Graduate Education


Graduate Research Programmes


  • The Department offers a fully-funded 4-year research programme leading to a degree of PhD in Chemistry. Successful applicants will join a research laboratory under the supervision of a faculty member to pursue research at the leading edge of chemistry. Graduation requirements include completing 6 coursework modules (4 MCs each) and defending an original research thesis.
  • In addition, the department offers a self-financed 2-year research programme leading to a degree of MSc by Research in Chemistry which will also be supervised by a faculty member. Graduation requirement include 3 coursework modules (4 MCs each) and submission of an original research thesis.




Graduate Coursework programmes


  • The Department of Chemistry offers several graduate coursework programmes leading to degrees of MSc by Coursework.
  • Our flagship programme is the MSc by Coursework for Chemistry in Energy and Environment is a specialised programme introduced in 2017 aimed at preparing graduate students for a career in the emerging sectors of energy and environmental-related industry. This is a 1-year full-time programme (or 2-year part-time programme) comprising tailored and elective modules, instrument training and advanced industrial project.
  • The Department also offers the MSc by Coursework in Chemistry as a broad-based graduate programme. This is a 1-year full-time programme (or 2-year part-time programme) comprising elective modules and research projects.
  • In collaboration with TUM Asia, the Department offers a 20-month MSc by Coursework in Industrial Chemistry comprising tailored and elective modules, internships and research projects. This programme is administered by TUM Asia.
  • All graduate coursework programmes are self-financed.




Admission Requirements


  • In general, candidates require a good command in English and possess undergraduate degree in chemistry or relevant subjects for admission into our graduate programmes. Please refer to the respective programmes for detailed admission criteria.
  • Click Here to apply for admission.


Funding and Fees


  • PhD students are generally supported by research scholarships offered by the National University of Singapore and other funding organisations. These scholarships include NUS Research Scholarship (open to all), NGS Research Scholarship (open to all) and SINGA (students from non-traditional sources). These scholarships cover monthly living stipend, tuition fees, health insurance, matriculation fees as well as admission to the programme.
  • CSC Research Scholarships (students from China) are tenable at NUS Chemistry under a bilateral agreement. Funded CSC scholars will be admitted to the programme and have their fees arising from tuition and matriculation waived. PhD students can also be admitted on a discretionary basis under a self-financed arrangement. Click Here for the updated schedule of tuition fees.
  • Traditional sources refers China, India and ASEAN countries.

  • MSc degree programmes are self-supported. For MSc by Research and MSc by Coursework (Chemistry), please refer Here for the updated schedule of tuition fees. For MSc by Coursework (Chemistry in Energy & Environment), the tuition fees are shown Here. For the Joint NUS-TUM MSc by Coursework (Industrial Chemistry), the tuition fees are shown Here.


Student Organisation


  • The Department of Chemistry is affiliated to the Chemical Graduate Society. Do read about their enriching learning experience!