Co-Operative Education

 

The SPMS Co-Operative Education Programme is a SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree programme that places students in leading companies during their undergraduate studies. Participating students undergo a sequence of credit-earning structured work experiences, learning how to put their academic knowledge to use at the workplace.

Benefits

Practical Training — The job training programmes are designed jointly by the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS) and the participating companies to supplement academic knowledge with practical examples.

Mentoring by Professors — Each participant receives personal mentorship and guidance from an SPMS professor.

In-depth Exposure — Extended training experiences in the same company exposes students to different functions in the organisation.

Career Opportunities — The skills and insight acquired by participating students give them an advantage for future hires!

How to Apply

Applicants must apply to an SPMS degree programme before applying to the SPMS-CEP. The application period is during Semester 2 of the first year of study.

The following materials are needed for the application (please note that these materials will be forwarded to the participating companies):

  • Cover Letter and Resume (as a single file, in PDF format)
  • A brief explanation of interest in the programme

To be admitted to the programme, students must also successfully secure an internship placement with a participating company. The School will facilitate this placement.

For all enquiries, please email SPMS_COOP@ntu.edu.sg.

Programme Curriculum

For students admitted in AY2021/2022

Chemistry and Biological Chemistry
Core63 AU
Major PE (Co-Op)5 AU
Major PE (Non Co-Op)17 AU
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core: Common Core17 AU
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core: Foundational Core
10 AU
Broadening and Deepening Electives (Co-Op)15 AU
Broadening and Deepening Electives (Non Co-Op)12 AU
Total139 AU

Mathematical Sciences

For students majoring in Mathematical Sciences, the SPMS-CEP is considered a distinct programme track. Any students who later decide to opt out of the SPMS-CEP must convert to a standard track, and comply with the respective AU requirements.

 [PMAS, AMAS][STAT][BA]
Core52 AU
53 AU50 AU
Major PE (Co-Op)5 AU
5 AU5 AU
Major PE (Non Co-Op)19 AU
18 AU21 AU
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core: Common Core17 AU
17 AU17 AU
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core: Foundational Core
10 AU10 AU10 AU
Broadening and Deepening Electives (Co-Op)15 AU
15 AU15 AU
Broadening and Deepening Electives (Non Co-Op)11 AU
11 AU11 AU
Total129 AU
129 AU129 AU

Physics and Applied Physics
Core61 AU
Major PE (Co-Op)5 AU
Major PE (Non Co-Op)8 AU
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core: Common Core17 AU
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core: Foundational Core
10 AU
Broadening and Deepening Electives (Co-Op)15 AU
Broadening and Deepening Electives (Non Co-Op)15 AU
Total131 AU

For students admitted in AY2019/2020 and AY2020/2021

Chemistry and Biological Chemistry
Core60 AU
Major PE (Co-Op)10 AU
Major PE (Non Co-Op)18 AU
GER Core18 AU
GER PE
9 AU
UE (Co-Op)15 AU
UE (Non Co-Op)3 AU
Total133 AU

Mathematical Sciences

For students majoring in Mathematical Sciences, the SPMS-CEP is considered a distinct programme track. Any students who later decide to opt out of the SPMS-CEP must convert to a standard track, and comply with the respective AU requirements.

Core56 AU
Major PE (Co-Op)8 AU
Major PE (Non Co-Op)22 AU
GER Core18 AU
GER PE
9 AU
UE (Co-Op)17 AU
UE (Non Co-Op)4 AU
Total134 AU

Physics and Applied Physics
Core63 AU
Major PE (Co-Op)10 AU
Major PE (Non Co-Op)20 AU
GER Core18 AU
GER PE
9 AU
UE (Co-Op)15 AU
UE (Non Co-Op)0 AU
Total134 AU

Students in the SPMS-CEP are required to complete three Professional Attachments/Internships during the following periods:

  • Year 1 Special Semesters I & II (10 weeks)
  • Year 2 Special Semesters I & II (10 weeks)
  • Year 3 Semester 2 + Special Semesters I & II (30 weeks)
    OR Year 3 Special Semesters I & II + Year 4 Semester 1 (30 weeks).

The course codes and titles, for students in the different major programmes, are shown below:

Chemistry and Biological Chemistry
CM2900 - Professional Attachment I (Co-op)
10 Weeks | 5 AU (UE/ ICC*) | Pass/Fail
CM3900 - Professional Attachment II (Co-op)10 Weeks | 5 AU (UE/ MPE*) | Pass/Fail
CM4900 - Professional Internship I (Co-op)30 Weeks | 15 AU (10 MPE + 5 UE / BDE*) | Letter-Graded

* for students admitted in AY2021/2022 and later

 

Mathematical Sciences
MH2900 - Professional Attachment I (Co-op)
10 Weeks | 5 AU (UE/ ICC*) | Pass/Fail
MH3900 - Professional Attachment II (Co-op)10 Weeks | 5 AU (UE/ MPE*) | Pass/Fail
MH4908 - Professional Internship I (Co-op)
(with FYP)
30 Weeks | 15 AU (8 MPE + 7 UE/ BDE*) | Letter-Graded
MH4909 - Professional Internship II (Co-op)
(w/o FYP)
30 Weeks | 15 AU (8 MPE + 7 UE/ BDE*) | Pass/Fail

* for students admitted in AY2021/2022 and later

 

Physics and Applied Physics
PH2900 - Professional Attachment I (Co-op)
10 Weeks | 5 AU (UE/ ICC*) | Pass/Fail
PH3900 - Professional Attachment I (Co-op)10 Weeks | 5 AU (UE/ MPE*) | Pass/Fail
PH4900 - Professional Internship I (Co-op)
(with FYP)
30 Weeks | 15 AU (10 MPE + 5 UE/ BDE*) | Letter-Graded
PH4901 - Professional Internship I (Co-op)
(w/o FYP)
30 Weeks | 15 AU (10 MPE + 5 UE/ BDE*) | Pass/Fail

* for students admitted in AY2021/2022 and later