The National University of Singapore (NUS) Bachelor of Technology (Mechanical Engineering) programme is offered in partnership with the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The academic curriculum follows closely that of the equivalent Bachelor of Engineering programme.

The programme is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB) of the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES). Via this accreditation, all signatories in the Washington Accord recognise the substantial equivalence of this programme in satisfying the academic requirements for the practice of engineering at the professional level in many countries, including Canada, United States of America, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia and others.


Admission to the NUS BTech programme is granted on a competitive basis as places in the programme are limited. Applicants should possess the following minimum requirements:

Academic Polytechnic Diploma in a relevant field of Engineering, or an equivalent qualification

Note: Holders of a two-and-a-half-year Continuing Education and Training (CET) Part-time Local Diploma in Engineering/Applied Science/Business Practice/Infocomm Technology may apply only after successfully completing their local diploma, and are required to complete the BTech Engineering Bridging Units (BEBUs).

  • Two years of full-time work experience; or
  • Currently employed on a full-time basis; or
  • Fully discharged National Service (NS) liability

Note: 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 contract of service with an employer.


Be at least 21 years of age.

Applicants are encouraged to submit along with their application the following documentation (where applicable):

  • Evidence of additional post-diploma/post-degree academic preparation, including advanced diploma and specialist diploma studies
  • Availability of company sponsorship

Applicants may be required by the Admission Committee to sit for entrance examination(s).

Holders of a polytechnic diploma or equivalent (except for holders of a part-time diploma—who are required to take BEBUs) may opt to take BTech Engineering Preparatory Units (BEPUs) as refresher courses before taking the entrance examinations.

Note: Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Singapore Permanent Residents (SPRs) who have fully discharged their full-time NS liability may be granted exemption from the work experience and age requirements if they are:

  • Sponsored by their company for the part-time undergraduate degree programme; or
  • Currently employed in a job role/sector related to the part-time undergraduate degree programme.

Such applicants must submit relevant supporting documents(s) along with their admission application for assessment. NUS reserves the right to determine if exemption will be granted, and the University's decision will be final and binding.


The NUS BTech programme is offered on the following basis (with estimated time to complete the programme indicated in brackets):

  • Part-time (typically four years)

The period of candidature is minimum two-and-half years and maximum six years.

Note: Students will be deemed to have progressed to the next stage of study if they have obtained at least the number of Units, including exemptions, as stated below:

  • To move to Stage 2 (Year 2): 36 Units
  • To move to Stage 3 (Year 3): 76 Units
  • To move to Stage 4 (Year 4): 112 Units


The NUS BTech (Mechanical Engineering) is a 161-Unit undergraduate degree programme comprising: 

Note: 20 Units of programme requirements and 20 Units of unrestricted elective requirements will normally be given as Advanced Placement Credits (APCs) to holders of relevant diploma or higher qualifications. Students will be required to complete a minimum of 121 Units of courses as listed below.

University-level Requirements for General Education

Students must complete 20 Units, comprising one General Education (GE) Course from each of the pillars in the following list.

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GE Course Code Prefix Pillar Units
GEC Culture and Connections 4
Critique and Expressions 4
Singapore Studies 4
Data Literacy 4
Digital Literacy 4

Programme Requirements

Students must complete 93 Units, comprising courses from the following list.

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Faculty Requirements (8 Units)
Course Code Course Title Units
TTG2415 Ethics in Engineering 4
TTG2901 Communications for Engineering Professionals 4

Major Requirements – Essential Courses (65 Units)

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Course Code
Course Title
Engineering Mathematics I
Engineering Mathematics II
Mechanics of Materials II
Engineering Thermodynamics
Fluid Mechanics I
Fluid Mechanics II
Feedback Control Systems
Sensors and Actuators
Principles of Mechanical Engineering Materials
Manufacturing Processes
Mechanics of Machines
Heat Transfer
Fundamentals of Mechanical Design
Mechanical Systems Design
BTech Dissertation

Major Requirements – Elective Courses (20 Units, to be selected from the list below)

Not all elective courses may be offered in any semester/year. An elective course may not be offered if there is insufficient number of students opting for that course at any particular time.

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Course Code Course Title Units
TME3211 Mechanics of Solids 4
TME3233 Unsteady Flow in Fluid Systems 4
TME3251 Materials for Engineers 4
TME3241 Microprocessor Applications 4
TME3242 Automation 4
TME3261 Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing 4
TME3263 Design for Manufacturing and Assembly 4
TME3273 Understanding Experimental Data 4
TME3291 Numerical Methods in Engineering 4
TME4213 Vibration Theory and Applications 4
TME4223 Thermal Environmental Engineering 4
TME4225 Applied Heat Transfer 4
TME4234 Experimental Methods in Fluid Mechanics              4
TME4245 Robot Mechanics and Control 4
TME4254 Materials in Engineering Design 4
TME4261 Tool Engineering 4
TME4262 Automation in Manufacturing 4
TME4283 Micro Fabrication Processes 4
TIE2010 Introduction to Industrial Systems 4
TIE2130 Quality Engineering I 4
TME4209 Management of New Product Development 4
Functional Materials and Devices
Manufacturing Simulation & Data Communication
Fundamentals of Automotive Engineering

Unrestricted Elective Courses (8 Units)

These courses allow students to explore greater breadth or depth in any subject and at any level.

View a SAMPLE study schedule. This sample is NOT applicable to students who are already enrolled into the BTech programme. Current BTech students should refer to the recommended schedule in the SCALE Student Portal.

Note: For more information about the courses listed above (as well as other courses offered in the current academic year), please visit NUSMODS.


To graduate with a BTech (Mechanical Engineering) degree, students must meet the following requirements:

Programme and/or Specialisation

Complete a minimum of 161 Units.

A minimum 60% of Programme/Major/Second Major credits must be earned from NUS courses, which are defined as all courses taught, co-taught, supervised or co-supervised by one or more NUS faculty members. These would consist of graded courses with assigned grade points, or courses with an ‘S' or ‘CS' grade.

The other 40% of credits may be earned through credit transfers, advanced placement and exemptions, provided these credits are earned from courses deemed relevant to the particular Major/Programme.

Course and/or Graduate Certificate

Level-1000 courses to be counted towards fulfilment of graduation requirements limited to 60 Units (including the 20 Units of APCs)

Grade Point Average (GPA) 

Minimum 2.0 (out of maximum 5.0)

Please see also the University’s minimum standards for Continuation and Graduation Requirements. Specific programmes may implement stricter or additional requirements.

Other  Any other additional requirements that may be prescribed by SCALE, the College of Design and Engineering, or the University


Kindly note that all fees for the NUS BTech programme quoted on this page are exclusive of prevailing GST, unless otherwise stated. The University reserves all rights to review fees as necessary and adjust accordingly without prior notice.

Tuition Fee

AY2022/2023 cohort tuition fee per Unit (without subsidy): 

S$969.84 (including 8% GST)

Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents (SPRs) may enjoy a subsidy (see Financial Assistance below)

For reference, the tuition fees for previous cohorts are set out here.

Note: BTech fees are charged on a cohort-based system, where tuition fees are fixed throughout a student’s candidature, based on the prevailing fee for the intake in which the student was admitted. The fees are reviewed annually, with adjustments being made as and when necessary with each new cohort of students. This system, which has been in place at NUS since AY2008/09, allows each new cohort to anticipate the approximate total tuition fees they have to pay throughout their candidature

Financial Assistance

The Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) provides eligible Singaporeans and SPRs taking undergraduate degree programmes for the first time in local universities, even if on a part-time basis, with a substantial tuition fee subsidy.

AY2022/2023 cohort tuition fee per Unit for eligible applicants (with subsidy):

  • Singapore Citizens (after MOE subsidy):
    • S$151.20 (including 8% GST)
  • Singapore Permanent Residents (after MOE subsidy):
    • S$291.60 (including 8% GST)
 For more about loans and other financial assistance, please refer to the NUS Office of Admissions
Application Fee 

S$54.00 (including 8% GST)

  • Per programme/course selected
  • Non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Limited to one application submission per intake, for up to a maximum of five programmes/courses per application
Administrative Fee S$252.72 (including 8% GST)

  • Payable every regular semester
Miscellaneous Student Fees

As published by NUS Registrar’s Office

  • Payable every regular semester 

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31 May 2023