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Master of Science (Life Sciences)

  • The programme will be opened for the August 2020 intake. Application period is from 11 November 2019 – 10 January 2020. Click here for more details.

    Click here for the application details for January 2021 intake.

  • The Master of Science (MSc) in Life Sciences programme by coursework and dissertation is tailored to meet the needs of working teachers, science graduates or professionals interested in life sciences. It is designed and mass-customised in manageable courses to suit your previous educational background. 

    The programme aims to provide teachers and science graduates with specialised knowledge in the field of life sciences, by addressing not only the knowledge base, but also the necessary experimental skills required. Without sacrificing the necessary breadth and depth of the multi-disciplinary nature of the life sciences, you are offered a highly personalised roadmap in which the most recent scientific developments are taught, and social and bioethical issues are discussed.

    As you receive training in the basic concepts, conduct experiments and projects under experienced and highly qualified scientists, you will be given the opportunity to interact and explore vast new realms in the life sciences.

    Specialisations are:

    • Clean Energy Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Environmental Biology
  • 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 75 students per year.

    1. Bachelor of Science with Honours degree, or equivalent, in relevant courses or

    2. Bachelor of Science degree, or equivalent, in relevant courses, and a year's professional working experience

    For international applicants, more information on the entry requirements can be found here

  • 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 with Dissertation Route
    MSC(LS)-CW-wDissertation
    Complete 1 core course (4AU), 3 required courses (12AU), 2 elective courses (8AU) and dissertation (6AU).

    Coursework Only Route
    MSC(LS)-CW
    Complete 1 core course (4AU), 3 required courses (12AU), 3 elective courses (12 AU) and a Critical Inquiry course (2AU).

    The course requirements for each specialisation are as follows:

    Important note for matriculated students: 
    Please refer to the ISAAC system for the programme structure relevant to your intake during Course Registration or consult your programme leader if you need clarifications.

    Note: Programme structure is subject to changes

  • Core Course

    • MLS900 Science Communication

    Required Courses

    • MLS922 Chemistry of Biological Systems
    • MLS923 Separation and Analytical Chemistry
    • MLS924 Materials Chemistry

    Specialisation Elective Courses
    (Select 2 for those on the dissertation route; 3 for those on the complete coursework route)

    • MLS925 Asymmetric Synthesis
    • MLS926 Bioactive Natural Products and Their Derivatives
    • MLS927 Current Topics in Environmental Chemistry
    • MLS928 Green Chemistry
    • MLS929 Medicinal Chemistry
    • MLS930 Physical Methods in Structural Elucidation
    • MLS931 Metallomics
    • MLS946 Physical Methods for the Analysis of Energy Materials
    • MLS948 Molecular Spectroscopy
    • MLS962 Environmental Health and Toxicology
    • MLS963 Conservation and Management
    • MLS964 Global Environmental Change and Vulnerable Ecosystems
    • MLS985 Chemical Ecology

    Plus Either:

    • Dissertation (6AU); or
    • MLS921 Critical Inquiry (Chemistry) (2AU)

    Description of courses
    Click here for more information.

  • Core Course

    • MLS900 Science Communication

    Required Courses

    • MLS942 Global Energy Systems
    • MLS943 Photovoltaic Physics and Solar Cells
    • MLS944 Nuclear Physics and Fission Energy

    Specialisation Elective Courses
    (Select 2 for those on the dissertation route; 3 for those on the complete coursework route)

    • MLS945 Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy
    • MLS946 Physical Methods for the Analysis of Energy Materials
    • MLS947 Energy Storage Systems
    • MLS948 Molecular Spectroscopy
    • MLS949 Selected Research Topics in Clean Energy Physics
    • MLS950 Applied Quantum Mechanics
    • MLS951 Lasers and Photonics
    • MLS952 Nanotechnology

    Plus Either:

    • Dissertation (6AU); or
    • MLS941 Critical Inquiry (Clean Energy Physics) (2AU)

    Description of courses
    Click here for more information.

  • Core Course

    • MLS900 Science Communication

    Required Courses

    • MLS964 Global Environmental Change and Vulnerable Ecosystems
    • MLS972 Advances in Ecology
    • MLS973 Physiological and Molecular Responses of Plants and Animals to Environmental Stress I

    Specialisation Elective Courses
    (Select 2 for those on the dissertation route; 3 for those on the complete coursework route)

    • MLS903 Seminars on Special Topics in Applied Plant Sciences
    • MLS962 Environmental Health and Toxicology
    • MLS963 Conservation and Management
    • MLS965 Evolution and Phylogeny
    • MLS967 Forest Ecology and Management
    • MLS974 Physiological and Molecular Responses of Plant and Animals to Environmental Stress II
    • MLS975 Seminars on Plant Developmental Responses in a Changing Environment
    • MLS982 Comparative Functional Anatomy
    • MLS985 Chemical Ecology
    • MLS987 Contemporary Topics in Zoological Sciences

    Plus Either:

    • Dissertation (6AU); or
    • MLS971 Critical Inquiry (Environmental Biology) (2AU)

    Description of courses
    Click here for more information.

  • The degree of Master of Science (Life Sciences) is offered on both full-time and part-time basis. The candidature period is as follows:

    Full-time

    Minimum

    1 year

    Maximum

    3 years

    Part-time

    Minimum

    2 years

    Maximum

    4 years

     

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

    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, you are required to attend up to two 3-hour lectures per week in the evenings. You will follow a prescribed programme of study. The programme of study involves formal classes, tutorials, seminars, laboratory work, assignments and/or written examinations.

  • Our tuition fees are subject to revision on a yearly basis. More details can be found here.

  • There are generally two intakes a year (January and August). You are advised to visit the website and look out for NIE’s announcements in May/June and November/ December to confirm if the programme will be open for application at any particular intake.

    Applicants who are currently working with sponsors, donors or financial institutions to fund their studies, are encouraged to submit their applications early to NIE so as not to miss out on our application period.

    Applications are to be made online.

    More information on application details can be found here.

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    • E-mail: nieadmpp@nie.edu.sg
      (for administrative enquiries related to admissions and application)

    • E-mail: higherdegrees@nie.edu.sg
      (for administrative matters related to programme matters such as time-table, study plans)

    • Programme leader: Dr Beverly Goh
      (for specific academic enquiries related to the programme such as curriculum requirements)