The SMU Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme (IDP) integrates knowledge from two disciplines.

SMU is a research-intensive university that offers the SMU Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme (IDP). The programme has been introduced to allow PhD students to undertake research that solves complex real-world problems by integrating knowledge from multiple academic disciplines.

Under the umbrella of the IDP, SMU runs PhD programmes in 2 of the 5 SMU’s Research Areas of Excellence (AoEs) as shown in the image below.

 


 

SMU PhD students delve deep into their chosen disciplines or undertake interdisciplinary research.

The Five SMU Research Areas of Excellence

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SMU Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme Structure

SMU Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme Structure

PhD students in the programme will take 12 Course Units (CUs) of coursework and a dissertation (28 CUs). They will take 8 CUs of the coursework in a primary specialisation and 4 CUs in a secondary specialisation.

Students will sit for a PhD Qualifying Examination that covers both the primary and secondary specialisations. They are required to demonstrate their mastery of the topics in both disciplines in order to pass the examination.

Students will be jointly supervised by faculty in their primary and secondary specialisations, and their dissertation should integrate the two specialisations. Students will also carry out Research Assistantships with relevant research centres and institutes as part of their programme.

The PhD degree conferred will be in the primary specialisation.

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Prestigious Fellowship awarded by SMU

Students in the SMU Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme (IDP) are awarded the prestigious SMU Presidential Doctoral Fellowship for the first four years of study. This is an annual award that is renewed yearly based on good academic performance.

Students on this programme are awarded the prestigious SMU Presidential Doctoral Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research for the first four years of study. The award is renewable yearly subject to good academic performance.

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Two Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programmes (IDP) offered by SMU

SMU Research Area of Excellence Primary Specialisation Secondary Specialisation
Finance & Financial Markets Economics Finance
Analytics for Business, Consumer & Social Insights
(2 combinations)
Combination 1 *
Information Systems

Combination 1 *
Choose 1:
• Economics or
• Marketing or
• Psychology

Combination 2 *
Marketing
Combination 2 *
Choose 1:
• Economics or
• Information  Systems or
• Psychology
  • Interested candidates in this SMU Research Area of Excellence are to  apply for one of these two combinations choosing one primary specialisation and one secondary specialisation.

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What are the admission requirements?

What are the admission requirements for SMU Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme

  • A good Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline. A Master’s degree is useful but not required.
  • Good GMAT or GRE results.
  • Good TOEFL or IELTS results.
    (for applicants whose medium of instruction at the Bachelor's/Master's level was not English)

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How to apply?

How to apply for the SMU Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme

The application can be done online. Click on your choice of primary specialisation below to start applying.

Please prepare the following documents required for the online application:

  • Copy of Identity Card (for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents) or Passport/Identity Card (for Foreigners)
  • Cover Letter
  • Latest Curriculum Vitae with a recent photograph
  • Copy of Degree Certificates and Transcripts
  • Personal and Research Statements
  • Two Recommendation and/or Reference Letters

Application for the August 2017 intake opens on 1 November 2016.

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Our Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme Students
The programme was launched in 2013. We now have 8 students on the programme.

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