MSc in Chemical Sciences and Instrumentation

 

The Master of Science in Chemical Sciences and Instrumentation programme is targeted at professionals looking to maximize their potential in the energy and chemicals industry, as well as recent graduates seeking a headstart in their careers.

Chemistry is known as the central science that bridges the physical sciences with other disciplines, including medicine and engineering, especially in growing fields such as sustainable energy, electric vehicles, urban farming, 3D printing, and nanotechnology. Chemical Sciences and Instrumentation encompasses all the theoretical and applied aspects of chemistry, which are vital for success in the energy and chemicals sector.

In 2019, the International Council of Chemical Associations released a report that estimated the chemical industry’s contribution to the global gross domestic product (GDP) was around US$5.7 trillion (~ 7%) and it also supported around 120 million jobs worldwide. In Singapore, the energy and chemicals sector forms part of the essential services critical to the global supply chain, and contributes to around S$81 billion or 1/3 of Singapore’s total manufacturing output, with an extra S$12.7 billion more expected by 2025 in the Energy and Chemicals Industry Transformation Map from the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

 

The MSc in Chemical Sciences and Instrumentation Programme is an intensive 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time programme by coursework taught in two semesters per year.

It consists of 30 Academic Units (AUs), with 15 AUs of compulsory modules, 10 AUs from the chosen specialization's electives, and 5 AUs from other electives:

  • 15 AU of compulsory courses
  • 10 AU of electives from a chosen specialisation track (see below)
  • 5 AU of other electives

Courses are taught in two semesters per year, and the programme is intended to be completed in 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time). On average, full-time students take 4-5 classes a week, and part-time students take 2-3 classes a week.

Successful completion of all coursework requirements, with a minimum CGPA of 2.50, is required for completion of the programme.

Course List

Compulsory Courses

CBC729 - Graduate Seminar4 AU
CBC736 - Advanced Chemical Instrumentation2 AU
TP6202 - Technology Commercialisation3 AU
MPS780 - Research for MSc I6 AU

Prescribed Electives (Synthesis and Life Sciences track)

CBC723 - Graduate Organic Chemistry4 AU
CBC732 - Graduate Chemical Biology4 AU
CBC739 - Graduate Basic and Technical Inorganic Chemistry2 AU

Prescribed Electives (Analytical and Nanotechnology track)

CBC724 - Graduate Physical Chemistry4 AU
CBC721 - Graduate Analytical Chemistry3 AU
CBC733 - Advanced Computational Chemistry3 AU

Prescribed Electives (Data Management track)

MH6301 - Information Retrieval and Analysis3 AU
MH8321 - Statistical Modelling and Data Analysis1.5 AU
MH8341 - Data Management and Business Intelligence1.5 AU
MH8351 - Web Analytics1.5 AU
CBC733 - Advanced Computational Chemistry3 AU

Unrestricted Electives

CBC737 - Graduate Reaction Mode Organic Chemistry2 AU
CBC738 - Graduate Life Science Organic Chemistry2 AU
CBC740 - Graduate Main Group Element Inorganic Chemistry2 AU
MPS781 - Research for MSc II6 AU

Note: On average, full-time students take 4-5 classes a week and part-time students take 2-3 classes a week.

 

Academic Year 2021/2022

Semester 1
First half (7 weeks)
9 August 2021 to 24 September 2021
Recess (1 week)
25 September 2021 to 3 October 2021
Second half (6 weeks)
4 October 2021 to 12 November 2021
Exam period (3 weeks)
15 November 2021 to 3 December 2021
Semester 2
First half (7 weeks)10 January 2022 to 25 February 2022
Recess (1 week)26 February 2022 to 6 March 2022
Second half (6 weeks)7 March 2022 to 15 April 2022
Exam period (3 weeks)18 April 2022 to 6 May 2022

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, or other related majors, with at least 2nd upper class honours or its equivalent.
  • For graduates of universities with non-English medium of instruction, a good TOEFL score (iBT ≥ 92, PBT ≥ 600, CBT ≥ 240) or IELTS score (≥ 6.5).
  • Good GRE or GMAT score – preferred but not required.
  • Two or more years of relevant working experience – preferred but not required.

Applicants who do not fulfill the above requirements can appeal if they have at least two years of working experience in a relevant chemical industry and a letter of support from their company, or other suitable qualifications. These appeals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Application Procedure and Timeline

  • Application: 1 Nov 2020 to 28 Feb 2021
    Apply online here.
  • Offer and Acceptance: June 2021
    Acceptance and deposit payment must be completed within two weeks from offer.
    Appeals can be made via email (see Contact Information below).
  • Matriculation: 10 August 2021

Medical Check-Up

Enrolling students must undergo a medical check-up and obtain a receipt certifying that they are medically fit for studies. This certification must be presented prior to matriculation. Details about the check-up will be provided upon acceptance into the programme.

The programme fees for Academic Year 2021/22 are as follows:

Singapore CitizensS$25,000 + GST
Singapore Permanent ResidentsS$30,000 + GST
International StudentsS$40,000 + GST

These fees are listed in Singapore dollars (S$) and not inclusive of the prevailing Goods and Services Tax (GST). Fees are reviewed annually and subject to revision. There is no service obligation option available for international students.

Instalment Schedule

Singapore Citizens

Deposit (non-refundable)
Due upon acceptance of offer.
S$5,000 + GST
First Payment
Due at the start of Year 1 Semester 1.
S$12,500 + GST
Second Payment
Due at the start of Year 1 Semester 2 for full-time students, or the start of Year 2 Semester 1 for part-time students.
S$12,500 + GST

Singapore Permanent Residents

Deposit (non-refundable)
Due upon acceptance of offer.
S$5,000 + GST
First Payment
Due at the start of Year 1 Semester 1.
S$15,000 + GST
Second Payment
Due at the start of Year 1 Semester 2 for full-time students, or the start of Year 2 Semester 1 for part-time students.
S$15,000 + GST

International Students

Deposit (non-refundable)
Due upon acceptance of offer.
S$5,000 + GST
First Payment
Due at the start of Year 1 Semester 1.
S$20,000 + GST
Second Payment
Due at the start of Year 1 Semester 2 for full-time students, or the start of Year 2 Semester 1 for part-time students.
S$20,000 + GST

Contact Us

For general enquiries, email mscsi@ntu.edu.sg.

The programme director is Associate Professor SOO Han Sen (hansen@ntu.edu.sg).