Application Information for MSc. or Ph.D. by Research Programme

Admission Criteria for MSc or PhD by Research

Qualification

  • A good relevant Bachelor's Degree and/or Master's Degree.
  • NUS graduates should have at least a 2nd Upper Honors.
  • The ability to pursue research in the candidate's proposed field of advanced study.
  • International students are expected to submit their TOEFL/IELTS & GRE/GATE test scores to support their application

 

Important: The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake graduate student recruitment on its behalf. Candidates interested in our graduate programmes are advised to apply directly to the University and not through any agents. Candidates who apply through agents will not have any added advantage in gaining admission and the University reserves the right to reject such applications without giving reasons.

Application

Applications for admission to graduate research programmes are available online, through the Graduate Admission System.

Please note that even though an application is submitted online, relevant supporting documents (including certified true copy of transcripts) must be sent via post. In order for applications to be considered for a specific intake, the online application (hard copy), payment of application fees and available supporting documents must reach us 2 weeks before the closing date.

Application Fees

A non-refundable application fee of S$50.00 (online application) or S$50.00 (paper application) inclusive of GST is payable for each application you apply.

Applicants should send the proof of payment together with their application materials. An application without the application fee payment will not be processed.

The modes of payment are: 

Online Payment

  1. Credit Card (VISA, Mastercard or AMEX)
  2. Debit Card (applicants must have an online baking account with either of the following banks - POSB/DBS, UOB or Citibank)

Payment by Cheque

Complete the relevant Application Fee Form and send it together with a cheque (should be crossed) made payable to "National University of Singapore". Please write your name, mailing address and programme(s) applied for at the reverse side of the cheque.

Payment by Bank Draft

Complete the relevant Application Fee Form and send it together with a bank draft (drawn on a bank in Singapore in Singapore Dollar) made payable to "National University of Singapore". Please write your name, mailing address and programme(s) applied for at the reverse side of the bank draft.

Payment at NUS Student Service Centre

Complete the relevant Application Fee Form and make payment by NETS or cash at the Student Service Centre (located at Level 1, Yusof Ishak House) during operating hours.

 

Instructions on Application

Please note that even though an application is submitted online, relevant supporting documents must be sent via post. In order for applications to be considered for a specific intake, the online application, payment of application fees and available supporting documents must reach us by the relevant deadlines.

You may print the completed Application Form from the "Summary" tab on the online portal.

Applicants who wish to apply to more than one department must submit separate sets of application forms. Each set of application form should be accompanied by all supporting documents.

All supporting documents, if not in English, must be accompanied by copies of the English translation of the documents. Any omission of information required in the application or supporting documents will render the application void.

Supporting documents submitted are not returnable.


Supporting Documents

Transcript

An official transcript of academic records is required from each university you have attended. You are responsible for requesting the transcript(s) from the relevant University. You may use the prescribed form for such request.

Transcripts must be enclosed in an official SEALED envelope with its flap bearing the security seal of the university and the signature of the Registrar or representative.

Graduates from NUS can submit copies of their result slips or transcripts.

Other Academic Certificates

In addition to your university's transcripts, you may attach any other academic certificates to support your application.

TOEFL/IELTS

Applicants whose native tongue AND medium of university instruction is not completely in English should submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as evidence of their proficiency in the English language.

TOEFL/IELTS scores are valid for two (2) years from the test date. If it has been more than two years since you last took the test, you must take it again to have the scores reported.

Please quote the following institutional codes and department codes for TOEFL:

Chemistry (including Food Sciences): 62

GRE

Applicants (except for NUS/NTU/SMU graduates) should submit GRE scores.

GRE scores are valid for five (5) years from the test date. If it has been more than five years since you last took the test, you must take it again to have the scores reported.

Please quote the following institutional codes and department codes for GRE:

Food Sciences: 0107

Applicants from India may submit GATE in lieu of GRE.

Referee Reports

Recommendations from two (2) academic referees are to be submitted via the online admission system. You should check with your referees and obtain their institutional email address. Email addresses from domains other than ".edu" may be subject to additional screening and filtering. Once your online application is submitted, an automated email will be sent to your referees.

Alternatively, recommendations from your referees can be submitted via hard-copy. You should request your referees to return the recommendation form in a SEALED envelope, with its opening bearing their signatures across it.

Publications

Please submit a copy of each of your publication(s), if any. The journal's "Impact Factor" field (which allows input of up to one decimal point) is essentially a measure of scientific impact that is based on citation rates for an article or other citable item. It also takes into account the significance of the journals in which result has been published. p[lease leave it blank if you are unsure.

Research Proposal

Applicants are encouraged to submit a brief preliminary research proposal of not more than 1000 words.

Documentary Proof of Financial Support

International applicants who are not applying for our Research Scholarship or have indicated their wish to be considered for admission in the event that their Research Scholarship application is unsuccessful, must submit documentary evidence of their ability to support their study (e.g. a bank statement) indicating the availability of funding of at least S$40,000 or its equivalent.

Applicants who are sponsored by an individual or organization will need to submit a letter from the sponsor with details/documentary proof of the sponsorship.

Those who are working in Singapore and applying for admission to our part-time programme may submit a copy of their recent pay slip.

Citizenship certificate/ NRIC/ Passport

For Singapore Citizens or Singapore PRs, please submit a copy of your Singapore NRIC or citizenship certificate/re-entry permit.

For international applicants, please submit a copy of your passport page showing nationality.

Joint Ph.D. Application

In additional to the above supporting documents, applicants for Joint Ph.D. programmes must submit the following:

  1. A research proposal including a research plan detailing the study period and dates to be spent at each institution and research training arrangements
  2. Letter of support from your potential NUS supervisor
  3. Letter of support from your potential supervisor at partner university
  4. Any other requirements by partner university

Where to send the forms

You may use the Application Checklist to guide you.

Please send the completed application forms and supporting documents to the department applied for at the following address:

Food Science & Technology Programme
Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Science
3 Science Drive 3
National University of Singapore
Singapore 117543

Fax: (65) 6775 7895
Tel: (65) 6516 1656
Email: food@nus.edu.sg

Correspondence from the University

The respective department will correspond with you primarily using email and the online status enquiry during application process to convey messages such as requesting for outstanding documents, interview notifications etc..

Hence, it is very important that you provide a valid and correct email address and maintain your email account regularly. The University will not be responsible for undeliverable emails and their consequences.

Application Closing Dates and Outcome

If you have submitted the completed application (with all the required documents) before the respective application closing date, your application will be processed and you will be informed officially of the outcome of your application in writing latest as follows:

Intake Closing Date Application Outcome 
Semester 1 (August) 15 November 31 May 
Semester 2 (January) 15 May 31 Oct 

Completed/ Incomplete application received after the respective application deadline will be considered for the next intake.

Course and other fees

Please refer to the Registrar's Office on up-to-date Graduate Programme Fees and Mandatory Miscellaneous Fees, as well as procedures on fee payment.

Scholarships, Financial Aid and Fees

(from Admissions Office)

Financial assistance for graduate students is available in the form of scholarships and various financial aid schemes.

There are many different types of graduate scholarships available in the university for graduate students. These awards are highly competitive and are given based on a track record of academic excellence. Most scholarships can be renewed annually subject to satisfactory academic progress. Applications for such scholarships are generally made concurrently with the application for admission to a graduate programme. The list of scholarships available for graduate students can be found here.

Other forms of financial aid which are available include study loans and part-time appointments as Graduate Student Tutor or Student Researcher. The part-time appointments are for selected students who wish to gain research and teaching experience.

The full details of the financial aid schemes and part-time appointment scheme are set out here. In considering part-time work arrangements, it should be noted that a high level of commitment is expected of all graduate students enrolled in full-time programmes, and the taking on of external part-time work to supplement personal income is not generally encouraged.

Fees which are due to the University will be deducted prior to crediting any financial aid (e.g. scholarship stipend/loan/remuneration) to the students' account.

The full schedule of tuition and other fees can be found here.

International Student guide:

Please refer to the Office of Students Affairs, International students section.

 

For further information, please refer to:

Faculty of Science - Graduate Programme

You may also direct your enquiries to Admin Officer at food@nus.edu.sg

Please note that the above information is only for reference. For the official information please visit the following website: Graduate Studies in NUS.

Important: The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake graduate student recruitment on its behalf. Candidates interested in our graduate programmes are advised to apply directly to the University and not through any agents. Candidates who apply through agents will not have any added advantage in gaining admission and the University reserves the right to reject such applications without giving reasons.

  1. For programme structure and curriculum, please click here

 

 

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