Master of Science (Life Sciences)

  • 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
    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

  • Effective from August 2017 intake

    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

    More information on the programme can be found here.

    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

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



    1 year


    3 years



    2 years


    3 years

  • 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) except for the Zoological Science which accept only one intake each year, in January. 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.

    Applications are to be made online.

    More information on application details can be found here.

    For graduate teachers from the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore seeking PDCM-Master’s Degree sponsorship, please note that only the part-time option is applicable for this programme. More details can be found here.

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    • E-mail:
      (for administrative enquiries related to admissions and application)

    • E-mail:
      (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)