The SIT-Technical University of Munich (TUM) joint degree programme in Chemical Engineering is the first in Singapore imbued with topics relevant to the current and future needs of the Chemical Industry. This four-year degree programme aims to address the growing manpower demands of the local and global chemical industry by training students with deep skills in data engineering and additive manufacturing through intensive laboratory experiments and analysis.
Students will have a choice of specialisation in their third year in Data Engineering or Additive Manufacturing.
Graduates can look forward to careers in these areas:
Eligibility and Exemption
Diploma holders from any of the five local polytechnics and A Level / IB Diploma graduates are welcome to apply. Applicants with Chemical Engineering or closely related Science and Technology diplomas are strongly encouraged to apply. Students with other qualifications (completed a formal 12-year education equivalent to A-Levels) are eligible to apply as well.
*GCE A Level/IB applicants need to fulfil the language requirements as stipulated by the German Higher Education System
*GCE A Level applicants must have taken two language subjects, out of which one must be at H1 to fulfil the language requirements as stipulated by the German Higher Education System. If you have been exempted from taking MTL for your GCE A Level, you can retake the subject to fulfil the language requirements. For further enquiries on the language requirements, please contact TUM Asia Admission Office at email@example.com.
This module is intended teach the students on the understanding of the fundamental Newton’s Law, Linear Momentum, Energy Conservation as well as on Circular Motion. The students will also learn about Waves and Oscillation as well as thermodynamics which are topics required for the later part of their program.
Students will be assessed on a series of quizzes and a main exam paper.
This module introduces basic concepts of general and inorganic chemistry. The major topics covered include, Atomic Theory, Chemical Bonding, Acid- Base Theory, Redox Reactions, Chemical Equilibrium, Nobel Gas and VSEPR, MO Theory.
The module CAD and Technical Drawing is based on three lecture blocks and two labs. The first lecture block "Technical drawing" teaches the general rules of technical drawing. The second lecture block “Geometry" teaches the basics of Performing Geometry. The third lecture block "Constructive Design Theory" teaches basic design rules in the construction of components.
The "CAD Introduction" lab teaches the basics of working with CAD systems. The lab teaches the creation of components, assemblies and drawings in the 3D and 2D area.
The “Sketch and workshop drawing” lab teaches the basics of sketching and all the necessary skills to create a workshop drawing by hand and with CAD.
This part of the module introduces into necessary basic precognitions of analytical chemistry. This is followed by introduction into selected chemical and instrumental analytical methods. The main topics are: (1) Definition, ranges and units of concentration; (2) Classification of analytical methods; (3) Sources, definition and calculation of errors, definition of accuracy and precision; calibration and quantification in analytical chemistry; (4) Titration for analytical chemistry based on chemical equilibrium: Acid/base titration, complexation titration; redox titration; (5) Instrumental analytical chemistry: Atomic and molecular spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy; (6) Different types of chromatography; (7) Introduction into modern mass spectrometry. (8) Periodic Table (9) Energy levels of orbitals (10) Transition metals (11) Ligandfield Theory.
This laboratory module offers practical to understand the principles of separation and identification of groups of cations and anions. Chemical equilibrium and titrations; Acid-Base Titration; Complexation Titration; Redox Titration; Gravimetric Analysis.
This module introduces basic organic chemistry and covers structures, reactivity as well as mechanisms. The objective is that students understand the principles of reactivity such as electrophilicity and nucleophilicity and can apply these concepts when solving mechanistic tasks. The lecture starts with alkanes and their nomenclature followed by reactions with alkenes and alkynes. Carbonyl chemistry and aromatic ring systems represent another major topic.
The course covers principles and theories of the reactivity of organic compounds. Knowledge of the most important reagents and reactive intermediates, their behaviour and energetics are conveyed such that the student can understand and predict reactions of organic compounds. Important reaction types and their mechanisms, specific reactions, including industrially relevant processes, are covered.
Energy and Reactivity; Classification of Organic Reactions; Reactive intermediates and Acid/Base Chemistry; Nucleophilic Substitution; Elimination; Electrophilic Addition; Cycloaddition; Aromatic Substitution; Radical Reactions; Oxidation Reactions; Reaction of Carbonyl Compounds; Reactions of Organometallic Compounds; Enolates; Conjugate Addition; Rearrangements.
This module is intended to be at an introductory level to provide the foundation skills in ICT, as well as to instill an ICT mindset in the students. It also enables them to appreciate the relevance and interrelationships of the different components of IT without being lost in the details. Specifically, this module covers wide variety of fundamental topics ranging from binary systems, the building blocks of hardware, the building blocks of software, how software and design and build, to database and security.
Students will be assessed on a series of laboratory exercises. In addition, numerous short ‘pop’ quizzes will be conducted during lectures and/or tutorials classes to encourage progressive and continuous learning. As this module consists of many hands-on components that will be assessed continuously, it will be a CA only module.
This module overs the most important concepts and mechanisms of heat transfer. After successfully completing this module you should be able to: 1. Discuss the mechanisms of Heat Transfer; Conduction, Convection, and Radiation. 2. Analyse heat transfer problem, and 3. Assess various heat exchanger configurations and their maintenance issues.
The major contents covered in this module include: Introduction to heat transfer, Fundamentals of Conduction, steady and transient heat conduction, introduction to radiative heat transfer, convective heat transfer (forced convection and natural convection), Similarity theory and dimensionless numbers, and the design of heat exchangers.
This module introduces basic ideas and techniques in chemical thermodynamics and thermodynamic property data as well as thermal separation processes. The major topics covered include
(1) Thermodynamic fundamentals and property data for pure components and mixtures;
(2) Flash calculation and phase diagrams;
(4) Rectification in tray and packing columns;
(5) Absorption and desorption;
Students will gain experience in understanding and calculating real thermodynamic property data including iterative solution techniques; tutorials will also focus on the design of technical relevant thermal separation processes; the students will be using pre- defined EXCEL sheets for real thermodynamic property data calculation and thermal separation processes.
Participants will explore the structure of the German language and develop the basic skills for communicating in a German-speaking environment.
Participants will learn the 4 aspects of the language (speaking, reading, writing & listening) and how to use the language in real life situations.
Communicative approach is used in this class. Below topics are covered in this module:
Sustainable Energy Systems focuses on renewable energy systems. Different renewable and alternative technologies and concepts are discussed with regards to technical and economic feasibility. Also, topics like environmental footprint, availability and energy storage are covered. Therefore, an overview of current statistics and studies regarding the worldwide energy situation will be given. Furthermore, the profitability and promotion of renewable energy technologies in different countries and regions are discussed.
The subject of Fluid Mechanics has a wide scope and is of prime importance in several fields of engineering and science. This module covers the fundamental principles of Fluid Mechanics while presenting real-world engineering examples so students get a feel for how Fluid Mechanics is applied in engineering practice.
It enables the student to acquire the knowledge necessary to tackle fundamental but well-defined problems in fluid mechanics. After completion of the course, students will have a sound fundamental understanding of the principles of Fluid Mechanics and will be able to apply these principles to analyse static and dynamic fluid problems.
This module covers instrumentations, tools and techniques for efficient monitoring and controlling of chemical processes for continuous improvements and accelerated process understanding. Students will learn to describe the dynamics of process, select appropriate measurement device and use controllers to adjust the process to keep the controlled variables at desired values. The module emphasises that time- dependent behaviour has significant influence on process design, operation and safety. They will learn how to design and tune feedback PID controllers.
Students will also learn about feed-forward, cascade and ratio control strategies – the rationale and when they should be applied.
This course covers topics such as process flow- sheeting, sizing and cost estimation of chemical processes, process economics, simulation, optimisation and scheduling of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical processes, illustrated with real case studies from the industry.
Under the supervision of faculty staff, students are required to work in groups to produce a plant design. The project includes a study on market demand, selection of location / site, mass and energy balances, waste treatment and management, detailed equipment design with mechanical drawings, heat integration, simulation, process control and optimization, and economic analysis, with considerations from the sustainability, environmental and safety aspects. At the end of the project, they have to submit a group written report, as well as individual reports on the major pieces of equipment used in the project, and to give an oral presentation on their work.
Part I of the module involves general training on plant simulations and development of a plant design project with faculty guidance.
Part II of the module involves plant integration work and plant layout design work.
Real-time systems (RTS) are intended to serve real- time application process data as it comes in, typically without any buffering delays. In RTS, the correctness of the system behaviour depends not only on the logical results of the computations, but also on the physical instant at which these results are produced. Hence, a real-time operating system (RTOS) is valued more for how quickly or how predictably it can respond, rather than the amount of work it can perform in any given period of time.
To realise such system, embedded controllers are usually used. Embedded controllers, although smaller in size as compared to computers, are equipped with all the features that are necessary to realise their functional goals. In the uprising of Internet of Things, embedded controllers are often used with connectivity modules. With these modules, embedded controllers will be able to be connected to the network where their states can be remotely monitored or even be controlled.
The course "Industrial Automation" deals with the information technology components used for the automation of machines and plants. It first gives an overview of the existing automation structures and the corresponding systems and devices. The modelling of the plants or processes is treated using various modelling methods (eg: R & I flowcharts). The structuring and transformation into applicable control programs are taught on the basis of markup languages. Further contents are the interfaces between the technical automation system and the technical process in the form of actuators and sensors as well as between man and machine through the man-machine interface (MMI). The topics "Industrial Communication" (eg Fieldbus systems) and the "Control of machines using the languages of IEC 61131-3" are also covered. An important part of the course is the interaction of the different automation modules in the overall system.
Data processing is the study of the generalizable extraction of knowledge from data. Being a data scientist requires an integrated skill set spanning mathematics, statistics, machine learning, databases and computer science along with a good understanding of the craft of problem formulation to engineer effective solutions. This course will introduce students and equip them with some of its basic principles and tools as well as its general mindset. Students will learn concepts, techniques and tools they need to deal with various facets of data science practice, including data collection and integration, exploratory data analysis, predictive modelling, descriptive modelling, data product creation, evaluation, and effective communication.
This module has two parts. The first part, which takes up the first six weeks of the trimester, equips the student with the necessary career skills in starting and growing a career as an engineer. It prepares the students to apply for their first IWSP position. Specifically, this module provides the students with the experience of going through the entire process of job search, from submitting their job application letter and resume, to attending a job interview session. The knowledge and skills acquired by the students through this module and the IWSP would form a valuable source for them to draw on as they look for a full-time job upon graduation and as they plan their career.
The second part of this module, which starts in Week 8 and lasts till Week 13, introduces students to the concept and practice of value-stream improvement from lean management, which will be useful in their workplace.
Engineers in society; Roles and responsibilities of professional engineers; Fundamentals of moral and ethical values; Codes of professional conduct and ethics with cases; Corruption in engineering projects; Framework for ethical decision; Process safety; Case studies requiring oral presentation and written report.
1st Part: Engineers in society; Roles and responsibilities of professional engineers; Fundamentals of moral and ethical values; Codes of professional conduct and ethics with cases; Corruption in engineering projects; Framework for ethical decision; Process safety; Case studies requiring oral presentation and written report.
2nd Part: Project management skills are important in today’s industry. This module covers project management fundamental concepts and applied techniques that enables students to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and close a project successfully within the constraints of cost, time and scope. The topics covered are broadly classified into technical and behavioral. Technical topics include project life cycle, scope, work breakdown structures, schedule, risk management and project control. Behavioral topics include stakeholder engagement and communication, leadership and professionalism. In particular, this module will focus on applying concepts of project management to the specifics of the pharmaceutical industry with the use of case studies.
The IWSP provides students with unique learning opportunities to achieve the following objectives:
a) Applied learning – integration of theory and practice, acquisition of specialist knowledge and development of professional skills.
b) Exposure to real-world conditions- appreciation of real-world constraints in respective industry contexts to develop skills of adaptability, creativity and innovation, while adding value to the workplace.
c) Smooth transition to jobs-practical experience which shortens work induction period, translating to higher productivity and lower training costs to future employers of SIT’s graduates. The work experience acquired may also contribute to professional accreditation/certification requirements if applicable.
The IWSP is an integral part of applied learning as it provides an opportunity for students to integrate what they have learnt in the classroom to what is practised in the real world, and vice-versa. The extended period of IWSP with students performing real work also provides an opportunity for companies to evaluate the suitability of students as potential employees. In effect, the IWSP is equivalent to the probation period. The student will also have ample opportunities to immerse in the industry’s business and culture and decide if this is a good industry to work in. Besides producing practice-oriented graduates, IWSP will also be the platform through which students will be challenged during their work attachment stint to initiate innovative projects under the guidance of both SIT Supervisors and company-appointed Work Supervisors. Through such projects, students will have the opportunity to develop innovative solutions for the projects they have identified. In this way, the IWSP will be a key platform that contributes to the inculcation of the SIT-DNA in every student.
The Bachelor Thesis (BT) is a 2-trimester long module designed for the students to pursue an in-depth independent study to solve chemical engineering problems, building on their technical knowledge and skills previously acquired in classrooms, projects, lab sessions, and IWSP (Integrated Work Study Programme). With a focus on Applied Learning, the BT will require each student to propose a feasible solution to a real problem faced by a company. The project can be a study on eliminating or relieving a bottleneck in a manufacturing process, optimizing part of or the entire process, improving a standard operating procedure (SOP), etc. Topics and scopes of the BT’s are to be proposed by the students and to be reviewed and approved by the module coordinator and Programme Director before the project starts. The BT module also encourages the students to think critically when addressing and solving complex problems in the pharmaceutical industry and supports the development of SIT-DNA in our graduates. During the execution of the BT, the students will aim to achieve the desired objectives in the most effective ways including obtaining resources. In the process, the students can also develop soft skills such as effective communication, project management and planning, oral presentation, and goal setting. Upon completion of the BT, the students will present the project outcome to an audience with both engineering and non-engineering backgrounds.