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Application Period

There are two intakes each year -  August or January. Applicants are advised to upload their applications before the last day of submission for the desired intake.
Intake in August or January is subjected to the school’s selection and recommendation. The University reserves the right to admit applicants in other semesters.

All applications are referred to the relevant schools for consideration, after which they are forwarded to the Management for approval.

The normal application process may take up to 4 months or more depending on the assessment by the School and management.

Admission Intake

Opening of Application Portal

Last day for submission of online application
with supporting documents

August Semester

1 October

15 November (for CoHASS)

31 January (for all other Schools)

January Semester

1 June

31 July

NOTE: Please refer to the respective school website for admission intake.

Please note that application for National Institute of Education (NIE) is administered by NIE. Application should be made via NIE website.​


Maximum duration of candidature

The periods of candidature for higher degree programmes are as follow :​
Programmes Full-Time ​ Part-Time
Minimum Maximum Minimum Maximum
Doctor of Philosophy
(All PhD except LKCMedicine)
2 years 5 years 3 years ​5 years#
Doctor of Philosophy
3 years 5 years 3 years ​5 years#
Master Degree by Research 1 year 3 years 1 year ​3 years#
​Master Degree by Coursework* 1-2 years 2-4 years 1-2 years 2-4 years

For part-time PhD and Master by Research students admitted before Academic Year 2020-2021, the maximum candidature period is 7 years and 4 years respectively.

*The above applies in general. Please refer to the specific Coursework Programme website for information.

For more information, please click here.​

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