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National University of Singapore Engineering Admission Procedure

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National University of Singapore is a public University, which offers a global to approach to education and research. There are around 31,000 students and 5,000 academic staffs at NUS. It has 17 schools which include Engineering, Medicine, Business, Computing, Dentistry and other departments. Those 17 schools are almost ranked under top 50 in its own subject. And NUS is the number one university in Asia, also have good rank in the list of universities in Singapore(NUS) for international students.


Singapore is one of the best countries in our world to live. The crime rates are very low and tax rates are also low compared to western countries. We don’t have to worry about walking late at night. In short, Singapore is a compact city with the best public transport and excellent safety regulations.

Master’s Degree in Engineering: NUS offer two kinds of master’s degree in Engineering as follows.

  • One of the top course is Master of Engineering (research based)
  • Master of Science (Coursework based)

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Master of Engineering Admission Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree with honors at least Second Class Lower
  2. Any one of the following tests: GRE (Graduate Record Examination), TOEFL,
  3. IELTS
  4. Three referees from your last institution.
  5. Statement of Purpose

The minimum scores for these tests are as follows:

1) GRE: Minimum score of 320 (verbal & Quantitative Total) and 160 (verbal) and 160 (Quantitative) and 3.5 (analytical)

2) TOEFL: Score of 85 for Internet Based Test (IBT)

3) IELTS: Minimum score of 6.0 band overall.


  • GRE Validity: 5 years (after test date)
  • TOEFL Validity: 2 years (from the date of the test)
  • IELTS Validity: 2 years (from the test date)

Applicants, who graduated from English-medium universities and have yet to sit for the tests, may be required at the discretion of the Head of Department or Vice-Dean (Graduate Programs), NUS applicants to undergo this test to assess their course knowledge and skills for University study.

Admission Timeline

There are two intakes in an academic year in August and January. Also, the deadlines of the application period are as follows:

August Intake Deadline:

  • 1st February for International Candidates
  • 1st April for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents

January Intake Deadline:

  • 1st July for International Candidates
  • 1st September for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents

Program Structure: Coursework Element

  • Research degree program includes an element of coursework in the same or related fields.
  • The coursework component comprises not less than 16 MCs (typically 4 graduate modules) for Master of Engineering students.
  • Master’s students are expected to achieve a CAP of at least 3.00 in the best 4 modules (equivalent of 16 MCs), inclusive of core modules (if any).
  • International students should obtain at least C grade in English language.

Graduate Seminar:

  • To coordinate with other graduate students. Also, the required coursework includes a “graduate seminar.”
  • Student need to attend seminars and deliver presentations of research work.
  • Participation in seminars is mandatory for all the students of this course as it improves communication skills.
  • A ‘Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory’ grade is awarded based on attendance, presentation and document submission.
  • Research students of all departments need to obtain a satisfactory grade for the seminar module.

Thesis Component:The Master’s program requires the completion of a thesis not exceeding 30,000 words.

Departments providing Master Of Engineering courses.

  • Master of Engineering.
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical & Bio molecular Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial Systems Engineering & Management
  • Materials Science & Engineering

Each department in National University of Singapore has its own excellent research facilities and students can get an opportunity to work closely with faculty members on a wide variety of exciting research projects.

Master of Science Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with honors or its equivalent
  • However, All the applicants whose first language is not English, they need to demonstrate their English proficiency by either TOEFL* or IELTS* test scores.

To meet the English requirement for MSc programs in Engineering, the minimum score expected is:

  • 85 (for TOEFL internet-based test) or
  • 6.0 (for IELTS (Academic))
  • *Selected candidates may be contacted for interviews to assess their suitability for admission.

Admission Timeline:

There are two intakes in an academic year in August and January. Also, the deadlines of the application period are as follows:

August Intake: 3rd week of January – Admission Open and admission closes on 3rd week of February.

January Intake Deadline:3rd week of July admission Opens and admission closes on 3rd week of August.

Programs Offered in Master of Science.

National University of Singapore August & January Programs

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering.
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Offshore Technology
  • Safety, Health & Environmental Technology

Programs With August Intake only:

  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Hydraulic Engineering & Water Resources Management
  • Intellectual Property Management
  • Management of Technology
  • Systems Design and Management

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Program Structure:

Classes: Normally take 3-5 modules each semester(i.e. generally attend lectures between 3-5 evenings per week)

  • The maximum workload per semester in National University of Singapore is 16 to 20 MCs.
  • Period of candidature
  • Minimum residency: 50% of required MCs.
  • A candidate must complete 40 Module Credits in order to complete his studies.
  • Maximum period: 4 semesters /2 years

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Content Credit: Gopalakrishnan Ravichandran

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