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.

Our 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 collaboration and exposure to industry through local or overseas internships
    • PhD Industry Internships:  PhD students can embark on an Industry Internship Programme (of up to 6 months). This will expose them to hands-on experience with industry projects,  a broader research scope to supplement their PhD research, network with other research industries and attain course credits for their candidature
  • Participation in a multi-disciplinary design experience
    • PhD Big-D Project: A task-based, self-driven entrepreneurial programme that aims to transform ideas, inventions and scientific understandings into tangible products, systems and/or services
  • Professional development programme and teaching experience
  • Attractive scholarship funding
Programme Structure

Upon enrolment, students will pursue a PhD under these academic tracks:

  • Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD) – focusing on 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
  • Science and Math – focusing on wide-ranging, interdisciplinary research that is grounded in Science and Math fundamentals and with practical applications.

Students who successfully complete the programme will graduate with a Doctor of Philosophy degree under the same academic pillar.

Admission Requirements

This programme seeks individuals with a strong academic background and a passion for innovation and dedication to cutting-edge research.  We seek to nurture, develop and inspire its PhD students to become technologically-grounded leaders to take on exciting careers in academia and industry.

You should possess the following:

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree or above with excellent academic standing
  • Proficiency in English (IELTS or TOEFL is required if English is not your medium of instruction in your studies)

You 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
Dates & Fees

For more information on Application Dates, click here.

For more information on Fee, Scholarships and Finance matters, click here.

Contact Details

Singapore University of Technology and Design
8 Somapah Road
Singapore 487372

Tel: +65 6303 6600