Master of Science in Supply Chain Engineering

Master (Coursework)

Programme Type

Full-time, Part-time

The supply chain industry is one of the key service sectors driving the development of Singapore as a critical hub in the global supply chains. 

As globalization drives multi-national companies to expand across the region, supply chains that Singapore based companies are part of have become even more complex, demanding a higher level of skill-set to design, analyze and manage them.

The MSc (Supply Chain Engineering) programme aims to address the needs of both the manufacturing and service sectors with an integrated and comprehensive program in Supply Chain Engineering, equipping graduates with the right set of skills to manage end-to-end order fulfilment, including procurement and inventory management. The programme also provides the candidates an appreciation of the role logistics functions, such as distribution, warehousing and transportation, play in facilitating the supply chain.


Admission Information

Month of Intake : Every August

Admissions Application period for August 2023 intake :  1 November 2022 - 31 January 2023 


You are invited to register for the following information session for MSc Supply Chain Engineering programme AY2023 (Aug 2023) intake:

[for Local Applicants]

Date: 14 January 2023, Saturday

Time: Kindly refer to the registration form

Venue: Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865 (View Map)

Click here to register for the event.

Closing date for registration : 30 December 2022 (Friday), 12noon. 

Option to complete a dissertation. 

MAE Graduate Study Grant

The MAE Graduate Study Grant is awarded to outstanding graduate students seeking admission to MAE’s Master of Science programmes. On top of the admission requirements of each programme, applicants will be assessed based on multiple factors that include academic record, working experiences, past achievements and awards, nationality, financial needs etc.

Shortlisted applicants may be invited for interviews. Successful candidates will be informed shortly after receiving an admissions offer. Recipients of the grant will be given co-funding (25% or more) of their tuition fees upon matriculation.

Recipients are expected to maintain a CGPA of 3.50 each Semester to maintain the eligibility for the Grant.

If you are interested, please complete and submit the  MAE Graduate Study Grant Form to MAE Graduate Studies Office ( Deadline for submission is by 31 January 2023.

Candidates must possess 

(A) A good bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Industrial engineering or a related discipline with mathematical and production training, or 

(B)  A bachelor's degree in engineering or a related discipline with mathematical training and at least 2 years relevant industry experience, and

(C) A good TOEFL score (iBT = 100 or more, PBT = 600 or more, CBT = 250 or more) or IELTS score (6.5 or more) for graduates of universities in which English is not the medium of instruction.
Please ensure that you upload a scanned copy of TOEFL/IELTS along with your application (hardcopy is not required).

Related disciplines include but are not limited to bachelor's programmes offered by the College of Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Business graduates will also be considered if they have relevant specialisation and/or relevant experience; relevant experience needs to be supported by a letter from the employer.

Applicants are recommended to also provide letters of reference and a clear statement of purpose in support of their application.

Admissions Application period for August 2023 intake :  1 November 2022 - 31 January 2023  


Credit Transfer of PaCE@NTU courses

  • Transfer of credits is by application and the application will be assessed and approved by the School and Graduate College.
  • The academic units earned through PaCE@NTU are valid for five (5) years for transfer of credits to a relevant/adjoining Master’s by Coursework programme. 
  • The academic units that are approved for transfer of credits are not included in the computation of Grade Point Average (GPA) for the Masters programme. 
  • The minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) eligible for transfer of credits is 2.5 (C+) for the candidates who complete PaCE courses by May 2022 or earlier. 
  • The minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) eligible for transfer of credits is 3.0 (B-) for each short course for the candidates who start PaCE courses from May 2022 onwards and the mapping of the courses can be referenced here: Mapping FM courses to MSc SCE



Full-Time (min. 1 year, max. 2 years) and Part-Time (min. 2 years, max. 4 years);

30 AUs coursework or 24 AUs coursework and a dissertation 

OptionDescriptionNo. of CoursesCoreElectives
1Coursework and Dissertation#8 Courses + Dissertation 44
2Coursework Only (Default Option)*10 Courses46

#Full-time students choosing the dissertation option typically require 1.5 years instead of 1 year to graduate.

*Please note that ALL students will automatically be assigned the default Option 2 - Coursework Only. If you wish to apply for Option 1: Coursework and Dissertation, you must apply using the "Application for Conversion of Option of study" form during your first Semester.


Course CodeTitleAUsPrerequisitesSemester
MA6701Quantitative Methods for Operations Analysis3NIL1
MA6702Corporate Resource Planning3NIL2
MA6703Supply Chain Inventory Planning3Recommended - MA6701
MA6704Management of Logistics Functions3NIL1



Students are to select at least 2 electives from each basket (Analytical, Functional)

Analytical Electives

(Select 2)

Course CodeCourse Title
MA6514Machine Learning and Data Science3

Recommended -

Background in programming, linear algebra, calculus, statistics

MA6715Systems Simulation & Modeling3NIL1
MA6731System Reliability & Risk Analysis3NIL2
MA6741Quality Engineering3


Functional Electives

(Select 2)

Course CodeCourse TitleAUsPrerequisitesSemester
MA6712Procurement & Supplier Development3NIL1
MA6716Manufacturing and Service Operations Management3NIL1
MA6713Advanced Topics in Supply Chain Management3Recommended - MA67032
TBCTBC - New course on Specialised Logistics3NIL2

Please note that course offerings are subject to review every academic year.


Course Synopsis


MA6701 Quantitative Methods for Operations Analysis

Taught by Dr. Chen Songlin and Assoc Prof Rajesh Piplani

This course will train students to conduct rigorous data analysis in the decision-making processes. It is designed to equip students with fundamental quantitative techniques that will help them in making more informed managerial decisions concerning capacity planning, production, logistics, network optimization etc. Students are expected to use analytical and simulation models to understand the fundamental concepts and theories, as well as apply the techniques for practical problem solving in supply chain, logistics, manufacturing, and service operations.

The course covers the following topics: Data analysis and probability; Probability distributions; Sampling and sampling distributions; Confidence interval estimation; Regression analysis; Decision analysis; Linear optimization; Network optimization; Integer linear optimization; Nonlinear optimization; Integrated data analytics and decision making.


MA6702 Corporate Resource Planning

Taught by Assoc Prof Rajesh Piplani and Dr Kaushik Ghatak

This course focuses on planning and control of inventories and manufacturing capacities, demand management, order fulfillment, and other supply chain issues. The objective of this course is to develop planning and analytical skills useful for demand management, order fulfillment, master production scheduling, and planning and control of capacity and component/sub-assembly requirements. The course relies on latest supply chain systems and MRP-based methodologies, as well as mathematical models, to illustrate the techniques.

The course covers the following topics:  Manufacturing planning and control framework; Enterprise resource planning; Demand management; Sales and operations planning; Master production planning; Material requirements planning; Distribution requirement planning; Capacity planning; Advanced concepts in SOP, MPC system design and strategy.


MA6703 Supply Chain Inventory Planning

Taught by Assoc Prof Rajesh Piplani 

A key aim of this course is to inculcate the value of information sharing for effective inventory planning among supply chain partners. Starting with the importance of information sharing in supply chains, the course covers various inventory policies for single echelon and multi-echelon inventory management, before delving into risk pooling, pipeline inventory considerations, and inventory-transportation trade-offs. The course also covers the key aspect of managing dispersed and horizontal supply chains via effective performance measurement.

The course covers the following topics: Supply chain management: issues and challenges; Value of information; Supply chain inventory management: continuous review policies; Supply chain contracts; Supply chain designs; Supply chain inventory management: periodic review policies;  SC performance measurements; SC Game: design and manage a supply network.


MA6704 Management of Logistics Functions

Taught by Mr Kenneth Tan Siah Ann & Dr Lum Kit Meng

The objective of this course is to provide fundamental and emerging concepts of Logistics Functions. Logistics management is becoming a vital for many industries, especially manufacturing. However, operational managers and industrial engineers who are specialized in logistics management often need to deal with a wide variety of inter-related issues that span across multiple functional departments. The rationale of introducing this course is to give students a broad overview and the fundamental theories regarding various logistics functions and their management. With this course, students will be able to approach logistics management with a holistic view and be able to understand, analyse, and coordinate various functions with a coherent framework.

Topics covered include: The role of Logistics; Customer service and distribution management; Transportation; Logistics information systems; Global logistics; Strategy, systems integration and case studies; Warehousing and materials handling.


Analytical Electives

MA6514 Machine Learning and Data Science

Taught by Dr Sim Siang Kok and Assoc Prof Leong Kah Fai

The purpose of this introductory course in Machine Learning is to show how to adopt ML as an important and essential paradigm in advancing a corporation’s operation and decision making processes towards Industry 4.0. Using Python, Numpy, Pandas and Colab Notebook as its development environment, the presentation of outcome of machine learning computations are achieved through visualization tool, Matplotlib. Scikit-Learn, an extensive well-documented open source suite of machine learning algorithms serves as the platform to analyse data for underlying trends, classification, identifying criteria parameters, deriving rules for decision making in real-world problem solving, thus leading to a rapid prototyping of a suitable machine learning system.

Topics included are: Context of machine learning and data science in Smart Manufacturing for Industry 4.0; Types of machine learning; Unsupervised learning; Supervised learning; Neural networks and reinforcement learning; Model evaluation and improvement.


MA6715 Systems Simulation & Modelling

Taught by Assoc Prof Rajesh Piplani

The primary objective of this course is to provide an insight into effective decision-making using simulation modeling. The bulk of the time in the course is spent on discrete event simulation modeling. Simulation model building aspects of discrete systems (such as manufacturing and logistics facilities, supply-chains) are covered in detail. The course also demonstrates the effectiveness of computer simulation to successfully model, analyze and improve systems under study. Simulation software (Arena) is used to demonstrate building and executing the models. Continuous and combined system simulation is also covered in later part of the course. The course also covers the topic of simulation life cycle analysis, and goes over issues such as model verification and validation. Additionally, it looks into the modeling of input data and analysis of model output.

The course covers the following topics: Discrete-event simulation; Basics model-building blocks; Simulation case studies; Simulation modelling of manufacturing facilities; Supply-chain simulation; Simulation workshop; Continuous simulation; Simulation in the process industry; Input-output analysis; Simulation life-cycle analysis; Model verification and validation, Simulation paradigms and languages.


MA6731 System Reliability & Risk Analysis

Taught by Dr Chen Songlin

This course aims to equip graduate students with a solid theoretical foundation in system reliability and risk analysis, which can be applied to address a broad range of design, analysis, and operational issues in various engineering and enterprise systems.

The course covers the following topics: System reliability and risk:overview; System failure models; System configuration and reliability; Stochastic risk models for complex systems; Reliability of maintained systems; Bayesian reliability analysis.


MA6741 Quality Engineering

Taught by Adjunct Professor Goh Thong Ngee

This course covers essential concepts and techniques for quality excellence. These are related to both classical and modern quality approaches, as well as statistical methodologies for process and product improvement or optimization. Emphasis is placed on the appreciation of strategies and tools from an engineering point of view supplemented by management insights, as well as the approach to built-in and life-cycle quality rather than localized defect prevention.

The course covers the following topics:  Systems approach to quality; Improvement strategies; Process capability analysis; Control chart applications; Six Sigma Framework; Process modelling; Experimental design; Small sample analysis; Taguchi methods; Quality by design; R&D Quality Engineering.


Functional Electives

MA6712 Procurement & Supplier Development

Taught by Ms Jeanette Ng Chia Hui

The aim of this course is to equip the participants with an ability to develop insightful sourcing strategies and supplier relationships in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) environment, in alignment with organisational goals. Starting with procurement fundamentals, this course examines real-world strategies, industry practitioners’ perspectives and case studies, with a focus on synthesizing strategies for sourcing, supplier performance management and supplier relationship development. The course will enable participants to gain a broader appreciation of the strategic role procurement and suppliers play within the evolving supply chain and enable them to create value through safeguarding of business continuity and establishing a competitive advantage for organisations.

Students will also learn the following topics: Basics of procurement; Strategic alignment; External and internal integration; Global sourcing; Category management; Inventory and quality management; Supplier performance; Supplier development; Supplier relationship management.


MA6713 Advanced Topics in Supply Chain Management

Taught by Assoc Prof Rajesh Piplani

The aim of this course is to introduce current and potential issues affecting design and management of supply chains. Using case study as a vehicle for discussion, this course delves into contemporary topics and issues such as life-cycle assessment, circular economy, e-commerce, global supply chain risk, supply chain resilience, digital supply chains, and sustainability considerations in global supply chains. The objective of the course is to arm the participants with knowledge of these issues, and strategies global companies have adopted to overcome and manage the associated challenges.

    Topics covered are: Supply chain management: issues; Perishable supply chain management; E-commerce supply chains; Global supply chain risk management; Digital supply chains: supply chain 4.0; Closed loop supply chains; Cradle-to-cradle: Life-cycle analysis; Sustainable supply chain management.


    MA6716 Manufacturing & Service Operations Management

    Taught by Assoc Prof Appa Iyer Sivakumar and Dr Kaushik Ghatak

    The course is valuable for supply chain, logistics and manufacturing systems practitioners in industry who want to develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics of factory flow, queueing theory, inventory models, and scheduling methods. The course will prepare them to apply these scientific concepts to strategic planning and day-today management and execution of their systems and operations.

    The course covers the following topics: Operations strategy; Factory dynamics; Variability analysis; Inventory theory and control; Lean Manufacturing and push-pull systems;  Theory of constraints; Service operations management; Aggregate planning; Basic and advanced scheduling.


    (TBC) New course on Specialised Logistics

    The program is tailored for practicing engineers, logisticians and information technologists employed (or seeking employment) in manufacturing or logistics sectors. The program relies intensively on industry speakers, site visits, case studies and hands-on computer modeling and game plays to support in-class learning. 



    Please note this MSc programme is a self-financed, non-MOE subsidised programme.

    Application Fees


    (payable when you submit your application)


    Deposit Payment

    (The deposit will be used to offset the semester 1 tuition fees after matriculation)


    (payable upon acceptance of offer of admission)


    Programme Tuition Fees

    (Exclusive of GST)

    Full programme

    To attain an MSc in Supply Chain Engineering, candidates must complete
    ten courses, or eight courses and one dissertation

    Fees are $3600 per course or $1200 per Academic Unit


    Notes on payment of fees:

    Fees are subject to annual revision.
    Students will be billed at the commencement of each semester, and payment due date is 2 weeks after billing date.
    A student who withdraws or leaves the University two or more weeks after the commencement of his candidature or the commencement of the semester is liable to pay the fees due for the semester.

    # If you are a Singaporean student, you may use up to $1000 of your SkillsFuture credits towards tuition fees. The claim submission has to be completed 60 days before the start date of the next Semester (e.g. You must submit before November to claim towards Semester 2 tuition fees)

    To do so, please follow the following steps:

    1. Log in to NTU MSc Supply Chain Engineering programme page on SkillsFuture portal
    2. Click on “Claim SkillsFuture Credit”
    3. To submit a claim, you should have supporting documents such as letter of offer, matriculation documents etc.
    4. In your claim, indicate the course start date to be first day of the upcoming Semester in the Academic Calendar.
    5. As your e-bill for the upcoming Semester would not be available yet, take note of your SFC Claim ID.
    6. Notify School ( and NTU NSS-Finance ( with the SFC Claim ID and the amount to be claimed through SFC.
    7. When you receive your e-bill for the Semester, leave the SFC amount to be claimed out of your payment.
    8. Please refer to Skillsfuture FAQ at this link.

    FlexiMasters in Supply Chain Engineering (through PaCE@NTU)

    [Applicable for Singaporeans and PR]

    To register your interest for the FlexiMasters through PaCE@NTU, please complete the enquiry form here. PaCE@NTU will follow-up to contact you if there are courses to be offered.

    *PaCE candidates interested in pursuing the MSc in Supply Chain Engineering are requested to complete the full FlexiMasters first, and then submit the completed PaCE certifications when applying for MSc admissions*