Final Year Project


Mathematical Sciences (MAS) undergraduates may undertake a Final Year Project (FYP) in mathematics research, under the supervision of a faculty member, culminating in a written research thesis and presentation. To be eligible to do an FYP, a student must have a minimum CGPA of 3.5 except for MAEO students. Currently, only students who receive a grade of A- or better in the FYP are eligible for receiving Honours (Highest Distinction).

The FYP consists of the module MH4900 (Final Year Project; 8 AUs). It may be read either during Year 3 or Year 4. The project will take two semesters; the student may choose to start the project at the beginning of either semester.

Applying for the FYP

It is up to each student to find a supervisor. Some FYP proposals are listed here, but the list is not exhaustive. If you choose an interdisciplinary project, you may have an external co-supervisor, but the main supervisor must be an MAS faculty member. (As an exception, for students majoring in Mathematics and Economics, a faculty member from the Division of Economics can be the main supervisor.) (For students majoring in Double Major in Mathematical Sciences and Economics, the main supervisor must be from MAS.)

Before the start of the semester in which you plan to start your FYP, the division will contact you via email with instructions about how to propose an FYP. Following the instructions in this email, you should prepare an FYP proposal, have it approved by your FYP supervisor, and submit it to the division before the start of the semester. If you did not receive the email, or have other queries, please contact the Division's undergraduate programme coordinator.


The assessment of the FYP is based on several components, listed in the table below:

Component Deadline Remarks Grade
Submission to supervisor of a 5–7 page progress report. Submission will be followed by a short (approximately 20 min) oral presentation to the supervisor.

Softcopy submission to be emailed to supervisor and Division.
Week 1 of FYP's second semester. The progress report must be submitted together with the final thesis to the Division. 10%
Submission of Thesis to the Division, for pre-examination by the FYP Committee.

Softcopy submission to be emailed to supervisor and Division.
Week 12 of FYP's second semester. The supervisor and FYP Committee can provide suggestions on how to improve the thesis before final submission.  –
Final Presentation
(20 minutes for Presentation and Q&A)
Week 14 of FYP's second semester (the week after the last teaching week). The presentation will be judged by the supervisor and another examiner (MAS faculty). 40%
Submission of Final Thesis

Softcopy submission to be emailed to supervisor and Division.
Week 15 of FYP's second semester (one week after the Final Presentation). The student may revise the thesis based on feedback received during the pre-examination and Final Presentation.

Thesis Submission

You must also upload the final version of your thesis to the NTU Digital Repository (DR-NTU) for archiving. The procedure is as follows:

  1. Go to the NTU Digital Repository site.
  2. Click on Login, and log in using your NTU Student Authentication. Do not use your full email address (omit the “@e.ntu.edu.sg” part), and do not specify an NTU domain name (omit “STUDENT\”).
  3. Click on “Start a New Submission”.
  4. Select “SPMS Student Report (FYP/IA/PA/PI)”, and follow the on-screen instructions to upload the thesis.

If you encounter any problems, please refer to the FYP submission guide, or email library@ntu.edu.sg.

If an embargo or exemption is needed, follow these steps:

  1. Download and fill in the Request Form for Embargo or Exemption of Thesis/FYP
  2. Get your supervisor to sign and endorse the request form.
  3. Email the completed request form to library@ntu.edu.sg and CC your supervisor.
  4. The Library will reply within three working days. Once approved,
    • For embargo, follow the Library’s instructions to submit and set the embargo for your work in DR-NTU.
    • For an approved exemption, you do not need to submit your work or the metadata record to DR-NTU.

For more details on the embargo and exemption policies for DR-NTU, please click here.

FYP and Professional Internship / Attachment

For students who matriculated in AY15/16 and earlier, those doing the FYP can still take MH4901 (Professional Attachment), but the latter must be read as an Unrestricted Elective rather than a Prescribed Elective.

For students who matriculated in AY16/17 and later, those doing the FYP can take MH4907 (Professional Attachment) as an Unrestricted Elective, but are not allowed to take MH4903/MH4912 (Professional Internship).

However, for new students enrolling into SPMS from AY2021-22 onwards, a Professional Internship OR Professional Attachment with a Final Year Project is required, as part of NTU's ICC curriculum.

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