Graduate Programmes

PhD Programme in NNIN

The NTU-Northwestern Institute for Nanomedicine (NNIN) offers Doctor of Philosophy in the following research areas:

  • Nano-diagnostics
  • Nano-therapeutics
  • Nano-imaging

The Institute invites outstanding candidate interested in nanomedicine research to apply for our PhD programme.



  • Opens worldwide.
  • Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree of at least Second Class Upper Honours or equivalent qualifications from a recognized university.
  • Good GRE scores for applicants with grades from overseas universities. For candidates with Indian basic degrees, a good GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in engineering) score may be accepted in place of GRE.


Benefits of the Scholarship Award

  • Full tuition fees worth S$200,000.
  • Monthly stipend up to S$3000.
  • Opportunities for overseas attachment at Northwestern University.

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. (Under the section “Programme Applied”, please select "[193E] Doctor of Philosophy (IGS-Healthy Society) NNIN".)
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 30 June.


Programme Structure

  • Completion of a minimum of 4 graded modules within 12 months and 2 audited modules before graduation.
  • With a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.50 and above.
  • 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 recognized 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.
  • 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.