PhD In Psychology

PhD In Psychology


This programme is designed to equip students with doctoral-level knowledge in content areas in psychology and research methodology, with a focus on areas in experimental, social, personality and organisational psychology.

Students will learn, from both coursework and hands-on research experiences, to link psychological theory, study design, measurement, and data analysis in order to make substantive inferences and evidence-based recommendations to theory and practice that are scientifically defensible. Students in the programme have presented their work at international conferences and published their research in top journals in psychology. Graduates of the programme will be well-prepared for careers in universities, research institutes and industry. 


  • Good Bachelor's degree in Psychology or a relevant Bachelor's degree.
  • Good GRE or GMAT results.
    Both the General and Psychology subject examinations taken within five years prior to application.
  • Good TOEFL or IELTS scores.
    For applicants whose medium of instruction at the Bachelor's/Master's level was not English.
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Degree Certificates and Transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Referee Reports

Course Outline

Years 1 and 2
  • 6 Foundation Courses (6 Course Units)
  • 2 Electives (2 Course Units)
  • 1 Empirical Research Project (ERP) (1 Course Unit)
  • Master's Thesis (12 Course Units)
  • 3 Advanced Research Topics (ART) Courses (3 Course Units)
  • Oral Defence of Completed Master's Thesis
  • Preparation of Dissertation Proposal
Years 3 and 4
  • PhD Qualifying Examination
  • Completion of PhD Dissertation (28 Course Units)
  • Oral Defence of Completed PhD Dissertation
Total Course Units: 52

Dates & Fees

Opening Date for Application

1 November (of prior year)

Closing Date for Application

31 January (of intake year)


  • Application Fee (One-Time): S$15
  • Registration Fee (One-Time):
    S$400 (for students who are Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents); S$500 (for foreign students)
  • Tuition Fee: S$10,000 per year (for Singapore Citizens); S$14,000 per year (for Singapore Permanent Residents); S$20,000 per year (for foreign students with Service Obligation); S$33,300 per year (for foreign students without Service Obligation)
*SMU reserves the right to alter fees as appropriate.
SMU awards scholarships, and research and teaching assistantships on a competitive basis. We assess applicants for different award schemes at the time of admission based on qualification and suitability for these schemes.

Other Info

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Contact Details

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Singapore Management University
81 Victoria Street
Singapore 188065

Tel: +65 6828 0100  | Fax: +65 6828 0101