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Master of Science (SDM)


Engineering systems is an important new field of study focusing on the complex engineering systems in a broad human, societal and industrial context. It takes an integrative holistic view of large-scale, complex, technologically enabled systems which have significant enterprise-level interactions and socio-technical interfaces. The establishment of this new field has been a significant step toward evolving the holistic engineering-management science needed to address the complex systems challenges of this century. The expertise to understand, analyse and build large scale systems calls upon the highest level of integration of core engineering competencies with social, economical and policy considerations.

The FoE launched the Engineering Systems Initiative (ESI) in January, 2005. A major objective of this initiative is to ensure that the knowledge and expertise in engineering and architecting large scale systems are crystallised into a discipline which can be ported, taught and adapted for the ongoing challenges, and improved by further systematic research.

The programme is targeted at graduates with an undergraduate background in a technical field like engineering, science or computing. Prospective students of the programme would also have at least 2 years of practical work experience in planning, designing or managing some aspect of a technical system. They recognize that in order to progress further to the next stage of their career, they would need to acquire knowledge that enables them to deal with the complexity of issues, look at problems in a broader perspective and acquire specific management skills. This programme significantly reduces the time needed for them to do so. At the same time, there are also many engineers who develop careers in project management through many years of practice. This programme will help them to consolidate and validate their project management experience through key engineering system concepts and methodology, hence significantly reducing the time to gain expertise compared to their predecessors.

There are many public and private organizations engaged in engineering systems design and management. These organizations look towards widening and deepening their talent pool of mid-level professionals with formal training in systems concepts and methods. Typical job titles for roles in these organizations might include systems planner, system architect, technology strategist, system project manager, new product development manager, technology strategist.

M.Sc. (SDM) is a supported course under SkillsFuture Study Awards for the following sector: Marine and Offshore Sector.


For admission as a candidate for the M.Sc. (SDM) degree, a person must have completed at least a Bachelor's Degree in science, computing or engineering with 2nd Class Honours or its equivalent from a university with recognized standing. Candidates with relevant working experience are considered favourably.

The above are minimum requirements and do not guarantee admission. Selection of students is on a competitive basis.

Academic Requirements

The M.Sc. (SDM) degree requires the completion of 40 modular credits (MCs) in coursework with a minimum cumulative average point (CAP) of 3.0 as follows:

  1. 16 MCs from four core modules: SDM5001 Systems Architecture, SDM5002, Systems Engineering, SDM5003 Knowledge Management, SDM5004 Systems Engineering Project Management           
  2. Remaining 24 MCs from list of SDM electives

Subject to the approval of the Programme Manager for M.Sc. (SDM), students may be allowed to take up to 8 MCs outside the prescribed curriculum, in lieu of the required modules to complete the M.Sc. degree.

All graduate modules comprise 39 hours of lecture and are assigned 4 MCs, unless otherwise stated. Lectures are conducted typically on weekdays from 6pm to 9pm. The minimum-maximum candidature for full-time study is one-two years whereas part-time study is two-four years.

Tuition Fees

While pursuing studies in NUS, students are liable to pay the tuition fees. The amount payable may depend on the nationality as well as whether applicant have previously enjoyed a Singapore government subsidy or sponsorship by a government agency. Fees for each academic years are subject to review by the Ministry of Education.

Unless otherwise indicated, all fees are payable on a semester basis. All students reading modules at NUS are required to pay Miscellaneous Student Fees too.


The M.Sc. (SDM) programme has one admission intake per academic year.
August intake:              Application will open approximately in January
January intake:            Not available

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