English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose native tongue and medium of University instruction is not English are required to demonstrate their English proficiency by means of TOEFL* / IELTS** test scores.

Applicants who graduated from English-medium Universities may be required to sit for the TOEFL/IELTS test, at the discretion of  NUS Engineering, so as to assess their suitability for admission.

After applying for our programmes, applicants will be notified via the Acknowledgement Slip to know if they are required to sit for the TOEFL/IELTS test. Those who are expected to do so, must submit the photocopies of their TOEFL/ IELTS scoresheets by the stipulated date. Upon successful admission, the originals have to be provided for verification.

*TOEFL is the abbreviation for the Test of English as a Foreign Language.
**IELTS is the abbreviation for the International English Language Testing System.

The examining authorities for the respective tests are:





Other tests (including the TOEFL Institutional Test) and those that claim to be predictions, estimations, equivalents, simulations, etc. of the TOEFL or IELTS are unacceptable.

To meet the English requirement for our M.Sc. programmes in Engineering, the minimum score expected is :

  • 85 (for TOEFL internet-based test) or

  • 6.0 (for IELTS (Academic)).

The TOEFL score or IELTS result is only valid for 2 years after the test and should be valid at the beginning of the application period for the designated MSc degree.