Undergraduates

The SPMS Co-operative Education Programme

The SPMS Co-operative Education Programme (SPMS-CEP) places selected students in established companies for credit-earning structured work experiences throughout their four years of studies. This experience enables participants to progressively master practical skills for their future careers.

Benefits

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

Mentoring by SPMS Professors — Participants receive personal mentorship and guidance from SPMS professors.

In-depth Exposure — Extended training experiences in the same company exposes students to different functions in the organisation.

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

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.

Details

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

Programme Criteria

Students may enter the SPMS-CEP either at the point of admissions to their major programme, or after the first semester of studies. To be admitted to the SPMS-CEP, students must successfully secure an internship placement with a participating industrial partner (the SPMS-CEP will facilitate this placement).

For students majoring in Mathematical Sciences, the SPMS-CEP is considered a distinct programme track. Any students who later decide to opt out of the SPMS-CEP must convert to a standard track, and comply with the respective AU requirements.

AU requirements (for students admitted in AY2019/2020 or later)

Pr​ogramme Academic Units (AU)
Core Major PE
(non-Co-op)
Major PE
(Co-op)
GER Core GER Prescribed Electives UE
(non-Co-op)
UE
(Co-op)
Total AU
BM STS LA Any
Chemistry and Biological Chemistry 60 18 10 18 3 3 3 0 3 15 133
Mathematical Sciences 56 22 8 18 3 3 3 0 4 17 134
Physics 63 20 10 18 3 3 3 0 0 15 135
Applied Physics 64 19 10 18 3 3 3 0 0 15 135

Attachment/Internship Modules

Students in the SPMS-CEP are required to complete three Professional Attachments/Internships, during the following periods:

  • Year 1 Special Semesters I & II (10 weeks),
  • Year 2 Special Semesters I & II (10 weeks), and
  • Year 3 Semester 2 + Special Semesters I & II (30 weeks)
    OR Year 3 Special Semesters I & II + Year 4 Semester 1 (30 weeks).

The course codes and titles, for students in the different major programmes, are shown below:

Course Code and Title Duration Academic Units (AU) Grading
CM2900 Professional Attachment I (Co-op) 10 Weeks 5 (UE) Pass/Fail
CM3900 Professional Attachment II (Co-op) 10 Weeks 5 (UE) Pass/Fail
CM4900 Professional Internship I (Co-op)
(with FYP)
30 Weeks 15 (10 AU Major PE + 5 AU UE) Letter-Graded
MH2900 Professional Attachment I (Co-op) 10 Weeks 5 (UE) Pass/Fail
MH3900 Professional Attachment II (Co-op) 10 Weeks 5 (UE) Pass/Fail
MH4908 Professional Internship I (Co-op)
(with FYP)
30 Weeks 15 (8 AU Major PE + 7 AU UE) Letter-Graded
MH4909 Professional Internship II (Co-op)
(without FYP)
30 Weeks 15 (8 AU Major PE + 7 AU UE) Pass/Fail
PH2900 Professional Attachment I (Co-op) 10 Weeks 5 (UE) Pass/Fail
PH3900 Professional Attachment II (Co-op) 10 Weeks 5 (UE) Pass/Fail
PH4900 Professional Internship I (Co-op)
(with FYP)
30 Weeks 15 (10 AU Major PE + 5 AU UE) Letter-Graded
PH4901 Professional Internship II (Co-op)​
(without FYP)
30 Weeks 15 (10 AU Major PE + 5 AU UE) Pass/Fail