Strong and innovative research


Distinguished teaching

SMU continually strives to combine focused scholarship with multi-disciplinary perspectives. You can join us in developing insights that generate impactful and real-world outcomes.
SMU is internationally recognised for its distinguished teaching. You will have a chance to learn to teach from our internationally-renowned faculty.
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SMU PhD programmes develop world-class researchers



A unique university in vibrant Singapore

SMU PhD equips you with the expertise in conducting rigorous and leading-edge research. Let us develop you into future thought leaders in your specialised field.
Being in the heart of the city, SMU will give you the added opportunity to engage with the city’s financial, business, civic and cultural communities.
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Students & Faculty Speak

Robert Kauffman
Professor of Information Systems
School of Information Systems
  Jack Hong Jiajun
Student of PhD in Business (Finance)
Lee Kong Chian School of Business
'The classes are smaller; the attention that you get from the various faculties when you join a programme will be much more intimate.'   'When you pursue a PhD, you actually learn to construct knowledge that people can use in real life.'
Angela Leung
Associate Professor of Psychology
School of Social Sciences
  Swapna Gottipati
Student of PhD in Information Systems
School of Information Systems
'A research scholar takes the initiative to learn, sets own goals and sees them through, and has the capability of flexibly responding to task demands or resetting priorities.'   'I have been very impressed with the positive spirit in the school, and the camaraderie amongst faculty members who teach and supervise us.'
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