PhD Program

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I. Course Work

The required course work consists of three components: Graduate Level Course, Research Seminar, and Research Project.

1) Graduate Level Course

  • A student working towards the PhD degree is required to take graduate courses. A student with a Bachelor’s degree is required to take five courses. A student with a Master’s degree is required to take four courses.
  • Courses can be chosen from the available SUTD graduate level courses, related to the student’s specific research area, and in consultation with the PhD advisor.
  • All students are recommended to complete the required course work before their PhD Qualifying Examination (QE) and Thesis Proposal.

2) Research Seminar

  • All students must attend the Science, Mathematics and Technology Research Seminar Series for at least 2 semesters.
  • The Science, Mathematics and Technology Research Seminar Series consist of a series of seminars related to the Science, Mathematics and Technology students’ research area and will be provided by the Science, Mathematics and Technology, and the EPD/ESD/ISTD Pillars. The seminars attended should be approved by the PhD advisor. The students are required to submit a short write-up/report as proof of attendance of the seminars.
  • All students are recommended to complete their Research Seminars before their PhD QE and Thesis Proposal.

3) Research Project

  • All students must take at least one research project during their course of study. The research project can be chosen from those provided by the Science, Mathematics and Technology, the EPD/ESD/ISTD Pillars, or external projects (eg. Industry projects or research projects with A*Star RIs).
  • Students are also strongly encouraged to choose the Big D project in lieu of the research project.

II. Qualification Examination (QE)

  • Students must take a PhD Qualifying Examination (QE)  to assess their fitness and progress to the PhD degree. It should be taken after the first year and by the second year of PhD study.
  • It consists of: (1) a written report; (2) a 45 minutes oral presentation.
    The QE is to assess a student’s understanding of the following aspects of their PhD study:

    • The general field of PhD study, and the specific focus
    • A comprehensive literature review
    • Development of a rational research plan
    • Preliminary results
    • Expected final outcome
  • The QE will be assessed by a faculty committee appointed by the Head of Science, Mathematics and Technology, consisting of at least four faculty members: a chair (tenure faculty from Science, Mathematics and Technology), the thesis advisor, and two or three other faculty members of SUTD (from any related pillars/clusters). The committee may include an optional additional external member not within SUTD. The same committee will serve as the Thesis Examination Committee (TEC).
  • Maximum allowable attempt for QE: Twice.
    If a student fails the 2nd attempt, his/her research scholarship and candidature will be terminated.
  • Please click here for information about requirements, format, committee, time frames, results form, etc.

III. Students must also meet up other general requirements of SUTD’s PhD program




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