Prospective Students

Research Programme FAQ



Are TOEFL and GRE scores compulsory for the programme?

Yes. Proficiency in English is a requirement for admission to all graduate programme in NUS. Applicants whose mother tongue or medium of undergraduate instruction is not English must submit TOEFL scores as evidence of their proficiency in the English Language.

Applicants must also submit GRE scores if they are graduates of foreign universities.


Can TOEFL and GRE scores be submitted later, due to test date constraints?

Applicants are encouraged to sit for the tests as early as possible.

They may still be in time if the tests are taken and the scores are sent to us within one month from the application closing dates.


Can I apply for the research programme if my honours degree/degree is not in the area of Statistics?

You may still apply for the programme. All applications are assessed for relevance in background knowledge, with respect to the course.

Those that do not have statistics background but sufficient knowledge to embark on the programme may be considered favourably.


How do students select the modules they wish to read and inform the department?
For all matter pertaining to the module registration, please refer to


Are there any guidelines on the type of modules/subjects to read for the programme?

The programme operates on the modular system. Under this system, modules are structured for teaching on a semester basis.

Based on the list of modules offered in every semester and the course work requirements outlined for each programme, students may choose to read any modules as long as these fit into their timetables.  


What modules are available for selection?

The list varies among semesters but the pattern of offer remains largely similar. Please refer to the module list for the current semester.  


How often are classes conducted?

Each graduate module consists of three hours’ of lectures and one hour of tutorial per week. As the class size for higher level modules are usually small, classes are usually scheduled twice weekly (2-hour block each) or once per week (3-hour sectional teaching style). The tutorials are generally held immediately after the third hour’s lecture.  


Are there classes in the evenings?

Yes. Some classes are scheduled in the evenings for the part time students to read.

Changes in timetable are subject to consensus among students and lecturer in the same class. Availability of time slot and venue may also affect adjustments but the department would try its best to assist. Students and lecturer must submit to the department, a written note on proposed change/s with everyone’s name and signature.  


Are the examinations held in the day or evening?

Please refer to below exam timings.

Exam timings
AM (Mon – Sat) : 9.00am

PM (Mon – Thu & Sat) : 1.00pm

PM (Fri) : 2.30pm

Evening (Mon – Thu) : 5.00pm

Night : 7.00pm

Examinations for level 5000 or higher modules are scheduled by the Faculty. Changes in examination timetable are not allowed as these may cause adverse effects.  


Is CAP computed on all the modules read?

CAP is computed based on all the modules (except for English language modules, Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) and Audit modules) that the students have read in the whole candidature for graduation.  


Will a “W” grade affect CAP?

A “W” grade does not carry any grade point. In any case, it would not affect CAP but the “W” grade will reflect on the transcript.  


Are students allowed to read modules outside the department?

Students may read modules from other departments or faculties subjected to departmental approval. Each student can use up to two non-departmental modules out of the ten required to count towards graduation requirement.  


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