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Research Areas

Candidates will conduct research his/her area of interest and which are of mutual interest to both universities.

Coursework element

The prevailing requirements for coursework/education plan for each student of each university shall apply. However, all students will be encouraged to read some approved modules at the partner university. And modules taken at the partner university will be accredited as partial fulfilment of their PhD degree. Candidates would spend at least two years of their candidature in TU/e and 18 months of their candidature in NUS, either reading modules and/or undertaking research.

Joint Supervision

Candidates will be jointly supervised by faculty members from NUS and TU/e.

Oral Defence Examination

Towards the end of the research project, each student undergoes two oral defences, one at each university.


Conferment of the joint degree will be by the student’s home university. Both universities will award the same degree certificate to their successful students. Successful TU/e students will be awarded with their degrees at the end of the public defence session as currently practiced at TU/e.