SMU PhD students are provided with high quality doctoral training. Their research generates impactful and real-world relevant outcomes. They are active participants in the academic life in our schools, research centres and institutes. They interact with SMU’s international faculty members who are experts in their respective areas of specialisation. There are also opportunities for the PhD students to network with, and learn from, eminent visiting academics.
Besides formal interactions, the students engage with faculty and fellow colleagues in informal settings too. This rich intellectual discourse within the SMU community gives our students opportunities to formulate new research ideas and develop upon existing ones.
More information of our academic research programmes and curricula are found here:
Our students also complete an online, self-learning course on ‘Institutional Review Board Training for SMU Researchers’. Through the course, our students will acquire a fundamental understanding of the guidelines on the protection of human participants in research. There are 10 modules that focus on Social, Behavioural and Educational Research. For more information on the course, please visit www.citiprogram.org.
Besides the strong academic research training provided by the individual PhD programmes, our students are also equipped with the necessary skills for their careers.
These professional skills training programmes include:
The SMU Office of Postgraduate Research Programmes, in partnership with the SMU Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE), develops relevant training programmes that build the teaching capabilities of our PhD students.
CTE’s mission is to promote excellence in teaching among faculty and PhD students through the sharing of knowledge and building of best practices, in the process enabling them to grow together as professional educators. CTE runs the Graduate Development Programme to train our PhD students.
The Graduate Development Programme (GDP) prepares our PhD students for Graduate Instructor and Teaching Assistantship assignments at SMU. Training activities and events in the GDP include:
Our PhD students, who undertake Graduate Instructor positions, can also consult CTE on issues pertaining to course design and delivery, learner profiling, teaching evaluation and classroom observation.
The teaching skills (such as lesson planning and content development) would be valuable to our students after they graduate, especially when they move on to become faculty members at international universities.
Please visit www.smu.edu.sg/centres/cte/ for more information.
The SMU Office of Postgraduate Research Programmes also works in partnership with the SMU Centre for English Communication (CEC) to develop training courses that will help to enhance our PhD students’ English communication skills.
CEC’s vision is to “ensure that every student is an effective communicator”. CEC has developed English courses for our PhD students. These courses prepare them for Graduate Instructor positions at SMU, and at the same time equip them with strong verbal and written communication skills.
By the end of these English communication courses, our PhD students would be able to:
SMU PhD students who are keen to be Graduate Instructors would have to sit for an internal assessment conducted by CEC. CEC will assess their English competency and accordingly certify them ready to undertake the Graduate Instructor positions.
The SMU Office of Postgraduate Research Programmes also organises ad hoc English enrichment sessions to help our PhD students improve on their English communication and presentation skills.
The SMU Office of Postgraduate Research Programmes works with expert trainers to run workshops to develop our PhD students and prepare them for their careers. These workshops include, but not limited to, the following:
The Singapore Teaching and Academic Research Talent (START) Scheme, co-funded by SMU and the Ministry of Education, offers Overseas Post-Doctoral Fellowship for young Singaporeans who are interested in an academic career with SMU. We encourage and support outstanding Singaporean students in our PhD programmes to apply for this fellowship.