Information

1) Degree and Coursework Requirements

Master of Science by Research in Chemistry

Coursework

Candidates pursuing Master of Science in Chemistry by research are required to attend and pass examinations in a minimum of three modules:
1. CM5198 Graduate Seminar Module in Chemistry
2. 2 Level 5000 modules
Candidates are allowed to take modules offered by other departments subject to the approval from their thesis supervisor (s) and/or department (s). These modules are to be chosen in consultation with their thesis supervisor (s) and/or department (s). All modules taken by the candidates will be included in the CAP computation, unless otherwise indicated by the candidate.

Thesis


Candidates must submit, through the supervisor (s) and the Head of Department, their theses for examination within the maximum period of their candidature. The thesis must be on a topic approved by the respective departments and must make some contribution to knowledge and not be a mere collation of existing materials. The thesis must contain original work or critical interpretation worthy of publication.

English Language


All international students are required to take an English Language proficiency test (Diagnostic English test) unless exemption has been granted. This test will determine whether candidates would need to take the Graduate English course. If applicable, candidates are required to achieve an intermediate level of proficiency in the Graduate English course.

Seminar Attendance


Candidates are required to attend 12 visitors’ seminars organized by the department. Attendance for the seminars will be tracked electronically by the department. 


Doctor of Philosophy by Research in Chemistry

Coursework

Candidates pursuing Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry by research are required to attend and pass examinations in a minimum of six modules:
1. CM5198 Graduate Seminar Module in Chemistry
2. Five Level 5000 modules
Candidates are allowed to take modules offered by other departments subject to the approval from their thesis supervisor (s) and/or department (s). These modules are to be chosen in consultation with their thesis supervisor (s) and/or department (s). All modules taken by the candidates will be included in the CAP computation, unless otherwise indicated by the candidate.

Thesis

Candidates must submit, through the supervisor (s) and the Head of Department, their theses for examination within the maximum period of their candidature. The thesis must be on a topic approved by the respective departments and must make some contribution to knowledge and not be a mere collation of existing materials. The thesis must contain original work or critical interpretation worthy of publication.

English Language

All international students are required to take an English Language proficiency test (Diagnostic English test) unless exemption has been granted. This test will determine whether candidates would need to take the Graduate English course. If applicable, candidates are required to achieve an advanced level of proficiency in the Graduate English course.

Seminar Attendance

Candidates are required to attend 12 visitors’ seminars organized by the department. Attendance for the seminars will be tracked electronically by the department. 

2) Graduation Requirements

MSc Degree

- Achieve a minimum CAP of 3.0 for all modules
- Obtain at least a grade of C for the Graduate English module
- Pass the Master’s thesis

PhD Degree

- Achieve a minimum CAP of 3.5 for all modules
- Obtain at least a grade of C for the Graduate English module
- Pass the PhD qualifying examination
- Pass the PhD thesis
- Pass the PhD oral examination
   

3) Continuation Requirements

Coursework Performance

Masters

  • A student will be issued warning for any semester in which his/her CAP falls below 3.00. If, in the following semester, the student's CAP again falls below 3.00 but above 2.50, he/she will be placed on probation.
  • For continuation in the Master's programme, a student's CAP should not fall below 2.5 or equivalent for two consecutive semesters, or 3.0 for three consecutive semesters.
  • Termination of candidature would result if a student fails to maintain the minimum CAP.


PhD


  • A student will be issued a warning for any semester in which his/her CAP falls below 3.50. If in the following semester, the student's CAP again falls below 3.5 but above 3.0, he/she will be placed on probation.
  • For continuation in the PhD programme, a student's CAP should not fall below 3.0 or equivalent 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.
For research scholars who do not meet the continuation requirements, their monthly stipend or scholarship/fee waiver may be terminated without notice. Reinstatement will be reviewed after the scholar meets the continuation requirement, at the recommendation of the department.

4) Information on Module Registration

http://www.science.nus.edu.sg/graduate-studies/current-students/research/173-graduate/for-current-students/249-information-on-module-registration

Module Offered in Yr 2016/2017 (Pre-requisite & Preclusion are found herein)

5) Candidature Matters

http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/edu/gd-candidature.html

6) Examination Matters

Examination Information

http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/event/exam.html


Examination Directory

https://myportal.nus.edu.sg/studentportal/academics/all/examination-directory.html


7) PhD Qualifying Examination

QE1 Comprehensive Written Exam

The comprehensive written exam is a CLOSED book two hour paper consisting of all open-ended questions. The coverage of the paper is Level 2 undergraduate Chemistry and Level 5 CM51XX modules.
The QE1 is usually held in Jan and June of each year.

QE2 Oral Presentation

The oral presentation takes place after the candidate passed the QE1 and must be done within the first 2 years of candidature. Each graduate is allowed at most 2 attempts for QE2. The candidate must have a minimum CAP of 3.50 and passed the seminar module (CM5198) and 2 Level 5000 modules before attempting QE2.

The oral presentation is to be conducted by the Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) of the candidate, which will be formed by the supervisor as early as possible. The TAC consists of a chairperson (nominated by the department) and two faculty members.

The candidate is required to prepare a proposal for the oral presentation. The proposal is expected to be at least 30 pages long. The candidate is also expected to bring all laboratory logbooks to the oral presentation as proof that all experiments were properly recorded to the satisfaction of the TAC.

8) Guidelines for Thesis Submission

All students are required to refer to the following link for the guidelines on format of thesis and word count that has been set by the University:

https://share.nus.edu.sg/registrar/student/info/General-Guidelines-on-Format-of-Research-Thesis-Submitted-For-Examination.pdf

For MSc candidates, please refer to the guidelines indicated here.

For PhD candidates, please refer to the guidelines indicated here.

9) Awards & Prizes

    • Singapore National Institute of Chemistry Gold Medal for the Most Outstanding PhD Thesis in Chemistry

    • Wang Gungwu Medal & Prize

    • World Future Foundation Prize in Environmental & Sustainability Research

    • Chua Toh Hua Memorial Gold Medal

    • Sim Geok Soo Medal

    • Lim Chin Kuan Book Prize

    • Best Graduate Researcher Award

For more information on the awards, please refer to the following link:
http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/edu/awards/ulevelmp.html

Downloadable Forms

The following forms can be downloaded from the Registrar’s Office website:

  • Application for Change of Thesis Title/Research Topic Form

  • Application for Extension of Candidature for Graduate Research Students Form

  • Application for Extension of Student’s Pass

  • Application for Transfer of Candidature from Master’s (by Research) for Ph.D Form

  • Application Form for Review of Results

  • Appointment of New/Change of Supervisor(s) Form

  • Electronic Thesis/Dissertation (“Thesis”) Submission Form

  • Nomination of Examiners for Thesis of Graduate Research Candidates Form

  • Report on Amended Ph.D Thesis (After Oral Examination)

  • Request for Official Name Change

  • Special Consideration Form

  • Supervisor’s Report on Amended Master’s (by Research) Thesis

  • Thesis Examination Fee Payment Form

  • Thesis Submission Form

  • Withdrawal from the University (Graduate Research Students)