Grad Students

MSc in Chemical Sciences & Instrumentation


The Master of Science in Chemical Sciences and Instrumentation programme is targeted at professionals looking to maximize their potential in the energy and chemicals industry, as well as recent graduates seeking a headstart in their careers.

Chemistry is known as the central science that bridges the physical sciences with other disciplines, including medicine and engineering, especially in growing fields such as sustainable energy, electric vehicles, urban farming, 3D printing, and nanotechnology. Chemical Sciences and Instrumentation encompasses all the theoretical and applied aspects of chemistry, which are vital for success in the energy and chemicals sector. In 2019, the International Council of Chemical Associations released a report that estimated the chemical industry’s contribution to the global gross domestic product (GDP) was around US$5.7 trillion (~ 7%) and it also supported around 120 million jobs worldwide. In Singapore, the energy and chemicals sector forms part of the essential services critical to the global supply chain, and contributes to around S$81 billion or 1/3 of Singapore’s total manufacturing output, with an extra S$12.7 billion more expected by 2025 in the Energy and Chemicals Industry Transformation Map from the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

This Masters programme equips graduates with transferable and interdisciplinary skills in chemistry concepts, instruments, data science, and technopreneurship. The curriculum includes advanced theoretical courses in the sub-disciplines of chemistry, hands-on exposure to some of the latest equipment, as well as training in commercialization, data analytics, and communication. The complementary depth and breadth of the programme will provide holistic education that should help graduates adapt and thrive in a knowledge-based economy.


Curriculum

The MSc in Chemical Sciences and Instrumentation Programme is an intensive 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time programme by coursework taught in two semesters per year.

It consists of 30 Academic Units (AUs), with 15 AUs of compulsory modules, 10 AUs from the chosen specialization's electives, and 5 AUs from other electives:

Compulsory courses 15 AUs
Prescribed Electives of the chosen specialization 10 AUs
Unrestricted Electives 5 AUs
Total graduation requirements 30 AUs

The requirements for graduation are as follow:

  1. ​​Successful completion of all requirements as prescribed by the programme of study; and
  2. A minimum CGPA of 2.50 is attained at the completion of the programme of study.​

AY2021/2022​

Compulsory courses

CBC 729 Graduate Seminar (4AU)
This course is intended to encourage graduate students to participate in seminars and read scientific literature in the areas of synthetic, bio-organic, and bio-inorganic chemistry. The course is structured to help graduate students to improve their presentation skills.
CBC 736 Advanced Chemical Instrumentation (2AU)
This course will provide in-depth hands-on experience and skills for several important instruments commonly used in chemistry to help the ongoing and future research conducted by the students.
TP 6202 Technology Commercialisation (3AU)
An integral component of the course is the exploitation and commercialisation of technologies. The course provides a platform to examine trends and key issues in commercialising inventions and technological innovations. Participants need to understand the latest technological research and development, and identify technology commercialisation possibilities.
MPS 780 Research for MSc I (6AU)
This is an independent research study course intended to give students some experience in planning and executing the early stages of a research career.

PRESCRIBED ELECTIVE COURSES - SYNTHESIS AND LIFE SCIENCES

CBC 723 Graduate Organic Chemistry (4AU)
This course aims to survey modern synthetic organic chemistry and provide understanding for important mechanism. It will include advanced topics in organic synthesis, including major synthetically useful reactions, with an emphasis on asymmetric processes.
CBC 732 Graduate Chemical Biology (4AU)
This class will describe modern advances at the interface between chemistry and biology. The course will present topics in modern chemical biology such as proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrate structure, enzyme catalysis and inhibition, cancer and bacterial biology, nanomedicine, and selected topics of current interest taken from the literature.
CBC 739 Graduate Basic and Technical Inorganic Chemistry (2AU)
The objective of this course is to revisit some of the basic concepts and techniques in current inorganic chemistry research. It will be conducted in the form of a weekly series of workshop-type discussions and reflections that are assessed. The topics to be covered include structure and bonding in inorganic compounds, experimental techniques in inorganic research, solution-state structures and NMR techniques, solid-state structures and X-ray crystallography, transition metal catalysis, and computational chemistry.

PRESCRIBED ELECTIVE COURSES - ANALYTICAL AND NANOTECHNOLOGY

CBC 724 Graduate Physical Chemistry (4AU)
This course will provide a thorough overview of modern physical chemistry. There will be a broad discussion of the molecular approach to physical chemistry. The core theories of physical chemistry will be taught in greater breadth and depth and they include quantum theory and spectroscopy, statistical and equilibrium thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics and dynamics. Special advanced topics in modern physical chemistry will also be presented.
CBC 721 Graduate Analytical Chemistry (3AU)
The course provides: (i) Familiarisation with computer-based methods for handling large data sets and electrochemical time-dependent data. (ii) Ability to make the correct choice of the analytical method for analysis depending on the characteristics of a particular sample. (iii) Opportunities to work productively in a team environment and to break down and present complex data in a readily understandable format. (iv) Critical assessment of recent literature. This course can be used to replace Advanced Nanoscience and Nanotechnology on appeal.
CBC 733 Advanced Computational Chemistry (3AU)
This course is intended to introduce various simulation programmes and demonstrate their applications in selected research areas. It will educate students to use these software to assist in their experimental research. Student attending the course will learn how to choose and how to use appropriate computer programs to study reaction mechanisms, catalysis, transport phenomena, organic and bioorganic binding, device simulations and molecular conformation. This course can be used to replace Applications of Artificial Intelligence in the Chemical Sciences on appeal.

PRESCRIBED ELECTIVE COURSES - DATA MANAGEMENT

MH 6301 Information Retrieval and Analysis (3AU)
This course focuses on issues, data structures and algorithms on representation, storage, and access to very large digital document collections. Information retrieval models (including Boolean, vector space and probabilistic models), indexing and retrieval techniques, evaluation of information retrieval systems, text and web mining (content, structure and usage mining), web search (search engines, spiders, link analysis, agents), recommender systems and intelligent information retrieval, information extraction and integration are covered in this course.
MH 8321 Statistical Modelling and Data Analysis (1.5AU)
Survival analysis includes a cluster of techniques primarily developed in the biomedical sciences, but are also widely used in social sciences like economics, and in engineering. This course focuses on the statistical methods related to the analysis of survival or time to event data, introduces hazard & survival functions, censoring mechanisms, parametric and non-parametric estimation, and comparison of survival curves. The course emphasizes basic concepts and techniques as well as practical applications relevant to business, social sciences and life sciences.
MH 8341 Data Management and Business Intelligence (1.5AU)
This course explores management, organizational, and technological issues in terms of the ways data are stored, managed and applied in businesses. Using a simulated business, the database module covers data concepts, structures, conceptual and physical design techniques, data administration and data mining.
MH 8351 Web Analytics (1.5AU)
Topics covered include structure of the web, random graph models of networks, link analysis and web search, network dynamics, network effects, power law phenomena, the small-world phenomenon, and diffusion through networks.
CBC 733 Advanced Computational Chemistry (3AU)
This course is intended to introduce various simulation programmes and demonstrate their applications in selected research areas. It will educate students to use these software to assist in their experimental research. Student attending the course will learn how to choose and how to use appropriate computer programs to study reaction mechanisms, catalysis, transport phenomena, organic and bioorganic binding, device simulations and molecular conformation. This course can be used to replace Applications of Artificial Intelligence in the Chemical Sciences on appeal.

UNRESTRICTED ELECTIVE COURSES

CBC 737 Graduate Reaction Mode Organic Chemistry (2AU)
The objective of this course is to cultivate a mind-set of solving problems in common activation and reaction modes in organic chemistry by understanding basic concepts and how to apply them in understanding phenomena. The class will cover topics such as basic chemical reactivities, basic properties such as acidities of common organic functional groups, common and named reactions, and their applications in organic synthesis.
CBC 738 Graduate Life Science Organic Chemistry (2AU)
The objective of this course is to cultivate a mind-set of solving problems in life science with organic chemistry expertise by understanding the basic concepts and how to apply them in understanding phenomena. The topics covered include advanced reactions in boron chemistry, carbohydrate chemistry (representing biomolecules), and radical chemistry (representing reaction intermediates). These organic reactions will then be examined in the context of their applications in biological, biomedical, and biomaterials research.
CBC 740 Graduate Main Group Element Inorganic Chemistry (2AU)
The topics to be covered include structure and bonding in inorganic compounds, experimental techniques in inorganic research, solution-state structures and NMR techniques, solid-state structures and X-ray crystallography, transition metal catalysis, and computational chemistry.
MPS 781 Research for M.Sc. II (6AU)
This is an independent research study course intended to give students more experience in planning and executing the early stages of a research career. Passing MPS 780 is a pre-requisite for taking this course. Students will have to actively engage and arrange for a faculty member to host them for a research project. Each student will individually work on a project. The assessments will include a project proposal due at the early stages of the semester and a final report due at the end of the semester.

Note: On average, full-time students take 4-5 classes a week and part-time students take 2-3 classes a week.

Academic Timeline (Indicative)

Semester 1
1st Half 9 August 2021 to 24 September 2021 (7 weeks)

Recess: 25 September 2021 to 3 October 2021 (1 week)
2nd Half 4 October 2021 to 12 November 2021 (6 weeks)

Exams: 15 November 2021 to 3 December 2021 (3 weeks)
Semester 2 1st Half 10 January 2022 to 25 February 2022 (7 weeks)

Recess: 26 February 2022 to 6 March 2022 (1 week)
2nd Half 7 March 2022 to 15 April 2022 (6 weeks)

Exams: 18 April 2022 to 6 May 2022 (3 weeks)

General Admission Criteria

  1. A good Bachelor's Degree in a relevant programme, e.g. Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, etc.
  2. A good TOEFL score or IELTS score for graduates of universities in which English is not the medium of instruction.
  3. A good GRE or GMAT score is preferred but not required.
  4. A minimum of two years of relevant working experience is preferred but not required.

Applicants may upload their TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT or GRE score via the online application.

H​OW TO APPLY

Admission Stage Action Date / Deadline
Application Please​ check out How to apply for electronic application;
Direct link to the online a​pplication​
1 Nov 2020 to 28 Feb 2021​
Offer and Acceptance Check your application status
(Accept and pay the deposit in two weeks)
Jun 2021
​Online Appeal (via email to mscsi@ntu.edu.sg) ​Jun 2021
After Acceptance Matriculation Jul 2021
​Welcome Ceremony ​TBC
Course Commencement 10 Aug 2021

MEDICAL CHECK-UP

Enrolling students must go to the Medical Centre to do the medical check-up and obtain a receipt certifying that they are medically fit for studies. The medical examination clearance certification must be presented prior to matriculation.

Fees

AY2020/2021

Singapore Citizens
S$25,000 + Prevailing GST
Singapore Permanent Residents S$30,000 + Prevailing GST​
International Students​
S$40,000 + Prevailing GST
All fees listed are in Singapore dollars (S$). Fees are reviewed yearly and subject to revision. Amounts quoted are exclusive of GST and subject to change.

INSTALMENT SCHEDULE

Payment Details​


Due Date


Singapore Citizens

​Singapore PR
International Students
Deposit
(non-refundable)​
Upon acceptance of offer ​​S$5,000 + Prevailing GST
First Payment Year 1, start of Semester 1
(for all students)
S$12,500 + Prevailing GST
​S$15,000 + Prevailing GST ​S$20,000 + Prevailing GST
Second Payment
Year 1, start of Semester 2
(for Full-Time students)

S$12,500 +

Prevailing GST​ ​

S$15,000 ​ +

Prevailing GST

S$20
,000 + Prevailing GST
Year 2​, start of Semester 1
(for Part-Time students)


The MSCSI programme is totally self-financed through fees collected. Service obligation option would not be extended to international students. Deposit will be used to offset first payment.

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