FAQ

Admission 

  1. If I do not have A-levels Biology or equivalent, am I still eligible to join the Chemical Sciences Programme (CSP)?
    Yes, your application may be considered and if you are admitted to the programme, you will be required to read a Biology bridging module LSM1301 General Biology in your first year.  

  2. I have just finished my “A” Levels this year and will not enter NUS until after I’ve completed my NS. Should I apply for CSP now?  
    You should apply when the admissions result is out and wait for the year in which you are enrolled. After you've received a matriculation package from the University, you can apply for the Chemical Sciences Programme.  

  3. Can I still sign up for CSP if I am not admitted into the Chemical Engineering or Chemistry departments?
    No, the programme is only open to newly admitted Chemical Engineering or Chemistry students.

  4. I am a foreign student and would like to apply but I do not have my transcripts with me, can I still submit my applications?
    You can first submit your applications and any supporting documents which you may have with you. Please bring along your original foreign certificates for verification. We will then verify your qualifications during the shortlisting process.

    Local students MUST submit CERTIFIED TRUE COPIES of their educational certificates or their applications will be declared void.

 Curriculum

  1. Will I be able to go on Student Exchange Programme or any other programme if I’m on the Chemical Sciences Programme (CSP)?
    It will be very difficult for you to embark on the Student Exchange Programme while you’re on the Chemical Sciences Programme as it is unlikely that you can map all the modules on your study plan with that of the overseas university. At the same time, you are required to complete the programme in 4 years (and not longer), especially if you’re on the Pre-Graduate Award.

    You may be pleased to know that the Faculty of Science has a summer programme available for Science Faculty students who are unable to take on the exchange programme during normal term time. You may check with the Science Dean’s Office for more information on the summer programme.

    The Faculty of Engineering also has in place the Vacation Internship Programme (VIP) which runs for 12 weeks during the vacation period. You may check with the Engineering Dean’s Office (Office of Undergraduate Programmes) for more details.

    Students on the Chemical Sciences Programme are highly discouraged to take on any other programmes or majors as they are on a very tight study plan schedule and will find it difficult to avoid timetable clashes if they take on more programmes.

  2. Does A*STAR offer summer programme?
    You will have to proactively approach A*STAR to find out if they offer any form of summer programme or internship.

    The Chemical Sciences Programme will arrange for an internship opportunity with any one of the renowned Research Institutes in Singapore for all Chemical Science students.

  3. Do I have to strictly follow the study plan?
    Yes, this is because transferring of the modules between semesters will lead to a huge amount of timetable issues.

  4. [For Chemistry students] It seems I do not meet the Faculty Requirements as I only have 2 groupings instead of 3. How will I be able to graduate if I do not meet the Faculty Requirements?
    Chemistry Chemical Sciences students can use the CN modules that they are reading to satisfy the 3 rd grouping of their Faculty Requirements. This is provided that they remain on the programme all the way through to graduation.

  5. Does the CAP requirement of 4.25 (for Pre-Graduate Award) and 4.0 (for Chemical Science Programme) apply at the end of the Academic Year or at the end of every semester?
    Students have to maintain a minimum CAP of 4.25 at the end of every academic year to retain the (Pre-Graduate Award) PGA.

    To remain on the Chemical Sciences Programme (without the PGA), students will need to maintain a CAP of 4.0 every semester. Should their CAP fall below 4.0 for 2 consecutive semesters, they will be asked to leave the programme.

  6. Can I change the recommended CM / LSM modules that I’m reading to some other modules if I’m not on the PGA?
    CSP students should not try to replace recommended CM or LSM modules as this will probably lead to timetable clashes with other modules.

  7. Will my participation in the Chemical Sciences Programme be stated in my degree scroll?
    No. This is because the programme is not considered a separate degree in NUS. However, we will be able to issue you a separate certificate, indicating your participation in the Chemical Sciences Programme.

  8. Will I be able to opt for S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) option for the modules on my study plan?
    Yes, you may. Please ensure that the module you choose to S/U is not a module from within your faculty and that it does not contribute to your major, minor or faculty requirements.

    Please also note that you can only S/U a maximum of 3 modules (12 MCs).

 Career

What are the career prospects of taking on the Chemical Sciences Programme?

You can apply for jobs in the area of Chemistry, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Life Sciences. The Chemical Sciences Programme provides you with a strong foundation to embark on careers in interdisciplinary areas e.g. medicinal chemistry, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industr