The BTech degree is a part-time degree programme designed for polytechnic graduates who are working in the local industry. Classes are generally held during weekday evenings and are delivered with the same academic rigour as the full-time Bachelor degree programmes. Individuals with foreign qualifications equivalent to a local polytechnic diploma will also be considered for admission. Some applicants might be required to take entrance examinations to assess their subject proficiency.
NUS has been offering BTech degree programmes since 1995 for polytechnic diploma graduates who are employed in the industry to obtain a degree from a leading university. Our graduates have benefitted significantly at work over the years, and many have moved on to better careers.
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Generally, students can access and use NUS facilities such as the library, swimming pool and computer laboratories.
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There are two intakes (i.e. every August and January) in each Academic Year for the following BTech programmes:
BTech Engineering Programme
There is one intake (i.e. every August) in each Academic Year for the following BTech programmes:
BTech Engineering Programme
BTech Computing Programme
Application generally opens in December (for August intake) and May (for January intake).
Please check the following links for the application period window:
National Service is not considered as relevant working experience. However, completion of National Service is considered as having fulfilled one of the criteria for admission.
You may submit an application during the application period. However, if you are eventually offered admission, you must have completed your National Service before you are enrolled in the BTech degree programme.
You may submit an application as long as you are currently employed on a full-time basis. However, it is preferred that you have at least 2 years of working experience by the time you embark on the BTech Engineering programme.
You will need to have minimally worked for at least the required length of full-time working experience. The fulfilment of the working experience criteria is required for the BTech Computing programmes in order for you to better appreciate the training that the programmes will provide.
Please indicate the best grade of the subjects that you have taken based on the multiple sittings.
For example, if you have sat for History twice in 1983 and 1984 and obtained a grade of B3 and A2 respectively, please fill in grade A2 for History in the application. However, you will be required to submit your GCE "O" Level Certificate for each of these attempts.
You may submit an application if you have met the admission criteria as stated on the SCALE website.
The Admission Committee will assess your eligibility based on your submitted application. Should you not meet the admission requirements, you may be shortlisted to sit for the compulsory entrance examination(s) in Engineering Mathematics and/or the respective discipline based on the course you are applying for, except for Industrial & Management Engineering and Supply Chain Management for which there is only the Engineering Mathematics entrance examination. The Admission Committee will further review your eligibility based on your results in the entrance examination(s).
There is no minimum GPA requirement. Apart from academic performance, the Admission Committee also considers other factors such as work experience, company sponsorship or post-diploma qualifications, if any, when assessing an individual's application.
Applicants are required to possess at least a diploma from a local polytechnic or its equivalent.
At the moment, the BTech programmes are not open to GCE "A" level holders for application.
Yes, you may submit an application based on your degree qualification.
Applicants who are applying to the BTech Engineering programmes may be required to sit for entrance examinations. Applicants may also be invited for an interview. The Admission Committee will further review the applicant's admission eligibility based on the results in the entrance examination(s) and/or interview.
Applicants who are applying to the BTech Computing programmes may be required to attend the Mathematics Bridging Course and sit for the Mathematics Test. The Admission Committee will further review the applicant's admission eligibility based on the results in the Mathematics Test.
You must have successfully completed your 2.5-year part-time diploma course before submitting an application.
Do note that if you are applying to the BTech Engineering programme, it is mandatory that you attend the BTech Engineering Bridging Units (BEBU) and sit for the entrance examinations before your admission eligibility can be further reviewed by the Admission Committee.
For those who are applying to the BTech Computing programme, it is mandatory to attend the Mathematics Bridging Course and sit for the Mathematics Test before the Admission Committee can further review your admission eligibility.
For BTech Engineering programmes:
All holders of relevant diploma admitted into the BTech Engineering programmes will generally be granted 40MCs of Advanced Placement Credits (APCs) automatically. Additional APCs can be granted for the completion of relevant Advanced/Specialist Diplomas.
For BTech Computing programmes:
All diploma holders admitted into the BTech Computing programmes will generally be granted 20MCs of Advanced Placement Credits (APCs) automatically. Further credits will be granted to holders of ICT-related diplomas which have been accredited for admission. Additional APCs can be granted for the completion of relevant Advanced/Specialist Diplomas, and applicants may also sit for the Module Advanced Placement Credit (MAPC) tests to earn credits for some modules.
Further exemptions may be considered for modules taken in established and recognised universities on a case-by-case basis. The university modules, however, must not have been used to count towards the award of any other degree, and must have been completed within the last 5 years prior to the date of admission to the University. However, do note that having too many exemptions will not be to your advantage as you may run the risk of not being able to cope with the demands of the course at higher levels. If your academic performance is affected, you may get into the situation of having to repeat modules and possibly take a longer period to graduate. The worst case scenario is to be dismissed from the University if you consistently fall below the continuation requirement.
You can apply to multiple BTech programmes but you will have to pay an application fee for each programme that you apply to. The application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Do note that if you receive offers for admission to more than one programme, you can only accept one offer.
You can apply for admission. However, if your application is successful and you accept the offer, you will be enrolled as a part-time student. As part-time foreign students are not eligible to apply for and be issued with a Student’s Pass by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), you must ensure that you hold a valid pass for employment or residence in Singapore throughout your candidature to in order to be able to complete your degree requirements.
You may refer to the list of required supporting documents on the SCALE website as a reference. Do note that all information declared in your application will require the submission of supporting documents.
If you have not submitted your application, you may login to the SCALE Online Application Portal and amend the particulars accordingly.
If you have submitted your application and made payment for the application fee, you will not be able to make any further changes to your application. Please send an email to the SCALE Admission Team at email@example.com, indicating your full name and application number and clearly specifying the changes required.
Click on the “Forgot password” link at the login page and enter the details as required. A temporary password will be sent to your email address. You may then follow the instructions to change your password accordingly.
You may check your application status via the SCALE Online Application Portal when the outcome is released. Please refer to the SCALE website on the estimated application timeline. An email notification will also be sent to you once your application outcome is released. Please ensure you have provided a valid email address during your application.
You have to decide if you wish to accept the offer by clicking on the appropriate button before the stipulated acceptance deadline. If you are offered admission to more than one programme, you are only allowed to accept ONE offer. To complete the offer acceptance, you are required to upload a recent passport-sized photograph of yourself which will be printed on your student card and collected during Orientation Session.
You will be considered to be an NUS student only after you have completed all formalities as follows:
After you have accepted the admission offer, we will share with you more details via email. In this regard, please check your emails regularly.
Yes, you will be required to attend the BEBU and sit for the entrance examinations at the end of each unit. Your admission eligibility will be further assessed by the Admission Committee based on your results in the entrance examinations.
If you are required by the Admission Committee to sit for the entrance examinations, the BEPU is optional. You may choose to register for the entrance examinations only, or take the BEPU to prepare yourself for the entrance examinations.
There are no make-up lessons for any of the classes that you miss. You may wish to check the schedule that is published on the SCALE website before you commit to submit an application.
There is only one scheduled date for each entrance examination. You may wish to check the schedule that is published on the SCALE website before you commit to submit an application. Application will be considered withdrawn if you are unable to sit for the entrance examination as required.
Teaching notes are not provided for applicants who register for entrance examinations only. Applicants will need to conduct their own self-study for the entrance examination.
You are not guaranteed admission after attending the BEBU/BEPU and sitting for the entrance examinations. The Admission Committee will have to further assess your eligibility based on your results in the examinations.
You are not considered to be an NUS student based on enrolment of the BEBU/BEPU.
Yes, you will be required to attend the Mathematics Bridging Course and sit for the Mathematics Test. Your admission eligibility will be further assessed by the Admission Committee based on your results in the Mathematics Test.
The Admission Committee will assess your admission eligibility based on your submitted application. Should you not meet the requirements, you may be required to attend the Mathematics Bridging Course and sit for the Mathematics Test.
There is only one scheduled date for the Mathematics Test. You may wish to check the schedule that is published on the SCALE website before you commit to submit an application. Your application will be considered withdrawn if you are unable to sit for the Mathematics Test as required.
You are not guaranteed admission after attending the Mathematics Bridging Course and the Mathematics Test as the Admission Committee will further assess your eligibility based on your results in the Test.
In the third and fourth year of study, BTech students will be able to choose from a range of electives and specialise in a specific area of study. Students interested in specialisations may visit the SCALE website to review the list of electives available.
The BTech programmes are generally demanding due to the high academic standards set by the University. Although the degree programmes are modular in nature (i.e. one can choose to read 1 to 3 modules per semester), individuals who are considering to enrol in the degree programme must ensure that they are able to manage their time and family/work commitments well so that they will be able to complete the degree programme.
The BTech programmes are modular in nature which means that the number of classes a student has to attend per week depends on the number of module(s) registered per semester (i.e. 1 module corresponds to 1 evening class per week).
Lectures/tutorials will be held during weekdays evenings from 6:00pm to 9:30pm. Should there be a lab session, it will be conducted on a separate evening or Saturday (9:30am to 12:30pm / 1:30pm to 4:30pm). There may be other academic activities held on Saturday afternoons occasionally.
In order to graduate within 4 years, students generally follow the recommended schedule of completing 32 MCs in an academic year. As such, students will read 3 modules in each of the 2 regular semesters (i.e. August to November and January to April), and 2 modules in the Special Term (i.e. May to July).
Some students may take a reduced workload due to work or family commitments and attend classes for one or two evenings a week. These students will then take a longer time to graduate.
Students typically take about 4-5 years to complete the BTech degree. The maximum candidature is 6 years, inclusive of periods of approved Leave of Absence (LOA).
The Ministry of Education (MOE) provides eligible Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR) taking part-time undergraduate degree programmes in the local universities with a substantial tuition fee subsidy.
In addition to fulfilling the nationality criteria, applicants must also satisfy the following subsidy eligibility criteria in order to be considered for admission:
It should be noted that part-time employment will not be considered as “full-time work experience”. A part-time employee is one who works for less than 35 hours a week under a contract of service with an employer.
Exemption from the Age and Work Experience Criteria
Singaporean students aged 40 and above will enjoy the Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy and pay tuition fees that are lower than the subsidised fees payable by Singaporean students who are below the age of 40.
The availability of this enhanced subsidy is tied to the student’s eligibility for the MOE Tuition Fee Subsidy in the first instance. Hence, a Singaporean student must be eligible for the MOE Tuition Fee Subsidy in order to qualify for this enhanced subsidy.
The subsidy covers only the tuition fees for the minimum total number of modular credits (MCs) comprising each programme’s degree requirements, and up to an additional 25 MCs to cater for failed/repeat modules, over the maximum candidature period of 6 years.
Please note that the subsidy does not cover other fees such as Admission Application Fee, Administrative Fee, Student Service Fee and Late Payment Fee.
If you have previously withdrawn from a local university's degree course, please request the following details from the university to accompany your application:
You will not be eligible for the subsidy again as it is only meant for students who have not received government subsidy for a completed first degree or higher qualification previously.
There is no bond attached to the MOE Tuition Fee Subsidy.
You may still enjoy the MOE Tuition Fee Subsidy if you meet the eligibility criteria.
On top of the tuition fee subsidy provided by MOE, you may still submit an application for other financial aid schemes if you are eligible.
Financially needy part-time undergraduate students who are Singapore Citizens may apply for NUS Financial Aid, which is administered by the NUS Office of Financial Aid (within the Office of Admissions). Eligible students will be offered a Financial Aid Package, which may comprise a combination of the Tuition Fee Loan, NUS Study Loan (tuition fee portion only) and MOE Bursary, depending on the extent of the student’s level of need which is assessed based on the declared family income and mitigating factors, if any.
Details of the Financial Aid schemes can be found at:
You may use your PSEA to pay for your tuition fees. You will be required to submit an application for PSEA Funds using the Ad Hoc Withdrawal Form. More details on Ad Hoc Withdrawal can be found here.
SDF funds are not available for courses above Diploma level.
Scholarship opportunities may be available for BTech students. Please check this link for more details.
You may contact the Office of Financial Aid at 6516-2870 or submit a question via this link.