MSc in Precision Scientific Instrumentation

The Master of Science in Precision Scientific Instrumentation programme is a postgraduate coursework-based programme covering the principles and operation of advanced technical instrumentation used in the physical sciences and high-tech manufacturing. It incorporates coursework from multiple scientific and engineering disciplines including solid-state physics, microelectronics, optoelectronics, and materials science. Emphasis is placed on understanding the fundamental physical principles behind modern scientific instrumentation.

Quantitative measurements are performed in every area of science, engineering and technology. Modern high-tech enterprises rely on a variety of precision scientific instruments for the design, development, and manufacturing of new products. This programme is suitable for both recent graduates and working professionals in advanced manufacturing industries (semiconductors, non-volatile memory, photonics, etc.).

The MSc in Precision Scientific Instrumentation programme consists of 32 Academic Units (AU), as follows:

  • 20 AU of compulsory courses
  • 12 AU of electives

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

PH6760 - Scientific Communications and Methodology4 AU
PH6711 - Applied Solid State Physics4 AU
PH6717 -Experimental Methodology in Solid State Physics4 AU
PH6701 - Precision Instrumentation Laboratory4 AU
PH6731 - Probing Techniques in Optical Spectroscopy4 AU

Electives

PH6732 - Advanced Optics4 AU
PH6747 - Magnetism and Spintronics Devices4 AU
PH6723 - Computational Methods in Physics4 AU
PH6403 - Physics of Surfaces and Interfaces4 AU
PH6404 - Physics of Low Dimensional Structures4 AU
PH6601 - Solid-State Electronic Devices4 AU
PH6780 - Supervised Research4 AU
PH6718 - Graduate Professional Internship4 AU

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 a quantitative programme such as Physics, Engineering, Optics, Applied Physics, etc.
  • For graduates of universities with non-English medium of instruction, a good TOEFL score or IELTS score.
  • Good GRE or GMAT score – preferred but not required.

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: June/ July 2021
  • Course Commencement: TBC

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 Trimester/Semester 1.
S$12,500 + GST
Second Payment
Due at the start of Year 1 Trimester/Semester 2 for full-time students, or the start of Year 2 Trimester/ 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 Trimester/Semester 1.
S$15,000 + GST
Second Payment
Due at the start of Year 1 Trimester/ Semester 2 for full-time students, or the start of Year 2 Trimester/ 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 Trimester/ 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  Trimester/ Semester 1 for part-time students.
S$20,000 + GST

Contact Us

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

The programme director is Associate Professor SUN Handong (hdsun@ntu.edu.sg).