FAQ for coursework programmes

FAQ for coursework programmes

The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) applies to M.Sc. by coursework programmes only. If you are interested in the M.Eng/Eng.D/P.hD by research programme, please refer to the Research FAQ section.

A candidate is normally admitted at the beginning of each semester of the academic year i.e. at either August (Semester 1) or January (Semester 2). Please refer to our “Application periods” section in our website

Please refer to our “How to apply” section in our website.

Printed applications forms are no longer available.  Please refer to our “How to apply” section in our website.

If you are currently an undergraduate and wish to apply for admission, you may do so if you graduating in July (for August Intake) or December (for January Intake). Otherwise, please apply for admission in a subsequent semester.

Please refer to our “English Language Requirements” section of our website.

We DO NOT accept printout/screenshot of the TOEFL/IELTS score taken from the test website.  MSc applicants should request testing institutes to send the original scoresheet to their residence and then email a copy to engpgcwk@nus.edu.sg with your application number by the closing date.

Successful candidates who are offered admission will have to show the original official scoresheets to the Office of Graduate Programmes for verification at the point of registration with us.

For MSc applications, GRE scores are not required.

We do not require referee details or reports for MSc by coursework applications unless you are applying for the NUS Graduate Scholarship for ASEAN nationals (NUS GSA) scholarship during the August intakes. Please upload your referee letters/letter of recommendations with your online application. There is no need to complete the referee details in the online application as we will not send any email to the referees to request for any report.

Interviews for our MSc programmes are usually not required. However, selected candidates might be contacted for an interview so as to assess their suitability for admission.

The NUS Graduate Scholarship for ASEAN nationals (NUS GSA) offered by the National University of Singapore is awarded to deserving MSc applicants for the August intakes; candidates must be a national from any of the 10 ASEAN member countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam).  Singapore citizens and permanent residents are not eligible to apply.  Details of this scholarship is available at Registrar’s website here.

At the Faculty level, the MSc programmes do not come with scholarships. Full-time students pursuing government-subsidized programmes may consider taking up a Tuition Fee Loan. Details are available at the Tuition Fee Loan website.

You may also refer to our website on other financial assistance.

During the online application, applicants are advised to upload consolidated transcripts showing their latest overall CAP/GPA. In the event your University is unable to issue one before the application deadline, please upload all your results by semesters in 1 pdf file. Applicants may be contacted by email for further documentary evidence if required. Applicants who are not graduating before the intake applied for should apply for the subsequent intake.

For MSc applicants, photocopies are allowed in the first instance.  When an offer of admission is made, you will be asked to submit the original official documents and these should reach us in its original sealed envelope with its flap bearing the University security seal and signature of an authorized person. Please do not open the sealed envelopes on your own.

Please submit copies of your latest  transcript or your semester result slips while we await the originals from your University. Please submit your application first before our application deadlines and send us the outstanding documents over once its available.

The original / certified true copy of the transcript for candidates with qualifications other than those from NUS would be requested at the point when the offer of admission is made. This must be sent DIRECTLY from the issuing University to NUS, enclosed in an official SEALED envelope with its flap bearing the security seal of the University and the signature of the Registrar or representative.

We no longer request evidence of financial support for MSc applications. Applicants have to ensure that they have sufficient funds for their entire course of study in Singapore before they accept our offer of admission. Funds should be set aside for living expenses as well as tuition fees referring to our Estimated cost of living guide 

Candidates who require more time to prepare themselves financially for their graduate studies are encouraged to apply for admission in a subsequent intake.

We do not require MSc applicants to upload payslips and bank statements eventhough it is indicated in the online application system.

Yes, you can.  Please indicate your order of preference.  There is no limit to the number of applications you may apply to. An application number will be assigned to you when you create a new online application for each programme.  If you are successful in more than one application, you can choose only one programme to register with.

Selection of area of specialization will only be done after admission to the MSc programme at the point of module registration at the beginning of each semester.

You do not need to indicate this during your application.

The AOS is only printed in the transcript of academic records of the student (who has been awarded with the AOS). It will not be printed on the degree certificate. A free copy of the transcript of academic records is given to the student upon graduation. Additional copies are available at a nominal fee upon request.

You may make changes online while it is in Draft.  Once you have clicked “submit”, you will not be able to make changes. Hence please check through your application carefully before submission.

A non-refundable  application fee of Singapore dollars $50 is required for each programme applied for and is payable when you submit your online application.

The online application system only accepts the payment methods below:

– Credit Card (AMEX, VISA or MasterCard)

– Debit Card (applicants must have an online banking account with either of the following banks – POSB/DBS, UOB or Citibank)

Applicants who have difficulties in making payment are advised to wait for at least 6 hours before attempting to make payment again. Should you require further assistance, email engpgcwk@nus.edu.sg with your application number and screenshot of the error.

Note: You will not be allowed to submit your application if no payment is made.

Please refer to our “Application period” section in our website.

You will not be able to submit your application online after the system closes. Please follow the application periods as published on our website

Your application status should show “Submitted Online” status once you have completed the online application successfully.

Please refer to our “Application status” section of our website.

MSc applicants will not be granted deferment of admissions.  You are to reapply for the subsequent admissions exercise or when circumstances permit.

Please refer to Registrar’s Office website for information on Student Pass matters,  Accommodation and Pre-Departure Information and Orientation Briefing. More information will also be provided to you in our offer email.

If this is your first Master’s degree in Singapore, yes, you can, subjected to eligibility requirements. Upon successful admission to the MSc programme, you will be provided details on the service obligation when you complete your registration with us. Click here for more information and process for the Service Obligation Scheme.

We offer our MSc programmes on both full-time and part-time basis, however, international candidates who are not long-term residents of Singapore at the time of application are only eligible to apply for the full-time MSc programmes, and if offered admission, they are to be registered as full-time students. Please refer to our “Programme Structure” section in our website.

Staff concession is applicable to full-time staff members who are enrolled in NUS part-time government subsidised graduate programmes and are in service when they submit their application. Eligible staff members may through Office of Human Resources before start of the applicable semester. For clarification of the guidelines and other related enquiries, staff members can call Office of Human Resources – Compensation & Benefits Section.