Frequently Asked Questions

Must I have a degree from any particular field before I can apply for the programme?
The MEM programme is a multi-disciplinary one; we take in students from all academic backgrounds, so long as they have good degrees from well recognized universities.

Is an honours degree a requirement?
The main basic qualification which applicants for the MEM programme must have is a good undergraduate degree with honours from a well-recognized university. For applicants without an honours degree, evidence of further post-graduation education might be helpful in the decision on their admission.

Do I need working experience? If so, does it have to be in the environment?
We require our students to have a period of post-graduation working experience before they enrol on the programme. Thus, prospective applicants should have a minimum of 1.5 years of experience before applying for admission to the programme.

Do I need a TOEFL or IELTS score?
Applicants whose medium of undergraduate instruction was not in English must present evidence of their ability to study at the graduate level in the language. Such applicants must submit a score indicating a good performance in either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Where such a score is required, the test must not have been taken earlier than two years before the proposed date of admission onto the programme.

Is a GMAT or GRE score required?
For applicants from universities whose academic standards are not widely known, additional admission requirements may be stipulated. These may include a good score in the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and/or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Where such a score is required, the test must not have been taken earlier than two years before the proposed date of admission onto the programme.

How many students are admitted onto the programme each year?
We have no fixed quota of students; we consider each application on its merits, and then take into consideration a balance of academic and practical backgrounds, nationalities and so on. There are two intakes of students onto the programme each year, in August and January. The August intake is generally larger than the one in January.

Are there any scholarships to enable students to study on this programme?
A limited number of scholarships is available for students with outstanding academic performance. These are the Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship and the National University of Singapore Society (NUSS) Scholarship.
There is information on the scholarships here.

If I do not win a scholarship, is there any other form of financial assistance that I can obtain?
There are bursary schemes, provided by some generous benefactors of the programme, under which students with proven financial needs are given monthly stipends to help with their living expenses while studying on the programme. These are the Shell Bursary and Tan Chay Bing Bursary schemes.

Which Elective modules can I do?
MEM students can take elective modules from any of the faculties or schools in the NUS, so long as these modules relate to aspects of the environment. Students can select such electives either to broaden their knowledge, or to deepen their understanding of particular subject areas. A list of modules taken by MEM students in recent years is available to current students.

I see that one of the components of the programme is a Dissertation or Study Report. Can I take modules instead of doing a Dissertation or Study Report?
The a Dissertation or Study Report is a compulsory requirement of the programme. It is not possible for a student to replace it with anything else.

How is the Dissertation or Study Report organized?

The student selects a topic to research into, after a briefing by the Programme Director. Each student is given a Supervisor who guides the work of the student.

What subjects are covered in the MEM Seminar Series and who are the speakers?
The MEM Seminar Series takes the form of talks mainly by practitioners, on contemporary topics on the environment. Academics and researchers from Singapore and abroad are also invited to speak on the series. A seminar is organized about once every fortnight. Each student must attend at least ten of the seminars and submit a report on them.

Will I get the opportunity to do an internship?
We have very strong relationships with several major organisations in Singapore. Some of these organisations offer opportunities for MEM students to undertake internships for periods of up to three months. These positions may be paid, or unpaid. We can also help students who wish to search for opportunities for internships on their own, for example, by providing lectures.

Are there any field trips on the programme?
Exposure to the practical implementation of aspects of the management of the environment is one of the elements of the MEM programme. To attain this, field trips are organised as part of the programme. Some of these field trips relate to particular modules, and provide the bases for projects or assignments. Others are not linked to any module, but are of general interest. The former are compulsory requirements of the modules concerned.

What are the job prospects for graduates from this programme?
The MEM programme is multi-disciplinary in nature so the students come from many backgrounds. Some of the students take the programme in order to change their career directions, whereas others remain in their jobs after completing it. There are opportunities in different sectors of the economy, as well as in government, for persons with qualifications in environmental management.