Last Updated: 13 September 2021

Autonomous Universities

The 6 Autonomous Universities provide a wide range of academic, research, work-learn and student life options to cater to students' diverse interests and learning styles.

The Autonomous Universities (AUs) offer a wide variety of courses that cater to different interests and learning needs. There are 2 types of AUs in Singapore:

  • Research-intensive universities that are more academic in nature
  • Applied-degree pathway, where students receive more hands-on experience and industry exposure as part of their university education.

Explore the AUs

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

A comprehensive and research-intensive university, with a strong focus on engineering, science and technology. Apart from its 5 colleges, NTU also has Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine established in collaboration with Imperial College London.

National University of Singapore (NUS)

NUS has 17 faculties and schools at 3 campuses, including the Duke-NUS Medical School, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and Yale-NUS College. NUS offers the NUS Overseas Colleges programme that develops entrepreneurial acumen in students, and strong global programmes with some of the world's top universities.

Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

SIT offers applied degrees with a focus on science and technology, including those offered in partnership with reputable overseas universities. The Integrated Work Study Programme is a distinctive feature of all SIT-conferred degree programmes, which allows students to undertake 6 to 12 months of relevant work during the course of their studies.

Singapore Management University (SMU)

SMU has 6 schools offering 8 undergraduate degree programmes – law, accountancy, business management, economics, information systems, computer science, computing and law, and social sciences. SMU's pedagogy features an interactive, collaborative and seminar-based approach to learning.

Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)

SUSS provides an applied education that targets both fresh school leavers and adult learners, in the domain of the social sciences, as well as in disciplines that have a strong impact on human and community development. It offers a diverse range of courses with more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programmes in 5 schools.

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

SUTD offers a multi-disciplinary human-centric curriculum focused on Design with degree programmes that cut across engineering and architecture disciplines. SUTD's unique East and West academic programmes incorporate elements of innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking and local and international industry collaborations.


The Graduate Employment Survey (GES) is jointly conducted by NUS, NTU, SMU, SUTD, SIT and SUSS annually to survey the employment conditions of graduates about 6 months after their final examinations. Results for individual AUs can be found in the respective pages above. The combined outcomes of NUS, NTU, SMU, SUTD, SIT and SUSS by course clusters can be found below.

Download GES 2020 report for the 6 universities