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NUS offers Aeronautical Engineering as an optional specialisation within the Mechanical Engineering (ME) programme. Students who choose this Specialisation are taught subjects relevant to Aeronautical Engineering, using the university’s state-of-the-art facilities. They are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in the aerospace industry. In addition to their Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree, they will receive a Certificate of Specialisation in Aeronautical Engineering upon graduation. Students may choose this specialisation directly on the university application form. Admission criteria to this specialisation are identical to those to the general BEng(ME) degree.

The NUS Faculty of Engineering has preferred not to initiate a separate Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering programme, because a degree specific to only Aeronautical Engineering may limit employment prospects of such graduates to the aerospace industry. Demand for such engineers may change if aerospace companies move their operations elsewhere.

On the other hand, an ME degree, together with a Certificate of Specialisation in Aeronautical Engineering, provides our graduates with greater flexibility to work in a much wider range of industries, including the aerospace.

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Offshore Oil & Gas Technology
  • Robotics (coming soon!)

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  • Applied Mechanics – mechanics (macro/micro/nano), dynamics, vibration, stress analysis, mechanical behaviour of materials
  • Control Engineering – control systems, controllers, stability, automation, robotics
  • Fluid Mechanics – aerodynamics, streamlining, fluid flow (subsonic/supersonic), jets, hydraulics, shock waves
  • Manufacturing – fabrication processes, macro/micro/nano-machining, rapid prototyping, automated production, design for manufacture
  • Materials – material properties, use of materials, metals, polymers, composites
  • Thermodynamics – energy management, heat dissipation, air-conditioning, combustion, propulsion, engines, turbines
  • Engineering Design – integration of all aspects of ME to design innovative, reliable and cost-effective products and systems

ME encompasses a wide spectrum of topics that are applicable to many other areas in engineering, such as the following:

  • Bioengineering – biomechanics, bio-fluids, biomaterials
  • Chemical Engineering – thermo-fluid systems and control systems
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering – materials, structures and stress analysis
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering – mechatronics
  • Industrial & Systems Engineering – manufacturing systems
  • Materials Science and Engineering – materials

To be admitted to ME, an applicant must have passed: (a) H2 Mathematics; and (b) either H2 Physics or H2 Chemistry. Students without H1 or H2 Physics need to have an ‘O’ Level pass in Physics or its equivalent and they are required to take specified Physics bridging modules offered by the Faculty of Science.

This may vary to some degree from one year to the next, depending on the number and quality of the applicants for the course. Non-academic qualities and achievements may also be considered in admitting students to pursue ME, as the Department has the discretion to admit up to 10% of its students based not solely on academic performance. Hence, those who have an interest in and passion for ME are strongly encouraged to apply.

Indicative Grade Profiles (IGP) for the University Admissions Exercise may be found on the NUS Office of Admissions website at

Yes, a number of Polytechnic courses are accredited by the ME Department. (The list of accredited diplomas can be found here.) Polytechnic graduates may be granted course exemptions up to the equivalent of one year’s worth of modular credits. Several academic staff members have polytechnic backgrounds and there are staff members who have been specially designated to oversee matters relating to students who are polytechnic graduates. There have been an increasing number of polytechnic graduates applying to and successfully admitted to read ME at NUS.

Yes, NUS has partnerships with many renowned universities around the world. Our students will have opportunities to spend one or more semesters abroad on student exchange or industrial attachment programmes. Students from our partner universities also come to NUS to read ME courses, thus providing many opportunities for interactions with others from different cultures and backgrounds.

All aspects of ME are relevant to Singapore’s technological industries. The programmes in the ME Department also equip ME graduates with the analytical skills much sought after by non-technical sectors, such as banking and finance.

ME graduates are therefore very versatile and are employed in a broad spectrum of industries that include:

  • Advanced materials
  • Aerospace technology
  • Aerospace technology
  • Aircraft maintenance and repair
  • Automotive engineering
  • Automation and control
  • Banking and finance
  • Defence technology
  • Design, mechanical testing and consulting services
  • General manufacturing
  • Offshore oil & gas technology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Precision engineering

Every emerging technology also generates a need for Mechanical Engineers to translate technology into products and systems.