SUTD PhD Programme

Provided by Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

Course introduction


With strong research links to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Zhejiang University, the SUTD PhD Programme offers you a chance to collaborate with the best minds in their fields and conduct breakthrough research that will make a difference to the world.

SUTD’s fluid, stimulating and open setting creates an environment which places a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary and collaborative research and provides opportunities for industry internships, overseas research attachments and teaching experience.

The SUTD PhD Programme also features:

• Access to multiple world-class faculty with co-supervision flexibility

• Leading-edge research experience through potential overseas research attachments at top universities worldwide

• Close research collaborations and exposure to industry through local or overseas internships

• Participation in a multi-disciplinary design experience

• Professional development programme and teaching experience

• Attractive scholarship funding

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

Upon enrolment, you will pursue a PhD under one of our four academic pillars:

• Architecture and Sustainable Design

• Engineering Product Development

• Engineering Systems and Design

• Information Systems Technology and Design

SUTD PhD Programme students are required to pass the following in order to graduate:

• Coursework requirements

• Oral and/or written examination

• Submission of a thesis for examination board's approval

Students who successfully complete the programme will graduate with a Doctor of Philosophy degree under the same academic pillar.  The PhD curriculum and graduation requirements are pillar-specific – please visit their websites for further details.

Area of Studies

Here in SUTD, you will be able to engage in in-depth research with our professors from our four academic pillars:

• Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD) – focusing sustainable architectural and urban solutions to meet the present and future needs of buildings and cities

• Engineering Product Development (EPD) – focusing on innovative technology-intensive products that span multiple disciplines

• Engineering Systems and Design (ESD) – focusing on large-scale complex systems whose performance and function depend on their technology and socio-economic context

• Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD) – focusing on information systems that interact with the physical world, humans and machines.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess the following:

• At least a Bachelor’s degree or above with excellent academic standing

• An appropriate GRE/GMAT score (recommended but not mandatory)

• Proficiency in English (IELTS or TOEFL is required if English is not your medium of instruction in your studies)

• Three recommenders (ideally academic faculty who can comment on the applicant’s scholastic abilities and achievements)

• A Statement of Objectives
o State your experience, research interest and passion for the topic of study 

Fees & Funding

Both 4-year bond-free Fellowships are open to all nationalities and are awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding full-time PhD Programme applicants.

SUTD President’s Graduate Fellowship (PhD)

•  Full tuition fees

•  Monthly stipend of S$3,000  (up to 10% additional stipend for  Singapore Citizens and Singapore  Permanent Residents)

•  Annual conference funding support

•  Opportunities for overseas research  attachments and industry  internships

SUTD PhD Fellowship
•  Full tuition fees

•  Monthly stipend of S$2,500  (Singapore Citizens), S$2,200 (Singapore Permanent Residents) and S$2,000 (International Students).  Monthly stipends will be increased  by S$500 after passing Qualifying  Exams


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