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NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering. BRIEFING ON THE THESIS EXAMINATION PROCESS. What we expect of an NGS PhD graduate Has carried out excellent research Has demonstrated i nterest in interdisplinary issues Takes an analytical approach to problems
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BRIEFING ON THE
THESIS EXAMINATION PROCESS
4. Thesis Exam Fees- For PhD students, it costs S$535. For AGS StudentsA*STAR will reimburse fees related to thesis examination. Please consult A*GA for details.For NGSS StudentsNGS does NOT reimburse the Thesis Exam Fees. It is borne by the students
Consists a detailed introduction/literature review, description and critical analysis of the student’s research work in conventional, bound form.
Consists an introduction,conclusionand published (or accepted) papers (plus some extra details of methods)
The 3 C’s – Clear, Coherent, Critical
1. General InformationAny work carried out BEFORE your enrolment in NGS cannot be used for submission in a thesis examination.2. Thesis TitleNot differ from the original approved titleIf there is significant difference, must apply for a change of title at least ONE month before thesis is submitted(Form can be downloaded from NGS website)
3. General Formatting
4. Summary PageMust contain a summary page of NOT more than 500 words written in the English Language. This must be bound in with the thesis.5. Title Page / Thesis Cover and SpineRefer to the sample layout shown in Annex A of the Handouts 6. LanguageCheck for Correct Spelling and use of English. This is ESSENTIAL!NGS recommends UK spelling. USA spelling is also okay but be consistent
- Nominate 5 examiners, either (3 internal and 2 external
examiners) OR (2 internal and 3 external examiners)
External examiners should be proposed to NGS by the Thesis Advisory Committee and must meet the following criteria for approval:
1. Internationally-recognized scientists in the field as identified by the usual criteria (research output, citations, etc) who have at least attained at least the level of Associate Professor or the equivalent.
2. From leading universities or research institutions.
3. Not from NUS nor from the institution in which the candidate is performing all or a substantial part of his / her research work, if different from NUS
4. Not related (in any way) to the candidate or the supervisor
5. Not a member of the TAC.
6. Not an adjunct staff of the Department/RI from which the candidate originates.
Do NOT communicate with examiners (either internal or external) directly.
If you wish to say something to them, please go through the NGS office.
1. Internationally-recognized scientist in the field identified by the usual criteria
(research output, citations, etc) and at least Associate Professor level or
2. Not related (in any way) to the candidate or the supervisor
3. May be a member of the Thesis Advisory Committee (except for the supervisor
& chair of TAC), although if the TAC member has been highly involved in the
supervision of the thesis, this should be avoided.
The internal examiner is NOT acting as a representative of the institution or candidate but as an unbiased independent examiner
with local knowledge.
- Examiners are given a maximum of 7 weeks to complete the examination of the thesis and to submit an evaluationreport (and will be reminded periodically)
- If there are NO/MINOR amendments, oral examination will be
scheduled in as soon as possible (aim 6 weeks)
- If MAJOR revision is recommended, candidate MAY be asked to
revise and resubmit the thesis for further examination before the
oral examination is scheduled
- Open Seminar, of approximate 40mins (together with examiners) (NEW!)
- Question & Answer Session, of approximate 15 - 20 mins
- Closed-Door Examination (with examiners only)
- Give a brief overview of the thesis
- Discuss key findings and new contributions made to the field
- Justify the methodology and theoretical framework used; and
- Analyze the implications of study for future research or applications
- Possess critical ability and presentation skills
Possible Results of the Examination
(a) awarded PhD without further examination
(b) awarded PhD subject to minor revision to thesis
(c) awarded PhD subject to amendments of a more substantive nature
(d) not awarded PhD but be permitted to resubmit thesis in a revised form after a
further period of study and research
(e) not awarded PhD
For Decisions b, c and d, the examiners should decide how the revised thesis will be managed and will construct a report, to be communicated to the candidate.
For decision e, they will construct a report emphasizing the finality of the decision and the reasons for it. We anticipate that in most cases, the examiners’ reports can be given directly to the candidate, but in some editing may be required.
You will be considered for award of the PhD degree
- If minor/major revisions are incorporated in the thesis to the satisfaction of the supervisor(s) and the Oral Panel Members; and
- After the uploaded electronic thesis has been verified by NGS
Q1. For the Optional Route of Thesis Examination, what is the recommended number of published papers?
A1. A minimum of 3 published papers would be advisable, unless the paper is in an absolutely top-listed journal such as Nature, Science, Cell or PNAS. However, there isn’t a maximum number. Papers should normally be first-authored by the student.
Q2. Is Co-first authorship considered a first-authorship?
Q3. Where can I obtain a list of Tier 1 journals?
A3. Please seek advice from your supervisor as he/she will have access to the relevant information.
Q4. If I am submitting my thesis through the typical route,
is a publication required?
A4(i) No, although we would normally expect students to have published work in good journals, conferences proceedings, etc.
Is the position of authorship important?
A4(ii) Yes. It must indicate that the student did 75% of the work. The thesis should focus on your own work.
Q5. On choice of external examiners, if I am attached to an RI, does that
mean my choice of external examiners must NOT be someone from my RI?
A5. Yes. The external examiner should not come from the same RI / Department as the student.
Please refer to the detailed FAQ attached in the handouts.
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