Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is a discipline to apply principles of chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology to make valuable products in an economic and safe manner. Chemical engineers are involved in the manufacturing of chemicals, food, pharmaceuticals, and many other products. We offer a four-year undergraduate programme leading to the Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, B.Eng. (CBE). Upon graduation, successful students will be awarded direct honors. With its dynamic faculty from internationally renowned universities, modern infrastructure and state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities, we provide students a stimulating learning environment and opportunities to identify and pursue personal and professional goals. Our goal is to empower a new generation of chemical and biomolecular engineering graduates with the necessary skills to meet the ever-changing challenges of the chemical and biomedical sciences industries in Singapore and the region.
The programme amalgamates principles of chemical engineering and life sciences (biology, biochemistry and genetics) to facilitate the development and improvement of safe, profitable and environmentally friendly processes for the synthesis and manufacture of products from chemical/biological raw materials. The first three years of the programme covers the core chemical engineering subjects to help students to develop a strong foundation in the fundamental principles, build sound practical expertise and engineering judgement. The programme is also integrated with a compulsory semester-long internship to provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences in applying their engineering knowledge, develop good communication and interpersonal skills, work ethics, and professionalism. In the final year, students are to perform a major capstone design project that closely simulates the design procedures chemical engineers will undertake in the industry as process and design engineers.
- 4-year direct honors programme
- Strong foundation in the fundamentals of chemical and biomolecular engineering principles
- Rigorous training in systematic problem-solving skills
- Multi-disciplinary training in emerging chemical and biomolecular engineering areas
- Professional Internship - Valuable experience either at local or overseas firms in manufacturing or R&D
- General Education Requirements / Minor Programmes – Multi-disciplinary learning experience offering an array of electives in humanities, art, business, management, information technology and communication. With sufficient concentration of electives, it becomes possible to add a Minor to a major
- Accelerated Bachelor’s Programme (ABP)* - Fast track programme enabling completion of undergraduate degree in three and a half years
- Specialisation* - provides specific knowledge and training of skillsets required in emerging industry areas
- Undergraduate Research on Campus (URECA) programme* - Opportunities for research attachments within NTU
- Global Immersion Programme (GIP)* - Opportunities for six-month stints in one or more of the following countries: China, India, France, Switzerland and USA
*Students need to satisfy certain requirements to be eligible for these special programmes offered by NTU
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GCE 'A' LEVEL: H2 Level pass in Mathematics and H2 Level pass in Physics / Chemistry / Biology / Computing
POLYTECHNIC DIPLOMA: An engineering diploma from local polytechnics. Relevant diplomas (by merit) may be exempted from selected courses. For the list of acceptable local diplomas, please refer to Office of Admission website.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA: Mathematics at Higher Level and Physics / Chemistry / Biology / Computer Science at Higher Level and Physics at Standard Level for applicants who have not read Physics at Higher Level
NUS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA: Major CAP of 2.0 in Mathematics and Major CAP of 2.0 in Physics / Chemistry / Biology and Overall CAP of 2.0 in Physics for applicants who have not majored in Physics
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Mathematics at Senior High School Level and Physics / Chemistry / Biology at Senior High School Level and Physics at Junior High School Level for applicants who have not read Physics at Senior High School Level
Please visit the Office of Admission website for more details.
Admission enquiries for local students:
Tel: (65) 6790 5055 or (65) 6790 5972
Admission enquiries for international students:
Tel: (65) 6790 5806 or 6790 5807
Exemptions are done only for Freshmen in Semester 1. Invitation with details will be sent out to eligible students before the school semester starts. Keep a lookout for the email if you wish to apply.
Please note that all exemption requests are to be submitted by the 1st week of the semester.
- SINGAPORE GCE ‘A’ LEVEL
Grade ‘A’ for a H2 subject relevant to the course to be exempted
- INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) DIPLOMA
Grade ‘7’ for a HL subject relevant to the course to be exempted
- NUS HIGH SCHOOL
Major Cap of 4.7 for a subject relevant to the course to be exempted
Applicants may be granted exemption for up to a maximum of 3 courses from the table below.
|COURSES ELIGIBLE FOR EXEMPTION||RELEVANT ‘A’ LEVEL / IB / NUSHS SUBJECT|
|CH2107 Introduction to Computational Thinking||Computing / Computer Science / Computing Studies|
|MH1810 Mathematics I||Mathematics|
Exemptions for polytechnic students will be reviewed annually and circulated online before school starts. Top local polytechnic students may be granted course exemptions depending on the diploma and courses that students have taken in their respective polytechnic, and if they satisfy the requirements/conditions set by the School. Generally, students with relevant Advanced Certificate, Diploma Plus certificate and/or Certificate of Merit or Distinction may be considered for exemption from up to 4 courses or 12 AU, depending on the relevance of the polytechnic courses taken and the grades obtained.
All Exemption submissions should be accompanied by the following Supporting Documents:
- Certificate of Merit (or Distinction) / Diploma Plus/ Advanced Certificate
There are five course types in the curriculum:
Major Requirement - Core Courses (Core)
Core courses are offered throughout the programme of study. They are foundation courses designed to provide essential training in the fundamental of chemical engineering.
Major Requirement - Major Prescribed Elective Courses (Major PE)
Major PE courses provide students with opportunities to explore specialized areas of chemical engineering in more depth and intensity. The students may select their courses of study according to their own interests and career goals.
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core Requirement - Common Core Courses (Common Core)
The Common Core courses are specified by the University as being essential to train today's Engineering graduates, covering areas such as communication and environmental sustainability.
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core Requirement - Foundational Core Courses (Foundational Core)
Students are required to read and pass the Foundational Core Courses from a range of areas such as compulsory Professional Internship and Data Science & Artificial Intelligence. The number of AUs to be read in each area is specified by the School and in the table below.
Broadening and Deepening Electives (BDE)
The BDE requirement is an extended version of the Unrestricted Electives (UE) which accommodates greater diversity of choices that better align with the graduate attributes through more varied forms of curricular, co-curricular as well as experiential learning. BDE may be used to fulfil requirements for double major, second major, minor, and work-study degree programmes. It may also be used to read MOOCs approved by NTU or to read graduate level courses. General electives catering to broad interests, such as foreign language courses, can continue to be read under BDE. CBE students are required to read and pass 21AU of BDE. Students may select to read any courses from the list of BDE offered by all Schools within the University.
Students are to fulfil the specified AU requirement in the B.Eng. (CBE) programmes, according to the different course types in the curriculum structure indicated below. The distribution of the courses of study and the associated number of AUs are shown in the tables below.
B.Eng (Hons) in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE)
|Academic Units (AU)|
|Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core (ICC)|
Common Core (University-level)
Foundational Core (College-level)
|Major Requirement||CBE Core||77/78^|
|CBE Major Prescribed Electives (MPE)||6|
|Broadening and Deepening Electives (BDE)||21|
|Total AU Requirement||136/137^|
|Programme||Year of Study||Number of Academic Units (AUs)|
|Major Requirement||Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core||Broadening and Deepening Electives||Total|
|Core (C)||Major PE (MPE)||Common-Core (CC)||Foundational Core (FC)|
|Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering||1||24/25^||9||6||39/40^|
For information about the University’s Academic Unit System, Grade Point Average System and calculation of Honours classification, please refer to the AUS Handbook here.
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CBE Curriculum and Course Syllabus (AY21-22 Intake)
Refer to Recommended Curriculum for CBE students.
Major Prescribed Electives (MPE) & Unrestricted Electives (GER-UE)
Eligible students may also read the following programmes options:
Curriculum for earlier CBE intake:
Chemical and biomolecular engineers are in high demand in an emerging and knowledge-based economy. The chemical and pharmaceutical sectors constitute a key part of Singapore’s constellation of industries. Other neighboring countries are also focusing on industries that produce high value-added products.
Chemical and biomolecular engineers obtain a diverse training and hence possess the flexibility and versatility to adapt to different industrial fields. Graduates can find challenging opportunities in traditional as well as emerging engineering fields such as petrochemicals, biopharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, food/flavors/fragrances, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and others.
For the creative and adventurous, the opportunities are limitless.
Year 2020 Graduate Employment Survey (GES) by Ministry of Education, Singapore
The Graduate Employment Survey (GES) is conducted annually to survey the employment conditions of the graduates, about six months after their graduation. The Ministry of Education publishes the results of the key employment indicators of the survey every year to provide prospective students with timely and comparable data to assist them in making informed course decisions.
Our Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering) at NTU School of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering (SCBE) are accredited by The Institution of Engineers Singapore, the Singapore signatory of the Washington Accord, through its Engineering Accreditation Board. The Washington Accord is an international agreement for mutual recognition of the substantial equivalence of engineering academic programmes in satisfying the academic requirements for the practice of engineering at the professional level.
Our curricula provide an excellent foundation for either graduate study or employment. The education and research activities in the School are strongly aligned with its mission and programme educational objectives (PEOs). PEOs are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the programme is preparing graduates to achieve. Our PEOs are aligned closely with the EAB’s Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). They are narrower statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.
Mission Statements of the School
The School aims to provide educational experiences that facilitate the students to:
- Gain thorough understanding of the fundamentals of life and chemical sciences.
- Deftly solve challenging problems in chemical and biomedical engineering and related areas while understanding the implications of such solutions to society.
- Develop good communication and management skills through team work in the execution of experimental and design projects.
B. Eng. (Hons) Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Programme
Programme Education Objectives (PEOs*)
To fulfil the mission and to realize the vision of the University and the School, SCBE’s Chemical and Biomolecular (CBE) Programme is formulated to produce graduates who have the following attributes 3-5 years after their graduation:
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) – By the Engineering Accreditation Board
The programme must demonstrate that by the time of graduation, the students have attained the 12 graduate attributes:
Please note that students who are in their final year of studies are not allowed to participate in overseas semester exchange programme.
More information can be found here.
Internship and Attachment Programme
SCBE undergraduate courses emphasize the importance of industry-focused training. Besides infusing industry experts lead lectures into various courses, students are required to undergo a period of attachment, varying from 10 weeks to 20 weeks, in
a private or public organisation locally or overseas during their course of study in NTU.
The various internship programmes/periods are:
- 20-week Professional Internship (PI) from January - May or August - December. Placements will be sourced by CAO or student.
- 10-week Professional Attachment (PA*) from May - July. Placements will be sourced by students or CAO.
- 30-week Enhanced Professional Internship (EPI) from January - August. Placements will be sourced by students.
*PA option only available to students who are reading 2nd major or double degree
Overseas Entrepreneurship Programme (OEP)
The education and training of the entrepreneurially-minded individual is an important part of the entrepreneurial education process. Beyond methodologies and know-how, aspiring entrepreneurs require the right networks and contacts. OEP
allows entrepreneurially-inclined students the opportunity to combine a 1-year internship at a start-up company, in a vibrant entrepreneurial eco-system, while studying at a prestigious partner university.
OEP is a one-year programme which consists of 20AU (6-month programme consisting of 10AUs is also available), with 10AU categorised under Professional Internship and another 10AU utilised from their Unrestricted Electives. To facilitate the credit transfer for OEP, Engineering students who take up the programme will have their degree requirements adjusted to move the 10AU of UE to Core. There is no change in the total AU.
Useful information for Existing Students
- Minor declaration and Filing
- S/U Option
- Registration of Calculators
- Location of SCBE LT/TR/ Computer Labs
- Student Lockers
Student can earn minors during their course of study. Minor programmes equip students with multiple skills and broader knowledge, beyond what their major disciplines may provide.
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