A doctoral programme for entrepreneurial scientists and engineers

Program Overview

The NUS PhD-MBA programme offers unique opportunity for students who have great aspirations to become future entrepreneurs and technology leaders. It is jointly hosted by the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering (NGS) and the NUS Business School (bschool). Our programme aims to provide a strong foundation for concurrently learning science and management.

NUS PhD-MBA: Key Features
- Concurrent PhD and MBA, taking much less time than completing both separately
- Choice of any domain for the PhD, from the life and physical sciences to engineering and IT
- Monthly (12 months per year) tax-free stipend of S$3,200
- PhD & MBA tuition fee waiver

The programme walks through three indispensable phases which includes a PhD - development of research skills in science/technology; an MBA – development of business acumen; and Internships – practical technology and business training.

The National University of Singapore

NUS is a research-intensive university with an entrepreneurial dimension. NUS is ranked consistently as one of the world's top universities (QS world ranking 2014) . A leading global university centered in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. Its transformative education includes a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment, as well as special programmes which allow students to realize their potential. Over 37,000 students (AY 2013/2014) from 100 countries further enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives, making campus life vibrant and exciting.


The NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering

The NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering (NGS) was established in 2003 to enhance Ph.D. graduate research and education at NUS. NGS has fast become a world-leading graduate school. The intellectual hallmark of NGS is the promotion of integrative research projects and coursework programmes that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries. NGS has strong links with relevant Faculties, Schools and Research Centres of Excellence at NUS, and the various research institutes of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), a major agency for research and development in Singapore. NGS has also built synergistic, complementary partnerships with a select number of world-leading overseas research institutes and knowledge organizations in the USA, the UK, Continental Europe, Japan, Australia, and China. Thus, NGS is able to offer gifted students the opportunity to engage in globally progressive research in superb research facilities both within Singapore and further afield. NGS invites talented students from any branch of the life, physical or computational sciences, and also from medicine, mathematics and engineering to learn more about graduate research opportunities at NGS: our programmes, our people, and our Scholarships.

The NUS Business School

More than ever before, the world demands managers and business leaders who can lead Asian businesses to the forefront of the world economy, and those who can steer global businesses to succeed in Asia. With a top research faculty known for its focus in providing global management thought leadership and deep Asian insights, NUS Business School prepares students for that role, giving them that critical edge for success. It is said that success rides on time. NUS Business School has achieved a more-than-forty five-year tradition in delivering a learning experience that is rigorous, relevant and rewarding. Our role is to challenge and inspire students, and ultimately enable them to achieve their potential for both personal and professional growth. Today, the school continues to attract a great diversity of students who have drive, confidence, a strong record of achievement and a burning desire to advance the progress of business and society. The School has a broad portfolio of successful programmes that are in great demand. This includes its flagship MBA programme. Admission to the programmes is extremely competitive. In addition to its degree programs, the school also offers a wide range of customized and open enrollment programmes in its Executive Education courses. We have a distinguished international faculty educated in renowned universities including Harvard, Wharton, MIT, Oxford and many others. Our professors are excellent in both research and teaching, and they are committed to providing students a top-rate business education. Many of them also have significant corporate experience and serve on corporate boards. The School has consistently received top rankings in the Asia-Pacific region by independent publications and agencies such as Financial Times, Economist Intelligence Unit, and QS Top MBA in recognition of the quality of our programmes and our graduates (NUS MBA ranking & accreditation). We are also accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), endorsements that the School has met the highest standards for business education. The School's network of more than 45,000 alumni reaches into every industry sector and they and their network represent an immense resource to the School and its students. Indeed, NUS Business School is an exciting place to study and grow. The remarkable success of the School has been made possible through the dedication and talent of our faculty and staff, the high quality of our students, and the achievements of our alumni in diverse organizations and positions of leadership throughout the world.

The Start-Up and Business Environment in Singapore

Singapore, in the heart of Asia, has long been an open economy, with an excellent reputation as a business hub, offering access to some of the largest and fastest growing markets in the world. Many large and medium sized corporations have chosen Singapore as the location for their regional or even global headquarters. Since about 10 years, significant investments are made in developing a basic and applied research infrastructure as well as attracting scientific and technological talent. To capture the value created by research and development, entrepreneurship and the formation of new companies is receiving significant attention. The National Research Foundation (NRF) is spearheading initiatives to attract investment to Singapore by providing matching grants to Venture Capitalists and Incubators. NRF is also funding University based research that is in the proof of principle and prototyping stage. In December 2009, NRF rendered support to seven incubators (Clearbridge Accelerator, I2G Tech Accelerator, Neoteny Labs, Plug and Play Singapore, Social Slingshot, Small World Group, Stream Global) under the technology incubation scheme and in March 2012 it added 8 more incubators (Get2Volume Accelerator, Golden Gate Ventures (GGV), IncuVest, Jungle Ventures, The Biofactory, The Network Fund (TNF), WaveMaker Labs) into the program. The SMART (Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology) Centre is directly funding University based research and, in addition, provides mentorship for faculty and students who want to start up innovative business.

NUS Enterprise Centre (NEC)

Centre for management of innovation and technopreneurship (CMIT) was established in 1988 to initiate commercialization of research activities in NUS. In 2001, it became a part NUS Enterprise and is now the NEC. NEC extends a wide range of services to emerging start-ups initiated by NUS staff and students as well as NUS alumni. It also houses NUS Enterprise Incubator (NEI) which provides infrastructure support to aspiring entrepreneurs. It also facilitates training workshops, mentoring programme, introductions to venture capitalists and angel investors, linkages to business networking contacts and other corporate shared services. The company listing and the success stories can be found in this link. Some of the companies which come under NEC portfolio are:

NUSBioMers is a medical device company that focuses on new materials for various biomedical applications
NUS MOZAT is a medical device company that focuses on new materials for various biomedical applications
NUS NanoThree has developed and patented a breakthrough gas/water mixing technology for the emerging ballast water treatment market

Candidates enrolled in our PhD-MBA programme will be well equipped to develop viable ideas that create sustainable value for customers, to build teams and realize these ideas, to attract funding, and to take advantage of Singapore's excellent business environment in order to grow their companies and create value for themselves, for Singapore and for the world. PhD-MBA students can select from a wide variety of scientific and engineering courses across the NUS campus, and, are encouraged and supported in independent and interdisciplinary research. Research that has the potential to be spun out into a startup is highly encouraged.