University Scholars Programme (USP)

University Scholars Programme (USP)

Why should Engineering students be in the USP?

It gives you an increased diversity of opportunities available in the USP; particularly to explore disciplines and interests on a different dimension. For example, Engineering students can read USP modules such as “Theatre & the World” and “Molecular Courtship”, which are not offered in the usual engineering curriculum.

With the plethora of International Programmes that are available to all disciplines and the integration of a Residential College component, Engineering students can interact and build intellectual and social relationships with students from other majors and walks of life. All USP students are expected to fulfil a two-year commitment of living in the USP residential college (Cinnamon College) in their first year and one other.

It is a great place to be exposed to different people with completely different mindsets which helps you to expand your perspective and develop more rigour in the way you think and approach real-life situations.

USP also provides Engineering students with flexibility and opportunities to develop and pursue their own interests academically, with resources to go wide and deep in any chosen field. For example, Engineering students in the USP collaborated with other students in building Singapore’s first personal flying machine, dubbed Snowstorm.

How does the USP fit into the Engineering curriculum?

USP slips right into the Engineering curriculum so that there is usually no need to take extra modules whilst fulfilling all the university requirement.

You will enjoy the following mapping that is applicable only for Engineering students:

Faculty/DeptModule CodeModule Title USP module
FoEES1531Critical Thinking and WritingUWC2101
FoEES2331Communicating Engineering Deemed read only if student completes all the USP requirement #
CEGCS2101Effective Communication for Computing Professionals Deemed read only if student completes all the USP requirement *
FoE & CEGHR2002Human Capital in OrganizationsUSE2301, UQR2207, UHB2201 or UHB2204
CEGCG3002Embedded Systems Design ProjectInquiry Tier module - Recognised as an ISM and its UIS code is UIS3971R
ESPESP3902Major Design Project 1Inquiry Tier module - Recognised as an ISM
ESPESP3903Major Design Project 2Inquiry Tier module - Recognised as an ISM
ESPESP2109 or ESP2110Design Project 1 or Design Project 2Inquiry Tier module - Recognised as an ISM

# Engineering students who withdraw from USP must read ES2331.
* CEG students who withdraw from USP must read CS2101 and CS2103T if they have not passed CS2103

If you need more information on the mapping of USP modules, please visit the USP webpage.

When you have completed your USP curriculum or have withdrawn from it, please submit your USP Mapping Form to Ms Lesley Poong, Office of Undergraduate Programmes, NUS Engineering,

What do Engineering students do for the Independent Study Module (ISM)?

ISMs, or Independent Study Modules, are modules which provide opportunities for USP students to obtain a personalised specialisation on a specific topic. You are given the freedom to work independently and to design the ISM in consultation with the Faculty member to determine the assignments and research required for the module topic. Engineering students cannot do an ISM Ride-on which rides onto a regular module.

Students register their project at the start of each semester.

How do the overseas opportunity fit into the curriculum?

Subject to the approval from the USP Office, mapping is as follows:

Summer Programme One Inquiry Tier module.
Student Exchange ProgrammeUp to two USP Inquiry Tier modules per semester abroad.
NUS Overseas College (12-month stint)Deemed to have fulfilled two Humanities & Social Sciences modules and two Science & Technology modules from the Inquiry Tier including the ISM requirement.

For more information, please consult the USP website.

What Engineering students in USP say?

Amos Tan, Chemical Engineering + USP + NOC, Class of 2017

“USP + Engineering adds an interesting dimension to my education in NUS. The inquisitive and open environment has allowed me to pursue my interests, shaping me into a more holistic member of society.”

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Daniel John Tan, Chemical Engineering + USP, Class of 2017

“The rigorous, engaging and intellectually stimulating nature of USP classes have consistently sharpened my critical thinking, presentation skills and worldviews. One particular class I greatly enjoyed involved a 3-week field study in rural Chiang Mai, where I worked with Business and Global Studies majors in setting up a village rice co-op. It made me realize the importance of an interdisciplinary approach towards solving any large-scale complex problems.”

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Josephine Ng, Engineering Science + USP, Class of 2017

“USP has been a really great balance to my technical Engineering education. The ecosystem created by residential life, a vibrant community, and unique modules and opportunities (think overseas programmes, interesting talks, interest groups, etc.) has given me dissimilar but very fulfilling experiences.”

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Lim Hong Wei, Computer Engineering+ USP, Class of 2019

“There are no regrets being in the thick of an interdisciplinary programme. It has given me so much holistic exposure, to both academics and beyond. As such, I believe that I am living life as a NUS undergraduate to the fullest.”

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Sre Vinod Seenivasan, Mechanical Engineering + USP, Class of 2017

“At USP, you can be more than just a conventional engineering student. You get the opportunity to learn unique arts and science topics from different faculty professors, and even embark on exciting projects under their lead.”
“Snowstorm – a personal flying machine, was a joint collaboration between SP and the Faculty of Engineering’s Design-Centric Programme (DCP). Sre Vinod Seenivasan – 4th from left; Associate Professor Martin Henz (USP & SOC Faculty) – first from right.”

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University Scholars Programme (USP)