MSc – Life Sciences

MSc – Life Sciences

Introduction

This programme is designed to equip teachers with the skills and knowledge associated with the life sciences.

This programme offers both part-time and full-time training courses leading to a Master of Science in five disciplines of Life Sciences: Applied Plant Sciences, Chemistry, Clean Energy Physics, Environmental Science, and Zoological Sciences. The programme is designed and mass-customised for students with relevant scientific and technical background to upgrade themselves. The curriculum is multi-disciplinary and intends to equip students with a deeper and broader knowledge of the life sciences.  Students will be trained to understand basic concepts, to conduct experiments and projects using life science instrumentation, and to solve problems in the domain of life sciences. Therefore, a graduate in science or equivalent, or graduate teacher in school or junior college science education will be provided with opportunities to learn and explore recent knowledge and developments in the field of life sciences, i.e. biological and physical sciences, and related issues, with a holistic approach in a specialised area.

Admission

The Master of Science programme by coursework is offered to:

  • Bachelor of Science with Honours degree, or equivalent, in relevant subjects.
  • Bachelor of Science degree, or equivalent, in relevant subjects, and at least one year professional working experience.

 

Course Outline

(a) Full-Time Programme

This is a one-year programme. Students will complete 8 courses (24 AUs) plus a dissertation of 6 AUs. The courses required for the award of the MSc are 1 core course (3 AUs), 5 required courses (15 AUs) and 2 elective courses (6 AUs). Thus the requirement for graduation is 30 AUs.

(b) Part-Time Programme

The part-time programme has a normal duration of 2.5 to 4 years. There are two programme options. Students may opt to complete 8 courses (24 AUs) plus a dissertation of 6 AUs, or an alternative of completing 9 courses (27 AUs) with an Independent Research Project (3 AUs). The courses required for the award of the MSc are 1 core course (3 AUs), 5 required courses (15 AUs), and 2 elective courses (6 AUs) for those opting to do a dissertation, and 3 elective courses (9 AUs) for those who are interested in the Independent Research Project option. Consequently, the requirement for graduation is 30 AUs.

The following table summarises the structure for each specialisation.

Specialisation

Core

Required Specialisation Courses

Electives

Master of Science (Applied Plant Sciences)

1

5

2 or 3

Master of Science (Chemistry)

1

5

2 or 3

Master of Science (Clean Energy Physics)

1

5

2 or 3

Master of Science (Environmental Science)

1

5

2 or 3

Master of Science (Zoological Sciences)

1

5

2 or 3

 

All courses have a 3 AU value, with 1 AU being 13 lecture hours or equivalent.

 

Fees

The programme will operate as a subsidised programme.

For more information, please visit http://www.nie.edu.sg/study-nie/admissions/graduate-studies-professional-learning/higher-degree-programmes/fees

 

 

Independent Research Project

This course exposes students to all phases of the scientific research process through inquiry-based learning strategies. Students will undertake in-depth investigations of suitable research questions relevant to their areas of specialisation (i.e., Applied Plant Sciences, Applied Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences and Zoological Sciences). The processes include the formulation of a research problem, literature survey, hypothesis setting, design of experiments, data collection and analyses, discussion of results, writing of scientific papers and presentation of research findings in the scientific arena. This course provides opportunities for leading-edge research in the life sciences.

Other Info

(a) Full-time Programme

The full-time programme is a one-year programme where students will complete about 4 courses per semester.  Students are required to attend four 3-hour lectures per week in the evenings in each semester.  Candidates will follow a prescribed programme of study. The programme of study involves formal classes, tutorials, seminars, laboratory work, assignments and/or written examinations.

(b) Part-time Programme

The part-time programme has a normal duration of 2.5 to 4 years. In a typical academic year for a part-time student, the student is required to attend up to two 3-hour lectures per week in the evenings. Candidates reading for a Master's degree by coursework with dissertation or by coursework with an independent research project, follow a prescribed programme of study. The programme of study involves formal classes, tutorials, seminars, laboratory work, assignments and/or written examinations.

The course requirements for each specialisation is as follows:

 

 

 

Contact Details

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