Diploma in Engineering Science (N93)

Why ES?

  • A taste of university life with applied R&D projects at local universities and research institutes
  • Exciting learning opportunities such as overseas immersion programme or study visits and early R&D exposure at top-notch universities in Singapore, Japan and China, as well as renowned research institutes such as A*STAR
  • A unique diploma that paves the way for further studies, with accreditation from NTU and NUS for a wide range of degrees, and module exemptions from SUTD for selected courses

About ES

You’re passionate about engineering applications, but also love the sciences. You’re strong in both math and physics. You’re also keen to explore scientific research and discover new ways to solve real-world problems. How about honing all these interests through our top-notch Diploma in Engineering Science (ES), whose graduates have topped NP’s graduating cohorts and secured places in prestigious university programmes.

The unique ES diploma prepares you well for a wide range of degrees and careers in fields such as artificial intelligence and machine learning; computer, electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering; as well as material and even medical science.

During the first two years, you will be equipped with a strong foundation in engineering and related domains such as mathematics, physics, applied science and research. You will attend lectures by distinguished guests and go on industry visits. You may also be exposed to short stints with research establishments and institutes.

In your second year, you may also get to visit top overseas universities such as Tokyo Metropolitan University (Japan), Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology (Japan) or Nanjing University of Science & Technology (China) in person or virtually. You will interact with students and professors, and be exposed to the latest developments in technology and innovation. 

In the third year, you will gain skills and knowledge in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, and embark on a final-year project or R&D-oriented internship.

You may have the opportunity to be attached to a local university, a research institute, or technology centre, where you will be involved in projects supervised by university professors and researchers. You could also get a chance to work on an R&D-oriented internship with local start-ups and multinational companies, as well as an overseas internship. These projects and internships will cover a wide range of topics such as artificial intelligence, automotive vehicles, additive manufacturing, Internet of Things, robotics, biomedical engineering, green energy and material science.



Highlights

Fast track to a degree via NP-SUTD Pathway

Get a head start and experience university life – even as an NP student!

With the NP-SUTD Pathway Programme*, you will be on the fast track to a Bachelor’s degree in engineering and design, and graduate one year ahead of your peers. Level up your knowledge with humanities and science modules taught by SUTD lecturers. These are taken alongside your own curriculum, so you will emerge as a multi-skilled professional. But that’s not all. Top off your university experience by working on cutting-edge research projects with SUTD professors and researchers as your mentors!

*for selected students only

Further Studies

Both NTU and NUS have accredited ES for a wide range of their degree programmes. In addition, SUTD offers conditional admission to students enrolled in the NP-SUTD pathway, and course/module exemptions for ES graduates who have met the criteria in their Compact Courses. With your strong foundation as an ES graduate, you can also apply for a wide range of degree programmes offered by overseas universities.

About 80 per cent of our graduates were admitted to various local and overseas universities.

If you’re looking for an Engineering diploma that attracts the brightest minds, look no further!

  • >10 ES graduates topped their cohorts to clinch the Ngee Ann Kongsi Gold Medal or Lee Kuan Yew Award since 2014
  • >10 ES students received NP as well as external scholarships (e.g. A*STAR Science Award (Poly), DSTA Polytechnic Scholarship, CSIT Diploma Scholarship   which offer R&D internship opportunities
  • >80% ES graduates offered admission into prestigious local and overseas universities 

They chose ES and are going places!

Duan Jiafei

Duan Jiafei, Class of 2016

A*STAR National Science Scholar.  Pursuing a PhD in AI & Robotics at Nvidia Robotics Lab, Seattle, USA.

ES_SoonQingRong

Soon Qing Rong, Class of 2017

Recipient of the Public Service Commission (Engineering) Scholarship in 2017. Currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Business Analytics at NUS.

Reuben Thomas

Reuben Thomas, Class of 2021

Winner of the Ngee Ann Kongsi Gold Medal and the Lee Kuan Yew Award. He will pursue a Computer Science degree in NUS.

Kellie Sim

Kellie Sim, Class of 2020

Recipient of the SUTD Global Distinguished Scholarship. Currently pursuing an Engineering Degree & Doctor of Medicine Degree, under the SUTD-Duke-NUS Special Track.

Anne Lee

Anne Lee, Class of 2022

Pursuing a master’s degree in Design Engineering at Imperial College London’s Dyson School of Design Engineering, under the DSTA Overseas Scholarship.

Careers

Armed with an ES diploma, you will enjoy good career prospects in areas such as research & development, product design and development, and manufacturing and services.

Zenas Lim

Zenas Lim
Engineering Science graduate, Class of 2015 

Zenas graduated from Imperial College with a degree in Electronic & Information Engineering with first class honours, and subsequently completed a Masters in Information Science from Cornell University. He is currently a UX architect at the Defence Science & Technology Agency. 

Ekko Chua

Ekko Chua
Engineering Science graduate, Class of 2014 

A recipient of the Energy Market Authority (EMA) Scholarship, Ekko graduated with a degree in Chemical & Energy Engineering from the University of Leeds. She is currently a senior analyst/strategist at EMA. 

Benjamin Chia

Benjamin Chia 
Engineering Science graduate, Class of 2014 

Benjamin is a business partner at Enterprise Singapore’s transformation office. He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honors (Distinction) from NUS, and a Masters of Science in Engineering Management from Purdue University. 

Entry Requirements

AGGREGATE TYPE ELR2B2-C

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or equivalent) results.

Subject'O' Level Grade
English Language1-7
Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)1-6
Science 
(with Physics, Chemistry or Biology component)
or Biotechnology
or Computing/Computer Studies
or Design & Technology
or Electronics/Fundamentals of Electronics
or Engineering Science
or Physical Science
1-6

You must also fulfil the aggregate computation requirements for the ELR2B2-C Aggregate Type listed here (  33KB). This subject will be used for ELR2B2-C aggregate computation.

For students with other qualifications, please refer to the NP website for the entry requirements and admissions exercise period.

Candidates with severe vision deficiency, profound hearing deficiency, uncontrolled epilepsy and/or severe physical impairments, should not apply for the course. Those with colour vision deficiency may be considered, subject to an in-house test.

What You Will Learn

Applied Mathematics 1 (4 Credit Units)
This module aims to provide students with the fundamental skills in applying mathematics to solve engineering problems. Topics are introduced to keep abreast of the application requirements in engineering modules. The emphasis in each topic is on applications and problem solving. Topics include exponential functions, logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, plane analytic geometry, complex numbers and applications, differentiation and applications, basic integration and applications. Materials on MOOC platform could be adapted in the module delivery.

Electrical Engineering Fundamentals (3 Credit Units)
This module provides a foundation in electricity covering basic concepts of electrical circuits and the methods used to analyse them. The module emphasises the understanding of the basic electrical circuit laws (Ohm’s Law, Kirchhoff’s Voltage and Current Laws) and network theorems, and their application to electrical network analysis. Topics covered include fundamentals of electricity, network theorems, capacitance, electromagnetic induction and inductance.

Integrated Real-world Project 1 (4 Credit Units)
This module aims to integrate the knowledge learnt in the semester and apply to a real-world project and further enhanced through relevant contextualization. Students will work in teams and undertake the project development underpinned by the design thinking approach. On completion of the module, students will be able to apply the skills and develop confidence in tackling projects. Data analytics will be introduced using case-based approach and applied in the integrated real-world project.

The Career & Professional Preparation 1 will be incorporated to give students a foundational introduction to their three-year diploma course curriculum and how it prepares them for industry. It will help them to embark on their three-year course with the end in mind, through guided reflection of their personal characteristics, and producing an overall game plan for their future education and career goals.

Mechanical Engineering Fundamentals (3 Credit Units)
This module introduces students to the study of external forces in two dimensions and their effect on particles and rigid bodies that are at rest. Students learn the skills to analyse the forces acting on the bodies by drawing free-body diagrams and applying the conditions of equilibrium. Topics include forces and resultants, moments and couples, equilibrium and the concepts of plane friction. This module also aims to equip students with the skills to analyse problems of rigid bodies in motion. Only linear motion in two dimensions will be covered. Topics include kinematics and kinetics of linear motion.

Programming (3 Credit Units)
This practice-oriented module equips students with basic knowledge and skills in computer programming using a suitable high-level language. The main topics include basic computer programming concepts and fundamental programming constructs such as sequences, selection and repetition.

English Language Express* (Credit Units - NA)
English Language Express aims to give you a better grounding in the English Language and to strengthen the written and oral communications skills that you will need in your academic and professional careers. You will be engaged in writing, reading, listening and speaking activities that will develop your ability to speak and write grammatically, coherently and clearly. You will also hone your reading and listening comprehension skills.

Innovation Made Possible^ (3 Credit Units)

* This module is only offered to students who are weaker in the English Language.

^ Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) modules account for 13 credit units of the diploma curriculum. They include modules in communication, innovation and world issues, as well as an interdisciplinary project. By bringing students from diverse diplomas together, the interdisciplinary project fosters collaboration to explore and propose solutions for real-world problems. IS aims to develop students to be agile and self-directed learners, ready for the future workplace.

AC Circuits (3 Credit Units)
This module provides students with basic knowledge of the fundamental principles in electric circuit analysis. The module extends DC network theorems to AC circuits which involve impedances such as capacitance and inductance. The module also includes analysis of simple AC series, parallel and series-parallel combination circuits, concept of AC power and understanding of power factor and its effect on electrical energy usage.

Analogue Electronics (3 Credit Units)
The aim of this module is to lay the foundations in analogue electronics. At the end of this module, students will acquire content knowledge and understanding on the basic concepts of analogue electronics and some applications. Key topics covered in this module include operating characteristics, working principles and applications of discrete electronic devices such as various types of diodes, MOSFETs and BJTs. Practical circuits will be used to enhance and strengthen the learners’ knowledge so that they will acquire the relevant competencies to move on to more specialized modules.

Applied Mathematics 2A (4 Credit Units)
This module aims to provide students with the fundamental skills in applying mathematics to solve engineering problems. Topics are introduced to keep abreast of the application requirements in engineering modules. The emphasis in each topic is on applications and problem solving. Topics include further techniques of integration, applications of using exponential, logarithmic & trigonometric integrals, Fourier series, first-order differential equations, Laplace transform and applications, matrices and determinants. Materials on MOOC platform could be adapted in the module delivery.

Digital Fundamentals (3 Credit Units)
This module introduces the basic concepts of digital systems. It covers the basics of combinational and sequential logic circuits. Flip-flops and their application in counters and registers will also be discussed. This basic knowledge is essential for students to be able to understand, analyse, and design basic digital circuit system.

Integrated Real-world Project 2 (4 Credit Units)
This module aims to integrate the knowledge learnt in the semester and apply to a real-world projects with service learning as the main emphasis. Students will work in teams and undertake the project development underpinned by the design thinking approach. On completion of the module, students will be able to apply the skills and develop confidence in designing solutions to problems faced at service learning partners’ premises.

This module will also imbue in students a sense of civic consciousness in the context of engineering and society. It serves to create awareness amongst students about the impact of engineering on society in general. In the process it introduces the application of cultural quotient (CQ) skills and mould students’ disposition to understand and collaborate across diverse cultures in real world settings.

Communication Essentials^ (3 Credit Units)
Health & Wellness^ (1 Credit Unit)

^ Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) modules account for 13 credit units of the diploma curriculum. They include modules in communication, innovation and world issues, as well as an interdisciplinary project. By bringing students from diverse diplomas together, the interdisciplinary project fosters collaboration to explore and propose solutions for real-world problems. IS aims to develop students to be agile and self-directed learners, ready for the future workplace.

Integrated Real-world Project 3 (4 Credit Units)
This module aims to integrate the knowledge learnt in the semester and apply to a real-world project with service learning as the main emphasis. Students will work in teams and deploy their projects at service learning partners’ premises. On completion of the module, students will be able to apply the skills and develop confidence in delivering projects at the higher levels.

The Career and Professional Preparation 2 will be incorporated to equip students with skills necessary to seek and secure work. They will also be equipped to communicate their personal brand in a positive way. As students sharpen their communication skills, they will also learn how to market themselves effectively.

Materials & Manufacturing Technology (3 Credit Units)
This module introduces students to properties of common engineering materials with emphasis on mechanical testing methods, heat-treatment, international standard specifications, and selection and applications of such materials. Topics include classification of materials, mechanical testing, alloying, steels, non-ferrous alloys, plastics, ceramics and composites. For manufacturing technology, students will acquire the basic knowledge and skills of manufacturing processes, including drilling, turning, milling, grinding, non-conventional machining, welding and assembly.

Object-Oriented Programming (4 Credit Units)
This module introduces object-oriented programming to students who already have a foundation in procedural programming. It covers the fundamental concepts of object-oriented programming with introduction to basic web and database applications.

Physics 1 (4 Credit Units)
This module covers the topics of Classical Mechanics. Students learn the laws of motion in both one and two dimensions. They also study concepts of work and energy for linear systems including linear momentum and collision. The practical sessions will introduce students to system modelling and simulation using MATLAB.

Thermofluids (3 Credit Units)
Students will learn the basic laws governing the behaviour of fluids under the influence of energy transfer. Topics include systems concept, temperature and pressure, fluid statics, fluid in motion, continuity equation, laminar and turbulent flows, ideal incompressible flow, Bernoulli’s equation, flow measurement and Pitot tube, external flow and application of thermofluids’ principles in simple engineering systems.

Data Structures & Algorithms (4 Credit Units)
This module’s focus is on algorithms, not user interface. Code implementation platform is mainly C++. Basic data structures covered in this module include array, linked-list, stack, queue and binary search tree. For each of these data structure, students learn to devise algorithms, where appropriate, to add, to delete, to search or to sort data etc. Brief introduction to encryption and hash coding concepts are covered in advanced topics leading to an appreciation of block-chain technology from software perspective.

Embedded System (5 Credit Units)
This module aims to equip students with a basic fundamental in microcontroller and embedded System. Students will acquire the necessary skills and knowledge through a series of practical projects and real-world applications. Students will be able to implement a microcontroller based system and interfacing with various input/output components as well as sensors.

Integrated Real-world Project 4 (4 Credit Units)
This module will guide students to integrate various domain knowledge acquired to develop working models of engineering systems. Students have the opportunity to participate in projects at local universities & research institutions, start-up companies and at various Technology Centres in NP.

The module serves as a step stone to prepare students for their Integrated Real-World Project 5. The projects aim to get students to learn the proper process of conducting a research & development project from the beginning to the finish, starting from identifying the problem(s), defining the specifications, project scheduling, researching for solutions, evaluating & selecting designs, implementation & refinement, and report writing and presentation.

This module will also imbue in students a sense of civic consciousness in the context of engineering and safety. The module will also imbue in students’ a safety-oriented mindset and develop students’ workplace safety and health (WSH) competencies and raise their safety awareness of self and their surroundings

Physics 2 (4 Credit Units)
This module builds on Physics 1 and extends the coverage into other aspects of Physics such as Electrostatics and Magnetism. Students will be required to work on two mini projects which are related to the different physical concepts covered in this module.

World Issues: A Singapore Perspective^ (2 Credit Units)

^ Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) modules account for 13 credit units of the diploma curriculum. They include modules in communication, innovation and world issues, as well as an interdisciplinary project. By bringing students from diverse diplomas together, the interdisciplinary project fosters collaboration to explore and propose solutions for real-world problems. IS aims to develop students to be agile and self-directed learners, ready for the future workplace.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (4 Credit Units)
The module aims to cover knowledge representation and reasoning which are fundamentals of artificial intelligence with a focus on the computing aspect of AI and machine learning. Students will learn AI’s underlying enabling technologies such as machine learning and neural networks. They will also learn how to use Python to develop simple applications for machine learning.

Circuit Analysis & Design (4 Credit Units)
This module aims to provide students with a sound grounding of the concepts and methods in circuit analysis and design. Topics covered include impedance, transient behaviors of RLC circuits, frequency response, spectrum & resonance, and filters. The practical sessions will introduce students to circuit design and simulation.

Integrated Real-world Project 5 (4 Credit Units)
This module will give students an opportunity to integrate and apply knowledge in research and development projects at local universities & research institutions, start-up companies and at various Technology Centres in NP. Besides research, design and project management skills, the emphasis will also be on innovation, creativity, teamwork and enterprise.

This module will also imbue in students a sense of civic consciousness in the context of engineering and sustainability. It will develop students’ competencies in sustainable development, raise their awareness of sustainability in the context of society and the environment, and appreciate the impact engineering solutions may have on the environment.

System Modelling & Control (4 Credit Units)
The module focuses on modelling the dynamics and servo systems, analysis of system responses and shaping the dynamic response through closed-loop control. Students will learn the principles of systems modelling, simulation, analysis and control, and the application of these principles in systems analysis and synthesis. Major topics include modelling single discipline and mixed systems, Laplace transform, s-plane, standard forms, time-domain specifications, effects of control actions on system performance, and frequency response analysis.

Project ID: Connecting the Dots^ (4 Credit Units)

^ Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) modules account for 13 credit units of the diploma curriculum. They include modules in communication, innovation and world issues, as well as an interdisciplinary project. By bringing students from diverse diplomas together, the interdisciplinary project fosters collaboration to explore and propose solutions for real-world problems. IS aims to develop students to be agile and self-directed learners, ready for the future workplace.
Final Year Project (20 Credit Units)
In this module, students will work in teams to design and develop a product or system related to a real world project. In the project, students learn to apply their knowledge and skills in creative problem solving, engineering and design, teamwork and project management. This module focuses on the identification of problem or need, research and design. Student are required to fabricate the prototype, assemble the parts, test and refine the prototype, and prepare the refined design and a project report. Students are also required to do a final presentation to a panel of examiners.

or

6-Month Internship (Local/Overseas) (20 Credit Units)
The six-month internship will provide students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to work situations, and demonstrate problem solving, communication and interpersonal skills in a work environment. The programme enables students to hone their ability to work independently and in teams, while they take on one or more practical projects under the supervision of industry practitioners. The objective is to develop a professional approach to work based on the relevant code of practice.