Academic Guide

This page contains information about how to register for undergraduate courses. For information about programme curricula, refer to the curriculum pages for the respective divisions:

Mathematical Sciences | Physics and Applied Physics

Please refer to the Office of Academic Services webpage for NTU-wide course registration instructions, followed by the programme-specific instructions below:

For the registration schedule, course schedules, and other information, refer to the STARS system.

Important Changes and Notes for AY23 Sem 2 Course Registration

Year 1 (U23 Intake) - Core and ICC-core courses will be pre-registered. Students will be able to view the pre-registered courses' timetable from 8 December 2023 onwards.

Year 2 (U22 Intake) - Students will have to complete registration of Core/ Major-PE/ Second-major courses during personalized course registration timeslot. BDE courses need to be placed on waitlist by 22 December, 10:00PM. ICC-core courses will be system-allocated after the main registration period.

MAEO (Y1 & Y3) - ECON core courses will be pre-registered as per standard study plan. Students will be able to view the pre-registered courses' timetable from 8 December 2023 onwards.

MACS (Y1 & Y2) - CS core courses will be pre-registered as per standard study plan. Students will be able to view the pre-registered courses' timetable from 8 December 2023 onwards.

MACS (Y3 & Y4) - Students may register MHxx Major-PE courses during main registration period. Indexes for CS Major-PE courses will be released by SCSE during Add/Drop period.

All students - Final window period for adjustment of GERPE and UE/BDE choices on waitlist is Sat 6 Jan 2024 - Mon 8 Jan 2024 (10:30am to 10:00pm each day).

U22 and U23 Intake - ICC-core courses will by pre-registered or system-allocated as per the standard study plan. If your ICC-core course registration has deviated and need clarification, please email [email protected]. Please refer to the Core Courses page for standard study plan of ICC-core courses.

AY23 Sem 2 - Timetable Clash and Pre-requisite Waiver application (SPMS courses only)

  • Phase 1: 20 November to 03 December (2359)
  • Phase 2: 05 January 2024 to 19 January 2024 (2359)

Online Waiver Application System:

AY23 Sem 2 - Semester and UE/BDE overload application (SPMS students)

Opens from 11 December 2023 to 21 January 2024

Online Overload Application System:

  • Semester Overload - should only submit your overload application after you have registered your courses (before allocation of GER-PE/UE). Strong justification needs to be provided for semester overload requests. Please note that being on ABP track is not sufficient to request semester overload. Hence requests indicating ABP track as the sole reason will be rejected.
  • Courses under waitlist (i.e. GER-PE/UE/BDE) are not considered as successful registered courses.
  • You are not allowed to overload Major PE if your Major PE balance AU is 0.
  • You are not required to apply for BDE/UE overload as long as there are balance AUs left (i.e. UE balance left 2AU and wish to register a 4AU UE course)
  • There should be no changes made to your registered courses after the submission of your overload application to avoid application being rejected.

If you are accessing the waiver application or overload application system outside of NTU, you need to install NTU VPN first. Students from non-SPMS programmes who need to apply for timetable clash or pre-requisite waiver for SPMS courses may also apply through the link indicated above. For further enquiries, please email [email protected].


Click here for the NTU guide to course registration. For further enquiries about course registration, please contact SPMS Undergraduate Studies. For technical issues, such as problems logging in to StudentLink or STARS, contact NTU's Service Desk.

Changes to Courses in AY23/24 Semester 2

  • ​PH3303 lab session is changed to week 12.
  • MH3400 exam date is updated to Friday 26 April 2024, 9AM.

The following course-planning maps are provided for students matriculating in AY21/22 and AY20/21. You can and should customise the map according to your needs (such as whether you are doing a Professional Internship or Final Year Project, going for overseas exchange, etc.).

For students matriculating in previous years, please note that some of the degree requirements may be different. Check the School and Division webpages for the latest information about your programme requirements.

Students matriculating in Academic Year 2021/22

Students matriculating in Academic Year 2020/21

For All Students

Any student with poor standing will be subjected to an academic performance review. This consists of:

  • An Academic Warning if the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) falls below 2.00 during a given semester;
  • Academic Probation if the CGPA falls below 2.00 the following semester; and
  • Academic Termination if the CGPA falls below 2.00 for the 3rd consecutive semester, or at the end of the final semester of study.

Any student having difficulty coping with the programme of study is strongly encouraged to contact the Student Welfare team for assistance and advice.

For certain courses, students can exercise the option to be graded on a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory (S/U) basis, rather than the usual letter-grade basis.

  1. Courses on which the S/U option is exercised are listed as "S" or "U" on the final degree transcript.
  2. A course will be indicated as 'S' (Satisfactory) if the final letter grade obtained is a 'D' or better.  Conversely, it will be indicated as 'U' (Unsatisfactory) if the grade obtained is 'F'.
  3. The 'S' or 'U' notations carry no grade point and hence have no effect on the GPA and the classification of degrees.
  4. A student will receive AU towards his degree only if 'S' (Satisfactory) grade is attained. He earns no AU for courses with a 'U' grade. 
  5. The S/U option does not apply to the following:

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Option
The S/U option does not apply to:

Students admitted in AY2020-2021 and earlier and

Students admitted directly to Year 2 in AY2021-2022

  • Core, Major PE, GER-Core courses*
  • Pass/Fail courses
  • Courses that count towards Specialization
  • Part-time incoming exchange, and non-graduating students
  • Courses that count towards the requirement for Second Major or Minor programme

* unless specified otherwise by the School(s) for its programme(s)

Students admitted in AY2021-2022 and earlier and

All students admitted from AY2022-2023 and onwards

  • Core, Major PE, GER-Core courses
  • Pass/Fail courses
  • Courses that count towards Specialization
  • Part-time incoming exchange, and non-graduating students

Note: For courses that count towards the requirement for Second Major or Minor programme, only up to 12 AU of Second Major courses and up to 6 AU of Minor courses can be non-letter graded i.e., may consist of credits transferred from Student Exchange programme, or courses with ‘P’ (Pass), or ‘S’ (Satisfactory) notations. 

Exceptions: Do check the respective minor programme's website to verify if S/U option is applicable.  Example: Minor in Finance - S/U option is not applicable for BU5201 Business Finance. Students are required to register for BU5201 (Business Finance) and receive a minimum of B+ grade in order to proceed further in the minor programme.

6. The S/U option may only be exercised for a maximum of 12 AU of coursework. The University requires a minimum 69 AU of letter-graded courses for the award of a degree.

7. After the S/U option has been exercised, it is possible to revert the choice within the S/U declaration period. Once the declaration deadline is past, the choice of S/U or letter grade is irrevocable. No appeals will be entertained by the School.

Please refer to the NTU Office of Academic Services webpage for more information about the S/U option, including the declaration period. Students are advised not to make the S/U declaration at the last minute! Once the S/U option has been exercised, please remember to print the confirmation page for your records. For queries, please contact SPMS Undergraduate Studies.

Note that students who do not wish to exercise their S/U option are not required to declare this intention online.

The use of calculators in examinations is limited to certain approved ​models, listed below:

Only calculators that have been registered and sealed may be brought into the examination halls. Calculators intended for use in an examination must be checked and sealed by the School. The School has arranged the following period for students to register​ new calculators or re-register old calculators with broken seals. Please observe the date and time closely.

DateAY2023/2024 Semester 2, 29-JANUARY-2024 to 19-APRIL-2024
Time09.30 am – 12.30 pm and 14.00 pm – 17.00 pm (Monday - Friday; except Public Holidays)
VenueSchool of Physical and Mathematical Sciences General Office (SPMS-04-01)

Students who have registered previously need only register again if they have changed their calculators, or if the seal on a previously registered calculator is broken. Please note that for approved graphic calculators, students are responsible for clearing any information and/or programs stored in the calculator before the examination.

If your calculator model is not included in the above list, please email SPMS Undergraduate Studies indicating your calculator model and include a picture or screenshot of your calculator (front display and keyboard). Please allow at least 1 week for the request to be assessed.

Please refer to the Office of Academic Services webpage for NTU-wide short leave application guidelines. Students from SPMS programmes may submit their short leave application by completing the following steps:

  1. Download the Short Leave application form
  2. Fill up the application form
  3. Scan / Combine the completed form and supporting document into a single PDF file
  4. Name the PDF file in the following format: "Full Name_Matric_No_Start Date of short leave
  5. Upload the file at step 6 in the following Microsoft Forms link: SPMS short leave application

Please note the following:

  • Hard copy applications will not be accepted.
  • Submission via email will not be accepted.
  • Applications without supporting document or short leave application form will be rejected.