Prospective Students: Postgraduates


The Department of Physics, NUS, offers full-time and part-time graduate studies by research leading to the degrees of Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). APart-time M.Sc. programme by Coursework in Physics and Applied Physics are also available under the Department's graduate studies programme. 

Graduate students in the Department have a choice of a wide range of research fields. Now, the department has 74 faculty members in which many of them are also members of one of the research centers – “Center for Quantum Technologies”, “Graphene Research Center”, “Nanocore” and “Mechanobiology Institute”, as well as the “Center for Ion Beam Application” and the “Center for Computational Science and Engineering”. It is supported by over 40 research staff, 54 technical/clerical staff and a well-equipped workshop. The Department has extensive facilities with state-of-the-art instrumentation suitable for both fundamental and applied research. Currently the graduate community numbers at about 200 with a good mix of local and foreign students. A friendly and informal atmosphere exists among staff and students as collaborative work with other disciplines and industrial R & D abound.





Research Programmes (Part-Time or Full Time)

Candidates enrolled in the Graduate Programme by Research will pursue a rigorous course of study and research leading to a M.Sc. degree or a Ph.D. degree. The M.Sc. programme has a normal candidature of two years and the Ph.D. programme has a normal candidature of three and a half years.

Admission Requirements: GRE (General Test) score, TOEFL score for applicants from universities where English is not the main language of instruction, at least a Bachelor's degree (or expected to obtain by the time of admission) in Physics or its equivalent.

Graduation Requirements: Graduate level coursework, seminar attendance, dissertation, and an oral examination. 

Ph.D. by Research | M.Sc. by Research

Coursework Programmes (Part-Time or Full-Time)

Candidates enrolled in the Graduate Programme by Coursework will pursue a rigorous course of study leading to a M.Sc. degree in Physics or a M.Sc. degree in Applied Physics. These programmes comprise two study tracks, catered to candidates with different levels of qualifications: Track 1 which is a 40-modular credit programme and Track 2 which is an 80-modular credit programme.

Admission Requirements:

  • Track 1: An Honours degree (or expected to obtain by the time of admission) in Physics or its equivalent.
  • Track 2: A Bachelor's pass degree or completed three-years study in physics or related discipline.

Graduation Requirements: Coursework or coursework and a project. 

M.Sc. by Coursework in Physics | M.Sc. by Coursework in Applied Physics

Research Areas

The Department of Physics at the National University of Singapore promotes excellence in a wide range of research areas, including condensed matter physics, surface physics, materials science, high energy physics, atomic physics, superconductor, solid-state ionics, astrophysics, infrared spectroscopy, laser optics, x-ray fluorescence, ion-beam applications, optics, acoustics and computer simulations.

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Financial Supports

Limited financial support in the form of research scholarship is available to outstanding Ph.D candidates. The research scholarship includes a tuition fee waiver and a monthly stipend which is sufficient to cover the expenses of the candidate. Presently, the majority of full-time Ph.D candidates in the Department are supported by research scholarships.

Application for research scholarship can be made using the same form on Application for Admission by ticking the relevant box. No separate application is required.


Application for Admission

There are two intakes per academic year; one in January and the other in August.

  Coursework programmes
  Research programmes
  Application Form
  Graduation Application System (GDA2)


Admission enquiry
Ms. Lau Siew Keok, Maggie
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Tel : (65) 6516 3056
Fax : (65) 6777 6126

*Please direct all queries regarding graduate admission to Ms. Lau only. Multiple emails only delay response time and cause confusion.

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