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PhD Programme Overview

PhD in Information Systems

Technology and management research for real-world impact

OUR MISSION

To produce PhD graduates with expertise at the intersection of IT and business for R&D units and applied academic institutions. To establish SIS as a distinct research and teaching school in Asia that attracts high-caliber professors, and influences academic research and industry practices.

OUR GOAL

To develop researchers/educators who address deep technology challenges in real information systems that impact business processes or management, or who develop tools and methodologies to translate business goals to technology solutions. Our PhD graduates will be capable of collaborating with faculty members from different research areas, designing technology solutions for real-world problems and applications, while still producing top-rate academic publications.

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OUR RESEARCH

EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS OF OUR GRADUATES


R&D UNITS

Research & Development Units require PhD graduates with system/business-view of technology, to complement graduates from other institutions who are trained to work on component technologies.

ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS

Academic Institutions, particularly software schools require PhD graduates with application/ system building and management skills.

INDUSTRY

Industry requires PhD graduates with the skill to develop tools and methodologies to translate business goals into technology requirements, and also to build technology-based solutions that contribute to revenue growth or cost reduction.

START-UPS

Economies require start-ups to stay vibrant. Entrepreneurial minded students can work with SMU's Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to translate their Ph.D. research into high potential globally scalable start-ups using the different funding schemes available to such start ups in Singapore.
 

Our graduates have gone on to secure job placements like Google, Twitter, A*Star, etc.

POSSIBLE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE PROGRAMME


LIVING ANALYTICS RESEARCH CENTER STUDY & RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

The Living Analytics Research Center (LARC) is a collaboration between our University and the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Our PhD Students enjoy the opportunity to conduct their dissertation research at LARC, working on exciting, real problems and collaborating with leading researchers. The center also sponsors selected students for a 10-month training residency at CMU, during which they will work directly with CMU faculty and researchers.


PROJECT OPPORTUNITIES WITH LIVELABS

LiveLabs is a city-scale research test-bed with progressive technologies for companies to run LARGE-SCALE consumer behavioral trials and experiment with novel mobile services on REAL people in REAL environments. Here, PhD students get to innovate in the areas of mobile computing, smartphone-based rich context sensing and real-time behavioral analytics capabilities via collaborative research with multinational technology giants. Students also participate in the deployment of globally unique lifestyle-centric research and development test-beds at multiple locations, including SMU’s downtown campus, major shopping malls, Sentosa island and Singapore Changi International Airport.


LEVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES AT THE INSTITUTE OF INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (IIE)

SMU's Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship will work with you in transitioning your technology innovation or a business model innovation into a commercial for profit company. Enroll in their workshops taught by serial entrepreneurs and acquire the skills required to translate your technology innovation into a business. Work with their Sandbox manager to explore the appropriate grants that can help you build a prototype of your innovation. Their Innovation manager can link you to Entrepreneurs-in-residence and business mentors who will work shoulder to shoulder with you in creating a company using your PhD research results. Benefit from their Entrepreneurs corner and Affiliates corner to develop networks that can help you achieve your entrepreneurial dreams.


FUJITSU-SMU URBAN COMPUTING & ENGINEERING (UNiCEN) CORP. LAB STUDY & RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

The Fujitsu-SMU Urban Computing & Engineering Corp Lab is funded by National Research Foundation and Fujitsu Ltd, and is part of the Centre of Excellence collaboration between A*STAR, Fujitsu and SMU.

At the lab, students will be involved in our lab’s exciting industry-relevant R&Ds on combining human behavior and management approaches with computational capability to create intelligent systems for urban dynamics and decisions. Students will also have the opportunity to engage with targeted industry players to design and implement working prototypes.


SECURE MOBILE CENTRE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF), the Secure Mobile Centre (SMC) studies technologies and solutions to secure different layers of mobile computing systems (ranging from mobile platforms, mobile applications, to mobile Internet services) via implementation of a holistic and end-to-end approach. At SMC, PhD students get opportunities to not only create state-of-the-art mobile computing security technologies, but also evaluate the scalability and usability of these technologies through collaborations with public and private sectors to conduct experiments in real world settings.

Last updated on 20 Mar 2017 .