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Singapore Management University (SMU) Academic Research PhD Programmes

Singapore Management University (SMU) Academic Research PhD Programmes

Do you have at least a Bachelor’s degree?
Are you inclined to think critically & find innovative solutions to problems?
Do you have a passion for doing research?

SMU, situated in the heart of the city of Singapore, runs internationally reputable academic research PhD programmes. Our high-quality PhD curricula provide our students and graduates with the capabilities to conduct leading-edge research in their specialised or multidisciplinary fields. We offer six PhD programmes listed below:

SMU’s PhD students are actively engaged in the city’s financial, business, civic & cultural communities, and SMU provides up-to-date infrastructure to support our students in their research.

Singapore Management University (SMU) Academic Research PhD Programmes

Fully-funded scholarships are provided

A successful candidate will receive a fully-funded scholarship. The scholarship covers registration and subsidised tuition fees, and provides monthly living stipends. For outstanding students in Computer Science or Information Systems*, we provide a higher monthly stipend rate.

The scholarship is for a maximum duration of four years; it is renewed yearly, conditioned on good academic performance.

In the fifth year, students who have been on the scholarship may receive continued support through research and teaching assistantships or industry grants.

* Also, the Industry Postgraduate Programme is open to Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents.

Social & professional growth opportunities are provided

  • Participate in professional training workshops [e.g. teaching, scientific presentation, etc].
  • Strengthen research skills as Research Assistants.
  • Strengthen teaching skills as Teaching Assistants & Graduate Instructors.
  • Collaborate on research with professors & fellow PhD students.
  • Participate in, and win best paper awards, at distinguished international conferences – generous conference funding available.
  • Participate in competitive internships with prestigious international organisations.
  • Win prestigious SMU awards/fellowships:
Singapore Management University (SMU) Academic Research PhD Programmes

Our academic research PhD graduates have found good academic and industry placements

SMU PhD graduates have been sought after by prestigious academic institutions and industry organisations, including:

Academic Institutions (Singapore/International)

  • Bocconi University, Italy
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Indian School of Business
  • National University of Singapore
  • Peking University, China
  • Tilburg University, The Netherlands
  • Tokyo International University, Japan
  • University of Engineering & Technology, Vietnam National University
  • Wuhan University, China
  • Zhejiang University, China

Industry Organisations (Singapore/International)

  • Alibaba Group, China
  • A*STAR, Singapore
  • Baidu, USA
  • Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
  • Google, USA
  • Grab Singapore
  • Huawei, China
  • IBM Singapore
  • Microsoft USA
  • Telkom Indonesia
  • Twitter Singapore

Students’/Graduates’ Stories

Read more about our students’ & graduates’ experiences in the SMU Doctoral Blog.

Application Information

Intake Opening Date for Application Closing Date for Application
August 2022 [For all PhD programmes] 1 August 2021 31 January 2022
January 2022 [For PhD in Computer Science/PhD in Information Systems programmes Only] 1 February 2021 30 June 2021

* A successful candidate who applies early may be provided with an early offer.

Admission requirements can be found in the individual programme’s websites (links provided above).


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