The Doctor of Engineering (EngD) programme aims to offer a qualification which, whilst being equivalent in status and challenge to the PhD, is more appropriate for those pursuing professional rather than academic careers.  EngD is an earned doctorate, just like the PhD, but is based on industrial R&D rather than academic R&D.

Programme Structure

The EngD focuses on research of industrial importance, endorsed by a supporting company which hosts the student as an employee for the duration of the EngD candidature. The student is jointly supervised by an NUS academic and a technology expert in the company. To train students for the commercial workplace, modules on engineering management are mandatory. Students trained in the EngD programme are therefore well-prepared for a career in industrial research.

The essential differences between EngD and PhD can be summarized as:

  • EngD research has a much deeper industrial focus
    Projects are usually initiated by the company. The student is typically a full-time salaried employee of the company, which provides co-supervision, thereby ensuring a continuing engagement in the technical research throughout the EngD candidature.
  • Mandates substantial technology management coursework
    At least half the modules to be read by an EngD student must be in technology management, in order to prepare the student for a career in technology innovation and enterprise, as opposed to academic research.

All students who have successfully completed their requirements under this programme will be awarded the Doctor of Engineering.

Admission Requirements

Prospective student should have a relevant Bachelor’s degree with honours at least Second Class Lower or its equivalent. Candidates applying for University’s Scholarships (NUS Research Scholarships or President’s Graduate Fellowships) or EngD/PhD programmes are expected to have a Bachelor’s degree with honours at least Second Class Upper.

Note that possession of these qualifications does not guarantee admission. Admission decisions are based on multiple considerations, including the number and quality of applicants and the capacity of the programme applied to.


Academic work at NUS Engineering cannot be completed satisfactorily without adequate proficiency in English. This point is deliberately emphasised because graduate students at NUS Engineering submit regular reports, take written examinations and are expected to participate actively in classroom discussions. International applicants may demonstrate their English proficiency by means of TOEFL/IELTS/GRE test scores. Applicants must be able to submit at least one score/result e.g. TOEFL/IELTS/GRE, as part of the application.

Candidates are to obtain the following minimum scores:

  • GRE score of 320 (Verbal & Quantitative Total) and 160 (Verbal) and 160 (Quantitative) and 3.5 (Analytical), or
  • TOEFL score of 85 for Internet Based Test (IBT), or
  • IELTS score of 6.0
Dates & Fees

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Contact Details

NUS Engineering
National University of Singapore
9 Engineering Drive 1
Block EA #07-26
Singapore 117575

Tel: +65 6516 2101