesis. ​