Graduate Students

MSc in Precision Scientific Instrumentation


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Advanced scientific instrumentation, as an incubator of innovation, has demonstrated its tremendous potential to accelerate the revolution of manufacturing industry and to enhance the performance of products by employing innovations. In particular, significant advances in science, engineering and technology based on precision scientific instrumentation are greatly enhancing the efficiency of information processing and storage. Hence, in Singapore, a budget of S$19 billion in the RIE2020 was allocated for R&D with a strong focus given to industry-oriented development projects.

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) offers a Master of Science in Precision Scientific Instrumentation programme, hosted by the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. This Master programme will provide graduate students with robust training in the field of advanced instrumentation by incorporating coursework from multiple scientific and engineering disciplines. The curriculum is built upon solid-state physics, microelectronics, optoelectronics, charge- and spin-based materials with unique emphasises on the physics understanding of precision scientific instrumentation extensively used in advanced manufacturing industry, e.g. semiconductor, non-volatile memory, and photonics etc. The knowledge would help the students greatly with their scientific and technological innovations and navigation in the changing landscape of the high-tech industry.

Programme & Curriculum Structure

The MSc in Precision Scientific Instrumentation (MSPSI) Programme is an intensive 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time programme by coursework taught in two semesters per year. 

The programme consists a total of 32 Academic Units (AUs), with 20 AUs of compulsory modules and 12 AUs of elective courses:

Compulsory courses 20 AUs
Elective courses 12 AUs
Total graduation requirements 32 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.​


Compulsory Courses

PH6760 Graduate Communications and Research Methodology (4AU)
In this seminar-style course, students will attend presentations about recent research topics, given by experts as well as their peers. Students are required to do a search of their chosen topic, prepare relevant to summarise their search and give presentations, as well as participating in discussions. The aims are to teach students techniques for technical information search and analysis.
PH6711 Applied Solid State Physics (4AU)
This course aims to teach students on the understanding of the origins of the wide variety of solid state properties. Contents include crystal structure, lattice, structure determination by diffraction methods; phonons and their properties; interband transitions, excitons, plasmons; electrons in periodical potential, semiconductor and transport properties, Landau quantization; low-dimensional magnetism, and spin waves; superconductivity for conventional and Hc materials and their theory.
PH6717 Experimental Techniques in Condensed Matter Physics (4AU)
This course seeks to illustrate and explain the plethora of experimental methods available to contemporary solid-state physicists. Examples will predominantly be drawn from the condensed matter physics, such as phase modulation, nanoscale emergent phenomena and high-temperature superconductivity, etc. The course contains both lecture and laboratory project.
PH6701 Precision Instrumentation Laboratory (4AU)
This is a laboratory-based course aiming to train student on experimental techniques employed in electronic device measurement and material characterisation. Student will have a choice to choose a minimum number of four experimental techniques for operation understanding.
PH6731 Optical Spectroscopic Techniques (4AU)
This course aims to teach students optical spectroscopic and imaging techniques that form an important class of non-destructive, state-of-the-art material characterization methods which have been extensively used in traditional bulk and thin film studies as well as in nanoparticles, nano-devices and bio-molecular research. The topics covered include Raman and Brillouin scattering, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and imaging, photoluminescence and photo-excitation spectroscopy. A brief introduction to nonlinear optics and the basics of lasers will also be given.

Elective Courses

PH6732 Advanced Optics (4AU)
This course aims to provide a good understanding of the principles of observed nonlinear optical phenomena. Topics covered include nonlinear optical susceptibility; second-order nonlinear effects; third-order nonlinear effects; and ultrafast laser optics.
PH6747 Spintronics for Information Technology (4AU)
This course will introduce magnetics and spintronics technologies which are useful in hard disk drives and the emerging magnetic random access. The course consists of three parts of almost equal lengths. The first part provides the fundamentals of magnetism. The second part discusses the basics and recent developments of magnetic recording. The third part discusses the basics and recent developments of magnetic random access memory.
PH6723 Advanced Numerical Methods for Physicists (4AU)
To be able to explain and use the basic concepts of computational physics, including computational units, numerical precision, stability, and runtime/memory scaling; To be able to implement common methods and techniques used in computational physics, including solvers for physically-motivated differential equations, Monte Carlo simulation of statistical systems, numerical optimization, and data analysis; To be able to plot numerical results in a variety of ways, including histograms, 2D plots, and 3D plots.
PH6403 Physics of Surfaces and Interfaces (4AU)
The course will discuss fundamental and applied research within surface and interface physics, as well as related fields, such as material science, material chemistry and nanoscience. Techniques and instrumentation of surface characterisation will also be a focus of the discussion.
PH6404 Physics of Low Dimensional Structures (4AU)
This course covers advanced physical and transport properties in nanoscale systems.
PH6601 Solid-State Electronic Devices (4AU)
This course focus on the physics of solid state devices and their fabrication techniques, specifically on semiconductor devices. Emphasis will also be given to the advanced micro and nano-electronic devices. The course contains both lecture and laboratory project.
PH6780 Supervised Research Project (4AU)
Research project supervised by a faculty advisor, with weekly consultations (at least 4 hours a week). The research projects will focus on training the students on necessary concepts and skills related to advanced scientific instrumentation. Project can be carried out at university laboratory or local research institutes, or at approved industrial site in the case of supervised industrial project. Emphasis will be given to Assessment includes research performance by project supervisor, project report and oral presentation by appointed examiners. Student is allowed to choose either PH6780 Supervised Research or PH6718 Graduate Professional Internship, both courses are mutually exclusive to each other.
PH6718 Graduate Professional Internship (4AU)
This is a 10-week internship training at local industry with project scopes relevant to physics and engineering. Faculty supervisor will do at least one site visit to discuss with the organisation supervisor to understand the work progress of the student and to moderate the work performance assessment. Internship assessment outcome is graded. Student is allowed to choose either PH6780 Supervised Research or PH6718 Graduate Professional Internship​, both courses are mutually exclusive to each other.

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 quantitative programme, such as physics, engineering, material science 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.

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


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​) ​Jun 2021
After Acceptance Matriculation Jul 2021
​Welcome Ceremony ​TBC
Course Commencement 10 Aug 2021


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.

Programme Fees


Singapore Citizens
S$25,000 + Prevailing GST
Singapore Permanent Residents ​S$30,000 + Preva​iling 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.


Payment Details​


Due Date

Singapore Citizens

​Singapore PR
International Students
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

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

The MSPSI 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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