Work-Study Degree Programme

The School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CCEB) offers a Work-Study Degree Programme (WSDeg)*. Students in the programme receive on-the-job training experiences during their studies at NTU, in partnership with one of our industry-leading company partners. This enhances their readiness for the workplace, providing a decisive advantage in landing a dream job after graduation.

At present, the WSDeg programme is available to students in the BSc in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry programme.


  • Early Access To An Established Industry Partner—The multiple on-the-job trainings, hosted by established industry partners, provide a unique opportunity for students to supplement their classroom-based education with practical work experiences, and to learn about their host company's work culture and domain expertise.
  • Deepen Relevant Industry Skillsets and Knowledge—Students benefit from greater exposure to a professional work environment, allowing them to their deepen technical skills, develop soft skills, and improve their understanding of real-world practices.
  • Industry-sponsored Final Year Project—Students have the opportunity to embark on a final year project supervised by company and faculty supervisors.
  • Enhance Career Readiness—The continuous engagement with a company throughout the course of study enhances students' job readiness and transition into the workplace after graduation.

Participating Companies

DBS Bank  • DSTA • Dyson  • Eva Group  • Evoqua Water Technologies  • GlobalFoundries
Hyperganic  • Makino  •  Manulife • Nordic Group Limited  • REC Solar Group • SAP
ST Electronic Engineering • Schlumberger • Standard Chartered Bank  • Swift Solutions
Vertex Holdings  • Visa • Yara International

... and more!

How to Apply

Students will be invited to apply in Year 2 Semester 1 via email. 

The following materials are needed for the application (please note that these materials will be forwarded to the participating companies):

  • Cover Letter and Resume (as a single file, in PDF format)
  • A brief explanation of interest in the programme

To be admitted to the programme, students must be first shortlisted by School to participate in the placement with a participating company. NTU's Career and Attachment Office will then facilitate the placement process. However, final placement is decided by companies on a competitive basis. 

The WSDeg programme consists of a sequence of credit-earning internships, culminating in an industry-sponsored WSDeg Final Year Project (FYP).

  • Work Term 1: 10 weeks (during Year 2 Special Semesters I & II)
  • Work Term 2: 20 weeks (during Year 3 Semester 1 OR Year 3 Semester 2)
  • Work Term 3: 11 weeks (during Year 3 Special Semesters I & II)
  • Work Term 4: 5 weeks (during Year 4 Winter Break - Dec to Jan)
Commitment for Students
  • Maximum up to 2 companies in Block 1 and Block 2, i.e. students may change to a different company in Block 2 subject to agreement by the company.
  • In Block 3, students must commit to one of the companies they have engaged in earlier work terms.
  • Work Term 4 is for immersion and continuity.
  • Students must spend minimum 1 day at the office during the course of the WSDeg FYP in Year 4.

For students admitted in AY2021/2022

Chemistry and Biological Chemistry
Core63 AU
Major PE (WSDeg)10 AU
Major PE (Non WSDeg)12 AU
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core: Common Core17 AU
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core: Foundational Core10 AU
Broadening and Deepening Electives (WSDeg)18 AU
Broadening and Deepening Electives (Non WSDeg)9 AU
Total139 AU

Students in the WSDeg are required to complete three Professional Attachments, one Professional Internship and a WSDeg FYP to fulfil the requirement under the NTU Work-Study Degree Programme. The course codes and titles are shown below (for all programmes):

BlockWork TermModuleAUDurationCourse TypeGrading
U21 & laterU20
1WT1CM2010 Professional Attachment I (Work Term 1)510 weeksICC Foundational CoreUEPass/Fail
2WT2CM5010 Professional Internship (Work Term 2)1020 weeksBDEUEPass/Fail
3WT3CM5020 Professional Attachment II (Work Term 3)511 weeks (10+1*)BDEMPEPass/Fail
3WT4CM5030 Professional Attachment III (Work Term 4)35 weeks*BDEMPEPass/Fail
3WSDeg FYPCM4901102 Semesters (Year 4)MPELetter-Graded

* Assessment for PA II (Work Term 3) will be assessed as a whole for 11 weeks. The 1 week in excess of 10 weeks during PA II in Summer will account to PA III (Work Term 4) to earn 3 AU.