After one’s Master studies, the pinnacle of academic studies is the doctoral degree.

Obtaining your doctorate is often regarded as the highest possible level of academic degree awarded to any individual. Doctoral studies is often known as the only time of a researcher or student’s academic journey where he or she can devote a significant amount of time to a specific area of research.

TUM Asia students who complete their Master degree, are able to apply for a doctoral position anywhere in the world. Some choose to continue their doctoral studies with TUM, and more information on this can be found in the TUM Graduate School page listed above.

Singapore citizens and permanent residents (PRs) may choose to complete their PhD in Singapore, where the Industrial PhD Programme will be applicable to you. Additionally, open positions at TUM CREATE, NTU or NUS will also be options for Master graduates to consider. Other positions in academic institutes worldwide will have to be self-sourced by the graduate himself/herself.

Some universities that our graduates are currently obtaining their doctoral degree at:

  • Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany
  • National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
  • Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
  • Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD), Singapore
  • RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland
  • Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
  • TU Delft, The Netherlands

The Industrial PhD Programme (IPP) is a joint partnership between Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), TUM Asia, and selected sponsoring companies. It aims to develop a pool of graduates with critical R&D skill-sets for roles in the industry, through providing them with training in a corporate R&D environment.

The Industrial PhD Programme (IPP) is a grant provided by Economic Development Board Singapore to companies to develop a pool of postgraduate manpower with critical R&D skillsets for roles in the respective industries.

TUM Asia is one of the academic partners onboard the programme and will work with the approved companies for IPP. 

Eligibility Criteria (for selection)
  • Applicants must be Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents
  • Applicants must also be Master degrees graduates from recognized universities


  • To obtain a post-doctorate degree within 4 years.
  • Company will provide the project (supported by TUM Asia), and will help supervise students.
  • Trainee will have to spend a minimum of 50% of his or her time on this company project within the company’s facility.


Under the IPP scheme, although EDB does not stipulate a bond on the trainee, companies are free to negotiate with the trainees and stipulate their own bond if both parties are agreeable.

What shortlisted candidates can expect

Salary support provided by EDB, up to SGD 3,300* per month.
*CPF contribution will be computed separately, based on the salary given.

However, the actual salary may be higher/lower than SGD 3,300, and this is up to the company to negotiate with the trainee. All other costs related to the IPP project and IPP trainee incurred expenses such as equipment, travel, conferences, publications will be subject to company’s agreement. At the end of the project, candidate will be conferred his post-doctorate status.

Information accurate on 19 August 2016.

For more information or to apply, kindly email to .
Application should come with an updated resume, cover letter and coloured photograph.



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