FAQ

All your frequently asked questions are answered here. If you can’t find the answer you need, email us here and we’ll get back to you.
 

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    Our Degree Programmes

    1. Does SIT offer part-time degree programmes?

    All SIT degree programmes are currently conducted on a full-time basis. However, there are plans to offer part-time degree programmes in the near future.

    2. Are SIT degrees widely accepted by employers?

    Yes. SIT is Singapore’s fifth autonomous university, which offers industry-relevant programmes that prepare students for employment in the identified growth sectors. The 2018 Joint Autonomous University Graduate Employment Survey (JAUGES) findings revealed that 92.5% of SIT graduates in the labour force who completed their studies between October 2017 and September 2018 were employed. This is comparable to the 92.3% figure in 2017. The Centre for Career Readiness at SIT offers students various resources to prepare for a smooth transition from student to working professional.

    3. Does SIT offer any short courses?

    Yes, short courses are available for working adults who are keen to upgrade their skills. Please refer to our SITLEARN Professional Development page for more details.

    4. Will I graduate with an Honours degree if I am enrolled in a direct honours programme?

    Yes, upon meeting the required Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) under the Degree Classification.

    5. Can I choose to complete a degree programme without Honours?

    If the programme has been offered as an Honours degree, all students are expected to undergo the full curriculum and there will not be an option to choose otherwise.

    6. Which SIT degree programmes am I eligible to apply for with my specific diploma?

    You can refer to the list of relevant diplomas acceptable for admission to our degree programmes.

    7. When is SIT Open House?

    Our Open House is held on the second weekend of January every year. Pre-event registration will be available when details are announced on our website in December. Please note that for January 2021, the event will be held virtually. Click here to register.

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    Studying at SIT

    1. Will there be opportunities for Industrial Attachment (IA) or Overseas Exchange during the course of study?

    All SIT students will have the opportunity to go for an overseas exchange during the course of their studies.

    Students pursuing degree programmes with SIT’s overseas partners will have the opportunity of attending a three to 17-week Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP) at the home campuses of their overseas universities. During their OIP, they will attend lectures, tutorials, workshops, and go on industry visits.

    (Due to global travel restrictions to safeguard against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the OIP is currently suspended until further notice)

    Students pursuing the degree programmes awarded by SIT will be required to undertake a six to 12-month work attachment under the Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP), where they will apply what they have learnt in the classroom to their actual work environment. They will also have the opportunity to go on an overseas study trip during the course of their studies.

    2. Can I work while studying in SIT as an International Student?

    All international students of an institute of higher learning (IHL) in Singapore can work for no more than 16 hours a week during term time. There are no restrictions on work hours during vacation time. Information and updates on Student's Pass and work privileges can be found on the ICA website.

    3. Does SIT provide accommodation for students?

    We currently do not offer hostel facilities at the campus. Therefore, students seeking accommodation will need to do so on their own.

    4. I have already obtained my Bachelor’s degree from a local university in Singapore and I wish to pursue a second degree. Am I still eligible for the subsidised fees?

    If you have utilised the MOE Tuition Grant for your first Bachelor's degree at a local university, you will not be eligible to receive it again for your second Bachelor's degree at SIT. You will be required to pay non-subsidised fees. For more details, please refer here.

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    Applying to SIT

    1. How many intakes does SIT have per year?

    SIT has only one intake per year. The academic calendar varies according to the individual degree programmes awarded by SIT and the Overseas University partners.

    For the Academic Calendar of SIT and our Overseas University partners, please refer here.

    2. How many degree programme choices are provided for in the online application?

    Applicants may indicate up to five degree programmes, in order of preference.

    3. My application was unsuccessful. Will I be at a disadvantage if I apply again next year?

    No, each application will be assessed as a fresh application during each Admissions exercise. You may consider taking up full-time work related to your chosen field and submit your relevant work experience in your next application to SIT.

    4. Is there a separate application for international students?

    No. All applicants, regardless of their citizenship, should apply via the same online application portal.

    5. Can students with overseas qualifications apply for admission?

    Yes, applicants who have completed a formal 12-year education (e.g. Cambridge ‘A’ Levels, STPM, Indian Standard 12, Indonesia SMA UAN) and do not possess a polytechnic diploma qualification, are only eligible to apply for degree programmes listed here.

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    Application Process

    1. Is there a specific format I should adhere to when I upload my transcripts and certificates?

    You should refer to the following web links for examples on the required format of each individual transcript:

    Please upload in chronological order, i.e. from 1st to 6th semester, if applicable.

    2. Can I download and submit a hard copy application?

    Applications must be submitted online.

    3. How do I retrieve my password to my application if I have forgotten it?

    Please click here and select the 'Forgot your password' button at the portal. An auto-generated email will be sent to inform you of your new password.

    4. How can I check my application status?

    Please check your application status via the SIT Application portal. To login, enter the email address you had used to register your account or the 9-digit User ID that was sent to you via email.

    5. How can I add a recommender or amend the details of my recommender after I have submitted my admission application?

    Please refer to page 21 of the Undergraduate Application Guide for more information.

    6. My recommender has not received the email link to submit a recommendation. Can the email be re-sent to him/her?

    For another email to be sent to your recommender, please log in to the SIT Application portal and click on the “Update Recommender Info” button. Proceed to delete your recommender’s details and then re-enter the details again. After saving the changes, an email notification will be sent to your recommender.

    7. How will I be assigned an application number?

    You will receive an application number via email after you have submitted your online application. If you do not receive an application number, please check that you have saved all your application pages and have clicked the ‘Submit’ button on your application form.

    8. How do I submit my supporting documents?

    You should submit your supporting documents by uploading them at Step 12 of the online application portal. Please ensure that all transcripts/academic results/recommendation letters/portfolios (if applicable) are uploaded online. Please refer to the Undergraduate Application Guide for detailed steps.

    9. Can I submit my resume/recommendation letters from my employers/polytechnic lecturers to support my application?

    Yes, you can submit additional relevant documents to support your application. You may upload additional documents via the online application portal. For example, for an application to The Culinary Institute of America’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Food Business Management, an endorsement of F&B industry experience is required.

    10. Do I need to sit for an entrance examination?

    Applicants who do not meet certain admission requirements (for selected courses) may be required to take an entrance test.

    11. I have submitted my original documents for my application. How can I retrieve them?

    You should only submit soft copies of your supporting documents by uploading them on the online application portal. All hardcopy documents submitted to SIT are non-returnable.

    12. Will admission interviews be conducted face-to-face on campus? Is it possible to have an interview through video call instead?

    Shortlisted applicants will not be required to attend physical interviews at SIT campuses. You will be required to complete a video assessment instead.

    13. How does the video assessment work? Will there be instructions to guide me?

    The video assessments will be recorded and submitted through SIT’s video assessment platform. Shortlisted applicants will receive instructions for their video assessments via email.

    You may be assigned more than one video assessment if you are shortlisted for more than one programme. Please complete each assessment if you wish to be considered for their respective programmes that you are shortlisted for. The order of programme choices in your application will be taken into consideration in the final offer.

    14. What IT equipment do I need to complete the video assessment?

    You will need a computer or laptop equipped with a functional camera, microphone, and internet connection to complete your submission.

    15. When will I be informed of the outcome of my application?

    SIT’s admission interviews are conducted from February to May. Most applicants will receive the outcome of their applications from April to June.

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    Application Requirements

    1. Can I apply using my part-time diploma?

    Applicants to SIT are normally required to present a local full-time polytechnic diploma, GCE A level certificate, or equivalent Year-12 qualifications. Part-time diplomas and other qualifications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. For more information on the requirements for a specific programme, please refer to http://www.singaporetech.edu.sg/undergraduate-programmes

    SIT adopts a holistic and aptitude-based approach in assessing applicants for admission. Applicants are evaluated on their academic qualifications, co-curricular activity records, and work experience. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an admission interview.

    2. I am currently pursuing a degree in a university. Can I transfer my credits to SIT or be given credit exemption?

    SIT currently does not have any arrangement for a direct transfer. In order to be enrolled into our programmes, you will need to submit a formal application during our Admission period. Incoming students may apply for transfer credit after matriculation.

    3. Will SIT consider part-time work experience as part of my total work experience during the application process?

    Yes, part-time work experience is considered valid work experience in the holistic assessment for admission.

    4. What is the minimum GPA required for a local polytechnic diploma holder to get into SIT?

    SIT adopts a holistic approach in assessing polytechnic graduates for admission by considering the following:

    • Diploma from one of the 5 local polytechnics in Singapore
    • Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'O' Level results (where applicable)
    • Work experience/Internships
    • Interview performance
    • Recommendation letters from former/current employers (optional)

    In general, there is no fixed minimum GPA to secure admission into SIT degree programmes though the competition is keen every year.

    You can refer to the Indicative Grade Profile of applicants who received offers in the last admissions exercise to assess your chance of being offered a place to read a specific degree programme.

    5. Can polytechnic students apply for admission using their first five semesters' results?

    Yes, polytechnic students in the final semester of their diploma programmes can apply for admission with their first five semesters' results. However, it is mandatory to submit their final semester results upon receiving them to complete their application.

    6. I do not have GCE O-Level qualifications prior to my diploma from a local Polytechnic. Can I apply for admission?

    Yes, you can apply for admission. Kindly provide details of all your secondary and post-secondary qualifications, such as Year 10, Higher Nitec, Nitec, or Polytechnic Foundation Programme. If you have gone through the Integrated Programmes (IP) and have not taken GCE O-Level, please provide your Secondary 4 (Year 10) or equivalent standard examination results.

    7. Can I combine my A-Level results from different sittings for the purpose of application for admission?

    If you have multiple examination sittings, we will take the best combination of your General Paper (GP) / Knowledge and Inquiry (KI) and three H2 content-based subjects, taken in the same sitting. H1 Project Work, H1 Mother Tongue. Language and H1 content-based subject can be from different sittings.

    8. Will I be considered for admission if I failed General Paper?

    Yes, your application will be assessed holistically based on your A-Level results and other information that you have provided in your application.

    9. I took the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level examination many years ago, and did not take Project Work (PW) as it was not offered. Does this affect my application?

    You can still apply for admissions. Your application will not be disadvantaged because of Project Work.

    10. Can I qualify for admission if I have not fulfilled the Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirement?

    Applicants who have not fulfilled the MTL requirement may still apply for admission. Their application will be reviewed without prejudice. However, if accepted, they will be required to (i) attain any of the minimum requirements as a private candidate, or (ii) attend equivalent courses conducted by pre-approved language schools, before being allowed to graduate.

    11. Can I apply with diploma qualifications awarded by a foreign or private institution?

    Applicants with diploma awarded by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts*, LASALLE College of the Arts*, the American High School, and NUS High School can be considered for admission to selected courses.

    *eligible for design-related programmes only.

    12. I will be sitting for my IB Diploma examinations in May. Can I apply for admission using forecast results?

    Unfortunately, we are unable to assess applications based on forecast results. Please apply with your actual IB Diploma results.

    13. What are the acceptable international qualifications?

    International applicants seeking admission to SIT should have completed at least 12 years of formal education. Acceptable qualifications are as follows:

    • GCE A-Levels
    • American High School Diploma
    • Australian High School (AUSMAT, HSC, SACE, VCE)
    • China (PRC) National College Entrance Examination (Gao Kao)
    • Indian Standard 12
    • Indonesian SMA UAN
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
    • Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM)
    • Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)
    • Vietnamese High School Graduation Examination
    • Other qualifications (e.g. Bangladeshi HSC, Canadian Pre-University Qualifications, German Arbitur, Myanmar High School Examination, New Zealand University Entrance, etc)

    For more details, please refer here.

    Applicants presenting any of the international qualifications stated above will be assessed by the following:

    • High School Certificate
    • Other qualifications where applicable (i.e. IELTS, SAT I, SAT II, TOEFL)
    • Work experience/internships
    • Interview performance
    • Recommendation letters from former/current employers (optional)
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    Changes to Application

    1. I am a current SIT student and I wish to change my programme. Should I submit a new application through the SIT Admissions portal?

    No, the SIT Admissions portal is only meant for new applicants. For a change of programme, please apply via the Student Intranet.

    2. Can I retain my place in the reserved programme if I am successful in applying for a change in programme?

    If you wish to retain your place in the reserved programme after successfully applying for a change of programme, please contact Admissions Division at Adm@SingaporeTech.edu.sg for a review of your request on a case-by-case basis.

    3. How do I withdraw my application after I have submitted it?

    If you wish to withdraw your application, please email Adm@SingaporeTech.edu.sg with your full name, NRIC, and application number, stating your intention to withdraw your application, and we will update your status accordingly. However, application fees will not be refundable if you have already paid for them.

    4. How do I update my particulars or rectify a mistake if I have already submitted my application?

    Please email Adm@SingaporeTech.edu.sg with your full name, NRIC, application number, and the details of the correction required. We will update your application and notify you accordingly.

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    Appeal

    1. How and when can I appeal to be reconsidered for admission if my application is unsuccessful?

    If you wish to appeal for admission to a programme, you are required to submit an online appeal via the SIT application portal during the appeal exercise. You will be allowed to submit one appeal for your programme choice. Please state your reason for appeal in approximately 200 words. You may also upload supporting documents (in a single file, not exceeding 5MB) for your appeal via the SIT application portal. The outcome of online appeals will be released by end-June.

    2. I have successfully appealed to another programme but now have changed my mind. Can I choose to keep my acceptance for the previous programme?

    If you wish to retain your place in the previously accepted programme after appealing successfully to another programme (within the same Admissions exercise), you should contact Admissions Division at Adm@SingaporeTech.edu.sg for a review of this request. This will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    3. My appeal is unsuccessful. Can I re-appeal?

    The Admissions Committee would have assessed your appeal holistically, taking into consideration both your academic and non-academic merit. Therefore, the result of the appeal exercise is final. As such, you may wish to re-apply again in the next Admissions exercise.

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    Application Fee

    Online payment (Debit/Credit Card/Internet Banking)
    Applicants can make payment of their application fee via the SIT application portal.

    NETS
    NETS payment can only be made at the SIT Student Services Centre (SSC) at SIT@Dover and the respective SIT@Poly buildings.

    Operating Hours:     Monday to Friday (11:00am to 3:00pm)

    The SSCs will be closed on Saturday, Sunday as well as Public Holidays

    Students need to be mindful of their personal daily NETS transaction limit before making payment via NETS.

    Please note that your Applicant ID/Application Number is required for payment at SSC.

    All SSCs will remain unmanned until further notice. Applicants are highly encouraged to make online payment for their application fees via the SIT Application Portal. For applicants who intend to pay by NETS, please email AcdPrg@SingaporeTech.edu.sg to make prior appointment before arriving on campus.

    3. I made duplicate payment for my application fee. How can I get a refund?

    Please email StudentFinance@SingaporeTech.edu.sg, providing your application number, and details and proof of your duplicate payment.

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    Returning National Servicemen (RNS)

    1. I have accepted an offer from SIT. As I will be serving NS and enrolling in 2 years’ time, what should I do next?

    An email requesting you to participate in the RNS confirmation exercise will be sent to you in January of the year that you will be matriculating in SIT. You should confirm your enrolment online by the stipulated deadline in mid-March. Please write to us at Adm@SingaporeTech.edu.sg if you do not hear from us by mid-January.

    2. I already have a place reserved for me after my NS in another Autonomous University (NUS/NTU/SMU/SUSS/SUTD). Can I still apply to SIT?

    Yes, NSFs who have been offered a place at another university can still apply to SIT.

    3. I wish to disrupt NS and commence my studies in September. What should I do?

    After confirming your enrolment online during the RNS confirmation exercise, you will be able to download a copy of the disruption letter (with your programme commencement and completion dates), which you can submit to your NS unit to apply for disruption. If your disruption application is unsuccessful, please provide SIT with an official letter from your NS unit stating your enlistment date and ORD. We will review and amend your matriculation year in our records to the following year.

    4. My ORD (Operationally Ready Date) is shortly after SIT term commencement, can I choose not to disrupt NS and commence my studies at SIT in the following year instead?

    Please email us at Adm@SingaporeTech.edu.sg to inform us that you do not wish to disrupt NS and provide us with an official letter from your NS unit stating your enlistment date and ORD. We will review and amend your matriculation year in our records to the following year.

    5. Does SIT allow successful applicants to defer commencement of their studies for one to two years after they have been offered a place?

    Only successful male applicants serving full-time National Service (NS) in Singapore will be allowed deferment upon the acceptance of their SIT offers as they are required to complete their NS obligations before pursuing their tertiary education.

    Offers which are not accepted by the stipulated closing date would be deemed to have lapsed.

    6, I am a Returning National Serviceman (RNS) with a place reserved at SIT. How can I apply for a change of programme?

    Returning National Servicemen (RNS) who wish to apply for a change of programme may apply via the SIT application portal when application opens from January to March. RNS applicants may wish to confirm acceptance for their reserved programme concurrent to submitting an application for a different programme.

    If the new application is successful, the new programme offer will supersede the reserved programme. If the application is unsuccessful, you will retain your place in the reserved programme, provided you have confirmed the acceptance.

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    Programme-specific Questions

    1. I am interested in the Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) for Allied Health. How can I apply?

    You will need to apply to Workforce Singapore (WSG) AND SIT:

    • For WSG's online application period, please refer to their website for the latest announcement.
    • For SIT, the application portal opens from mid-Jan to mid-Mar annually. Please refer to our homepage for the latest announcement.

    SIT will then shortlist applicants to go through Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI).

    Please note that there is an application fee when applying to SIT.

    PCP applicants who did not apply to both SIT and WSG will not be considered.

    2. I do not meet the English requirement for the four-year Allied Health Programmes (Diagnostic Radiography, Dietetics and Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, and Speech and Language Therapy). Am I still allowed to apply?

    If you do not have GCE O-Level English or its equivalent, you may take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) test at any of the local test providers. Please refer to the respective programme webpages to see the minimum IELTS grade requirement or its equivalent. Applicants are required to fulfil this requirement before the closing date of the application.

    3. Are the SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programmes (WSDeg) part-time programmes?

    The programmes offered under the scheme are not part-time programmes. The WSDeg will generally be delivered in either of two modes:

    • Term-in/Term-out: Students will alternate between spending one to two trimesters in university and at the workplace;
    • 4-day Work/1-day Study or 3-day Work/2-day Study: Students will alternate between working three or four days in the partner company, and studying in university for the remaining one or two days each week.

    While the Work-Day/Study-Day (WD/SD) Model may resemble a part-time programme, there is at least one Trimester in Year 1 that is compulsory to be taken on a full-time basis.

    4. Is there a bridging programme? Is it compulsory?

    Bridging programmes are conducted for some degree programmes and are usually conducted in August every year before term commencement. Details will be provided via email to matriculated students. Students are strongly encouraged to attend the bridging programmes.

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    University Partners

    1. How are the overseas universities partners selected?

    SIT works closely with the Ministry of Education (MOE), as well as with other ministries and economic agencies, to identify the programme areas that support the growth sectors of our economy. Thereafter, SIT identifies suitable universities that provide high-quality training in these areas, have good academic standing and strong industry reputation, and are committed to providing quality education for SIT students.

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    How can I apply for admission?

    All applications and supporting documents must be submitted online at our postgraduate portal during the admission period.

    For applicants applying for Postgraduate Programmes by Research, please contact us at PPR@SingaporeTech.edu.sg first before submitting your application online. 

    Please refer to the Postgraduate Application Guide for the steps to submit an online application.

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    Is there an application fee?

    The application fee is SGD18.00 and it is non-refundable.

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    How can I make payment for the application fee?

    Applicants can choose either of the following options:

    • Online payment (Debit/Credit Card/Internet Banking)
      • Applicants can pay their application fee using the SIT admissions portal.
    • NETS payment at SIT Student Services Centre (SSC) at SIT@Dover
      • Please note that the SSC is only open on weekdays from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, and is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
      • Students need to be mindful of their personal daily NETS transaction limit before making payment via NETS.
      • Please provide your Applicant ID/Application Number for payment at SSC.

    All SSCs will remain unmanned until further notice. Applicants are highly encouraged to make online payment for their application fees. For applicants who intend to pay by NETS, please email AcdPrg@SingaporeTech.edu.sg to make prior appointment before arriving on campus.

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    How do I withdraw my application after I have submitted it?

    If you wish to withdraw your application, please email Adm.Postgrad@SingaporeTech.edu.sg with your full name, NRIC, and application number, stating your intention to withdraw your application, and we will update your status accordingly. However, the application fee will not be refundable if you have already made payment.

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    How do I update my particulars or rectify a mistake if I have already submitted my application?

    Please email Adm.Postgrad@SingaporeTech.edu.sg with your full name, NRIC, application number, and the details of the correction required. We will update your application and notify you accordingly.

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    When will I know the outcome of my application?

    The outcome will be known within one month of the interview.

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    Is there an age limit for postgraduate programmes?

    There is no age limit for participants of the postgraduate programmes.

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    Why are the lessons offered in the evenings/weekends? Do you offer full-time day courses?

    The programmes are conducted in the evenings/weekends to enable working professionals to attend, while holding onto their full-time jobs. Currently, we do not offer full-time day courses.

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    Can I apply if I am a non-Singapore citizen who meets the admission criteria?

    We welcome both Singapore and non-Singapore citizens to apply for our programmes if they meet the admission criteria. 

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    I am a non-Singapore citizen, do I need to apply for Student Pass?

    International Students who are accepted for the MSc and MEngTech programmes must apply for a Student’s Pass. Please refer to ICA website for more details — https://www.ica.gov.sg/apply/studentpass/apply 

    International Students who are holding on to an Employment Pass and do not intend to relinquish it will need to inform SIT. Please email Adm.Postgrad@SingaporeTech.edu.sg and we will review accordingly.

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    Can I proceed to apply for a postgraduate programme if I have yet to clear my outstanding tuition fees for the BEng programme?

    Students would have to clear their outstanding tuition fees first before applying.

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    I am an existing student, do I still need to go through the matriculation exercise?

    All students are required to go through the matriculation exercise. Students are also required to undergo the pre-enrolment medical examination for selected programmes. More information will be available in the matriculation package.

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    Is there any module exemption for SIT- affiliated programmes?

    There is no module exemption as the MSc and MEngTech modules are postgraduate modules.

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    What are the entry requirements?

    Please refer to the admission requirements of specific programmes for more information.

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    What is the format of the programme — coursework, project, or research-based?

    The pedagogy for MSc and MEngTech programmes will be technology-enabled learning using a mix of lectures, hands-on computer-aided industrial design exercises, and micro-projects assignments. Assessment will be based on a mix of continuous assessment and examinations.

    On the other hand, the Industrial Masters and Industrial Doctorate programmes are research-based programmes. Candidates will pursue independent but supervised research on an approved topic, which the thesis will be based on and must be submitted for examination. The candidates are required to complete and pass designated examinable modules. All candidates are required to pass an oral presentation for their thesis.

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