Education & Training
Application Procedure

SCELSE's research students will be enrolled in a highly competitive joint NTU-NUS SCELSE graduate programme. This programme leverages on expertise and graduate courses from Singapore’s leading universities – Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS). Students enter into either NTU or NUS, follow a common PhD programme and graduate with a degree from either university.

There are two intakes per year (August and January). All applications must go through the online system of the University’s Graduate Admissions (please refer to application procedures outlined below).

As a guide, please find below the list of SCELSE research specialisations in NTU and NUS to help you decide on the right institution to apply to.

SCELSE at NTU SCELSE at NUS
Research specialization
  • Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Meta-omics
  • Microbiology and microbial ecology
  • Microbial signalling
  • Molecular biology of biofilms
  • Microbial biofilm communities
  • Biofilm matrix
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioreactor bioprocess ecology
  • Used water treatment
  • Bioimaging of biofilms
  • Chemical biology
  • Adhesins and virulence factors
  • Animal and tissue models for biofilm-host associations
  • Biofilm-eukaryote interactions
  • Public health and biofilm-mediated chronic diseases
Research specialization
  • Computational and systems biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Metabolomics
  • Microbial ecology of urban waterways
  • Microbial signalling
  • Chemical biology

To apply to SCELSE at NTU:

1.Submit an online application, including official transcripts and research proposals, through the Graduate Research Admissions System.
2.Within the application, select the following:

I.Program code “[186D] DOCTOR OF
PHILOSOPHY(IGS-SUSTAINABLE EARTH) SCELSE”
II.Scholarship: ‘NTU Research Scholarship’ and any
other external scholarships that you may have applied for separately

To apply to SCELSE at NUS:

1.Submit an online application, including official
transcripts and research proposals, through the Graduate Admission System.
2.,Within the application, select the following:

I.Program type: “Research”
II.Faculty: ”NUS Grad Sch for Int Sci & Eng”
III.Programme: “Doctor Of Philosophy(NGS) NGS PhD
and Research
IV.Specialization: “Networked Grp - Environmental
Life Sciences”
V.Source of Finance: “NGS Scholarship scheme”

For step by step application instructions, visit the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering website.

Application Deadline

Closing date for admission in August (Semester 1): 31 January
Closing date for admission in January (Semester 2): 31 July
Application Deadline

Closing date for admission in August (Semester 1): 15 December
Closing date for admission in January (Semester 2): 15 April