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Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers the following research-based programmes leading to the degrees of:

  • Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Students may enroll for any of these programmes on a part-time or full-time basis. Both require participating in supervised research on an approved topic, taking modules of no less than a specified number of Modular Credits (MCs) and finally concluding with the submission of a thesis.


The minimum requirement for admission is a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours (at least 2nd Class Lower) or its equivalent.
Applicants who are applying for the NUS Research Scholarship are expected to have at least a Bachelor’s degree with Honours (at least Second Class Upper) or its equivalent.

Period of Candidature

The maximum period of candidature for Ph.D. programme is five years. As for the M.Eng. programme, the maximum period of candidature is three years. The period of candidature is the same for full-time and part-time programmes. Typically, doctoral students can complete their requirements between three and a half to four years of full-time study, while M.Eng. students can complete their requirements between one and a half years to two years of full-time study.

Degree Requirements

Candidates are required to conduct research in their area of interest and submit a thesis before the maximum period of candidature for examination. Besides the research requirement, candidates must also attend a prescribed number of courses which the supervisor thinks will be useful for the candidate. It is a requirement that Ph.D. and M.Eng. students should take at least six and four modules respectively (or the equivalent of 24 and 16 modular credits respectively) (non-CELC modules), unless exemption has been granted by the University. These modules and English language requirements (for international students) are to be taken and passed at an expected level of proficiency. Doctoral students are also required to pass a Ph.D. qualifying examination which consists of an oral and a written examination, in addition to the oral defence of their Ph.D. thesis. All research students are also expected to complete a Graduate Seminar module satisfactorily.

Graduate modules offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering: (Click here for modules’ descriptions.)

S/U Modules Requirements

  • Option to S/U modules, with effect from Semester 2 AY2016/2017: Students can only S/U module/s they took that semester.
  • S/U up to 4 MCs per semester (subject to student’s balance availability).
  • MEng – up to 4 MCs can be S/U (inclusive of ME5666).
  • PhD – excluding ME5666, up to 8 MCs can be S/U; with ME5666, up to 8 MCs can be S/U (inclusive of ME5666).
    i.e. If PhD student takes ME5666, can S/U ME5666 and one ME5000 module; if PhD student is not taking ME5666, can SU two ME5000 modules.
  • S/U allowed:
    • All ME4000 modules and ME5000 modules (including OT5102, OT5301, OT5302, OT5303, OT5304  and OT5305).
  • S/U not allowed:
    • All ME6000 modules.
    • All non-ME4000, non-ME5000 and non-ME6000 modules (i.e. all cross-faculties and cross-departments modules).
  • Supervisor’s approval is first required before a student is allowed to S/U module/s.


Information on Application, Fees, Graduate Scholarships

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Part-Time Appointment Scheme

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The Programme Manager is Assoc Prof Zeng Kaiyang.

Contact Information:

Ms. Teo Lay Tin, Sharen +65-6516-7608
Ms. Thong Siew Fah +65-6516-7608
(Application packages and enquiries.)