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The National University of Singapore (NUS) is a multi-campus university of global standing, with distinctive strengths in education and research and an entrepreneurial dimension. It offers a comprehensive range of disciplines ranging from architecture to medicine to music. The NUS student community comprises a cosmopolitan mix of over 32,000 students (Undergraduate Students: 23,469, Graduate Students: 9,075) from 88 countries. From a modest medical school founded in 1905 NUS has evolved into Singapore’s global university. The University’s 14 faculties offer a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment. It also enjoys a close teaching-research nexus with 14 national-level, 16 university-level and 80 faculty-based research institutes and centers. A growing university, NUS aims to build a cohesive NUS community across its three sprawling campus locations. The 150-hectare Kent Ridge campus houses 12 faculties which offer courses ranging from medicine to architecture to music. The Faculty of Law is located at the Bukit Timah campus, while the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore at the Outram campus aims to groom a new breed of physician-scientists for the biomedical sciences sector. NUS is strongly committed to advancing knowledge, educating students and nurturing talent in the service of country and society. It also actively fosters a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation so as to promote creative enterprise university-wide.

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Financial Assistance Available


The National University of Singapore offers a variety of undergraduate scholarships and awards in recognition of outstanding academic achievements, leadership qualities and special talents.

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Depending on your major full tuition fees (miscellaneous fees excluded) for one academic year vary approx. from (Singapore Dollars): $26,000 (Arts, Social Science, Business, Law), $53,000 (Music), $29,000 (Design, Environment, Computing, Engineering, Science), $30,000 (Nursing), $98,000 (Medicine, Dentistry).

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Depending on the type of your course (by research, by coursework, clinical or non clinical) the total amount of tuition fees per year vary approx. from (Singapore Dollars): $4,000 to $16,000 (miscellaneous fees excluded).

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Living expenses:

All figures are per month and expressed in Singapore Dollars

Accommodation: $170-1,200

Food: $90-450

Books and Stationary: $80-100

Transport: $100

Personal expenses: $100-300

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General Application Procedure


International students are also called Category D applicants. This is a general overview; some courses require additional requirements or procedures, check with your department.

To apply for admission, you must have completed or are completing high school, that is, at least twelve years of general education.

Please also refer to the courses and subject prerequisites at:

Unless otherwise specified, your complete application must reach the Office of Admissions by the application closing date. If you are applying to Faculty of Medicine or Faculty of Dentistry, please note that both faculties prefer to consider those with actual instead of forecast results.

Applicants applying with the following international qualifications or any other high school qualifications not listed here are required to submit their high school results, an explanation of their high school grading system and SAT I and II scores:

  • American High School Diploma
  • Bangladeshi HSC
  • Filipino High School
  • Myanmar High School
  • Mathayom 6 (Thai High School)
  • Pakistani Intermediate
  • Sri Lanka ‘A’ Level
  • West Africa ‘A’ Level

Applicants should present one of the following to fulfill the English Language requirement:

  • EL1119: score of C6 or higher
  • IELTS: score of 6.0 or higher
  • MUET: score of 201 or higher
  • ‘O’ Level English: score of C6 or higher
  • TOEFL: score of 550 for paper-based / 213 for computer-based / 79-80 for internet-based or higher

Please note that only TOEFL and / or IELTS scores obtained in the five years leading up to 15 March of the year of application will be considered. E.g. For applications closing on 15 March 2007, the validity period for the scores is from 15 March 2002 to 15 March 2007 (both dates inclusive).

SAT I – Reasoning Test:

The minimum acceptable Reasoning Test scores are 600 for the Critical Reading Section, 600 for the Writing Section, and 650 for the Mathematics Section.

SAT II – Subject Tests:

Compulsory subjects for the Subject Tests include:

  • Mathematics Level II
  • A second subject of your choice (excluding Mathematics Level I)
  • A third subject of your choice (excluding Mathematics Level I)

These subjects can be taken in no more than two sittings, within a period of one year. All other combinations or mixing of scores cannot be accepted. Please note that the old test format (SAT I & II) and the new test format (Reasoning Test and Subject Tests) cannot be combined. The validity of scores is five years, e.g. for applications closing on 15 March 2007, the validity period is from 15 March 2002 to 15 March 2007 (both dates inclusive).

The second and third subjects chosen should be based on the subject prerequisites of the courses you are applying for at NUS. For example, if you are applying for Chemical Engineering, you will need to choose Physics and Chemistry. If, however, you are applying for Business Administration, you may choose any subjects except Mathematics I.

Mathematics II is a compulsory subject for all courses except Law. Applicants applying for admission to Law may take Mathematics I, in lieu of Mathematics II.

Please note that IELTS/TOEFL will not be required if applicants wish to apply for Economics & Law/ Law if they are presenting SAT I and II as their basis for admission.

No minimum Subject Test scores have been stipulated.

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Application Procedure:

Application form:

  • Submit only one application form. Duplicate applications will not be considered.
  • This application form must be submitted online. Forms which are downloaded and printed from our website will not be accepted. An acknowledgement screen showing your application number will be displayed if your online application has been successfully submitted. You should print a copy of the acknowledgement screen for future reference.

Supporting documents:

A clearly photocopied set of supporting documents must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions on application. This includes your:

  • High school examination results slip.
  • Secondary school examination results slip.
  • University academic transcripts (if applicable)
  • Additional results slip e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, SAT I and SAT II (if applicable).
  • Birth certificate or passport.
  • Medical reports if you have or had any illnesses or disabilities (if applicable).
  • No photograph is required.
  • Extra-Curricular Activities records and recommendation letters are not required.
  • Arrange the supporting documents in the above order.
  • Write your name and application number on all documents.
  • Please write your application number on the top left-hand corner of the envelope.
  • Non-English supporting documents must be accompanied by an English translation.
  • Prizes/Awards documents are to be translated into English
  • Do not submit original certificates and documents. The Office of Admissions will not be held responsible for the damage or loss of original certificates or documents submitted. All documents submitted will not be returned.
  • Application fee: A non-refundable application fee of S$20 (inclusive of 5% Goods & Services Tax) must accompany your application. Payment can be made through credit card or bank draft
  • Please send your supporting documents and bank draft (if applicable) to the NUS Office of Admissions

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  • Applicants must be proficient in the English language. As such, applicants whose native tongue or medium of undergraduate instruction is not English must complete the TOEFL, IELTS, or pass the Diagnostic English Test (DET, administered by the NUS Centre for English Language Communication).
  • Other admission requirements may vary depending on the nature of the graduate programs. While the paragraphs below set out the general requirements, more detailed information is available at the respective Faculty’s website.

Research-based Programs:

  • Candidates must demonstrate readiness for graduate study through some specific standard of achievement in a common entry examination (e.g.: the subject GRE, GMAT), or an admissions test, or an interview.
  • Admission to a research Master’s program normally requires a good Honours degree or equivalent. Departments may also admit students with a good Bachelor’s degree with relevant research or working experience on a case-by-case basis, subject to approval by the Board of Graduate Studies (BGS).
  • Admission into a Ph.D. program requires a good Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or at least a Second Class Upper Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.
  • There is no limit to transfer of credit for modules that have not been used towards another degree at NUS or elsewhere. For modules that have been credited towards another degree at NUS or elsewhere, up to 50% of the MCs required in the coursework component of the NUS graduate research program into which the candidate seeks admission may be exempted.
  • Only modules at level-5000 and above, relevant to the degree program to which the candidate seeks admission, and read less than 5 years before the date of admission may be considered for credit transfer/exemption.

Coursework-based Programs:

  • Admission to a coursework-based graduate program requires at least a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in the subject or related discipline.

In addition, programs may require candidates to demonstrate readiness for graduate study through a specific standard of achievement in:

  • a common placement examination (e.g.: the subject GRE, GMAT); or
  • a program-administered placement test in the relevant field (which may also consist of a structured interview to test the candidate’s understanding of the field); or
  • completion of 40 MCs of preparatory modules.

Exceptionally, candidates with other qualifications and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis, subject to approval by the Board of Graduate Studies (BGS).

With the approval of the Senate, programs may specify relevant work experience as an additional admission requirement.

Generally, only modules that have not been used towards another degree at NUS or elsewhere may be considered for credit transfer (NUS modules) / exemption (Non-NUS modules). Such modules must be at level-5000 and above, relevant to the degree program to which the candidate seeks admission, and read less than 5 years before the date of admission.

Details at: (Graduate Research Programs) (Graduate Coursework Programs)

Important Dates


Application closing date: 28 February 2007


Deadlines depend on the course so check with your department; there are usually two intakes a year. One for the first semester (August) and one for the second semester (January).

Degrees Offered


Chinese Studies
English Language and Literature
Japanese Studies
Malay Studies
Political Science
Social Work
Communications and New Media Programme
South Asian Studies
Southeast Asian Studies
American Studies
European Studies
Singapore Studies
Master of Social Sciences (International Studies)
BBA Accountancy
Double Degree BBA + Law
Double Degree BBA +Engineering
Bachelor of Computing Communications and Media
Bachelor of Computing Computational Biology
Bachelor of Computing Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Computing Computer Science
Bachelor of Computing Electronic Commerce
Bachelor of Computing Information Systems
Bachelor of Dental Surgery
BA Architecture
BA Industrial Design
BS Project and Facilities Management
BS Real Estate
BENG Bioengineering
BENG Chemical Engineering
BENG Civil engineering
BENG Computer Engineering
BENG Electrical Engineering
BENG Engineering Science
BENG Environmental Science & Engineering
BENG Industrial and Systems Engineering
BENG Materials Science & Engineering
BENG Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Laws
Double Degree Economics + Law
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
BS Nursing
Bachelor of Music Performance (Orchestral instruments/piano)
Bachelor of Music Composition
BS Applied Mathematics
BS Chemistry
BS Computational Biology
BS Life Sciences (with concentration in Biology)
BS Life Sciences (with concentration in Biomedical Science)
BS Life Sciences (with concentration in Molecular & Cell Biology)
BS Mathematics
BS Physics
BS Physics (with concentration in Applied Physics)
BS Quantitative Finance
BS Statistics
BS Statistics (with concentration in Biostatistics)
B.Appl.Sc. Applied Chemistry
B.Appl.Sc. Food Science & Technology
BS Pharmacy


Master Public Policy
Master Public Administration
Master Public Management
MA Chinese Studies
MA Language Studies
MA Literary Studies
MSS Applied Economics
MSS Economics
MSS International Studies
MS Speech & Language Pathology
MA Applied Linguistics
MA by Research Language Studies
MA by Research Literary Studies
MA Geography
MA History
MA Japanese Studies
MA Malay Studies
MA Philosophy
MSS Social Science
MSS by Research Psychology
MSS Social Work
MSS by Research Social Work
MSS Sociology
MSS Communications and New Media
MA South Asian Studies
MA Southeast Asian Studies
MA by Research Southeast Asian Studies
MS Management
International MBA
Asia Pacific Executive MBA
Master of Computing
Graduate Degree Dentistry
Graduate Degree by Research Dentistry
Master of Dental Surgery (Endodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Periodontology, Prosthodontics)
Master of Architecture
MA Urban Design
MS Building Science
MS Project Management
MS Construction Law and Dispute Resolution
MS Real Estate
MBA Real Estate
MS Environmental Management
MS Chemical Engineering
MS Civil Engineering
MS Electrical Engineering
MS Environmental Engineering
MS Geotechnical Engineering
MS Industrial & Systems Engineering
MS Intellectual Property Management
MS Management of Technology
MS Materials Science & Engineering
MS Mechanical Engineering
MS Mechatronics
MS Safety, Health & Environmental Technology
MS Systems Design & Management
MS Transportation Systems & Management
Master of Engineering by Research
Master of Law by Research
Master of Laws
Master of Laws (Corporate & Financial Services Law)
Master of Laws (Intellectual Property & Technology Law)
Master of Laws (International Business Law)
Master of Laws (International & Comparative Law)
Master of Laws (Maritime Law)
Master of Laws (Asian Legal Studies)
Medical School Graduate Program
MS Clinical Science
MS Bioengineering
Master of Science Degree in Infectious Diseases, Vaccinology and Drug Discovery
Master of Medicine Anaesthesiology
Master of Medicine Emergency Medicine
Master of Medicine General Surgery
Master of Medicine Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Master of Medicine Ophthalmology
Master of Medicine Otorhinolaryngology
Master of Medicine Psychiatry
Master of Medicine Diagnostic Radiology
Master of Medicine Family Medicine
Master of Medicine Internal Medicine
Master of Medicine Occupational Medicine
Master of Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery
Master of Medicine Paediatric Medicine
Master of Medicine Public Health
Master of Nursing
MS Mathematics
MS Statistics
MS Physics
MS Applied Physics
MS Industrial Chemistry
MS Financial Engineering
Master of Clinical Embryology
MS Pharmacy
Master of Technology
MS Logistics & Supply Chain Management from National University of Singapore and MS in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology
Master Advanced Materials for Micro- and Nano-Systems
Master Computational Engineering
Master Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering
Master Manufacturing Systems and Technology


PhD Chinese Studies
PhD Economics
PhD Language Studies
PhD Literary Studies
PhD Japanese Studies
PhD Philosophy
PhD Political Science
PhD Psychology
PhD Social Work
PhD Sociology
PhD Communications and New Media
PhD South Asian Studies
PhD Southeast Asian Studies
PhD Management
PhD Computing
PhD Architecture
PhD Industrial Design
PhD Building
PhD Estate Management
PhD Engineering
PhD Law
PhD Medicine
PhD Bioengineering
PhD Pharmacy
PhD Biological Sciences
PhD Chemistry
PhD Mathematics
PhD Physics
PhD Statistics & Applied Probability
PhD Advanced Materials for Micro- and Nano-Systems
PhD Computational Engineering
PhD Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering
PhD Computation and Systems Biology
PhD Manufacturing Systems and Technology