Prospective Students

Energy & Sustainability

The Energy and Sustainability Specialisation within the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) curriculum at NUS is where you are equipped with the advanced interdisciplinary skills required to analyse, design, optimise and evaluate the technical and economic viability of energy systems. You learn about traditional and alternative energy sources, as well as the science and technology of energy conversion and storage, all within the broader context of energy management, sustainability and security. You have opportunities to put your knowledge into practice across a range of scales and systems as diverse as cooling in electronics to vehicles, buildings, desalination and power-plants, and even entire mega-cities.

Programme Structure

You spend the first two years building a solid foundation in mechanical engineering. Specialisation starts from Stage 3, when you read at least four technical electives from the accompanying list. In Stage 4, you select a final-year-project (FYP) that is related to energy and sustainability. Besides being assessed through the usual FYP dissertation and oral presentations, you are required to present your work in a poster session.

ME3221 Sustainable Energy Conversion (January)
ME4223 Thermal Environmental Engineering (August)
ME4225 Applied Heat Transfer (January)
ME4226 Energy and Thermal Systems (August)
ME4227 Internal Combustion Engines (January)
2ME5205 Energy Engineering (January or August)
2ME5207 Solar Energy Systems (August)
2ME5516 Emerging Energy Conversion and Storage Technologies (January)
1ESP4401 Optimization of Energy Systems (January)
2ESP5402 Transport Phenomena in Energy Systems (January)
2ESP5403 Nanomaterials for Energy Systems (offered in August 2019)

1 Subject to the acceptance by the host department.
2 Only Stage 4 students with CAP = or > 3.5 are allowed to read level 5000 modules.


You will receive a separate certificate of specialisation, in addition to your B.Eng. (ME) degree scroll.

The Energy and Sustainability industry is one that is taking the world by storm. Many of these careers focus on providing sufficient amounts of clean alternative energy for the world today without undermining environmental integrity or draining existing energy resources. In short, many Energy and Sustainability careers are focused on helping organisations and companies operate efficiently, improving their profits, pleasing their customer base, and, most importantly, creating a sense of well-being among the community.

Opportunities for you include work in design, project management, consultancy, planning and regulatory roles. The versatility of your training in mechanical engineering will also enable you to pursue a career in many other fields, in addition to those related specifically to energy and power generation.

Professional Certification

The need for energy efficiency is a particularly pressing concern in Asia due to expanding economies and growing populations. The Singapore Government has targeted a 35% improvement in energy efficiency and reduction in carbon emission from the 2005 level by 2030. In response, the Singapore Certified Energy Manager (SCEM) programme trains and certifies engineers in technical and managerial functions related to energy efficiency, and is recognised by industry and various government agencies. As a graduate of our Energy and Sustainability Specialisation, you will possess the fundamental knowledge and skills required to apply for this certification if you wish to in future. This certification will enable you to provide services such as consultation and procurement, facility and energy management, as well as energy audits of buildings and industry as part of legislated regulations.

Admission Requirements

Addressing global energy challenges requires both creativity and sound technical grounding, and the Energy and Sustainability Specialisation calls those with a passion to innovate and engineer for a better future. You apply for admission in Stage 3 of your studies in ME. Your selection to and continuation in the specialisation is based on overall merit, as well as your aptitude in related foundational modules.