Masters and PhD Candidates

Thank you for your interest in graduate research studies (Master or PhD) at SERIS, NUS.

Admission Matters

SERIS is a research institute at the National University of Singapore (NUS). SERIS does not award university degrees, thus interested candidates have to apply for admission at a NUS Faculty/School. They are:

The majority of the graduate programmes at NUS admit students twice a year, in August and January. Prospective students are advised to refer to the respective graduate studies website of the Faculty/School offering the programme with regards to the specific application information/ instructions for the programme of their interest.

Decisions on admission are made by the Faculty/School, after careful evaluation of all applications. Evaluation is carried out based on a combination of factors such as academic degree and record, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores and relevant work experience. Other considerations may include the potential for future contributions to the academic or professional fields, research interest of the professors involved in each degree programme and the relevance of the academic preparation for the chosen course of study. As English is the medium of instruction of the University, applicants may be required to demonstrate proficiency in English in the form of TOEFL/IELTS as part of the admission criteria.

You should refer to the respective Faculty/School's graduate studies website for more information.

For a list of SERIS' Adjunct researchers, please click here.

Scholarships, Financial Aid and Fees

Financial assistance for graduate students is available in the form of scholarships and various financial aid schemes.

There are many different types of graduate scholarships available in the university for graduate students. These awards are highly competitive and are given based on a track record of academic excellence. Most scholarships can be renewed annually subject to satisfactory academic progress. Applications for such scholarships are generally made concurrently with the application for admission to a graduate programme. The list of scholarships available for graduate students can be found here.

Other forms of financial aid which are available include study loans and part-time job opportunities as Student Tutor or Student Researcher under the NUS Student Work Scheme.

The full details of the financial aid schemes and NUS Student Work Scheme are set out here.

The annual tuition fees depend on the visa status of the student (Singapore citizen, Singapore PR, foreigner). For information on the tuition fees, please visit the web page of the Registrar's Office.

Current Topics at SERIS

We offer a wide range of interesting research topics for postgraduate students. If you need further details, please contact Ms Cecilia Wong at SERIS (