The Division of Industrial Design offers research study opportunities in Postgraduate Degree Programme leading to Masters of Art (Industrial Design) or PhD, as well as Postdoctoral Fellowship Programmes.
2-3 year full time by research Pre-requisites: Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design with Honours degree or its international academic equivalent
PhD (ID)
3-5 years full time by research Pre-requisites: Master of Arts of Industrial Design or its international academic equivalent 

The M.A. /Ph.D. (ID) is a graduate programme by research that serves to advance the study of Industrial Design. It emphasizes a holistic approach to research in design thinking and practice. Candidates undertake research across a spectrum of design issues, from design processes and methods, to design problems concerning product users. 

The research methodology also focuses on interactive design, environmental and sustainability concerns. The research areas of the Industrial Design programme include design theory, practice and innovation, technology and universal design, and biomedical equipment design.
Admission Requirements
To be admitted to the Master’s degree by research programme, candidates should have at least a good Second Class (Honours) degree, and to be admitted to the Doctoral programme, they should have a Master’s degree. In both cases, they should be able to demonstrate ability to pursue research in the selected field of study. A student entering the Master’s degree by research programme may apply for the Doctoral programme after one year of favourable progress towards his/her Master’s degree. Applicants whose native tongue or medium of undergraduate education is not in English MUST submit documentary evidence of their TOEFL scores. The minimum TOEFL Score ranges from 580 TO 600 or 85 for internet based test. IELTS score should be 7 and above. Applicants are encouraged to take the TSE (Test of Spoken English) and TWE (Test of Written English).
Period of Candidature
For the Master’s degree, the minimum period of candidature is 1 year while the maximum is 3 years. For the Doctoral degree, the minimum period of candidature is 2 years while the maximum is 5 years.
Scholarship, Financial aids and Fee
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There are two intakes per academic year: one in August and the other in January. Please note that the completed application form together with all the supporting documents must be submitted to the Vice-Dean (Research) by 15 MAY for the January intake and by 15 NOVEMBER for the August intake respectively.
Before submitting your application online, you are advised to read the respective programme information above and here for general instructions of application for research students.

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Application Information
For further information on the Programmes, please contact:
Ms Winnie Chin

For other relevant information such as Accommodation service, please visit NUS Graduate Study website. Important: The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake graduate student recruitment on its behalf. Candidates interested in our graduate programmes are advised to apply directly to the University and not through any agents. Candidates who apply through agents will not have any added advantage in gaining admission and the University reserves the right to reject such applications without giving reasons.
Current student
Chai Jun Dak
Supervisor: A/P Yen Ching Chiuan & A/P Paul Wormald (2nd Sup) Ulrich Schraudolph (Thesis Committee)

Cai Bohong
Supervisor: A/P Yen Ching Chiuan

GUI Qiongling
Supervisor: A/P Yen Ching Chiuan

Hu Tianpe>
Supervisor: A/P Yen Ching Chiuan

Muhammad Bin Husin
Supervisor: A/P Boucharenc

Wang Pan
Supervisor: A/P Boucharenc Christian Gilles & A/P Yen Ching Chiuan (2nd Sup).

Liow Wei Ting
Supervisor: A/P Yen Ching Chiuan

Lata Sankaran
Supervisor: A/P Boucharenc Christian Gilles & A/P Paul Wormald
Completed Student
XUE LISHAN: A female-focused design strategy for developing a self-care information system Supervisor: A/P Yen Ching Chiuan & A/P Mahesh Choolani (2nd Sup) Current Post: Director, Operations at INEX Innovations Exchange

Xu Xiaofeng: Simplicity as Social Critique – Critical Simple Stages of Chinese Avant-Garde Theatre Since the Late 1990s
Supervisor: Associate Professor Bobby Wong & Dr. Boucharenc Christian Gilles (2nd Sup) Current Post: Deputy Head, Department of Industrial Design, Zhejiang Gongshang University, China

Jiang Hao: Understanding senior design students’ product conceptual design activities – A comparison between industrial and engineering design students Supervisor: Associate Professor Yen Ching Chiuan Current Post: Lecturer, International Design Institute, Zhejiang University, China
XIE HONGYAN: Barrier-free HDB kitchen-design for wheelchair users
Supervisor: Andre Liem

Hu Xia: An ergonomic evaluation on embarkation and disembarkation from bus to bus shelter for the elderly and some younger people with mobility impairments Supervisor: Andre Liem

HUANG YAN: Macroergonomic workspace scenario research on air passengers’ baggage check-in system at City Hall MRT station
Supervisor: Andre Liem

LOW CHEE SIONG EDWIN: Designing Product Character- Design Evaluation based on Product Properties Supervisor: Dr. Yen Ching Chiuan
Current Post: Programme Director, City College; Founder, Supermama

GOH KWEE CHUAN, NICKY:Intent-driven approach to innovations
Supervisor: Dr. Yen Ching Chiuan
Current Post: Innovation and Business Director at SupraCopula Pte Ltd

WEI HANGSHUAI: Patterns of the incremental and radical innovation in Singapore Design-Driven Enterprises
Supervisor: Dr. Yen Ching Chiuan
Current Post: Lecturer, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, China

CHUA YING SHIUN:Educating sustainability through paper recycling in schools
Supervisor: Associate Professor Teh Kem Jin
Current Post: Lecturer, Singapore Polytechnic

Flavia Tenuta: Industrial Design Strategies For Sustainable Development. A Case Study of the Packaging Industry in Singapore.
Supervisor: Dr. Christian Boucharenc

Koh Koon Chuan, Raymond: Theory into Practice: “Domain-Centric Handheld Augmented Reality Game Design” for Designers
Supervisor: Associate Professor Yen Ching Chiuan & Dr. Henry Duh
Current Post: Adjunct Lecturer,University of Tasmania
Staff Research Project
Completed Project
Eco-Mosquito Plant Terminator RP-295-000-022-112
Principal Investigator: Ang Yian San
Collaborator(s): Ho Shuit Hung

Development of Scenario Based Ergonomic Design RP-295-000-024-112
Principal Investigator: Liem, Andre

Research and Industrial Design of a New Generation of Ergonomic Personal Passenger Luggage Carrying Systems (PPLCS) For Airports: Airport Trolley Project RP-295-000-025-112/592
Principal Investigator: Liem, Andre
Collaborator(s): Alam Y. Woo, Wolfgang Kratzenberg, Volker Asemann and Rahman Jasman

Apartments System RP-295-000-038-112
Principal Investigator: Boucharenc Christian Gilles

Light Weight Foldable Structures RP-295-000-041-112
Principal Investigator: Krishnapillai Anandasivan
Collaborator(s): Richard Liew

Parametric Form Design RP-295-000-044-112
Principal Investigator: Krishnapillai Anandasivam and Elivio Bonollo

Comparative Study of Visual Perceptions Between Real-World Product and 3D Simulation RP-295-000-048-112 Principal Investigator: Yen Ching Chiuan

The application of female-centred care methodology to the development of a mobile health communication unit for women RP-295-000-055-112
Principal Investigator: Dr Yen Ching Chiuan
Collaborator(s): Mahesh Choolani

Applying the Female-Focused Acceptance Model (FAM) to Develop a Healthcare Information System for Aging Women RP-295-000-073-112
Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Yen Ching Chiuan
Collaborator(S): Mahesh Choolani, Henry Been Lirn Duh, Chan Hock Chuan, Leanne Chang and Tai Bee Choo.

MERLION Programme 2009: Innovative Strategies for Sustainable Design RP-295-000-038-112
Principal Investigator: Boucharenc Christian Gilles

The Development of an Assistive Walker for Children with Cerebral Palsy or Spina Bifida: Leap Frog RP-298-000-002-112
Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Yen Ching Chiuan
Collaborator(S): Donn Koh
Ongoing Research Project
Investigating the legacies of heritage and identity within a contemporary culture of mass consumption using critical design practice as a practice based design research for critique and speculation
Principal Investigator: Hans Tan