Programme Requirements

The iDP is targetted at students who are interested in innovation and design. Its requirements consist of a series of project-based modules that run throughout a student's candidature. Students are expected to develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities in innovation and design in a cumulative manner through these modules. The learning journey begins with lower-level modules that introduce students to basic concepts in innovation and design, and culminates in a major design project and a final year project where students are expected to apply their design knowledge and skills to develop solutions to real problems. Students will also take a number of Innovation & Enterprise electives to widen their knowledge about topics in economics and business.

The iDP complements the BEng programmes that are offered in NUS Engineering and is also open to non-Engineering students.

Second Major in Innovation & Design

Cohort 2017/2018 onwards

The iDP shall be offered as a Second Major in Innovation & Design for Engineering students who matriculate from AY2017/2018 onwards.

(Poly-intake students who matriculate in AY2017/2018 may follow the iDCP requirements for cohort 2016/2017 which is not offered as a Second Major.)


The overall requirements of this Second Major are as follows:

1. ES1531 Critical Thinking & Writing (4 MCs) or equivalent

2. One module from Group A (4 MCs)

3. One module from Group B (4 MCs)

4. EG3301R DCP Project (12 MCs)

5. EG4301 DCP Dissertation (12 MCs) or EG4301A Ideas to Startup (12 MCs)

6. At least three modules from Group C - Innovation & Enterprise electives (12 MCs)


Group A modules:

  • EG1310 Exploratory Satellite Design (4 MCs)
  • EG2201A Introduction to Design Thinking (4 MCs)


Group B modules:

  • EG2301 Case Studies in Engineering (4 MCs)
  • EG2311 Introduction to Space Systems (4 MCs)
  • EG2312 Radar Theory & Techniques (4 MCs)
  • EG2606B Independent Work (4 MCs)


Group C modules:

  • MT4001 Innovation & Entrepreneurial Strategy (4 MCs) or BSN3703 Entrepreneurial Strategy (4 MCs)
  • MT4002 Technology Management Strategy (4 MCs) or BSN3701/TR3008 Technological Innovation (4 MCs) or IS3251 Principles of Technology Entrepreneurship (4 MCs)
  • BSN3702/TR3002 New Venture Creation (4 MCs)
  • MT5911 Venture Funding (4 MCs)
  • MT5005 IP Law for Engineers & Scientists (4 MCs) or BSN3712 Innovation & Intellectual Property (4 MCs)
  • MT5920 Enterprise Development (4 MCs)
  • TR2201 Entrepreneurial Marketing (4 MCs)
  • IE2140 Engineering Economy (4 MCs) or IE5003 Cost Analysis & Engineering Economy (4 MCs)
  • IE2150 Human Factors Engineering (4 MCs) or IE5301 Human Factors in Engineering & Design (4 MCs)
  • MNO3811 Social Entrepreneurship (4 MCs)
  • CP2201 Journey of the Innovator (4 MCs)


For Engineering students, 16 MCs from ES1531 (or equivalent) and EG3301R or EG4301 will be double-counted towards programme requirements while the remaining 32 MCs shall be counted as unrestricted electives.

Additionally, to fulfil their compulsory internship requirement Engineering students in the iDP may complete EG3612 Vacation Internship Programme (6 MCs) between Semesters 4 and 5 in lieu of EG3611 Industrial Attachement (12 MCs). However, poly-intake students and those in the following programmes are exempted from the internship requirement:

  • Double degree programmes
  • Concurrent degree programmes
  • Chemical Sciences Programme
  • Global Engineering Programme

By default, students will be allocated EG2201A and EG2301 from Groups A and B, respectively. Those who are keen to work on nanosatellite-related projects in EG3301R and EG4301 may take EG1310 in lieu of EG2201A, and EG2311or EG2312 in lieu of EG2301. Students who are selected for special projects such as FSAE and Bumblebee will take up EG2606B in lieu of EG2301.


iDCP 2nd major timeline


Click on the following links for more details about the modular requirements and recommended semester schedules for Engineering programmes with the Second Major in Innovation & Design: