Benefits of the SMU PhD


  • SMU prepares our PhD students to become world-class academic or industry thought leaders in their specialised or interdisciplinary fields by providing opportunities for deeper integration across management, social science and computing. Our students are well equipped to create or generate impactful and real-world solutions.
  • There are also many opportunities for our PhD students to participate in research and teaching teams at the schools as well as SMU research centres and institutes comprising internationally-known faculty members who are experts in their specialised fields.
  • Over and above academic training, SMU PhD students also participate in professional development activities (such as presentation and teaching skills training). This training is useful to them during their PhD studies as well as after they graduate.
  • Being in a city campus, PhD students have easy access to industry partners who provide research data and validation platforms as well as SMU’s research facilities which include proprietary and published databases.
  • SMU provides our PhD students with scholarships that cover tuition fees and provide living stipends as well as provides generous conference funding for students to share their research contributions with the international research community.
  • Our PhD graduates have found good placements at prestigious academic institutions and industry organisations.