Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Engineering with a Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering

Single Degree with 2nd Major

Programme Type


Undergraduate Admissions

Materials Engineering with a Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering will prepare students for exciting and impactful careers in the vital pharmaceutical industries spanning key sectors such as pharmaceutical and biotechnology, biomedical and clinical sciences, healthcare and research and development. 

Materials Engineering is a multifaceted science-driven and application-oriented engineering programme that focuses on the innovation of revolutionary novel materials for the development of cutting-edge technologies and solutions. In synergy with Pharmaceutical Engineering, students will gain knowledge in biomaterials, drug delivery, tissue engineering and other pharmaceutical-related subjects. 

Admission requirements for this programme, including minimum subject requirements for students with A-level, IB, international and other qualifications, as well as acceptable polytechnic diplomas are available in the NTU Admissions website. 


Year 1 GCE ‘A’ Level Qualifications:

At least grade ‘E’ or ‘C6’ in General Paper or Knowledge & Inquiry.

Grade A in at least three of the following H2/’A’ subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Computing
  • Economics
Year 1 IB Qualifications:

At least grade ‘D’ in Extended Essay or Theory of Knowledge.

Grade 7 in at least three of the following HL subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Computing
  • Economics

Poly Freshmen who are admitted to Year 1 or 2 may apply for the following exemptions:

  • MH1810 Mathematics I
  • MS1008 Introduction to Computational Thinking
  • MS1015 Materials Science
  • MS1016 Thermodynamics of Materials
  • MS2012 Introduction to Manufacturing Processes
  • MS2013 Polymers and Composites
  • MS4012 Quality Control

  1. Exemption for Core modules (except for MH1810 Mathematics I): Student must have obtained at least Grade ‘A’ or above for the relevant diploma modules.

  2. Exemption for MH1810 Mathematics I: Student must have obtained at least Grade ‘B+’ or above for all relevant Engineering Mathematics diploma modules.

  3. Exemption up to 4 relevant Core courses.

Important Notes:

a) Course exemption is only applicable to Freshmen admitted in that particular Academic Year. The exercise will only be conducted in Semester 1.

b) Course exemption is not compulsory. Students have a choice if they wish to participate in the course exemption exercise.

c) Students are strongly encouraged to visit the School’s website to understand the course content coverage for the courses which they wish to apply for exemption. The MSE Course Summary is available here.

d) Students who are granted course exemptions are considered to have earned the credits awarded to the course. However, the exempted courses do not carry grades and hence would not be included in the computation of students’ GPA. Since a student who qualifies for exemption in a particular course is likely to get a good grade for the course if he/she is to read it, being exempted from it would mean that more efforts are required to obtain a good GPA based on higher level courses. On the other hand, exemptions enable students to proceed to advance courses sooner, which in turn may allow them to graduate in a shorter time.

e) Students who are considering course exemptions must ensure that they are truly proficient in those courses, and there are no serious gaps in their knowledge that might affect their learning in other courses. In other words, course exemptions should not come at the expense of the students’ performance to tackle more advance courses during their candidature.

f) In granting exemption of courses on the basis of the students’ relevant certificate/diploma (e.g. A Level or polytechnic diploma), students may wish to take note of the following conditions for the award of the Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Engineering) degree:


Programme​Minimum Years of Study at NTUMinimum AU of Graded Courses obtained from NTU
3-year programmes2 academic years52 AU
4-year programmes
- For students admitted to Yr 1
- For students admitted directly to Yr 2

3 academic years
2 ½ academic years

69 AU
69 AU

2. In addition to the above, to be awarded the Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Engineering) degree, students must also ensure that the following minimum number of AUs from their Core Courses and Major Prescribed Electives (excluding GER-Core, GER-PE and GER-UE) are graded, as set out in the table below:

For Bachelor of Engineering students admitted in AY2019-20 and onwards:

Programme​Min. AU of Graded Core Courses & Major Prescribed Elective Courses
Students Admitted to Year 1​61
Students Admitted Directly to Year 2​54

3. Minimum Candidature Period:

ProgrammePeriod of Candidature
Year 1 Intake3½ Years4 Years6 Years
Year 2 Poly Intake2½ Years3 Years5 Years

Materials Engineering with a Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering integrates the requirements of both engineering majors within the typical candidature of 4 years. There are 11 compulsory courses in the 2nd major. 

Materials Engineering with a Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering offers graduates the versatility to choose from a wide range of career in the pharmaceutical and biomedical industry as well as relevant industries, both locally and abroad.   

  • ​Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology firms 
  • Research institutes 
  • National laboratories 
  • Corporate laboratories 
  • Hospitals and healthcare services 
  • National specialty centres 

Accredited by Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB)

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