Building expertise in materials science and engineering at own pace


Liang Jia Cheng

Alumni of MSE/2023
Technical Service Analyst at Infineum Singapore LLP
Completed FlexiMasters in Materials Science and Engineering

Could you share with us some interesting facets of the FlexiMasters you enrolled?

The FlexiMasters in Materials Science and Engineering is specifically designed to accommodate adult learners who have work commitments, enabling us to progress through the certification at our own pace. Unlike a traditional classroom setting, most lectures of this FlexiMasters were pre-recorded and delivered online. We were informed of assessment deadlines at the start of each course, granting us the freedom to manage our time according to our own pace.

Which aspect of this FlexiMasters did you like the most?

I appreciate the flexibility offered by this FlexiMasters, allowing me to learn through standalone courses that can be stacked towards a Master's degree. These courses are eligible for SSG funding, which relieves my financial concerns. Additionally, most of the courses are accessible online, enabling me to manage my full-time work commitments more effectively.

What were the challenges you faced when trying to complete this FlexiMasters?

I had limited interaction with fellow learners in my course of study due to the online nature of the lessons. Additionally, I did not possess any prior graduate knowledge in my field of study, which made me uncertain about my ability to handle the certificate courses. However, the FlexiMasters stackable module feature has proven invaluable in helping me manage my time effectively and alleviate these uncertainties. Graduating with a Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering was made possible through credit transfer from the FlexiMasters, after successfully adapting to the programme's intensity and depth.

Do you think lifelong learning is important? Please share your thoughts about it.

The world is in a perpetual state of evolution, necessitating our continuous efforts to stay abreast of these changes through lifelong learning. Acquiring knowledge empowers us to make informed decisions across various facets of life. Lifelong learning broadens our horizons, stimulates our minds, and fosters crucial skills like critical thinking and problem-solving. By embracing a mindset of continuous learning, we can effectively adapt to new challenges and live fulfilling lives.

Will you recommend PaCE@NTU’s programmes to your friends and family?

I highly recommend considering PaCE@NTU's programmes, especially for individuals who have contemplated pursuing further education but hesitate due to their existing obligations. The range of courses and programmes provided by PaCE@NTU accommodates each person's level of dedication. Taking the initial step can often be intimidating, but fortunately, PaCE@NTU's programmes alleviate this fear, making it a manageable and achievable endeavor for all of us.