Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme

SMU launched the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme (IDP) in 2013.

SMU currently has five Areas of Excellence (AoEs), listed below. These AoEs are university-level competencies that leverage interdisciplinary approaches to solve challenges for society.

Under IDP, SMU currently runs PhD programmes in the first two AoEs with the following combinations.

a.       Finance & Financial Markets

           Primary Specialisation

       Secondary Specialisation

: Economics 

: Finance


b.      Analytics for Business, Consumer & Social Insights

           Primary Specialisation

           Secondary Specialisation

Information Systems

Economics, Marketing or Psychology


           Primary Specialisation

           Secondary Specialisation

: Marketing

: Economics, Information Systems or Psychology

Please refer to Programmes for details on the primary specialisations.


Programme Structure

PhD students in the programme will undertake 12 Course Units (CUs) of coursework in addition to the dissertation. 8 CUs of the coursework will be taken in the primary specialisation, while the remaining 4 CUs will be in the secondary specialisation.

Students will sit for a qualifying examination that covers the primary and secondary disciplines. They are required to demonstrate their mastery of the topics in both disciplines in order to pass the examination.

Students will be jointly supervised by faculty in their primary and secondary specialisations, and their dissertation should integrate the two specialisations. Students will also carry out Research Assistantships with relevant SMU Institutes, Centres, Labs & Initiatives (ICLIs) as part of their programme.


Administrative Details


4 - 5 Years

Degree Conferred

In the Primary Specialisation

Financial Assistance

Successful candidates will be awarded the prestigious SMU Presidential Doctoral Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research for the first four years of study. The award is renewable yearly subject to good academic performance.

Admission Requirements

A good Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline. A Master’s degree is useful but not required.

Good GMAT or GRE results.

Good TOEFL or IELTS results.
(for applicants whose medium of instruction at the Bachelor's/Master's level was not English)

To apply online, click on the respective primary specialisations below.

The following documents will be required for the online application.

  • Copy of Identity Card (for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents) or Passport/Identity Card (for Foreigners)
  • Cover Letter
  • Latest Curriculum Vitae with a Recent Photograph
  • Copy of Degree Certificates and Transcripts
  • Personal and Research Statements
  • Two Recommendation and/or Reference Letters

For enquiries, please contact:

Ms Ang Lay Yong
Postgraduate Research Programmes

Application for the August 2016 intake opens on 1 November 2015.


Last updated on 23 Oct 2015.