Frequently Asked Questions

Why NUS Chem?

Q: How does Chemistry@NUS, credited by Royal Society of Chemistry, stack up against other Chemistry programmes in Singapore?


* The NUS programme is flexible to allow students with CAP > 3.2
( the option to graduate with a BSc or
continue onto 4th (Honours) year and to graduate with a BSc (Honours). Students with CAP <
3.2 can graduate with a BSc in 3 years.


Your Future Career

Q: Will I be able to get a job with a Chemistry degree?
A: Over the past years, >80% of Chemistry graduates find employment within 6 months of graduation. Besides pragmatism, interest, passion and competency are valid reason why one chooses to major in a subject. Imagine reading a subject that you do not like so that you will be able to land a job in this area easily but for the rest of your life. This person will be doing something they do not like for the rest of their life if they do not learn to like it along the way. If you enjoy and have the curiosity for xxx (Chemistry or FST), go all out for it. Furthermore, interest and passion will allow one to pursue deeper into the subject and discover more opportunities available.

Q: What’s the future prospects with a degree in Chemistry?


Difference between Disciplines

Q: What the difference between Chemistry and Chemical Engineering?

A: A degree in Chemistry is quite different from a degree in Chemical Engineering. For a start, the work of Chemist is very different from that of a Chemical Engineer. A Chemist is interested in the application of Chemistry in solving everyday problems, be it developing new materials for clean energy or investigating new drugs to cure diseases. A Chemical Engineer, on the other hand, is primarily an engineer with technical knowledge to operate a plant or an instrument.

Q: What the difference between Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacy?

Q: With a Chemistry degree, could I study medicine in the future?


Q: I heard now there is BSc (Honours) in Chemistry with Specialisation.

    A: The programme is a 4-year undergraduate degree programme culminating in final honours year focused on research work, with an option to declare area of specialisation. Students graduate with BSc (Honours) in Chemistry by reading modules in Inorganic, Organic, Physical and Analytical Chemistry. Additionally, students can opt for one specialisation namely, Materials Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry or Environment and Energy. These students read 4 – 6 modules relevant to their area of specialisation in Year 3 and 4 and will graduate with BSc (Honours) in Chemistry with Specialisation in (area of specialisation). The specialisations are areas that are currently ‘hot’ and aids in preparation of future-ready graduates in related industries.

Q: I heard there was a recent curriculum revamp, what is that all about?
A: Firstly, introduction of solely lab modules taught in the 4 newly renovated, refurbished teaching labs. Secondly, introduction of the option of specialisation in namely, Materials Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry or Environment and Energy. Additionally, the Chemistry undergraduate programme was accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2015, which offers assurances to employers and students in a competitive global job market.

Q: Typically, what will I study in first year?


* Other 2 modules in each Sem can be:
- University Level Requirements or
- Unrestricted Elective Modules

Q: Where can I find resources for my course?

Q: I have a general question about Double Degrees.

Q: I have a general question about Grade-free First Semester.

Admission and Application

Q: Can I get into Science with these ‘A’ level grades or this Polytechnic GPA?

    A: The Indicative Grade Profile (IGP) for admission to NUS courses can be found at After acceptance to Science, for the first year Chemistry modules, the prerequisites are generally a pass in H2 Chemistry or equivalent. Alternatively, bridging courses such as CM1417 – Fundamentals of Chemistry are available.

Q: Which diplomas in polytechnics can be considered to be admitted to Chemistry?

Q: What is Advanced Placement Credit (APC) and how do I apply for APC?

    A: The Advanced Placement (AP) test assesses the knowledge and ability of students and grants credits to those who do well so that they can be exempted from lower level modules and have the prerequisites to read higher level modules directly. This way, students can graduate in a shorter time. Currently, the Department of Chemistry offer the following modules for APCs: CM1121 and CM1131. To apply for APCs in these modules, candidates must send their application form to the Dean's Office by a certain deadline (normally one month before academic year commence). For further enquiries, refer to

Q: Interesting…how do I learn more or apply?