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.
The Five SMU Research Areas of Excellence
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.
Prestigious Fellowship awarded by SMU
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.
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
|Combination 1 *
Combination 1 *
|Combination 2 *
|Combination 2 *
• Economics or
• Information Systems or
What are the admission requirements?
How to apply?
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:
Application for the August 2017 intake opens on 1 November 2016.
Our Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme Students
The programme was launched in 2013. We now have 8 students on the programme.