Asian School of the Enviroment

The Asian School of the Environment (ASE) at NTU is an interdisciplinary School that will be a world leader in environmental research focused on Asian environmental challenges. The ASE integrates earth and environmental life science, ecology, engineering and technology, human ecology​, hum​anities, and the social sciences to address key issues of the environment and sustainability. The School offers a Doctor of Philosophy, a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Earth Systems Science, a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Earth Systems Science and Public Policy and Global Affairs and a minor open to all students at NTU in Environmental Sustainability.

Small cohort size

Our small cohort sizes mean a more interactive and productive learning environment, with opportunity for students to interact with faculty. Many of our students join a lab to do a small research project during their undergraduate years.

Field trips

At ASE we believe in the importance of applying classroom skills in real world scenarios, be it a volcano, a coral reef, or a rain forest. Our field programmes provide the opportunity for students to conduct real field surveys, gaining skills and understandings from applying them in real world scenarios. During the pandemic our field programmes have been rearranged to take place in and around Singapore.


ASE is a small and welcoming school, made up of faculty from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines. The open, dynamic and collaborative working environment makes it an exciting and fun place to study. Our undergraduate student and alumni associations are active and engaged, arranging activities on a regular basis.

Graduate programme

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The NTU ASE PhD program is 4 years. Besides working on their research, students from AY2020 Sem 1 intake onwards are required to complete 18 Academic Units of classes during their PhD, which roughly translates around six courses. After completing a qualifying examination in their third semester, they focus on completing their doctoral project, working closely with a faculty advisor. Students with a Master’s degree in related fields may request for course exemption up to 1 course (3AUs) for similar courses that he/she has taken during MSc in their respective universities.

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