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The SPMS Co-operative Education Programme

The SPMS Co-operative Education Programme (SPMS-CEP) places selected students in well-established companies for work experiences throughout their four years of studies at NTU.

Starting from the first year, each participating student joins a credit-earning structured job training programme with a company. This experience enhances the student's education with practical work experiences, enabling them 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 students' academic knowledge with practical examples.

Mentoring by SPMS Professors — Participating students are personally mentored by SPMS professors to ensure good programme outcomes.

In-depth Exposure — Extended training experiences with the same company provides exposure to different functions within the organisation.

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

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

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.

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