The Master of Science (Geotechnical Engineering) program will provide you with in-depth knowledge on both the good practices and important theories related to the design, analysis and construction of complex geotechnical systems such as deep excavations, tunnelling, deep foundations and ground improvement.

Whether you are a fresh engineer or a licensed professional engineer, this is an ideal program if you are looking to enhance and deepen your knowledge and understanding in the various key geotechnical disciplines.

The course modules are specially designed to train and equip you with the practical skillsets and analytical abilities needed to tackle many of these challenging geotechnical problems that may be encountered during the course of your professional practice.  Our program mission is to produce competent engineers who can plan, design and supervise the safe construction of complex geotechnical systems.

Programme Structure

Coursework programmes leading to the Master of Science (MSc) are normally conducted in the evenings and are awarded once the candidates pass the relevant examinations in a prescribed number of subjects. Students may enrol in any of these programmes on a part-time or full-time basis.  However, International candidates who are not long-term residents of Singapore at the time of application are only eligible to apply for the full-time MSc programmes, and if offered admission, they are to be registered as full-time students.

Typically the study workload for students are as follow:


  • Classes: Normally take 2 modules each semester (i.e. generally attend lectures 2 evenings per week).#
  • Maximum workload per semester:12 MCs*
  • Period of candidature
    • Minimum residency: 50% of required MCs
    • Normal Course Duration: 5 semesters / 2.5 years
    • Maximum candidature: 8 semesters / 4 years


  • Classes: Normally take 3-5 modules each semester (i.e. generally attend lectures between 3-5 evenings per week).
  • Maximum workload per semester: 16 – 20 MCs*
  • Period of candidature
    • Minimum residency: 50% of required MCs
    • Normal Course Duration: 3 semesters / 1.5 years
    • Maximum candidature: 4 semesters / 2 years

*A graduate module is normally equivalent to 4 MCs.

Graduate classes (including lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions) are usually conducted in the evenings from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm from Mondays to Fridays.

Admission Requirements

Prospective student should have a Bachelor’s degree with honours or its equivalent from a good University, in an area related to the intended programme of study; or a Bachelor’s degree with a relevant NUS Graduate Certificate with a minimum CAP as imposed by the Host Department of the intended programme of study.

Candidates with other qualifications and achievements deemed to be suitably prepared for the programme of study may also be considered. Candidates are also expected to be proficient in English as the medium of instruction in NUS is English. GRE scores are not required.

The above are minimum requirements and do not guarantee admission. Selection of candidates for admission is on a competitive basis. Admission decisions are based on multiple considerations, including the number and quality of applicants and the capacity of the programme applied to.

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate their English proficiency by means of TOEFL / IELTS test scores. Applicants may be waived from this requirement if they completed their degree programme taught entirely in English, situated in an English speaking country, for example (non exhaustive list) Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, United Kingdom, USA.

To meet the English requirement for our MSc programmes in Engineering, the minimum score expected is :

  • 85 (for TOEFL internet-based test) or
  • 6.0 (for IELTS (Academic)).
Dates & Fees

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Contact Details

NUS Engineering
National University of Singapore

9 Engineering Drive 1
Block EA #07-26
Singapore 117575

Tel: +65 6516 2101