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Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is pioneering a new push in PhD education that will tear down old barriers and drive research into areas that need a multi-disciplinary approach. 

In keeping with global trends and needs, students at the new Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme at NTU will concentrate on two or more disciplines, instead of one.

The establishment of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme is an exciting development for both NTU and Singapore. Today, fresh thinking is urgently needed to mitigate many global challenges, not least in environmental sustainability, the creation of viable alternative energy solutions, future healthcare, new media and many other wide-ranging and complex issues.

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme is expected to integrate innovative and interdisciplinary thinking across the university, and strengthen NTU's role as a vital player in catalysing the development of breakthrough ideas and technologies out of the university and into the world.

The new Graduate Programme will focus on three key research areas – sustainability, healthcare and new media – tapping on the faculty and talents in the university’s research centres of excellence, research institutes, colleges and schools. The innovations and breakthroughs from the three areas are expected to flow into two other key areas for the university, innovation and to be a knowledge hub of the East and West. NTU has identified these five key areas as its Peaks of Excellence that the university intends to make a global mark by 2015.


Interdisciplinary PhD research combining scientific excellence and innovation
The Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme will seek to leverage thinking from across academic disciplines in its approach to PhD research.

The PhD students at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme will be required to complete two out of their six graduate courses in a second discipline, as compared to a regular PhD student that does all six courses in the core discipline. In addition to taking courses beyond one core discipline, the Graduate Programme’s PhD students can choose to complete one year of academic research in top universities overseas.

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme is headed by Senior Executive Director, Professor Bo Liedberg from NTU's School of Materials Science & Engineering. Prof Bo, who has been with NTU for more than 20 years, is no stranger to interdisciplinary research, having been involved in various projects related to soft materials science including surface chemistry, self-assembly, supramolecular chemistry and biomimetics. 


International Impact

In today’s increasingly complex world, problems are often multifaceted. To effectively address these challenges, it calls upon reflective and multidimensional insights into various disciplines. Spurring innovative ideas and paramount discoveries, IGP aims to transform the world today while shaping tomorrow.


Interrelated Focus

IGP champions research that is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in nature. Well aligned with NTU’s Peaks of Excellence in Sustainable Earth, New Media and Future Healthcare, IGP features research that spans from humanities to science and technology. Much unlike conventional discipline-based programmes, IGP provides a broad yet tightly interrelated learning experience.


Interesting Research

At IGP, opportunities for meaningful research abound. Beyond a choice of the centres and institutes under Sustainable Earth, New Media and Future Healthcare, an intensive seminar culture with ample interaction opportunities characterises the research journey at IGP. Fuelling the research passion of our students, IGP adopts the same best practices as that of leading overseas institutions.


International Reputation

Supported by a team of experienced professors lauded as top international researchers in their respective fields, the IGP environment is one of dynamism and intellectual stimulation. The opportunity to work alongside some of the brightest in the industry makes IGP the preferred ground for interdisciplinary research.


Interdisciplinary Mobility

Empowered to cross the boundaries between disciplines, IGP candidates can look forward to more possibilities for breakthroughs as they undertake cross-disciplinary research and graduate studies from different schools and colleges in NTU. Solid academic progression aside, interdisciplinary research opens doors to wider career opportunities in various strategic and emerging fields that are vital in our global world.​

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