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Coursework element

The prevailing requirements for coursework/education plan of the home university shall apply. Candidates will spend at least 2 semesters of their candidature in the partner university, either reading modules and/or performing research. Candidates will spend their final semester of study at their home university.

Joint Supervision

Every candidate will be jointly supervised by faculty members from NUS and SUTD.

Oral Defence/Examination

The Oral Defence of the thesis will be conducted at the home university. The Oral Defence examiners will be jointly selected by the home and the partner universities.


Conferment of the joint degree will be by the candidate’s home university. Only one certificate is awarded jointly by both universities. The degrees awarded to all successful candidates are identical except that a candidate shall use the title of PhD (NUS-SUTD) if NUS is the home university, or PhD (SUTD-NUS) if SUTD is the home university.