Master of Engineering (M.Eng) & Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) (by Research)

Programme Requirements

CEE offers higher degree programmes by research, on a part-time and full-time basis. They are:

  • Master of Engineering (M.Eng.):
    Minimum period of candidature is 12 months, maximum is 36 months
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.):
    Minimum period of candidature is 24 months, maximum is 60 months

Candidates may submit their applications anytime and those who are accepted may be admitted in either January or August, subject to the approval of the university.

Research Areas

Students can choose to pursue a Master of Engineering or Doctor of Philosophy degree in one of the following research areas:

Construction Technology and Management

  • Construction Technology and Management
  • Risks and Project Financing
  • Facility and Infrastructure Management

Environmental and Water Resources

  • Membrane Technology in Environmental Engineering
  • Water Reclamation Technologies
  • Waste Reuse and Resource Recovery
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Integrated Urban Water Management
  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • Sediment Transport
  • Coastal Management

Geotechnical Engineering

  • Foundations of High-Rise Buildings
  • Land Reclamation
  • Underground Space Development
  • Tropical Soil Engineering
  • Rock Mechanics and Engineering Geology

Maritime Studies

  • Maritime Logistics
  • Port Economics and Management
  • Maritime Strategy and Risk Management
  • Strategic and Quality Management in Shipping
  • Supply Chain Management

Structures and Mechanics

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
  • Protective Technology
  • Fire Engineering
  • Concrete and Steel Technology

Transportation Engineering

  • Transport Modelling and Traffic Management
  • Transport Planning
  • Congestion Pricing
  • Road Safety Engineering

Course Content

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Course Requirements:

In addition to pursuing independent research, the candidates are required to satisfy the following requirements:

  • M.Eng. – 9 AUs, with an average grade of B- or CGPA of 3.0;
  • Ph.D. – 18 AUs, with an average grade of B or CGPA of 3.5

Exemption from the coursework courses may be granted by the Chair of the School if the candidate is deemed to have already done sufficient coursework in the relevant area in a Master’s degree program at a recognized university.

A maximum of 3 course exemptions may be granted for PhD students, and 1 course for MEng students.

At the end of the program, the student is required to write and submit a thesis, which will be examined by internal and external examiners.

PhD confirmation exercise:

In addition to satisfying the course requirements, students are also expected to submit a Confirmation Report and pass the oral presentation by the end of Year 2.


Various scholarships are available for application. Click here to obtain further information from the Graduates Studies Office homepage on matters such as admissions, application, procedures, scholarships, fees, etc.

To download the graduate brochure 2012, please click here.

Contact information:
For further information on the graduate programs at CEE, please contact:

Graduate Studies Unit
Telephone: (65) 6790 5828 (by coursework)
Telephone: (65) 6790 5322 (by research)