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Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an extended higher-level master's degree by research usually lasting three to four years full-time and five to seven years part-time.

Programme Details

Type of Programme

Postgraduate research degree, face-to-face meetings.

Our team of academics are well established in the areas of Mechanical Engineering including Energy and Sustainability, Chemical Engineering including Process Safety and Risk Management, Electrical Power Engineering, and Marine Technology Engineering.

See our Expertise and Facilities page for more information about individual supervisors and their expertise.


  • Throughout the year

Programme Duration

  • Full-time: 36 months + 12 months write-up
  • Part-time: 72 months + 12 months write-up

Course Code

  • 8819

Mode of Study

  • Meetings and regular contact with supervisor


  • Thesis

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • First degree or equivalent with minimum second higher classification (2.1). Applicants with First degree or equivalent with minimum second lower (2.2) classification and relevant experience, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirement

  • IELTS overall 6.5 or equivalent
  • Exemption: You do not need to prove your Englsih ability if you meet one of the criteria on as listed on the International Students site.

Fees & Funding

For information on Fees & Funding, please refer to Fees, Funding, and Student Contract.

Applicant Eligibility

The course is only available to Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents, Singapore Employment Pass holders, Singapore Dependant's Pass* holders.

*subject to approval by the respective pass-issuing authority.

Potential Research projects

Look through the 2023 - Research Projects for MPhil and PhD and then speak to the supervisor to discuss the options. Projects may be subject to change.



A PhD involves original research that should make a significant contribution to the knowledge of a specific subject. Your research will enable you to become an expert in your chosen topic.

You will develop your project with help from an academic supervisor or team of supervisors. This could be theoretical or involve working with an industrial partner to develop new products. It will depend on your subject and research interests.

To complete the PhD you will produce a substantial piece of work (80,000 – 100,000 words) in the form of a supervised thesis. It should show evidence of originality and be suitable for publication.

Compulsory modules

Thesis (SN: 1, Module code: 7011)


How to Apply

The application process:

  1. Prospective candidates are required to email to schedule an online Pre-application Counselling session or visit Newcastle Research & Innovation Institute (NewRIIS) for a Pre-application Counselling session.
    (i) Kindly email the NewRIIS team for an appointment. 
    (ii) Please bring along the following original documents for verification when you visit NewRIIS
          - NRIC or Passport
          - highest academic qualification
          - testimonials
          - updated CV

  2. Online application
    (i) Before applying, please prepare the following documents/items
         - correct programme code (Please check with PG Programme Administrator/Coordinator, if you are unsure) 
         - scanned verified educational documents
         - updated CV
         - personal statement 
         - research proposal 
    (ii) Create account for online application
    (iii) Apply online


The research programme handbook can be downloaded from the PGR publications page.