Master of Science in Life Sciences

Programme Structure

  • This programme is designed to equip teachers with the skills and knowledge associated with the life sciences. It offers both part-time and full-time training courses leading to a Master of Science in five disciplines of Life Sciences: 

    • Applied Plant Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Clean Energy Physics
    • Environmental Science
    • Zoological Sciences

    The programme is designed and mass-customised for students with relevant scientific and technical background to upgrade themselves. The curriculum is multi-disciplinary and intends to equip students with a deeper and broader knowledge of the life sciences.  Students will be trained to understand basic concepts, to conduct experiments and projects using life science instrumentation, and to solve problems in the domain of life sciences. Therefore, a graduate in science or equivalent, or graduate teacher in school or junior college science education will be provided with opportunities to learn and explore recent knowledge and developments in the field of life sciences, i.e. biological and physical sciences, and related issues, with a holistic approach in a specialised area.

  • The Master of Science (Life Sciences) programme allows students to choose from two routes. Students are required to complete 30AU for both the Coursework only route and Coursework with Dissertation route. The core course (4AU) is entitled “Science Communication”. The other courses will also be 4AU courses, with the exception of a 2AU Critical Inquiry course. 

    There are two options within this programme. You are required to either:

    • Complete 6 courses plus a dissertation, or
    • Complete 7 courses plus a 2 AU Critical Inquiry Course

     

    Coursework Only Route

    MScLS-courseworkonly

    Complete 1 core course (4AU), 3 required courses (12AU), 3 elective courses (12 AUs) and a Critical Inquiry course (2AU).

     

    Coursework with Dissertation Route

    MScLS-withdissertation

    Complete 1 core course (4AU), 3 required courses (12AU), 2 elective courses (8AU) and dissertation (6AU).

  • The courses are designed for the following target groups:

    • Science graduate teachers in schools and junior colleges who are keen to upgrade their knowledge in life sciences for their teaching and professional development.
    • Science and engineering graduates from NTU, NUS, and foreign universities, who wish to upgrade themselves for better job opportunities in life science related industries e.g. biomedical products, bioengineering processes, etc.

    The target enrolment is 25 students for each specialisation, giving a total intake of approximately 125 students per year.

  • The Master of Science programme by coursework is offered to:

    • Bachelor of Science with Honours degree, or equivalent, in relevant subjects.
    • Bachelor of Science degree, or equivalent, in relevant subjects, and at least one year professional working experience.
  • The programme will operate as a subsidised programme. Please refer to this page.

  • (a) Full-time Programme

    The full-time programme is a one-year programme where students will complete about 4 courses per semester.  Students are required to attend four 3-hour lectures per week in the evenings in each semester.  Candidates will follow a prescribed programme of study. The programme of study involves formal classes, tutorials, seminars, laboratory work, assignments and/or written examinations.

    (b) Part-time Programme

    The part-time programme has a normal duration of 2 to 4 years. In a typical academic year for a part-time student, the student is required to attend up to two 3-hour lectures per week in the evenings. Candidates will follow a prescribed programme of study. The programme of study involves formal classes, tutorials, seminars, laboratory work, assignments and/or written examinations.

    The course requirements for each specialisation is as follows: