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.

Doing a PhD at Technical University of Munich

PhD candidates at TUM work in an excellent research environment where they are supervised by leading scientists in their respective disciplines. They also benefit from a close-knit network of research institutions and industry in the Munich Metropolitan Area.

TUM Graduate School supports PhD candidates with a well-designed qualification program, funding for international research experience, and wide variety of networking opportunities.

Apply now! You can find a detailed description of the application process on the TUM Graduate School website.

Excellent Research Environment

The Technical University of Munich offers PhD candidates an ideal environment for their research at its chairs, departments and institutions.

Whether they are performing basic research or are working on application interfaces: Researchers at TUM help improve our understanding of the world, develop sustainable technologies, and improve our quality of life.

Based on the strength of its research, TUM was awarded the title University of Excellence for its overall concept and development strategy in 2006 and 2012. In addition, TUM has been at the top of German and European universities for more than a decade, according to nearly every international ranking. TUM graduates have an outstanding reputation among employers, and the university is in the top 15 of the Global Employability University Ranking.

TUM is located in the metropolitan region of Munich, one of the leading business and science regions in Europe. Many successful companies with strong research and development activities, as well as renowned research institutions, are based in the region.

Full Support for PhD Candidates: TUM Graduate School

TUM Graduate School (TUM-GS)  promotes the networking and further qualification of doctoral candidates, thus combining the benefits of a traditional individual doctorate with its structured doctoral programs.

The traditional individual doctorate is based on a close collaboration between the doctoral candidate and his/her supervisor in the department or institute. Ph.D. candidates mainly work independently on their research project and are supported by their dissertation supervisor. At the same time, they are involved in the work of the department. In this way, doctoral candidates develop their identity as independent researchers.

TUM Graduate School supplements the proven individual doctorate with elements that support doctoral candidates and their supervisors. That includes structural measures and qualification offerings based on the best international standards, for instance the early conclusion of a supervision agreement, regular feedback meetings, subject-specific courses as well as offerings for interdisciplinary qualification and financial support for research stays abroad.


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