Interdisciplinary Graduate School (IGS) PhD Programme

Through NTU’s IGS, the Complexity Institute offers Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes and scholarships in the following research focus areas​:

  1. Critical Transitions in Man-Made and Natural Systems
  2. Foundations of Complex Adaptive Systems
  3. Urban Adaptive Dynamics
  4. Health Systems Complexity

Programme Highlights
You will undertake interdisciplinary research, be supervised and mentored by top professors and scientists. There will also be opportunities for collaborations with public agencies and other research centres and institutions.

Program Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 12 Academic Units (AU) of graded graduate level courses within 12 months and 6 AU of audited (pass/fail) graduate level courses before graduation
  • Achieve a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.50

Exemption may be granted if the student is deemed to have already done sufficient coursework in relevant areas in a Master's degree programme at a recognised universit

Qualifying Examination (QE)

  • Submit a written report and give an oral presentation.
  • Be examined by local examination panel
  • Pass the PhD Qualifying Examination (between 12-15 months from the time of admission)

PhD Thesis Examination (TE)​

  • Submit a thesis and give an oral presentation.
  • Be examined by both local and overseas examination panel
  • Pass the PhD Thesis Examination (within 5 years from the time of admission)

Publication of first- or second-authored research papers in top-tier journals is strongly encouraged. 

Scholarship Tenure
The IGS PhD scholarship is tenable up to four years, or up to the date of graduation, whichever is earlier. The scholarship will cover the following:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Monthly stipend
  • Conference allowance

The scholarship award will be reviewed annually and its renewal is subject to satisfactory performance and academic results.

Scholarships are available for local and international students seeking admission as a full-time candidate pursuing a PhD programme by research. Candidates should fulfill the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree (Second Class Upper Honours or equivalent) from a reputable university
  • Have a passion for interdisciplinary research
  • Good GRE scores (for overseas applicants)
  • Good TOEFL or IELTS scores (for applicants whose native language or medium of instruction is not in English

Please click here​ for more details on the scholarship scheme.

There are 2 intakes in August (Semester 1) and January (Semester 2) each year. The deadlines for application are 31 January and 30 June respectively.​

Please follow the step-by-step guidelines on how to apply for IGS PhD Scholarship in Complexity Institute.

Application as PhD Student Guide - (29 Nov 2014).pdfApplication as PhD Student Guide - (29 Nov 2014).pdf