Education & Training
NTU-HU Joint PhD Programmes

NTU and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (HU), have signed an agreement to set up a joint Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme in Environmental Life Sciences Engineering.

The joint PhD programme will leverage on the complementary strengths of both universities in key research areas such as environmental microbiology and nanomaterials.

Successful SCELSE PhD candidates will be co-supervised by faculty members from both universities, and will spend at least one year at the partner university. NTU and HU will offer scholarships (covering full tuition fees and monthly stipend) to students accepted into this joint PhD program. Successful candidates will be conferred a doctorate degree under the seals of NTU and HU.

"NTU is the first overseas university that The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is partnering to set up a joint PhD programme. This speaks volumes to NTU's growing stature as a research-intensive university of global repute. This joint PhD programme will leverage on the complementary strengths of both universities, starting with the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering at NTU, a national Research Centre of Excellence." 

-- Professor Bertil Andersson, NTU President

"I am thrilled with this opportunity to usher in the next era of scientific breakthroughs with our friends from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University. This agreement is a significant step in our strategy, which aims to develop The Hebrew University of Jerusalem as an international world-class university." 

-- Professor Sarah Stroumsa, HU Rector

This joint PhD programme will be of pivotal importance for cross-disciplinary research in cutting-edge life sciences and environmental engineering to create a new discipline of environmental life sciences engineering. These experts will then be able to harness microbial community-driven processes for environmental sustainability such as degradation of harmful pollutants, recycling of used water and minimising environmental health risks. NTU is fast becoming the international hub in this important new domain. 

-- Professor Yehuda Cohen, Deputy Centre Director, SCELSE.

Environmental life sciences engineering is a fast-growing and exciting area of research, development and education. For instance, we now know that bacteria 'communicate' with each other. If we know how to 'interfere' with their communication process, this can lead to novel ways to stop the spread of diseases. The training of more postgraduate students in this field is therefore crucial to develop the talent base for related environmental, life sciences, biomedical and pharmaceutical industries in Singapore, Asia and beyond.

-- Professor Bertil Andersson, NTU President

Please write to Prof. Yehuda Cohen ( with your research interests and CV, to discuss possible PhD topics.