National University of Singapore (NUS)-Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ) Joint PhD

Programme Features & Requirements
Programme Features

The NUS-Hebrew University of Jerusalem Joint PhD programme is a joint degree programme offered by the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ).

The NUS-HUJ joint degree programme (JDP) provides a high-quality PhD education that aims to provide PhD candidates from both NUS and HUJ with learning and research experience in a global setting. There will be opportunities for the JDP students to gain valuable cross-cultural experience between the two countries and develop a strong appreciation of global issues.

PhD candidates from the NUS-HUJ JDP are required to spend a minimum of 9 months equivalent at the partner university to gain first-hand experiences in research collaboration with culturally different world-class researchers. Those who have successfully completed the programme will be issued the joint PhD degree.

Supervision will be provided by a minimum of two faculty members with at least one supervisor from each institution. The students will be registered at both NUS and HUJ, and are expected to meet the joint degree programme requirements as specified by their home institution to graduate with a joint PhD degree from both institutions.

The candidates will start their candidature at the beginning of any semester of an academic year in at their home institution.

In principle, candidates are required to spend an equivalent of 50% of the study period at each institution, though the time at the host institution can be reduced to a minimum of 6 months.

Curriculum Structure
Candidates admitted to the JDP will undertake research under the supervision of staff members from the School for their period of candidature, at the end of which, they submit a thesis for examination. In addition, they are required to fulfil a coursework component comprising of a total of 24 modular credits for two core modules and elective modules (at Level-5000 & 6000) for graduation.
PhD Candidacy
To be confirmed a PhD candidate, a student is required to pass a PhD qualifying examination within two years from the date of admission.
English Language Requirement

Candidates deemed weak in English by the School would also have to sit for the Diagnostic English Test and take additional English Language courses conducted by the Centre for English Language Communication.

Students from universities where the medium of undergraduate instruction is not in English are required to take ES5002 (Advanced Level Writing) regardless of their performance in the Diagnostic English Test.

Candidature Period
Candidates must spend a minimum residence period of 18 months (3 semesters) in Singapore. Residency requires:
  • Payment of fees
  • Satisfying all curricular requirements of the programme of study
  • Satisfying other departmental requirements such as teaching assistance
Periods of study leave and overseas fieldwork do not count toward residency. In addition, candidates must be resident during the semester in which they submit their thesis for examination. The maximum candidature period is 60 months inclusive of periods of approved study leave and leave of absence.
Continuation and Graduation Period

For continuation of candidature, candidates are required to meet the following CAP prescribed for coursework:

CAP should not fall below 3.0 for two consecutive semesters or 3.5 for three consecutive semesters.

Termination of candidature would result if a student fails to maintain the minimum CAP as stipulated above.

Admission Requirement
  • A good Master's degree in a relevant discipline or
  • A relevant Bachelor's degree with at least a second Upper honours class or its equivalent or
  • The degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery or
  • The degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery and
  • The ability to pursue research in the candidate's proposed field of advanced study.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 580/237/85 for the paper-based, computer-based and internet-based tests respectively is required of candidates whose medium of undergraduate instruction is not English.
  • For IELTS, the minimum score required is 6.5.
  • A minimum total GRE score of 320 for the verbal & quantitative sections and 3.5 for the analytical section is required.
Intake and Application Deadlines
There are 2 intakes per academic year, one in August and the other in January. All applications must reach the Dean's Office by 15 November (of the previous year) for the August intake, and by 15 May (of the previous year) for the January intake.
Interviews are generally conducted in the respective countries in March and August for foreign applicants. Applications must be submitted by 15 November for the March interviews and by 15 May for the August interviews. Successful applicants will enrol in January or August. For suitably qualified students, the interviews may be waived at the discretion of the committee and allowed direct admission.

Applications for admission to the JDP must be submitted through the Graduate Admission System at Application Procedure Page.

In addition to the submission of the application online, applicants must complete the following documents for review by the NUS-HUJ JDP Committee:

  • The JDP application form
  • A research proposal
  • A statement on the applicant's aspiration/vision for studying the joint PhD programme
  • A CV detailing the applicant's academic qualifications, working experience, publications, professional qualifications, prizes and awards, volunteer work and community services
  • A letter of support from the supervisor from NUS stating their plans for jointly contributing to the supervision of the candidate and which parts of the proposed PhD project will be conducted at NUS (This will be printed by the Admission Office. Applicants do not need to submit the letter in hard copy.)
  • A letter of support from the supervisor from HUJ stating their plans for jointly contributing to the supervision of the candidate and which parts of the proposed PhD project will be conducted at HUJ (This will be printed by the Admission Office. Applicants do not need to submit the letter in hard copy.)
  • Scanned certificates/transcripts of the applicant's Bachelor's and Master's degree qualifications, GCE 'O' certificate or TOEFL/IELTS scoresheet for proof of English qualification
Research Scholarships, Financial Aid & Fees
Research Scholarships

Financial support in the form of research scholarships is available for qualified candidates. Applicants must possess at least a second upper class Honours degree or its equivalent to be eligible for the research scholarship.

Each research scholarship carries a monthly stipend and a full tuition fee subsidy as follows:

StudentPre-Qualifying ExaminationPost-Qualifying Examination
International Student S$2,000 S$2,500
Singapore Permanent Resident S$2,200 S$2,700
Singapore Citizen S$2,500 S$3,000

Research scholars who passed their PhD qualifying examination will receive a PhD top-up of S$500 per month, for up to a maximum of 24 months subject to not more than 48 months of candidature, or up to the Research Scholarship (RS) termination date or RS expiry date, whichever is earlier.

Some additional support for projects in certain strategic research areas is also available. There may also be opportunities for earning additional income as part-time tutors and demonstrators.

Other Financial Aids and Scholarships
NUS has an array of financial assistance and scholarships/awards available to help graduate students finance their studies in the University. Graduate students can apply for the various financial assistance and scholarships to help them finance their studies in NUS.
Tuition Fees

As a guide, the annual tuition fees for the subsidized graduate programmes offered by the School of Medicine for Academic year 2014/2015 are as follows:

Singapore CitizensSingapore Permanent ResidentInternational Students
S$11,300 S$15,800 S$37,650

Please visit the Registrar's Office website at for further details of the fees payable.
Tuition Fee Load Scheme

A Tuition Fee Loan Scheme, with the same terms and conditions as that for undergraduate students is available. For more details on this scheme, applicants may refer to the following link.

Tuition Fee Loan

Cost of Living

The living expenses for international students per month range between S$1,500 and S$2,000 depending on their lifestyle as follows.

ItemEstimated Monthly Expenses
Accommodation S$500-S$850
Food S$300-$600
Transportation S$150-S$200
(Books, stationary, daily necessities, etc)
TOTAL S$1,250-S$1,950

Prospective students may use the Cost of Living Calculator at the Contact Singapore website at to help them gauge the living expenses that they will need for their stay in Singapore.


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