Joint Masters of Science :

Industrial Chemistry Offered by the NUS and the TUM

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Joint Masters of Science in Industrial Chemistry Programme

(1) Objective of Programme
TUM-ASIA aims to groom future leaders in selected areas of technology. Specifically, the Masters of Science in Industrial Chemistry will be an enabling postgraduate course for specialist engineers for the pharmaceutical, as well as the fine and speciality chemical industries. The degree will be jointly awarded by Technische Universität München (TUM) and the National University of Singapore (NUS).

2) Admission Requirements
For admission into the Masters programme, a candidate must:

  • Degree / FH Diploma
  • An applicant must have completed at least a 3-year Bachelor Degree (Honors) or European/German FH Diploma or its equivalent in areas of Chemical Engineering / Chemistry or closely related discipline from a university with recognized standing with at least a 2nd Upper Honors or equivalent.

  • English Language Skills
  • As the Programme instruction medium is English, the applicant must be able to demonstrate a satisfactory level of the language. Applicant whose native tongue or medium of instruction from previous studies (Bachelor / FH Diploma) is not English must submit at least one of the following.

  • TOEFL ( Recent score with a minimum of 605 for Paper-based test or 88 for Internet-based test or 234 for Computer-based test

  • IELTS ( With academic IELTS result of at least 6.5

  • Akademische Prüfstelle (APS) certificate is required for applicant with education qualification from China, Vietnam and Mongolia.

  • (3) Period of Candidature
    The current full-time programme spans 1.5 years comprising two full semesters of course work and 6 months of research work culminating in a written Masters Dissertation. The programme also entails a 2 months internship in industry (Germany or Singapore). The maximum candidature for students in this programme is 36 months.

    (4) Curriculum and course structure

    Candidates must successfully complete a programme of study comprising all the following:

  • 4 core modules, 6 elective modules, and 5 cross-discipline modules (10 months)

  • Minimum 11 weeks of internship

  • 6-months Master Thesis / Dissertation
  • The detailed list of modules offered :  (MSc Industrial Chemistry).

    (5) Examinations

    Candidates will be examined at the end of their study for the coursework modules including cross-discipline courses. The Joint Academic Board will decide on the examination results of the modules offered at each university.
    A committee comprising a minimum of 4 academics from both Universities will examine the Masters Dissertation. The examination process will entail a presentation of the research work done by the candidate followed by a question and answer session by the examiners. The location of the examination will be conducted where the candidate has performed the major part of the work.

    (6) Continuation and Termination of Candidature

    In order for a student to graduate on time, the student must obtain a minimum overall CAP score of 2.50. TUM-Asia will issue an academic warning to students if their CAP scores fall below 2.50. There is also a risk of candidature termination for failure in any modules if overall CAP score falls below 2.50.

    (7) Graduation Requirements/Conferment/Award of Degree

    For graduation, a student:

  • must obtain a minimum CAP for all modules of 2.50 (C+); &

  • must not have taken more than 15 modules/attempts of the modules or its equivalent of 60 modular credits during his/her candidature; &

  • must complete and pass all modules required by the curriculum (see point 4); &

  • must obtain a 'P' (Pass) grade for the internship.

  • This is an 18 months full time Programme. Students must complete 10 months of coursework with 2 to 3 months of internship placement and 6 months of Master Thesis / Dissertation to qualify for graduation.

    In order for a student to graduate on time, he/she must obtain a minimum overall CAP score of 2.50 or (C+).  Academic warning will be issued to students if their CAP scores fall below 2.50. There is also a risk of candidature termination for failure in any modules if overall CAP score falls below 2.50.

    NUS and TUM will confer the degree jointly. The degree scroll will be a common one for the joint programme. For more information, please refer to :