Industrial Doctorate and Industrial Masters Programmes

Industrial Doctorate and Industrial Masters Programmes

Programme Overview and Highlights

The Industrial Doctorate and Industrial Masters programmes partner industry to train and develop a talent pipeline for the industry at the postgraduate level for the following programmes.

  • Master of Engineering (MEng)
  • Doctor of Engineering (EngD)
  • Master of Clinical Research (MClinRes)
  • Doctor of Clinical Research (DClinRes)

Candidates will work on an industry-derived project and will be jointly supervised by SIT faculty and industry supervisor. The candidates will spend 50% of their time in SIT taking academic modules.

Programme Structure


Minimum Candidature

Maximum Candidature


Industrial Masters

2 years

4 years

  • 3 postgraduate modules
  • Thesis on industry-derived project

Industrial Doctorate

4 years

6 years

  • 6 postgraduate modules
  • Thesis on industry-derived project


Current employees of companies with recognised Bachelor degree qualifications and a research project identified by the company.

Intake and Application Dates

There will be two admission intakes per academic year:  September and January.

The deadline for application submission is:

  • September Intake: End of June
  • January Intake: End of September

Next application opening: June 2020


Subsidised Fees3

Non-Subsidised Fees2

Singapore Citizens4

Singapore Permanent Residents4

International Students eligible for fees subsidy2





1 The above Postgraduate Programme Fees are for AY2019/20. They are not fixed throughout the student’s entire candidature and are subject to yearly review and revision.
2 The fees for International Students and Non-Subsidised fees are inclusive of 7% GST.
3 The subsidised fees for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents shown are without GST, as GST on tuition fees will be subsidised by Ministry of Education.
4. Students who have previously enjoyed government subsidies/scholarships in a graduate programme will not be eligible for MOE subsidy in another graduate programme at the same or lower level. Such students will be liable to pay a higher fee, without MOE subsidy, i.e. Non-Subsided Fees, for the graduate programme that they now wish to undertake.


Funding Support may be available for eligible companies. Please contact for more details.

Please find below a list of FAQs.

What are the distinctive features of SIT’s Industrial Doctorate and Industrial Masters programmes?
  • The Industrial Postgraduate programmes are designed to train manpower at the postgraduate level for the industry while allowing the candidate to retain and progress in their career in industry.
  • The programmes combine applied research with programme modules, that can be paced out to allow the candidates to complete over the period of their candidature.
  • The research project is jointly defined by the sponsoring company and the University, focusing on solving an organization/industry challenge. The candidates will have both academic and industry supervisors to provide support throughout the programme candidature.
  • The candidates are required to complete modules relating to technology management which aim to provide a strong industrial edge to scale their career in technological / health innovation as opposed to academic research.


What are the differences between a Ph.D. and an Industrial Doctorate?

The differences are as follows:



Industrial Doctorate


For candidates aspiring to be academic researchers/faculty based in a university or research institute.

For industry professionals who aim to lead and innovate the development of products, processes and services in the industry.


Thesis Topic

The research is often discovery-driven or upstream by nature.

The research addresses challenges in the business activities of the company.

Thesis Characteristics

Addresses problems that are more academic in nature and focused on developing theoretical knowledge.


Addresses real-world corporate commercial problems in an industrial setting.


What are the differences between SIT’s MEngTech programmes and SIT Industrial Doctorate and Industrial Masters programmes?

The MEngTech programmes are coursework-based, where candidates are required to complete and pass all mandatory examinable modules.

The Industrial Masters and Industrial Doctorate programmes are research-based programmes. The candidate will pursue an independent but supervised research on an approved topic based on which a thesis must be submitted for examination. The candidates are required to complete and pass designated examinable modules. Doctoral candidates are required to pass an oral defence for their thesis.

What are the industry-related projects available?

Industry-related projects are typically initiated by the company and this is done in discussion with the SIT faculty. If your company has a project in mind, you may contact us at to discuss the possibility of collaboration.

What is the eligibility for companies to join the Industrial Postgraduate programmes?

Companies must be Singapore-based entities and possess the capacity and ability to scope and conduct an industrial postgraduate project with SIT. The Company must be committed to supporting existing or prospective employees (including providing financial support) towards attaining their Master or Doctorate qualification.

What are the benefits for the company if they sign up for the programmes?

Outcomes derived from projects have potential translation into new products/services that will benefit the company. By training employees to perform R&D in an industrial context, companies are nurturing future technical leaders for the company. The opportunity to interact with SIT faculty in the research domain will facilitate industry-academia technological exchange.

What are the requirements for graduation?

The candidates are required to attain the minimum academic requirement for coursework, in addition to submitting and passing the thesis examination on the industry research project. An oral defence is required for doctoral candidates.

How do I apply?

Applications may be submitted via SIT application portal, after the research project is finalised.

Do I need to attend any interviews?

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an admissions interview.