SUTD Honours And Research Programme (SHARP)

Technology and design are the cornerstones of ensuring society’s prosperity and well-being. Multi-disciplinary research is essential in transforming the frontiers of scientific knowledge and technological advancement to create breakthrough solutions to address current and future trends in healthcare, aviation, artificial intelligence, cities and others.
Riding on SUTD’s next phase of growth by leveraging on SUTD’s unique technology and Big-D approach that cuts across disciplines, the SUTD Honours and Research Programme (SHARP) is a premier programme for academically bright students with a highly inquisitive mind, and who may aspire to pursue a research-related career later in universities, research labs and high tech industries.
Through close mentorship and a research programme that stretches your technical ability, equips you with research skills, and immerses you in the international world of research, SHARP will nurture you into a future researcher capable of developing breakthrough technologies which will transform industries. A close 1:1 research supervision between you and a faculty member will allow you to learn and to produce high quality research that will be critical for future studies in graduate schools.
Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng) or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc), you will have the option of applying for our  Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering or Master of Engineering (M.Eng) (Research) with SUTD or applying for overseas graduate schools.

Programme Highlights and Scholarship

SHARP builds upon SUTD’s interdisciplinary learning approach across products, systems, information technology and the built environment, and stretches you by providing in-depth technical training in research. All SHARP students will have the opportunity to explore various research topics before finalising their research project in Term 6, which will culminate in a final research thesis in Term 8. The research projects may include, but are not limited to, those offered in SUTD’s four strategic growth areas – Aviation, Artificial Intelligence, Cities and Healthcare.
During your undergraduate studies, you will get the chance to work closely with and be mentored by faculty and partake in fully-funded research projects. In particular, you can look forward to:

  • Taking advanced classes during Freshmore year as pre-research training to deepen your foundation and knowledge in key subjects
  • Conducting research as an undergraduate research assistant (with research stipends) under a faculty research group
  • Gaining overseas exposure through a funded summer programme at a partner university under the Global Leadership Programme (GLP)
  • Interning at local or overseas research institutes
  • Visiting top overseas research institutes to learn from and network with prominent scientists
  • Presenting your research paper at funded overseas conferences

Outstanding students who are offered admission to SHARP will be awarded: 

  • Attractive SUTD-administered scholarships for the undergraduate studies
  • $7,500 in research stipends1
  • $7,500 in grants for conference travel, publication charge and other research related expenses

1 Stipends will be capped at $1,500 per term to be drawn down from Term 4 onwards upon approval to conduct a research project supported by a faculty member. 

Examples of Research Foci 

Programme Structure

The programme duration is 8 terms across 3.5 years for B.Eng or B.Sc. Students who wish to pursue postgraduate studies can apply to our PhD or M.Eng (Research) programmes.

Honours sessions
To equip SHARP students with research methodology and to deepen their subject domain knowledge, advanced classes (known as honours sessions) will be offered on top of the regular Freshmore subjects in Terms 1 to 3. 
From Terms 4 to 8, you will conduct an undergraduate research project with one or more faculty members, which will lead to an undergraduate thesis in Term 8.
Global research exposure
During your two summer breaks, you will participate in an overseas summer programme and a research internship respectively. An optional short overseas field trip will be held during the Independent Activity Period (IAP) in Term 5.

Academic Calendar

2SUTD Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme. Click here for more details on UROP.
3For continuation in SHARP, students must pass at least 2 honours sessions and attain a minimum cGPA of > 3.5 at the end of Term 3. All students are to indicate their pillar preference after the end of Term 3.

4SHARP students are also eligible for overseas exchange in Term 6.


Admission Requirements  

Application is open to high-achieving students with:

  • Outstanding academic results with either GCE A-Levels, local Polytechnic Diploma, International Baccalaureate Diploma or NUS High School Diploma. Applicants should score at least 2 ‘A’s in Mathematics and a Science subject at H2, or the equivalent, to be eligible.
  • Strong passion in research.
  • Good records of leadership experience and community service.
  • Participation in science competitions, engineering fairs such as the Singapore Science & Engineering Fair, SUTD Research Mentorship Programme, DSTA Young Defence Scientists Programme, etc. will be considered favourably.

How to Apply

  1. If you are interested in SHARP, you will only need to submit a single application via the SUTD undergraduate admission online application. Simply indicate your intention to apply for the Programme in the application form, along with a personal statement of not more than 300 words on your motivation for applying to this Programme.

  2. If shortlisted, you will be required to attend an interview at SUTD to assess your admission to this Programme.

  3. Upon review by the SUTD Selection Committee, you will be informed of the application outcome no later than mid-April 2019 for those enrolling in AY 2019. 

  4. Do confirm your acceptance of the SHARP offer by the stipulated deadline in the admission offer letter. 


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