Master of Science in Signal Processing

Master (Coursework)

Programme Type

Full-time, Part-time

The MSc (Signal Processing) programme is designed for practicing engineers, hardware and software designers, R & D managers, and industry planners who seek an understanding of current approaches and evolving directions for DSP technologies. It is also intended for engineers who anticipate future involvement in this area.
  1. At least a good relevant bachelor's degree
  2. Relevant working experience is an advantage
  3. For applicants whose native language is not English, TOEFL/IELTS score is to be submitted with the application for admission:

         TOEFL Score (Test dates must be within 2 years or less from the date of application):

          ≥ 600 (paper-based)

          ≥ 250 (computer-based)

          ≥ 100 (internet-based)

         IELTS Score (Test date must be within 2 years or less from the date of application):

          ≥ 6.5

Programme Structure

There are two options of study, one with coursework and dissertation, and the other with coursework only. Each course is of 3 AUs and consists of 39 hours of lectures. Candidates who undertake a project of 6 AUs must submit a dissertation on it.

Option 1
Coursework + Dissertation

Option 2

8 courses + dissertation project
(30 AUs in total)
10 courses
(30 AUs in total)
4 specialized electives (≥ 12 AUs) 4 specialized electives ((≥ 12 AUs)
4 general electives (≤ 12 AUs)
6 general electives (≤ 18 AUs)
Dissertation (6 AUs)  

 Full-time students are strongly recommended to select the dissertation option, however this option is recommended only for students with a high level of English proficiency. Students taking the dissertation option may take a longer time to complete the programme.

 Note:  The programme structure will be subject to change without prior notice.



Both full-time and part-time programmes are offered (unless stated). Part-time candidates are expected to obtain permission from their employer before admission to the programme. All classes are conducted in the evenings, while ex aminations are conducted during office hours.

Type of Coursework Programme

Minimum Candidature

Maximum Candidature

Master of Science


1 year 3 year

Master of Science


2 year 4 year


Programme Calendar

Semester 1 August to December
Semester 2 January to May
Week 1 to 14 Lecture (Inclusive of 1-week recess)
Week 15 to 17 Examinations
Other Vacation

Graduate courses offered by Master of Science (MSc) Signal Processing:

Specialized Elective Courses (Students are required to take a min of 4 out of all the 5 specialized elective courses)

Course Code

Course Title

Course Content


EE6101 Digital Communication Systems Communication signals and baseband transmission. Digital modulation/demodulation. Error correction coding. Spread-spectrum techniques. 3
EE6401 Advanced Digital Signal Processing
Discrete signal analysis and digital filters. Power spectrum
estimation. Linear prediction and optimal linear filters. Multi-rate digital signal processing. DSP Architectures and applications.
EE6402 Real-time DSP Design and Applications
Digital Filter Implementation Issues. Advanced Arithmetic
Techniques for Hardware. Architecture for General Purpose Digital Signal Processor. Peripherals for DSP Applications. Design and Development Tools for DSP Processors. Introduction to VLSI. Algorithms and Architecture for VLSI.
EE6403 Distributed Multimedia Systems
Media and Media Systems. Media Compression and Standards.
Media Processing and Storage. Media Transmission and Delivery. Quality of Service on Distributed Multimedia Systems. Multimedia Applications.
EE6427 Video Signal Processing
Image and Video Basics. Image and Video Transform Coding.
Filtering and Error Resilience for Image and Video. Image and Video Coding Principles and Standards. Recent and Emerging Topics in Image and Video Processing.



General Elective Courses

Course Code

Course Title

Course Content


EE6010 Project Management & Technopreneurship project Initiation and Planning. Project Scheduling and Implementation. Project Monitoring, Control and Evaluation. Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 3
EE6129 Wireless & Mobile Radio Systems Wireless channel models. Fading and ISI mitigation techniques. Cellular concept and Multiple access techniques. Satellite communications. 3
EE6204 Systems Analysis Linear, Dynamic and Integer Programming. Optimization Techniques. Random Processes. Queuing Models. Markov Decision Process. 3
EE6221 Robotics & Intelligent Sensors Overview of robotics. Motion planning and control. Mobile robots . Controller hardware/software systems. Sensorsystems and integration. 3
EE6222 Machine Vision Fundamentals of image processing & analysis. Feature Extraction Techniques. Pattern / Object Recognition and Interpretation. Three- Dimensional Computer Vision. Three-Dimensional Recognition Techniques. Biometrics. 3
EE6227 Genetic Algorithms and Machine Learning Review of Combinatorics and Probability. Introduction of Genetic Algorithms. Differential Evolution. Particle Swarm Optimization. Advanced Techniques. Principles of Machine Learning. Paradigms of Machine Learning. Kernel Methods. 3
EE7204 Linear Systems Input/Output System Models. State Space Representation. Norms of Signals and Systems. Decomposition of Linear Time-Invariant Systems. Linear Feedback Design. Convex Optimization for Linear System Analysis and Design. 3
EE7207 Neural and Fuzzy Systems
Introduction to artificial neural networks. Recurrent and Hopfield Neural Network. Multi-layer perception neural network. Radial basis function neural network. Support vector machines. Self-organizing map neural network. Applications of neural network. Fundamentals of fuzzy logic and fuzzy systems. Takagi-Sugeno (T-S) fuzzy modelling and identification. Stability analysis of fuzzy systems. Applications of fuzzy systems.
EE7401 Probability and Random Processes
Probability concepts. Random variables. Multiple random variables. Sum of random variables and multidimensional distributions. Random Sequences. Probability density function estimation. Random variable simulation. Random processes. Correlation functions. Spectral density. Random processes
EE7402 Statistical Signal Processing
Signal Estimation Theory. Properties of Estimators. Fundamentals of Detection Theory. Detection of Deterministic and Random Signals. Application of Signal Detection and Estimation. Introduction to Adaptive Filtering. Gradient based Adaptation. Adaptive Filter Applications.
EE7403 Image Analysis and Pattern Recognition
Image Fundamentals. Image Enhancement and Restoration. Image Analysis. Decision Theory and Statistical Estimation. Classification and Clustering. Dimensionality Reduction.

 Note: the above curriculum is subject to change.


Tuition Fee

Five MSc programmes (Communications Engineering, Computer Control & Automation, Electronics, Power Engineering and Signal Processing) are self-financed programmes.

Students of this programme are not eligible for Service Obligation/ MOE Subsidies.

The tuition fees per module (3 AUs) and per dissertation (6 AUs) for admission AY2020 onwards are shown in the tables as follows:


Admission Year Singaporeans
Singapore PRs
International Students
  (Per Module) (Per Dissertation)^ (Per Module) (Per Dissertation)^ (Per Module) (Per Dissertation)^


AY2020-2021 onwards


Total Programme Fee

Total Programme Fee


Total Programme Fee

S$30,000 S$35,000 S$40,000

                                         *Exclusive of GST

                                         ^The tuition fee for Dissertation (6 AUs) will be twice of each module fee.

                                         All fees listed above are in Singapore dollars (S$), and subject to annual revision by the school.

                                         The tuition fee is exclusive of living expenses and miscellaneous student fees

The deposit fee S$2,000 is payable upon acceptance of offer and non-refundable. It will be deductible from the full tuition fee.

Payment schedule for semester 1 and semester 2 is in September and February respectively.

Awards in MSc Programme

Awards Title Awards Description
IEEE PHOTONICS & SOCIETY SINGAPORE CHAPTER & THE OPTICAL SOCIETY (OSA) The Prize (cash award) is awarded to the student with the highest mark in the course EE6122 (Optical Fibre Communications).
MICRON GOLD MEDAL The medal is awarded to the best graduating student with highest aggregate marks in the degree of Master of Science (Electronics) and who has completed the programme within 2 years.
The medal is awarded to the graduating student with the highest average marks in the coursework component and who had completed the programme offered by the School of EEE.
The awardees are required to have their first degree from the respective prescribed programmes.
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS BOOK PRIZE The book prize (cash award) is awarded to the student with the highest mark in the course EE6402 (Real-time DSP Design and Applications).


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