Questions about the MAS Programme
- What constitutes Mathematical Sciences?
- What are my career prospects with a degree in Mathematical Sciences?
- What are the requirements for applying to the major in Mathematical Sciences?
- Would I be disadvantaged if I did not do Further Mathematics at A-Level?
- How does Mathematical Sciences in the university differ from the Mathematics we learnt in junior college or polytechnic?
- What are the special strengths of the undergraduate programme in Mathematical Sciences at NTU
- What do the "tracks" in the major programme refer to?
- After I have chosen one track, can I still read courses from the other tracks?
- Can I complete the degree in less than 4 years?
- As a Mathematical Sciences major, will I need to read other science courses (e.g., physics or chemistry)?
- I am interested in Actuarial Science. Does your programme prepare students to become actuaries?
Questions about the Minor in Mathematics
- Is there an entry requirement to take a Minor in Mathematics?
- Can the School help me if there are clashes in the time-table?
- If I am not in the Minor, can I just take one course?
- Will I be dropped from the Minor programme if I fail a MHXXXX course?
- The curriculum for my major includes some mathematics. Can the credits from those courses count towards the Minor in Mathematics?
- Some MAS courses topics overlap with courses in my major. Can I still read MAS courses on topics I have already learnt?
- Some MAS courses topics overlap with courses in my major. Can I use the courses from my major to fulfill course prerequisites for MAS courses?
Questions about Final Year Project / Internship / Attachment
- Can I do both the Final Year Project and an Attachment/Internship?
- Can I choose not to do the Final Year Project or an Internship?
- How do I choose between Final Year Project and Internship?
- I am doing a Double Major in Mathematical Sciences and Economics. Can my Final Year Project supervisor be from the Division of Economics?
- Will I be automatically granted Honours (Highest Distinction) if I do the Final Year Project?
- How do I prepare the Final Year Project proposal?
- How do I prepare for the FYP presentation?
- How do I write the Final Year Project thesis?
- What are the marking criteria for Final Year Project?
Questions about the MAS Programme
1. What constitutes Mathematical Sciences?
Mathematical Sciences describes a broad range of topics relating
to mathematics, statistics and their applications. It includes
areas commonly known as Pure Mathematics, Applied and
Computational Mathematics, and Statistics. Certain subfields of
computer science, engineering, life sciences, physical sciences
and social sciences, where mathematical methods play an important
role, are also included.
In the Mathematical Sciences major programme, students can
choose to focus on one of several tracks (Pure Mathematics,
Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Business Analytics) – hence the name of the
2. What are my career prospect with a degree in Mathematical Sciences?
A BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematical Sciences equips a graduate
with the skills and foundation for a wide range of careers in both
the private and public sectors. Organisations in Singapore where
graduates in Mathematical Sciences have found satisfying careers
include: banks, insurance companies, IT companies, SIA, PSA, the
education service, DSO National Laboratories, various government
ministries (Defence, Home Affairs, Health, Trade and Industry,
etc.), as well as Research and Development (R&D)
The jobs secured by graduates in Mathematical Sciences include:
actuary, computer analyst, computer programmer, cryptologist, data
analyst, financial analyst, financial planner, investment analyst,
market research analyst, numerical analyst, operations research
analyst, quality control analyst, research scientist, resource
management analyst, software analyst, statistician, systems
analyst, teacher, transportation analyst, etc. Other than these
choices, many graduates in Mathematical Sciences have also found
employment in non-technical positions such as administrators,
where their training in analytical and problem-solving skills also
come in handy.
Some other helpful websites that provide some answers to this
question may be found here:
3. What are the requirements for applying to the major in Mathematical Sciences?
here for the admission requirements. Broadly speaking, you
need a good pass in A-Level Mathematics or its equivalent. If you
are a diploma holder from a polytechnic in Singapore, you should
preferably have done well in several mathematics
4. Would I be disadvantaged if I did not do Further Mathematics at A-Level?
The curriculum for our Mathematical Sciences major programme does
not assume knowledge of A-Level Further Mathematics. Students who
have studied A-Level Further Mathematics might have a slightly
better background, but the main things that matter are each student's readiness to learn, ability to absorb new
knowledge, and effort put into the subject.
5. How does Mathematical Sciences in the university differ from the Mathematics we learnt in junior college or polytechnic?
For one thing, you can expect to learn a wide range of new
mathematical topics (both pure and applied) which are not
covered in pre-university curricula. Moreover, Mathematical
Sciences at the university level places special emphasis on
thinking and reasoning in a logical and rigorous way, and arriving
at deep understandings of concepts and proofs (which can include
eventually developing one's own concepts and proofs).
6. What are the special features and strengths of the undergraduate programme in Mathematical Sciences at NTU?
Similar to many other undergraduate programmes in the Mathematical
Sciences, our programme aims to equip the graduates with strong
logical thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving skills. Compared
to some other Mathematics or Mathematical Sciences programmes, ours stands out in the following ways:
Our curriculum incorporates computational
elements in many places, as we believe that information
technology (IT) skills are increasingly important both in the
workplace and in mathematical research. Apart from a compulsory
course in scientific programming, many courses include a
challenges for outstanding students. We offer
"Advanced Investigations" courses that are taken in
tandem with our regular courses (calculus, linear algebra,
etc.), and enrich the material by introducing additional
challenging problems to solve. At higher levels, we provide a
variety of Special Courses and the opportunity to pursue a
research project under the personal supervision of a faculty
Our programme is deliberately interdisciplinary
in nature, in recognition of the important role played by
mathematics and statistics in science, engineering and social
sciences. Our curriculum is not limited to courses from the
Division of Mathematical Sciences; it also includes prescribed
electives offered by many other schools, which can be used to
help fulfill the programme's coursework requirements.
7. What do the "tracks" in the major programme refer to?
Once each student has acquired a strong set of mathematical
fundamentals, it is important to specialize in one area for
advanced study. We have organized the programme into four
distinct tracks – Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics,
Statistics, and Business Analytics.
For Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics, the
choice of track only needs to be made in the second year of study.
For the Business Analytics track, some additional advance planning
may be necessary, due to the need to take courses from other
here for the curriculum details.
Pure Mathematics focuses on theoretical and
foundational issues, as well as proving techniques. It is ideal
for students who enjoy mathematics for the beauty and rigour of
the subject, as well as those planning to pursue a career in mathematics research or education.
Applied Mathematics is concerned with the
development and use of mathematical methods that have
scientific, technological, or business applications. Emphasis
is given to problem-solving and IT skills that are useful in
tackling real-world problems. Students are encouraged to learn
about disciplines outside mathematics, such as engineering,
computer science, the biological sciences, the physical
Statistics is about the collection, analysis
and interpretation of numerical data. Statistics has highly
important and specialized applications in biological
sciences, economics and finance, computer science, etc.
Students in this track are encouraged to venture into some of
those application areas, to gain better insight into how statistical
techniques are used in practice.
Business Analytics is about the application of
advanced mathematical methods for optimizing, predicting and
decision-making in the business world. This includes topics
such as Optimization, Operations Research, Data Mining, Time
Series Analysis, etc. This track includes courses from Nanyang
Business School and the School of Computer Engineering.
8. After I have chosen one track, can I still read courses from the other tracks?
there is some room (a few AU) in each track for students to read
any MH3XXX/4XXX course as Prescribed Electives (so long as course
prerequisites are met). You can also take courses from other
tracks as Unrestricted Electives.
9. Can I complete the degree in less than 4 years?
While the programme is structured for four years of study,
students who can handle more than 18 AU per semester can
accelerate their studies and graduate sooner. So long as a
student meets the prerequisites for a particular course, he/she is
permitted to read it. However, we do not advise students to
overload in every semester, so that they have ample time to gain
an in-depth understanding of the material.
Students who enter the programme very well prepared may also be
granted some Advanced Placement credits if they qualify. For
inquiries, please send an email
10. As a Mathematical Sciences major, will I need to read other science courses (e.g., physics or chemistry)?
Sciences majors in the Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics,
and Statistics tracks, there are no requirements to read physics
or chemistry courses (although we do encouorage students to
broaden their knowledge and build up interdisciplinary interests).
For students in the Business Analytics track, some courses in the
Nanyang Business School (NBS)
For students in joint programmes, courses in the allied discipline
are obviously required; for example,
Major programme in Mathematical Sciences and Economics
requires taking Economics classes.
11. I am interested in Actuarial Science. Does your programme prepare students to become actuaries?
Actuarial Science is an interdisciplinary field involving a
combination of skills from mathematics, statistics, econonomics,
finance, etc. To qualify as a full-fledged actuary is very
demanding, and involves passing a series of professional
examinations as well as several years of working experience.
To our knowledge, no degree program in any university automatically qualifies its graduates as actuaries.
A good undergraduate program in Mathematical Sciences can be an
excellent preparation for becoming an actuary, and may even enable
the student to obtain exemptions from some stages of the
professional examinations. Students in the
Major programme in Mathematical Sciences and Economics will be
particularly advantaged, because of their extra exposure to
economics and finance topics.
To take an example, at a popular Actuarial Science programme at
the London School of Economics, abour 3/4 of
in Actuarial Science programme overlaps with our Track in
Statistics, while most of the remaining ones are covered by
the economics portions of the Double Major in Mathematical
Sciences and Economics programme.
Questions about the Minor in Mathematics
Is there an entry requirement to take a Minor in Mathematics?
No, except that you will need to satisfy the prerequisites for each course you choose to read.
2. Can the School help me if there are clashes in the time-table?
Unfortunately not. It is the responsibility of the students to ensure that there are no clashes in their class and examination time-tables.
3. If I am not in the Minor, can I just take one Course?
Students who do not intend to pursue a Minor in Mathematics, but who
are nonetheless interested in reading some MAS courses, may
certainly also do so. However, note that most MAS Courses do have a
quota for enrolment, due to constraints in available teaching
resources. Priority will be given to students who need to complete
the course to fulfill major or minor requirements.
4. Will I be dropped from the Minor programme if I fail a MHXXXX course?
No. If you fail a course, you can always read it again the next time
it is offered, or even read a different Course to fulfill the
of the Minor in Mathematics. So long as you satisfy all the
requirements by the time you graduate, you will graduate with the
Minor in Mathematics. If, for some reason, you are unable to
complete the requirements for the Minor in Mathematics by the time
of your graduation, then you will simply graduate without the minor.
5. The curriculum for my major includes some mathematics. Can the credits from those courses count towards the Minor in Mathematics?
No. Credits from the same course cannot count towards both a major
and a minor.
6. Some MAS courses topics overlap with courses in my major. Can I still read MAS courses on topics I have already learnt?
You are strongly advised and encouraged to read something different
in this case – and there are enough MAS courses for you to choose
from to avoid such overlaps. The intended purpose of a minor is to
help you build expertise in a subject beyond your major. Reading MAS
Courses that overlap significantly with courses in your major
defeats this purpose. You are missing a great opportunity to add
value to your education!
Some MAS courses topics overlap with courses in my major. Can I use the courses from my major to fulfill course prerequisites for MAS courses?
This will be considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on
factors like the extent of the overlap, the approach used, etc. For
inquiries, please send an email to
Questions about Final Year Project (FYP) / Internship / Attachment
1. Can I do both the Final Year Project and an Internship/Attachment?
For students who matriculated in Academic Year 2015/2016 or earlier,
(Professional Attachment) module can be taken regardless of whether the student is doing or planning to do the
Final Year Project (FYP). Students who are doing (or planning to do) the FYP should read MH4901 as an Unrestricted Elective; thhose who are not doing the FYP should read MH4901 as a Major Prescribed Elective.
For students who matriculated in Academic Year 2016/2017 or later,
those doing (or planning to do) a Final Year Project are not allowed to
take MH4903 (Professional Internship), the 22-week long internship programme. However, it
is still possible to take the 12-week attachment,
(Professional Attachment), as an Unrestricted Elective.
2. Can I choose not to do the Final Year Project or an Internship?
Yes, but you have to make up the remaining AU through other courses
in the chosen track; please
the curriculum for details. Please note that students are only
eligible to graduate with Honours (Highest Distinction) if they take
the Final Year Project, and obtain a grade of A- or better.
The Double Major programme in Mathematical Sciences and Economics, however, requires a Final Year Project.
3. How do I choose between Final Year Project and Internship?
It depends on each student's needs. The Final Year Project is
strongly encouraged for students who intend to pursue further
studies (at the Master and/or PhD level). Students who have a strong
interest in building a career may benefit from doing an internship.
Please also note that students are only eligible to graduate with
Honours (Highest Distinction) if they take the Final Year Project,
and obtain a grade of A- or better.
4. I am doing a Double Major in Mathematical Sciences and Economics. Can my Final Year Project supervisor be from the Division of Economics?
Major in Mathematical Sciences and Economics, students must do a Final Year
Project which is MH4900. The main supervisor must be a MAS faculty member. If
the project covers both Math and Econ disciplines, students can choose a
co-supervisor from the Division of Economics.
5. Will I be automatically granted Honours (Highest Distinction) if I do the Final Year Project?
No, you will need to satisfy all the requirements for Honours (Highest Distinction). This includes receiving an FYP grade of A- or above.
6. How do I prepare the Final Year Project proposal?
The proposal should be no more than 2 pages, and it should
succinctly describe the motivation/significance of the project, the
fundamental problems and underlying difficulties, and your research
plan and methods. For more detailed advice, please consult the
faculty member who has agreed to be your supervisor.
7. How do I prepare for the FYP presentation?
A good FYP presentation should cover the following ground:
- General introduction to the project
- Motivations and relevance
- Difficulties and your specific goals
- Relevant highlights from your literature review
- Your choice of methods / techniques / equipment
- Your main results, outline of the proofs and/or the experiments you conducted
- Your insights and conclusions
- Some ideas for extending your work
For more detailed advice, please consult your supervisor.
8, How do I write the Final Year Project thesis?
Here are some basic requirements and tips:
The thesis should be prepared in Word or LaTeX, formatted for
printing on A4 paper with appropriate fonts (Word: Arial 11;
LaTeX: Computer Modern 11pt). A good size for margins is 2.5 cm
top and bottom, 2 cm on the right and at least 2.5 cm on the left
(maybe more, depending on the binding process).
The title page should contain the project title, your name, the
purpose of the project (“it is submitted as part of the honours
requirements”), the name of supervise/co-supervisor, the
submission date (month and year), and the Division (“Division of
Mathematical Sciences, School of Physical and Mathematical
Sciences, Nanyang Technological University”). The next page should
contain an Abstract. The page after that may be used for
There should be a table of contents, listing the chapters,
sections and sub-sections (if any), each with its page number. Do
not subdivide any further.
After the table of contents, you may incldue separate lists of
figures, tables, and/or code segments.
Chapters constitute the main body of the thesis. In all, they
should occupy about 30–50 pages (single-spaced). Writing more than
50 pages is discouraged.
A list of references, and possibly an annotated bibliography,
should follow the main body. References should use the commonly
used styles (including author and year).
You may include appendices containing relevant but secondary
material (e.g., program listings) may be added. Appendices help to keep
the main text more focused.
9. What are the marking criteria for Final Year Project?
The FYP grade consists of:
- FYP thesis (40%)
- FYP presentation (25%)
- FYP middle-term progress report (35%)