The NUS MSc in Industry 4.0: an interdisciplinary graduate degree for the digital economy


19 November 2019 – To support Singapore’s drive towards becoming a Smart Nation, the National University of Singapore (NUS) has specifically developed the Master of Science (MSc) in Industry 4.0.

It is an interdisciplinary programme that taps on the deep expertise of five NUS academic units, namely: NUS Computing, NUS Engineering, NUS Science, NUS SCALE, and the Institute of Systems Science.

The programme seeks to provide an in-depth appreciation of the technologies prevalent in the latest industrial revolution, including how they transform organisations and impact business processes and functions.

With a curriculum aligned to the Singapore Economic Development Board’s (EDB) Singapore Smart Industry Readiness Index, students will be equipped with the latest knowledge and skills to keep pace with the ever-changing nature of technologies and industries.

Beyond their current work and study areas, students will gain a holistic overview of the bigger picture, enabling them to be more effective in their job roles and to contribute to their organisation’s digital transformation journey.

As with many other NUS graduate degrees, the MSc in Industry 4.0 consists of a capstone project where students work in small groups on an actual company-sponsored project for 6 months. These projects span different areas, including IOT, data analytics in different sectors, digital supply chain, and cloud computing.

Offered on both a full-time and part-time basis, the programme is taught by world-class NUS faculty, many of whom are practitioners with extensive field experience.

Inaugural intake

The inaugural August 2019 intake comprised a contrasting group of students, which included managers, engineers, software developers, consultants, researchers, and business owners.

The students hailed from a variety of industries and sectors such as industrial, oil and gas, IT, semi-conductor, pharmaceutical, and government.

Such diverse perspectives have encouraged vibrant discussions and a cross-pollination of ideas in the classroom, which on occasions were graced by industry speakers who shared their experiences.

As a testament to the programme’s industry relevance, leading computer technology company Dell had provided sponsorships, along with full-time job offers for suitable sponsorship recipients from the first intake.

Hear from our industry partners

“As our society becomes deeply immersed in Industry 4.0 and its everyday applications, Dell believes it is imperative that our workforce stays abreast of evolving technological trends in order to remain competitive and relevant –  and we are pleased to offer the Dell Technologies Sponsorship Program for the NUS MSc in Industry 4.0.” – Mr Bert Park, Senior Vice President, Software and Peripherals Product Group, Dell

“To seize the opportunities arising from Industry 4.0, our workforce needs to be equipped with both breadth and depth in technology and digitalisation capabilities. Employees will need to pick up relevant skill sets and be lifelong learners to succeed in the future economy.” – Mr Harris Chan, Chief Digital Officer and Chief Technology Officer, ST Engineering

“Having worked with over 200 organisations to assess their Industry 4.0 readiness, we have learnt that a keen understanding of Industry 4.0 – its benefits, concepts and technological solutions – is critical to helping organisations embark on their digital transformation journey.” – Dr Andreas Hauser, Director of Digital Service, TÜV SÜD

Application for the MSc in Industry 4.0 August 2020 intake is now open! To apply, please visit:

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