The SPMS Co-operative Education Programme is a SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree programme that places students in leading companies during their undergraduate studies. Participating students undergo a sequence of credit-earning structured work experiences, learning how to put their academic knowledge to use at the workplace.
Practical Training — The job training programmes are designed jointly by the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS) and the participating companies, to supplement academic knowledge with practical examples.
Mentoring by Professors — Each participant receives personal mentorship and guidance from a professor at SPMS.
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 2020 is 13 January 2020 – 7 Feburary 2020 (Round 2 application).
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The following materials are needed for the application:
- Cover Letter and Resume (as a single file, 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.
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.
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Participating companies include, but are not limited to:
International Flavors and Fragrances, Asia Pacific — Lubrizol Southeast Asia
PricewaterhouseCoopers — PSA International —
Shimadzu Asia Pacific
Sumitomo Chemical Asia —
Sumitomo Seika Singapore —
Ikeda Group —
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)
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: