The programme of Master of Science in Applied Geographic Information Systems (hereafter MSc in Applied GIS), a single-degree coursework Master’s programme hosted in Department of Geography at NUS, is designed to reflect the cutting-edge technologies and latest developments in GIS and its applications with the reputation of NUS Geography as one of the top 10 geography departments around the world. This innovative programme provides an exciting opportunity for the prospective students to study at NUS, the top university in Asia, as a pathway to a PhD or further practical career in applied GIS or related disciplines.
We offer two tracks of training (Thesis Track and Project Track). The Thesis Track includes a research thesis component, which covers thesis preparation (GE5225) and the GIS research thesis itself (GE6225). It aims to attract students with interests in applied GIS research and developing their research skills. The Project Track includes a GIS project component (GE6226). It aims to attract students who require practical GIS skills or an upgrade to their existing GIS expertise to progress their careers.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
Those who currently use or who wish to use GIS and its applications to their full extent will find the programme useful. Applications cover, but certainly not limited to, spatial assessment and management of natural resources, environmental/disaster monitoring and assessment, demographic analysis, public health, forensic sciences, transportation and urban planning, and business marketing.
The MSc in Applied GIS has one intake per year (August). Applicants seeking admission to the thesis or project tracks of the MSc must have obtained either:
- a Honours degree (Merit/Second Class and above) or the international equivalent (e.g., a four-year Bachelors degree with at least an average grade of B or equivalent) in the subject or related fields; or
- a good Bachelors degree (at least an average grade of B or equivalent) in the subject or related field, and with a minimum of one year of relevant work experience; or
- such other qualifications and experience subject to approval by the Board of Graduate Studies.
Overseas applicants from non-English speaking background and with qualifications from universities where English is not the main language of tuition must demonstrate good English proficiency (TOEFL score of at least 85 for the internet-based test, or 6.5 for IELTS or equivalent). The test must have been taken no longer than two years prior to the proposed date of admission.
Full-time students will study over three semesters, which start in Semester 1 (August–November), continue in Semester 2 (January–April), and end in Semester “3” (comprising the two Special Terms and running from May to July). Students will take modules during the first two semesters and produce a thesis (for Thesis Track) or a project report (for Project Track) during the third semester.
Under normal circumstances, the period of candidature is 12 months of full-time study or 24 months of part-time study from the date of commencement of the course. The maximum period of candidature for both tracks of the MSc Programme is 24 months of full-time study or 36 months of part-time study from the date of commencement of the course, inclusive of approved leave of absence and medical leave. Leave of absence of up to one year will not be counted towards a candidate’s maximum candidature. Subsequent leave will be considered as part of the candidature.
The graduation requirements for both Thesis Track and Project Track are as follows:
Thesis Track: students are required to complete 40 MCs before graduation, including six core modules (GE5223, GE5219, GE6211, GE5226, GE5225, and GE6225, sub-total = 32 MCs) and any two elective modules (sub-total = 8 MCs). Students wishing to continue to the GE6225 GIS Research Thesis module (third semester) must have passed all modules with a minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.0. In order to graduate, students must also pass the module GE6225 GIS Research Thesis with at least a grade B- to maintain a minimum CAP of 3.0 at the end of the course of study.
Project track: students are required to complete 40 MCs, including five core modules (GE5223, GE5219, GE6211, GE5226, and GE6226, sub-total = 24 MCs) and any four elective modules (sub-total = 16 MCs). Students wishing to continue to GE6226 GIS Research project (third semester) must have passed all modules with a minimum CAP of 3.0. In order to graduate, students must also pass the module GE6226 GIS Research Project with at least a grade B- to maintain a minimum CAP of 3.0 at the end of the course of study.
FEES AND PAYMENT
The tuition fee for AY2016-2017 intake is S$30,000 (inclusive of GST) for the entire programme for all students on the MSc irrespective of nationality. A non-refundable acceptance fee of S$2,000, which counts toward the tuition fee, is due upon acceptance of the admission offer to the programme.
SINGAPORE GEOSPATIAL SCHOLARSHIP
POSTGRADUATE (MASTERS) SCHOLARSHIP: FULL TERM AND MID-TERM
Agencies Offering the Postgraduate (Masters) Scholarship
- Jurong Town Corporation (JTC)
- Land Transport Authority (LTA)
- National Environment Agency (NEA)
- Singapore Land Authority (SLA)
- Singapore Citizen
- Full Term Postgraduate (Masters) Scholarship: A basic degree from a reputable university
- Mid-Term Postgraduate (Masters) Scholarship:
- Currently pursuing a geospatial or a geospatial-related postgraduate course of study in a reputable approved overseas university or;
- A NUS Masters of Science in Applied Geographic Information System (NUS MSc in Applied GIS)
- Medically fit
Course of Study
- Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship
Course of Study: Geospatial or a geospatial-related course of study in a reputable approved overseas university. Some examples of courses of study include:
- Spatial Information Science
- Geographic Information Technology
- Geographic Information System
- Remote Sensing
- Local Postgraduate Scholarship Course of Study: A NUS Masters of Science in Applied Geographic Information System (NUS MSc in Applied GIS)
- Service commitment of the bond: 3 years for an overseas postgraduate scholarship and 2 years for a local postgraduate scholarship
- Bond obligations with one of the participating agencies offering the postgraduate overseas scholarship
- Work attachments and in project teams of the participating public agencies of the scholarship
Value of Award
- Tuition and other compulsory university fees
- Maintenance Allowance
- Pre-Studies Allowance
- Return Airfare (overseas postgraduate scholarship only)
- Sponsorship for geospatial industry courses and seminars
* You will not receive a salary during your studies.
- Distinctive features of the Singapore Geospatial Scholarship include but are not limited to:
- Build a specialist professional career in geospatial and geospatial-related technologies; a growing and thriving industry
- Plug into the latest geospatial technological arena and attend the latest geospatial seminars and programmes
- Serve as evangelists to promote the growth and development of the geospatial and geospatial-related technologies in the public sector and geospatial industry
Application and Selection Process
- To apply, please fill in the application form and email us your work history, examination transcripts, testimonials and CCA records to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants for the scholarship can indicate up to 2 of the participating agencies offering the postgraduate scholarship for consideration in his application.
- Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.
- Suitable applicants will be shortlisted and notified for the selection interviews, psychometric and technical tests, if applicable. Successful applicants will serve their bonds in one of the two participating public agencies of his choice.
- Closing Date for Application: 2 weeks after the release of the ‘A’ level results
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