Research Masters

Unsure if you would like to pursue a Doctoral Programme? You could start with a Research Masters.

If you are considering a career in academia at either an academic institution or industry but have not decided that you would like to pursue a doctoral programme right after your Bachelor’s degree, SMU’s Master by Research programmes will provide you a head start on research work. It will allow you to ascertain if research is what you would like to pursue as a career.

SMU offers four Master by Research programmes:

School of Economics

Master of Philosophy in Economics

The SMU Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Economics is a two-year research degree, with coursework running alongside with the MPhil thesis. All courses are PhD-level courses.

For non-SMU students interested in this programme, you must have a good Bachelor’s degree (not necessarily in economics) but with sufficient mathematics/statistics training. SMU Year 4 undergraduates may have the opportunity to enrol early into this programme.

Annual intake: August
Application period: 2 January to 31 March of each year.
Applicants will be notified of the application outcome in May.

For enquiries, email: soephd@smu.edu.sg.

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School of Social Sciences

Master of Science in Psychology

The SMU Fast-Track Master of Science in Psychology (FTMP) is a two-year research Master’s programme open to SMU undergraduates who are in their Year 4.

The FTMP is aimed at students who are interested in developing research knowledge and skills, especially those who are considering a PhD in psychology. The programme is called ‘fast-track’ as it enables students to earn a research master’s degree (MSc in Psychology) one year after graduating from the Bachelor’s programme.

Annual intake: August
Application period: 1 February to 15 May of each year.
Applicants will be notified of the application outcome in June.

For enquiries, email: phd_psy@smu.edu.sg.

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School of Information Systems

Master of Science in Information Systems

The SMU Master of Science in Information Systems programme is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the specialisations of data management and information retrieval, information security, information systems management, intelligent decision support systems, or software systems. The programme is open to candidates who aspire to:

  1. pursue an IT professional career (such as IT consultant, IT architect, IT project manager or instructor);
  2. work in R&D or product innovation; and/or
  3. prepare themselves for PhD studies.

Annual intake: August
Application period: 1 November (of prior year) to 31 January (of intake year)
Applicants will be notified of the application outcome in February (of intake year).

For enquiries, email: msis@smu.edu.sg.

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Master of Applied Information Systems

The SMU Master of Applied Information Systems (MAIS) programme enhances your knowledge and skills by providing a broad view of information systems and hands-on experience. MAIS is ideal for applicants who are interested in developing new technologies and creating innovative applications.

An essential component of the curriculum is its emphasis on strong industry-relevant projects. Work on real-world problems and gain sought-after development and research skills. There are three programme tracks in Cybersecurity, Data Science & Engineering, and Software & Cyber-Physical Systems.

There are two intakes a year – in August and in January:

Intake 1 Intake 2
Annual Intake August January
Application Period 1 November (of prior year) to 30 April (of intake year) of each year 1 May to 30 September of each year
Notification May October

For enquiries, email: mais@smu.edu.sg.

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