Master of Engineering (Research) | Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Master (Research)

Programme Type

Full-time, Part-time

CCEB-CBE Graduate Education Office

[email protected]

A Master of Engineering programme based on original research in Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.

The programme is offered by the School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. It can be pursued on either full-time or part-time basis.

The periods of candidature are as follows:  

CandidatureMaster of Engineering (MEng)
 Full-Time (Year)Part-Time (Year)
Minimum 11

Students pay fees at un-subsidized rates after Maximum of candidature


Possible areas of research 

  • Nanotechnology catalysis and reaction engineering  

  • Process systems engineering  

  • Industrial chemistry  

  • Chiral and pharmaceutical sciences  

  • Biotechnology  

  • Green technology  

  • Separation technologies  

  • Molecular modeling  

  • Tissue engineering  

For faculty listing in the various research areas, please click here.


 There are two intakes each year - August or January. Applicants are advised to upload their applications 4 months before their desired intake.  Intake in August or January is subjected to the school's selection and recommendation. The University reserves the right to admit applicants in other semesters.  
Eligibility Criteria for Admission into Postgraduate Programmes:

Applicants from Local Universities
Applicants from autonomous universities in Singapore must have a relevant Bachelor’s degree with at least Honours (Distinction) or better. Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) need not be provided.

Applicants from Overseas Universities (based on the first degree)
Applicants from overseas universities must have a relevant Bachelor’s degree with at least 2nd Upper Honours or better.

Applicants from universities in China must have an average grade of 80 or above for the relevant Bachelor’s degree.

Applicants from universities in India must have 1st Class Honours for the relevant Bachelor’s degree.

All applicants from overseas universities must provide GRE and TOEFL scores. Applicants from India may use GATE to replace GRE. IELTS may be used in place of TOEFL.

GRE requirements (validity of 5 years from date of application):
Minimum GRE Verbal Reasoning Measure (V) and Quantitative Reasoning Measure (Q) scores must be equivalent to or more than 149 for each category. Applicants with total GRE scores (V + Q) equivalent to or more than 319 are strongly encouraged to apply.

Minimum GRE Analytical Writing Measure score (AW) must be equivalent to or more than 3.5.

GATE requirements (validity of 3 years from date of application):
Minimum GATE percentile score must be equivalent to or more than 90%.

TOEFL requirements (validity of 2 years from date of application):

Minimum TOEFL score must be equivalent to or more than:

  • 600 for paper-based test
  • 250 for computer-based test
  • 100 for internet-based test
IELTS requirements (validity of 2 years from date of application):
Minimum IELTS score must be equivalent to or more than 6.5.

The TOEFL/IELTS requirements may be waived if the applicant can prove that English was used as the medium of instruction during tertiary studies. The documentary proof is usually in a form of a letter or certificate.
Official original test scores are not required during the application stage. However, if successfully accepted, the applicant must produce original hardcopy documents during matriculation in NTU.

We emphasize that the selection process is competitive. Meeting all prior requirements does not guarantee selection. All applicants will be holistically evaluated based on the submitted research proposal, research and work experience, and other relevant experiences.   

Applications for admission must be submitted online. For more information, please click on Research Programmes Admissions Guide

Students are required to submit course exemption request at least two weeks before course registration period.


MEng Coursework Components

  • 9 AUs (3 courses: at least 2 from CCEB) with CGPA 3.0 
Research Component 
  • Qualifying examination & confirmation by end of year 1 
  • Submission of thesis for examination 
Programme Structure
  • All candidates will commence as Research Students in the first instance. Subsequently, the candidate will be required to pass the Qualifying Examination and Confirmation Exercise in order to be confirmed as a PhD candidate or MEng candidate. 
  • The candidate will pursue the research work under the supervision of the supervisor and submit for examination a thesis based on the research work done.  The candidate must keep in frequent and regular contact with the supervisor regarding the research throughout the candidature period. 
  • The candidate is required to attend classes and pass the examination to meet the coursework requirements such as Academic Unit (AU) and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).   
  • Candidates are required to complete all the coursework and undergo a Qualifying Examination cum Confirmation Exercise within the period stipulated.  
  • Upon completion of the research, the candidate is required to submit the thesis in a form ready and acceptable for examination before the expiry of the maximum candidature. 
  • In addition to being examined on the thesis, a candidate for the degree of PhD must pass an oral examination) on the subject matter of the thesis and other related subjects. 


Graduate Courses in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering: 

•BG6001 Advanced Biomaterials
•BG6014 MedTech Entrepreneurship: Driving Medical Technology to Impactful Venture
•BG7002 Molecular Biophysics
•BG7005 Advanced Mathematics
•BG7103 Bionanotechnology
•CH7003 Advanced Reaction Engineering
•CH7004 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

•CH7102 Cell Therapeutics Engineering

Graduate Courses in Chemistry:

•CM7002 Graduate Organic Chemistry
•CM7007 Graduate Seminar Module (I)
•CM7010 Graduate Chemical Biology
•CM7012 Advanced Chemical Instrumentation
•CM7013 Graduate Reaction Mode Organic Chemistry
•CM7014 Graduate Life Science Organic Chemistry
•CM7015 Graduate Basic and Technical Inorganic Chemistry
•CM7017 Advanced Analytical and Spectroscopic Methods in Materials Chemistry
•CM7018 Advanced Synthetic and Physical Approaches to Materials Chemistry
For Tuition Fees and other financial matters, please click here

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