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 strong interest in research, and who may aspire to pursue a research-related career later in universities, research labs and high tech industries.
Through a structured and research-oriented programme that stretches your technical ability, equips you with research and technical 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 pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering or Master of Engineering (M.Eng) (Research) with SUTD through direct admission or applying for overseas graduate schools.

Programme Highlights and Scholarship

This track 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)
  • Internship at local or overseas research institutes
  • Short visits to top overseas research institutes to learn, network and meet with prominent scientists
  • Presentation of research papers at funded overseas conference trips
  • Pursuing your post-graduate studies with direct admission to SUTD PhD (with scholarships) or M.Eng (Research) (optional) 

Outstanding students who are offered admission to SHARP will be awarded attractive SUTD-administered scholarships, as well as $7,500 in research stipends* and $7,500 in travel grants for research-related travel. Awardees will also be granted priority consideration for hostel stay after the Freshmore year.
* 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 choose to pursue their post-graduate studies with SUTD will gain direct admission to our PhD or M.Eng (Research) programmes.
To equip SHARP students with research methodology and deepen subject domain knowledge, advanced classes (known as honour sessions) will be offered on top of the regular multi-disciplinary Freshmore subjects in Terms 1 to 3.  From Terms 4 to 8, you will conduct an undergraduate research project with a faculty member, which will lead to an undergraduate thesis in Term 8. For the respective two summer terms, you will have overseas exchanges and research internships. An optional short overseas field trip will be held during the Independent Activity Period (IAP) in Term 5. A sample of the SHARP academic calendar is shown below.

Academic Calendar







SUTD Term 1

  • Freshmore subjects
  • Honour session

SUTD Term 2

  • Freshmore subjects
  • Honour session
  • Optional UROP^


SUTD Term 3*

  • Freshmore subjects
  • Honour session
  • Optional UROP^

Summer Term
Overseas exchange programme

SUTD Term 4

  • Pillar subjects
  • SHARP research project #1


SUTD Term 5

  • Pillar subjects
  • SHARP research project #2
  • Overseas study trip during Independent Activity Period (IAP)

Summer Term
Research internship at local/overseas research institute

SUTD Term 6

  • Pillar subjects
  • SHARP research project #3


SUTD Term 7

  • Pillar subjects
  • Capstone Project
  • SHARP research project #4

SUTD Term 8

  • Pillar subjects
  • Capstone Project
  • SHARP research project #5 (research thesis submission)

SUTD Term 9 (Post Graduate Term 1)
Direct admission to SUTD graduate studies (PhD or MEng)

^SUTD Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme. Click here for more details on UROP.
*For continuation in SHARP, students must pass at least 2 honour sessions and attain a minimum cGPA of > 4.0. All students are to indicate their pillar preference after the end of Term 3.

Conditions for direct admission to PhD and MEng

  1. GPA > 4.0
  2. Pass the individual research thesis in Term 8
  3. A supporting letter from the potential PhD advisor in SUTD


Admission Requirements  

Application is open to high-achieving students who fulfil the following criteria:

  • Have outstanding academic results with either GCE A-Levels, local Polytechnic Diploma, International Baccalaureate Diploma or NUS High School Diploma – (As reference, applicants should score at least 2 ‘A’s in Mathematics and a Science subject at H2, or the equivalent, to be eligible) 
  • Demonstrate strong passion in research
  • Experience in the form of participation in science competitions, engineering fairs, SUTD Research Mentorship Programme, DSTA Young Defence Scientists Programme, etc. will be considered favourably
  • Possess good records of leadership experience and community service. 

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.