Interdisciplinary Graduate PhD Programme


Interdisciplinary Graduate PhD Programme

PhD Programme in Healthy Society @ HealthTech NTU
The Interdisciplinary Graduate School Thematic PhD Research Programmes in Healthy Society at HealthTech NTU offers Doctor of Philosophy in the following research areas:
  • Sensing and Diagnostics
  • Therapeutic Medical Devices
  • Nanomedicine
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Systems Biology and Medicine
  • Medical Imaging and Signal Analysis
  • Chemical Biology
  • Health Systems Complexity
  • Skin Research 
Programme Highlights
  • Interdisciplinary research to support NTU’s Peak of Excellence in Healthy Society
  • Supervision and mentoring by top professors and clinicians
  • Opportunities for collaborations with hospitals, research centres and healthcare institutions
  • Opens worldwide
  • Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree of at least Second Class Upper Honours or equivalent qualifications from a recognised university
  • Graduates with a passion for interdisciplinary research in science, engineering, and related aspects of medicine
  • Good GRE scores for applicants with grades from overseas universities
  • Good TOEFL or IELTS scores for applicants whose native language or medium of undergraduate instruction is not in English
  • For more details on admission requirements, please visit here.
There is no bond attached to the scholarship. 
The scholarship is tenable up to four years of the PhD studies, or up to the date of graduation, whichever is earlier.
Benefits of the Scholarship Award 
The scholarship award will be reviewed annually and its renewal is subjected to satisfactory performance and academic results.
PhD Research Projects
A list of the interdisciplinary projects is available here.

Prospective applicants with interest in any of these projects are encouraged to contact the supervisors directly, before making a formal application. 
Applications are required to be submitted online. Please select programme code 236 for PhD Programme in Healthy Society at HealthTech NTU.
Please visit here to find out details on how to apply for our PhD research programme before submitting a formal application. Incomplete submissions will be rejected. 
There are two intakes per academic year. The closing date for submission of applications for August intake (Semester 1) is 31 January and for January intake (Semester 2) is 31 July.
Programme Structure
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 Academic Units of graded graduate level courses within 12 months and 6 Academic Units of audited graduate level courses before graduation
  •       -       Compulsory core graded course: IH7001 Introduction to Medical Research (4 Academic Units, to be
                  offered in Semester 2 only, to be read within first year of enrolment) 
  • Completion of three compulsory courses as prescribed by the University
     -       HWG702 University Teaching for Teaching Assistants (to be read within first year of enrolment)

-       HWG703 Graduate English (may be exempted if meeting the exemption criteria, to be read within first

        year of enrolment)

-      Epigeum Online Course on Research Integrity (self-study module available online, to be read within       first year of enrolment)

  • With a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.50 and above out of 5.00
  • Exemption from the coursework courses may be granted if the student is deemed to have already done sufficient coursework in the relevant area in a Master's degree programme at a recognised university

PhD Qualifying Examination 
  • Must pass the PhD Qualifying Examination within 15 months of admission
  • The format consists of a written report, oral presentation, and oral defense
  • Examination by local examination panel
  • Publication of first- or second-authored research papers in top-tier journals (if any)
  • Upon successful completion of the required coursework and PhD Qualifying Examination, a student becomes a doctoral candidate, with adequate preparation to research and write a doctoral thesis on the research topic. 

PhD Thesis Examination 
  • Must pass the PhD Thesis Examination within 5 years from the commencement of candidature
  • The format consists of thesis, oral presentation, and oral defense
  • Examination by both local internal and overseas external thesis examination panel
  • Publication of first- or second-authored research papers in top-tier journals (if any)