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June
2020
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New Cross-disciplinary Degree Programmes to prepare students for a complex world

The Cross-disciplinary Degree Programmes will empower students to thrive in an increasingly complex labour market

NUS students will soon be able to pursue programmes across complementary disciplines, with the University’s newly-announced Cross-disciplinary Degree Programmes.

There will be a choice of 10 degree programmes starting from Academic Year 2021/2022, with possible pairings including economics and data science, computing and project management, as well as engineering and business.

Graduates will be empowered to thrive in an increasingly complex labour market, where employers place a premium on flexibility, inter-disciplinary thinking, and the ability to approach problems from multiple angles.

We believe that this novel cross-disciplinary model will enable our graduates to not just meet market demands, but to have mastery of a unique set of skills which they themselves have created. They will be better-equipped to thrive in a fast and complex world.

“The world is changing at an unprecedented rate. There is no better time for NUS to make a bold move to ensure that our students benefit from the expertise we have on our campuses,” said NUS Senior Deputy President and Provost, Professor Ho Teck Hua.

“We believe that this novel cross-disciplinary model will enable our graduates to not just meet market demands, but to have mastery of a unique set of skills which they themselves have created. They will be better-equipped to thrive in a fast and complex world.”

To graduate, a student will need to complete 160 modular credits, the same requirement for a four-year Bachelor with Honours degree programme. This comprises 40 credits covering the fundamentals for each of the two majors, 20 credits on integrative projects involving both majors, 20 credits on general education, and 40 credits on unrestricted electives in any discipline.

Traditional Double Degree or Double Major programmes are designed based on a specialist educational model, where students will acquire in-depth knowledge in two distinct disciplines. NUS’ new cross-disciplinary approach, on the other hand, breaks down the boundaries of two disciplines and focuses on the integration of these disciplines.

Prof Ho added that the hyper-flexible model of the Cross-disciplinary Degree Programmes will open up new avenues that cater to more students with a wide range of aptitudes and interests.

The University is currently working with Faculties and Schools to implement the CDPs. More details will be available by the end of the year. 

See press release.