The SPMS Co-operative Education Programme

The SPMS Co-operative Education Programme (SPMS-CEP) places selected students in well-established companies for work experiences throughout their four years of studies at NTU.

Starting from the first year, each participating student joins a credit-earning structured job training programme with a company. This experience enhances the student's education with practical work experiences, enabling them to progressively master practical skills for their future careers.


Practical Training — The job training programmes are designed jointly by SPMS and the participating companies to supplement students' academic knowledge with practical examples.

Mentoring by SPMS Professors — Participating students are personally mentored by SPMS professors to ensure good programme outcomes.

In-depth Exposure — Extended training experiences with the same company provides exposure to different functions within the organisation.

Career Opportunities — The skills and insight acquired by participating students can give them a good advantage for potential future hires!


Each students in the SPMS-CEP works in a chosen company for a total of 50 work weeks, spread over three work terms:

  • Work Term 1: End of first year, 10 weeks, mid-May to late-Jul
  • Work Term 2: End of second year, 10 weeks, mid-May to late-Jul
  • Work Term 3: Between third and fourth year, 30 weeks, (early-Jan to late-Jul) OR (mid-May to early-Dec)

During the final 30-week work term, students may choose to undertake a final year project with the company. This project contributes to the graduation requirements of the NTU degree programme.

Participating Companies

Participating companies include, but are not limited to:

GICInternational Flavors and Fragrances, Asia Pacific — Lubrizol Southeast Asia

 PricewaterhouseCoopers  PSA InternationalShimadzu Asia Pacific

 Sumitomo Chemical AsiaSumitomo Seika Singapore

How to Apply

Applicants must apply to an SPMS degree programme before applying to the SPMS-CEP. The application period for Academic Year 2019 is 01 March 2019 – 15 April 2019 (updated).

The following materials are needed for the application:

  • Cover Letter and Resume (as a single file, in PDF format)
  • Entry qualification transcript (in PDF format)
  • A brief explanation of interest in the programme

Please note that these application materials will be forwarded to the participating companies.

For all enquiries, please email SPMS_COOP@ntu.edu.sg.