NTU takes a pragmatic approach in striving to make 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:

Duration of Study
3 years
3 years
4 years
4 years
4 years
Biological Sciences B.Sc.(Hons)
4 years
Communication Studies B.Comm.Studies (Hons.)
4 years
Arts (Education) B.A.(Ed.)
4 years
Science (Education) B.Sc.(Ed.)
4 years

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.



The Nanyang Business School (NBS) Bachelor of Accountancy degree programme equips you with the knowledge and skills to excel in the new economy.

Success in this present highly complex global marketplace depends greatly on the strategic management and use of knowledge to understand and analyze the vast amounts of information available to solve problems and create value. 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

· 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.

In view of the requirements of a fast changing business environment, the NBS Bachelor of Accountancy programme trains you in the principles and up-to-date conceptual developments in financial and management accounting, auditing and assurance and the development of business information systems. You learn how to apply these principles to solve problems through the use of case studies, simulation games and project work. While many of our graduates begin their careers in auditing or public accounting, more and more of our graduates become tax advisors, management and business consultants, financial controllers and analysts.

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The world of business attracts many bright young minds. The Nanyang Business School (NBS) Bachelor of Business course allows you to specialize in a particular field that suits your personality and interests. If you are fascinated by the wheeling-dealing world of international finance and how capital markets work, Banking and Finance is for you. 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. On the other hand, if you are strongly people-oriented and you believe that the key to growth lies in developing people to the best of their ability, you should take up Human Resource Consulting. You can work as a headhunter or a consultant on compensation, personnel policy, training, and change management issues. 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.

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As a Computer Engineer, you are involved in one of the most vibrant and important technological areas in today’s world. Computers are an indispensable part of modern culture and are the primary engine behind much of the world’s economic growth. Moreover, the field continues to change and evolve at an astonishing pace. Witness how, within the space of a decade, the Internet has revolutionised all aspects of our lives - from the way we communicate to the way we do business. 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. In addition, you develop problem solving skills which can be applied to the analysis and design of real world problems and to the integration of hardware/

software issues. 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.

Career Opportunities

You will find ready employment in a wide range of positions within the IT and related organisations in the public and private sectors. Our graduates are much sought after and command high starting salaries. You can take on a variety of careers in research, hardware and software design, communications and networking, computer applications, engineering management, computer sales and marketing. You may also wish to start your own business as many of our graduates have done in the recent years.

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Demand for Materials Engineers

High technology manufacturing enterprises are on the increase and the role of MATERIALS is crucial to their success. This has created a growing demand for Materials Engineers as they play a vital part in exciting technological advances which are dependant on the creation of new materials such as complex polymers, liquid crystals, silicon chips, functional ceramics, special metal alloys and many other advanced materials.

Materials Engineers serve many roles such as giving advice on the right materials for specific applications, processing techniques to use, solving manufacturing problems, ensuring product quality and undertaking research to improve or develop novel materials. Wide opportunities exist for Materials Engineers who are in demand not only in the manufacturing, testing, inspection and certification industry and research establishments, but also in the broad engineering industry.
Course Duration and Accreditation

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.

Modern Facilities

The School has excellent modern equipment for materials examination and characterisation, testing, and processing, to support undergraduate experiments, projects and postgraduate research. Students will get good hands-on experience on sophisticated equipment such as electron microscopes, X-ray diffractometers, thin film coating equipment, specialised furnaces and various testing and characterizing equipment. Such exposure will stand them in good stead in their future profession.

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Engineering is not just about being in the fore-front of technology; it is about meeting people, managing projects and travelling far and wide In all these activities. Engineers create wealth and improve the quality of life.

Challenging and Rewarding

Over the years, more than 25,000 undergraduates have chosen to pursue the engineering course at NTU. Engineering is an exciting, challenging and rewarding profession. Engineers apply advances in science and technology for the well-being of humanity and they are engaged in as diverse occupations as planning and design, research and development, construction, manufacturing, marketing, consultancy, operations management, finance, transportation, microelectronics and infocommunications. Engineers command high starting salaries, enjoy excellent career prospects and, more importantly, contribute greatly towards the growth of a nation.

Broad-based Curriculum

In whatever branch of engineering, you will find that the courses focus on training undergraduates to become multi-skilled, creative problem-solvers who are keenly aware of non-technical issues, be they management, legal, economic or social. Because the world is becoming more complex, NTU endeavours to train its undergraduates not only to be multidisciplinary engineers, well grounded in their chosen discipline of specialisation, but also to be acquainted with other engineering disciplines. Our broad-based curriculum will meet market demand and provide the foundation for our graduates to continue with their lifelong learning.


The normal duration of the engineering course is four years but the academically gifted can graduate within three and a half years. The engineering courses are accredited by the respective UK professional bodies, the Institution of Engineers, Singapore and the Professional Engineers' Board, Singapore. Our graduates have been admitted into prestigious postgraduate schools including those in the USA, UK and Australia without difficulty.

Specialisation in Final Year

You initially enrol in a common engineering course in the first year. At the end of the year you are streamed into an engineering discipline (i.e. Civil, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering) based on your choice and performance. This will give you time to gain a better insight into the three disciplines so that you can make an informed choice of study. In your third year, you go on a 6-month Industrial Attachment to gain practical experience and to prepare you for work upon graduation. In your final year, you can choose to specialise from a wide spectrum of options which has been carefully planned, bearing in mind emerging technologies and job opportunities.



Vital Contributions

Civil Engineers make vital contributions to the economy. They help to create a safer, better and healthier environment for society. As a civil engineer, you are involved in the design and construction of structures such as buildings, bridges, power stations, dams, ports, airports,


highways, mass rapid transit systems, water and sewerage works, as well as the operational control and management of these facilities.
International Experienced Faculty

The undergraduate programme in the School is designed to help you understand the role of civil and structural engineers in society and train you to become professional engineers in this area. With our international faculty of academics who are strong in teaching as well as research and professional experiences, you can be assured of being in good hands. To keep abreast of rapid technological changes, our staff keep close links with industry and professional colleagues in engineering practices.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

You will have access to our state-of-the-art facilities in both hardware and software during the course. With all these features, you will receive a professionally-oriented education and be immersed in a technologically-stimulating environment for research and development and collaborations with industry and overseas universities.

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.

Career Opportunities

The civil engineer can work in many capacities - as designer, site engineer in charge of construction, project manager, planner of infrastructure, consultant, researcher, administrator, and so on. If you have a flair for problem solving and a liking to make the world a better place to live in, become a Civil Engineer. With our broadened curriculum, you will also be well-positioned to take up other career opportunities when these are presented.

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Pivotal Role in Society

As an Electrical Engineer, you revolutionize the way we live and work in the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century. Consider your pivotal role in modern society: you run electrical and electronic systems upon which industry functions; you design power systems to provide vital energy which drives machines; you devise microchips which network the world through the Internet, and control everything from microwave ovens to intelligent buildings.

Your training starts at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Training that is broad-based and comprehensive. A curriculum that emphasizes theory and practice. A setting that is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. A faculty that is engaged in leading world-class research in many niche areas. You will be bowled over by the broad range

of subjects on offer and the opportunity to decide how diversified or specialised you want to be. With an exciting array of cutting-edge courses in Power Engineering, Electronics, Information and Computer Engineering, Control and Automation, Communications, Microelectronics, Digital Signal Processing, Photonics, or Infocommunications to choose from.

Career Opportunities

You can be a professional engineer engaged in industries like power generation and distribution, electronics and microelectronics, telecommunications and information technology, and intelligent automation systems. You can take on a wide variety of roles in areas like research, design, development, manufacturing, quality assurance, marketing, sales and technical support or as technopreneurs and consultants. But then why limit yourself? With training from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, you now possess the skills and confidence to achieve your dream.

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Multidisciplinary Training

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.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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. You will then produce a prototype and a business plan to market your idea, which will be displayed in an exhibition and judged by a panel of industrialists based on its marketing potential and novelty.

Main, Design and Mechatronics Streams

Besides our Mainstream mechanical and production engineering programme, you may also be selected to follow a Mechanical and Production (MPE) degree course with an in-depth specialisation in Design or Mechatronics at the start of the second year. After the first-year common engineering course, you will go on to study most of the core mechanical and manufacturing engineering subjects, with minor differences. Students in the Design Stream will read subjects that place more emphasis on design. The Design Steam's philosophy combines an emphasis on creativity, technology and design methodology with a concern for human values and the needs of society. Students in the Mechatronics Stream will acquire specialised knowledge in mechanics, microprocessors, electronics, software for real-time embedded processors, robotics and servo motion control systems.

Final-Year Specialisations

In your final year, you may specialise in one of the eight final year specialisations of Aeronautical Engineering, Biological & Chemical Process Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Energy & the Environment, Innovative Design, Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Mechatronics, or Semiconductor Fabrication. The curriculum also emphasizes Engineering Design which is the cornerstone of the mechanical engineering profession. You learn the theory and practice of engineering design in progressively more difficult topics.

Career Opportunities

Mechanical Engineers are very versatile and adaptable by virtue of their broad-based education. For example, NTU's mechanical engineering graduates are employed as Mechanical & Electrical (M & E) engineers in civil and construction engineering projects; as manufacturing/quality engineers in the electronics industry; as process engineers in the chemical, pharmaceutical and petroleum industries; as design and maintenance engineers in the aeronautical engineering industry; and as biomedical engineers in the life sciences. The more research-inclined find good paying jobs in research and development (R&D). Mechanical engineers have been known to establish themselves in the government, the service sector (e.g. consulting, management, banking/insurance, and marketing) and even in politics! Some mechanical engineers with good ideas become technopreneurs, conceptualising, designing, manufacturing and marketing their own products and services. The sky is the limit for a graduate in Mechanical Engineering.

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Global Trends

The field of life sciences has been widely acknowledged as the next major technological revolution after the Internet. New knowledge and discoveries generated as a result of genome and molecular biology research will have major impact on the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries, healthcare, food and nutrition, people and the environment.

At NTU, we have already made a start in building a capability in the life sciences through our collaboration with the Singapore General Hospital in the field of biomedical engineering.

To further boost the development of life sciences at NTU, the University established a College of Life Sciences in July 2002. Under Phase I, the College will comprise two components – a School of Biological Sciences to meet the immediate manpower needs of the life sciences industry for graduates and postgraduates in this field and a Biosciences Research Centre to produce top-class researchers for the life sciences, biomedical and biotechnology industries.

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:

  1. a 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.

  2. a 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.

  3. 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.

The B.Sc.(Honours) in Biological Sciences programme will be tailored for R&D, manufacturing and management to meet the expected demand of the expanding life sciences industry in Singapore. Although the programme is 4 years in duration, very bright students should be able to accelerate and complete the programme in 3.5 years.

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Want to be in the media?

Would you like to be the person who is the first to relate the news of the day to viewers of television or newspaper readers? Would you like to be in the thick of action as you report live from news hotspots around the world? Or delve into the dazzling world of public relations and advertising as well as learn the art and science of corporate persuasion or media management and planning?

In the diversified world of communication, there is so much you can aspire to. Whichever track you wish to embark on, our four-year direct honors programme will equip you with all the necessary skills and provide you with a wealth of job opportunities.

All-Rounded Education

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.

The World @ Your Feet

Our philosophy to education is simple: We are committed to providing a broad-based, quality education, integrating subjects from various disciplines so that students experience a creative process of growth that is at the same time relevant to the needs of the industry. Using a two-pronged approach, we aim to provide strong theoretical grounding in communication, with emphasis on IT and the New Media, complemented by relevant hands-on training.

You’ll find insightful instruction from our dedicated teaching staff, long recognized for their research and close ties with the media and information industries around the world - internationally diverse expertise backed by state-of-the-art facilities and technology.

A thousand miles begins with the first step. So, take that step and let the course usher you to the brave new world of communication.

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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.

Undergraduates may also choose to be trained as physical educators through the BA with Dip Ed (PE) course.

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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.

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