School of Materials Science and Engineering

Information on Specialisation

From AY2015-2016 onwards, School would be introducing four niche specialisations topics in Materials Science and Engineering which students can choose from. The rationale is to add value to the students’ degree and in addition cater to students who would like to specialise in a particular field of specialisation within Materials Science and Engineering. The specialisation will be reflected on the academic transcript, which would immensely assist students in their job search/career as well as in their higher studies.

Specialisation Criteria

In order to obtain the specialisation, the following criterias have to be met:

  • To obtain a specialisation, student must complete minimum 5 courses from a particular specialisation area. The minimum requirement for a specialisation is 15 AU.

  • Each specialisation area comprises of 2 core courses and at least 3 elective courses.

  • A course (Core or Major Prescribed Elective) cannot be counted towards more than one specialisation.

  • Students who would like to have two specialisations may choose 3 unique elective courses from each of the specialisation for their Major Prescribed Elective or Unrestricted Elective

  • If a student has read at least 3 unique elective courses from one specialisation area regardless of whether the courses are read as Major Prescribed Elective or Unrestricted Elective, he will be deemed to have attained specialisation in that particular area. Students are not allowed to exercise S/U for the Unrestricted Elective.

  • Students who do not wish to obtain a specialisation may still choose courses of their interest from different specialisation areas.

Specialisation Areas

The four specialisation areas are listed below and the respective courses available for each specialisation are also listed below.


Specialisation Area 1: Medical Materials​ ​
​MS1014: Materials Chemistry II ​Core
MS4013: Biomaterials​ ​Core
​MS4610: Advanced Biomaterials ​​Major PE/UE
MS4611: Biomedical Devices​ ​​Major PE/UE
​MS4612: Drug Delivery & Tissue Engineering ​​Major PE/UE
MS4621: Polymer Science​ ​​Major PE/UE
​MS4613: Wearable Sensors in Healthcare# ​Major PE


Specialisation Area 2: Industrial Materials Engineering​
​MS3012: Micro/Nanoelectronic Materials Processing ​Core
​MS3013: Environmental Effects on Materials ​Core
​MS4603: Microelectronic Process Integration ​Major PE/UE
​MS4601: Principles of Semiconductor Devices ​Major PE/UE
​MS4630: Photovoltaics Devices and Energy Storage ​Major PE/UE
​MS4631: Corrosion Engineering ​Major PE/UE
​MS4620: Polymer Technology ​Major PE/UE
​MS4622: Composite Materials# ​Major PE/UE
​MS4613: Wearable Sensors in Healthcare# ​Major PE


Specialisation Area 3:  Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
​MS3014: Analysis of Materials ​Core
​MS4014: Nanomaterials: Fundamentals & applications ​Core
​MS4650: Functional Nanostructured Materials ​Major PE/UE
​MS4640: Advanced Analysis of Materials ​Major PE/UE
​MS4622: Composite Materials# ​Major PE/UE
​MS4651: Thin Film Technology ​Major PE/UE
​MS4613: Wearable Sensors in Healthcare# ​Major PE


Specialisation Area 4:  Innovation and Intellectual Property ​
​MS3015: Materials Aspects in Design ​Core
​ET0001: Enterprise and Innovation* GER Core
​MS4660: Fundamentals of Intellectual Property in Materials Science and Engineering ​Major PE/UE
​MS4661: Application of Patents & Designs in Materials Related Industry ​Major PE/UE
​MS4662: Appreciating IP in Research & Development ​Major PE/UE



* This GER-Core only applies to Year 1 students admitted in AY2014 and after, and Year 2 Poly Direct Entry students admitted in AY2015 and after.

# MS4613 and MS4622 can only be counted once in the desired respective specialisation a student chooses.


  1. I have completed some courses (Core/MPE) under a specialisation area during a study exchange programme (GEM Explorer/Fee-Paying/SUSEP). Can these courses be counted towards the specialisation?

    Yes. Courses that have been approved by the School to be matched to NTU-MSE course can be considered as a course fulfilling the specialisation although it is graded as P/F.

  2. If I complete a course from another Engineering school in NTU that has similar content as the course that is offered under a specialisation, can it be counted towards that specialisation?

    No. Only the courses listed in the 4 unique MSE Specialisation will be counted.