Application Procedure

Applications for coursework programmes are normally invited through newspaper advertisements. Details and application forms can be obtained directly from the respective Graduate Schools/Graduate Divisions of Faculties/Institutes.

Candidates for the coursework programmes are admitted at the beginning of either Semester I or Semester II, depending on the programmes they are enrolled in.

Research Programmes.

There are two intakes per academic year: one in July and the other in January. Details and application forms and can be obtained directly from the respective Faculties/Schools.


A person whose application for admission has been approved by the Board of Graduate Studies must register as a candidate of the University on admission and in each subsequent year of his/her candidature within the dates stipulated by the Registrar.

Unless granted approval by the University no student may concurrently be a candidate for more than one degree or register as a candidate of this University and of another university or institution.

Undergraduate courses

  • Architecture
  • arts and Social Sciences
  • Building and Real Estate
  • Business Administration
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering (School of Computing)
  • Computer Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)
  • Computing
  • Dentistry
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Design
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Music
  • Pharmacy
  • Science

Graduate studies

1. Faculty of arts & social sciences


Departments Programmes Centres

» Chinese Studies

» Information and Communications

» Centre for Language Studies

» Economics » Information Technology Unit 
» Management
» English Language and Literature » South Asian Studies
» Geography » Southeast Asian Studies


» History » Public Policy  
» Japanese Studies Office of Programmes  
» Malay Studies »American Studies  
» Philosophy » European Studies  
» Political Science » Singapore Studies  
» Social Work and Psychology » Master of Social Sciences (International Studies)    

» Sociology


2. Business
3. Computing
4. Dentistry
5. Design and Environment
6. Engineering
7. Law
8. Medicine
9. Science
10. Singapore Conservatory of Music
11. University Scholars Programme

The NUS curriculum is based on a modular system. Undergraduate and graduate programmes are multi-disciplinary in nature, and have the flexibility to suit each student's abilities, interests and aspirations.

Nanyang Technical University (NTU)

its courses practice-oriented and directed at professional careers. This approach helps ensure that its graduates will always be relevant to the needs of the society. The courses currently offered by the University are as shown in the table below:

The courses are conducted on an Academic Unit System. This is a hybrid of the American credit unit system and the British system of a prescribed core of essential subjects. The Academic Unit System provides flexibilities to enable students to broaden their learning experience and progress at a pace most suited to the individual needs while maintaining high academic standards.

Courses Name Courses Duration of Study
Accountancy B.Acc. 3 years
Business B.Bus. 3 years
Computer Engineering

B.Eng.(Comp.Eng.) 4 years
Materials Engineering


4 years



4 years

Civil & Environmental -

4 years

Electrical & Electronic


4 years

Mechanical & Production


4 years

Biological Sciences


4 years

Communication Studies

B.Comm.Studies (Hons.)

4 years

Arts (Education)


4 years

Science (Education)


4 years


The Nanyang Business School (NBS) Bachelor of Accountancy degree programme equips you with the knowledge and skills to excel in the new economy.This requires an increasing emphasis on a broad range of business competencies. In view of this, besides the traditional knowledge and skills in measurement and reporting, our curriculum incorporates the following to develop students to meet the demands of the new economy.


  • Broad Business Perspective
  • Strategy as core
  • Risk Management as core
  • Decision Tools for better decision-making
  • Integration of Financial, Managerial, Audit & Tax domains
  • Conceptual Framework & Underlying Principles emphasised more than rules Pedagogy
  • More Technology-oriented
  • More Experiential learning
  • Stronger Research Skills
  • More emphasis on Oral & Written Communication Skills
  • More Real World Cases and Business Simulations
  • More learning through Self-discovery & Experimentation

Accountants no longer deal only with company audits, financial plans, company accounts and operating budgets. Also, accountants are no longer just concerned with balancing the books. Good accountants know how to manage, present and interpret financial information to solve business problems. Well-trained accountants with a good understanding of business issues now play critical roles in devising business plans, developing IT systems and tools for enterprise resource planning, financial and risk management and tax planning.

Business studies

The Nanyang Business School (NBS) Bachelor of Business course allows you to specialize in a particular field that suits your personality and interests. You study how financial markets and tools such as derivatives and equities work and you can become a banker, investment analyst, financial analyst or risk manager. If you enjoy working with complex mathematical and statistical techniques leading to the design and pricing of insurance products, you can consider specializing in Actuarial Science which trains you to become a qualified actuary. In Applied Economics, you study real-life economic issues such as the impact of trade on growth and how to manage public funds to raise a country's welfare, issues critical to many countries today. This will help you to contribute as a researcher or a professional economist. The fast pace of technological change means that firms will need to learn how to use IT to grow their businesses. Graduates with in-depth knowledge of Information Technology working as Business IT analysts or IT consultants will be in great demand by firms and industries.No business can survive without good marketing. If you enjoy interacting with people, specializing in Marketing can help you select a career in market communications, logistics management, brand management or retail management.

Computer engineering

Computers are an indispensable part of modern culture and are the primary engine behind much of the world's economic growth. Computer engineers, with their specialist skills in hardware and software, play a key role in the advancement of high performance microprocessor technologies and their application in devices, processes and systems .As a student in the School of Computer Engineering, you have a balanced practical and theoretical approach to the study of software and hardware of computer systems.On completing your studies, you will take with you expertise in a range of topics such as electronic and microprocessor systems design, digital signal processing, control systems, computer architecture and systems, communication technology, networking, computer graphics, software engineering, databases, object oriented programming and Internet connection technology.

Materials Engineering

The duration of the Materials Engineering course is four years. Those who demonstrate exceptional academic abilities may graduate within three and a half years. Students with good GCE 'A' Level grades may be considered for exemption from some first-year subjects if they have distinguished themselves at the 'A' Level examination.

Upon the successful completion of the course, graduates are awarded the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Engineering). This is a professional degree and the Materials Engineering course has been accredited by the Institution of Engineers, Singapore, the Professional Engineers Board, Singapore, and the Institute of Materials, United Kingdom.

Course Profile

For students who aspire to a professional career, the Materials Engineering course provides a broad basic engineering education as well as an appropriate measure of specialisation in advanced topics. The curriculum includes several subjects related to Computer, Electrical, Mechanical and Civil Engineering. This is extremely important as the Materials Engineer will need to have, in addition to his materials knowledge, broad-based general engineering skills and knowledge to handle a variety of tasks and problems encountered in his job and to meet the challenges of the new economy.

In the Final year, students take electives from a list of advanced materials engineering subjects. This allows them to specialise in areas such as biomaterials, microelectronics materials, materials processing, materials performance & protection, metallurgy, and polymer engineering.

There are also subjects dealing with Communication Skills, Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship, Economics and Law. These develop the students' understanding of economic and human issues and will be important assets in their future careers.

Civil and environmental engineering

Strong Academic Programme

In our programme, you can be assured of sound fundamentals in civil engineering practices. You will be well-equipped with cutting edge concepts and ideas, hence, preparing you for a fulfilling career path as a Civil Engineer. You can opt to specialise in Structures, Construction, Geotechnics, Water, Environmental or Transportation Engineering.

Mechanical and Production Engineering

The School of Mechanical and Production Engineering prides itself in training multidisciplinary mechanical engineering graduates who can function effectively as engineers of the 21st century. Thus, the curriculum incorporates elements of mechanical, electrical/electronic, civil and materials engineering which are essential skills for any mechanical engineer. In addition to engineering subjects, you will also read subjects in economics, law, human resource management and the life sciences.In order to nurture an entrepreneurial spirit during your undergraduate studies, our novel inter-semestral subject of Engineering Innovation and Design takes you through the motions and actions of being an entrepreneur through discovery and project work.

School of Biological Sciences

The School of Biological Sciences will offer new multi-disciplinary programmes in the life sciences best suited for cross-functional capabilities required by the life sciences industries. These programmes include:

  • 4-year undergraduate Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biological Sciences Programme, which will combine technology and business elements with biological sciences, to produce graduates who are not only strong in biological sciences knowledge and basic scientific research principles, but also strong in business acumen for entrepreneurship in the life sciences. This is in keeping with NTU's mission as a premier university of business and industry.
  • Pre-medical option within the B.Sc.(Honours) (Biological Sciences) Programme to prepare its graduates and graduates from other disciplines for medical studies in graduate medical schools.
  • Broad-based multidisciplinary Masters, PhD and MD/PhD programmes in the life sciences to produce researchers and scientists, who are familiar with a wide range of topics in life sciences and have the flexibility of engaging in a wider area of research, for the life sciences, biomedical and biotechnology industries.

Communication Studies

At the School of Communication and Information, you have extensive opportunities to explore a wide range of communication interests in:

  • Journalism and Publishing
  • Public and Promotional Communication
  • Electronic and Broadcast Media
  • Communication Research

You will be immersed in an education marked by exposure to the arts and humanities. We have included in our new curriculum, foundation courses, such as Philosophy of Science, Social Psychology and Creative & Critical Thinking. On top of this, you can now earn a Minor in one of the following areas: Drama & Performance, English Literature, English Language, Chinese Language and Culture and History.

Arts (education)

The four-year Bachelor of Arts (Education) course combines vigorous academic study with challenging training in pedagogy. Some of the modules being offered include areas such as environmental studies and geographic information systems, Chinese language and literature, cultural history and the history of science, ethnomusicology and music technology, applied linguistics, literature and literary expressions in English, theatre-in-education, and art education, history, critical and contextual studies, design and technology. A special feature of the curriculum is its provision for multilateral development, which allows a student to combine disciplines across divisions or across Schools to form innovative programmes.

Outstanding students will be selected to do Honours in Chinese language, Chinese literature, English literature, English language, History, Geography, Art or Music after their second year.

Science (education)

The Science courses incorporates a professional diploma in education or physical education. It is designed to provide undergraduates with rigorous academic and pedagogical knowledge and skills not only to prepare them for their professional roles as primary/secondary science teachers and school leaders but also to widen their future career prospects.

special feature of the course is that students have the flexibility either to read only Science subjects e.g. Biology and Mathematics or to select a cross disciplinary mode by combining a Science subject with one in Arts/Humanities e.g. Physics and Music.

Curriculum & Education Studies, Teaching Practice & School Attachments and research project work are also emphasized. Outstanding students will be selected to read Honours in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Zoology. Higher degrees by research in MSc and PhD are offered for graduates and professionals seeking to upgrade themselves.

Admission criteria

International students must have completed at least 12 years of general education to be considered for admission.The more common qualifications that we consider for admission are:

  • Certificate of Secondary Education, Vietnam
  • GCE Advanced Level qualifications offered by Cambridge or Oxford universities
  • Higher School Certificate offered by Mauritius, Myanmar, Philippines
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Mathayom 6, Thailand
  • Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM)
  • SMU Ujian Akhir Nasional (UAN), Indonesia
  • Standard XII, India
  • Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), Malaysia

In addition to fulfilling the minimum entry requirements, you must also satisfy the special subject requirements for the following courses:

Course Special Subject Requirement
Engineering/Computer Engineering Mathematics and Physics or Physical Science at Senior High School
Materials Engineering Mathematics and Physics or Physical Science or Chemistry at Senior High School
Biological Sciences Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry or Biology at Senior High School


Mathematics at Senior High School

Entrance Examination

International students with the following qualifications applying for admission to undergraduate courses for academic year 2003-04 may be required to sit for an NTU entrance examination for final decision on admission.

  • Certificate of Secondary Education, Vietnam
  • Higher School Certificate offered by Myanmar
  • Mathayom 6, Thailand
  • SMU EBTANAS, Indonesia
  • Standard XII, India
  • Shortlisted applicants will be informed of The date, venue and syllabus of the entrance examination separately.


Students who applying for engineering courses will be required to sit for English, Maths ('A' level) and Physics papers. In addition, students who indicated Biological Sciences as one of the 3 choices are required to take an extra paper in Chemistry. Students who did not indicate engineering courses or Biological Sciences in their choices of courses will be required to sit for English, Maths ('AO' level) and Business papers.