Double Degree Programme in Business Administration and Engineering

A new breed of business-savvy engineers

The double degree programme in Business Administration/ Business Administration (Accountancy) and Engineering is a special degree programme that combines two disciplines that have significant synergies. The programme is designed to develop the core engineering skills of students so that they would fulfill the requisite professional requirements of their chosen engineering fields. At the same time, the programme will equip a student with the necessary business skills and knowledge in the areas of organizational behavior, finance and accounting, marketing, economics, and business law, among others, in order to be successful in the business world. This combination of engineering and business skills will produce a new breed of business-savvy engineers for the marketplace.

Admission

Students will be admitted to the double degree programme only if they meet the requirements of both the School of Business and the Faculty of Engineering. A committee comprising staff members from both Business and Engineering will review applications.

Students may be admitted to the programme in one of the following ways:

  1. Direct application by students with relevant “A”-level or equivalent qualifications - Please apply via Office of Admissions website: http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam/
    Direct admission is not available for Accountancy double degree programmes.
  2. Late-entry application by current students from the School of Business and Faculty of Engineering# Students are strongly advised to apply by the end of their first year so as to start the double-degree programme at the beginning of their second year. Students must apply through their home faculties. Short-listed applicants may then be interviewed.

Engineering students who plan to enroll in this double degree programme after the first-year are encouraged to read at least one Business module in the first year to enable them to better understand the Business programme. Students applying to the Accountancy DDP must have obtained at least B+ grades for ACC1701 Accounting for Decision Makers and preferably also ACC2706 Managerial Accounting. Similarly, Business and Accountancy students who plan to enroll in this programme are also encouraged to read at least one Engineering module in their first year.

Please note that the grades obtained in these Business/Engineering exposure modules will be taken into account in the shortlisting process. Therefore, the S/U option should not be exercised on these exposure modules.

To be eligible for late-entry application, the Cumulative Average Point (CAP) must be at least 3.75.

The applicant will also need to meet the minimum prevailing admission criteria of both courses*, which are found at:

  1. http://www.eng.nus.edu.sg/ugrad/prospective/eng_admissions.html (Engineering)
  2. https://bba.nus.edu.sg/admissions-scholarships/entry-requirements (Business)

The applicant’s non-academic activities may be considered.

Modules Offered and Class Schedules

Information on modules offered and the class schedules are available at: https://nusmods.com/

Fees

The fees payable by students in the double degree programme will be in accordance with University guidelines on tuition fees.

Exit

Students can choose to leave the programme, or can be removed from the programme if they fail to meet requirements. Students who choose to leave the double degree programme are permitted to work instead for a single degree in their original home faculty. Modular credits completed in the double degree programme will be counted towards the fulfillment of the degree requirements of the home faculty, subject to the normal limits of the Faculty curriculum.

  • If your CAP falls below 3.75 for the home course, or below 3.25 for the second degree, or both, for two consecutive semesters, you will be required to leave the DDP. However, this DDP continuation rule is not applicable once a student's total cumulative modular credits exceeds 160MCs.

DDP students who wish to withdraw from the DDP:

DDP students who wish to withdraw from the 2nd degree programme should submit their request to their home Faculty Administrators after the release of the results of the immediate past semester and by the first week of the following semester. We urge students to carefully consider if they wish to withdraw as the decision is irrevocable. Withdrawn students will not be re-admitted into the DDP regardless of CAP.

There shall be no DDP withdrawal allowed in the midst of a semester (except for graduating cases).

Compulsory Internship for former DDP students (whose home faculty is Engineering):

Recognising industrial internships as an important element of the professional engineering training, the Faculty of Engineering has re-introduced internships as a compulsory requirement of the Bachelor of Engineering curriculum for students from the 2014 matriculation cohort onwards.

This means that students from Cohort 2014 must do the Internship Module after they choose to leave the DDP or are asked to leave if they fail to meet requirements for remaining in the programme. Depending on when this happens, the exit could extend the normal duration of their course by an extra semester. Therefore, they are advised to plan their study carefully.

The faculty offers two credit-bearing internship modules:

  • 24-week Industrial Attachment (IA) undertaken during the semester
  • 12-week Vacation Internship Programme (VIP) undertaken during the May-July vacation period

Depending on the engineering programme, students will enrol in either one of the programmes.

Module Duration Period
Industrial Attachment (IA) – applicable to all engineering courses except Engineering Science; and Industrial and Systems Engineering 24 weeks Semester 1
Semester 2
Vacation Internship Programme (VIP) – only for Engineering Science; and Industrial and Systems Engineering 12 weeks Special Term 1
Special Term 2

For more information on the compulsory internship, please check with the respective Engineering departments.

Please note that the separate CAPs for the two degrees will be combined and computed as one CAP upon exit from DDP, based on all modules read. This combined CAP will be reflected in the following semester after the release of the examination results.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Module Code and Title
DDP students are strongly encouraged to read ES1501X so that they do not need to read an additional communications module which will add to the total workload. However, if you are a DDP student who is also in the USP or University Town residential programme, the respective specially-tailored writing and communication modules that you are reading will be deemed as the equivalent of ES1501X.
  • ES1501X Academic Expository Writing (4MCs) or
  • ES1531 Critical Thinking & Writing (4MCs) + ES2002 Business Communication (4MCs) or
  • ES1531 Critical Thinking & Writing (4MCs) + ES2331 Communicating Engineering (4MCs) or
  • USP Writing and Critical Thinking module (4MCs) if you are a USP student or
  • Ideas and Exposition Modules offered by the University Town if you are in the University Town residential programme. These modules are: IEM1201x (on a graded basis) and IEM2201x (on a graded basis), which may be read in lieu of ES1531 and ES2331, respectively.

Depending on the options that you have chosen, the modules will be classified as:

  • ES1501X (CA)
  • ES1531 (C1) + ES2002 (CA)
  • ES1531 (C1) + ES2331 (CA)
  • USP Writing and Critical Module Module (CA)
  • IEM1201X (C1) + IEM2201X (CA)

Legend
CA = grade included in calculating Cumulative Average Points (CAPs) of bothLegend degrees
C1 = grade included in calculating CAP of primary degree

There are various options for a DDP student to satisfy the communications requirement:

  1. The best option is to read ES1501X so that the workload is not increased by another 4 MCs.
  2. If you choose to read ES1531, then you must also read an additional communications module, ie. ES2002 or ES2331. For example, if you are a DDP student in Business Administration & Engineering (with Business as home faculty) and have read ES2002 as the first module, you must also read ES1531; otherwise you do not fulfill the DDP curriculum.
  3. If you are a DDP student who is also in the USP or residing at the University Town, the respective specially-tailored writing and communication modules that you are reading will be deemed as the equivalent of ES1501X. This means that you do not need to read ES1501X. Should you decide to withdraw from the USP or residential town later on, we will still recognize the writing and communication modules that you have read as being the equivalent of ES1501X. This means that you do not need to read ES1501X after withdrawing from the USP or residential town.

Only DDP students who are doing an Honours programme in Business or Accountancy must fulfill the Field Service Project (FSP).

For more information, please refer to https://bba.nus.edu.sg/academic-programmes/general-academic-matters/field-service-project/

Students must read modules from the ‘common modules’ table which are carefully mapped to both the engineering and business administration curriculum. These common modules are specially selected to encompass the synergies of the two faculties. It is vital that DDP students read them. Students in the DDP should not avoid them.

However, if there are not enough common modules or if the common modules are offered but there are clashes in the lecture/tutorial/exam timetable or if the common modules are not offered in the particular semester that the student wants to read them and it is not possible to take the module in some other semester, then the student can read two modules (one BEng module & one BBA module) for each common module requirement that is not satisfied subject to the approval of FoE/Biz. Each module will then be separately classified as contributing towards the CAP of the respective degree, ie. either C1 or C2.

Meeting DDP curriculum requirements while undertaking the NOC programme may require the duration of their study to be lengthened by one or two semesters. The NOC modules are considered as “extra” modules over and above the DDP curriculum and will contribute to the CAP of your home faculty’s modules, ie. C1. The lengthening of study may have fee implications as the normal duration of the DDP is only 4.5 or 5 years.

Only under exceptional cases will the NOC modules be considered as fulfilling the Business requirement. Special approval must be obtained from the School of Business prior to the NOC.

The onus is on the students (especially the DDP students whose home faculty is Engineering) to inform the home faculty (c/o Office of Undergraduate Programs, FoE) that these modules can be classified as C2 the moment approval is given by the School of Business. If the home faculty is informed only after the exam processing is done and the CAP is calculated, then the reclassification of the modules into C2 will only be done in their graduating semester as per the normal rules.

Students are to approach their home faculty for advice and approval in classifying and/or re-classifying their current semester’s modules. This should be done before Week 5 of the current semester.

Students can reclassify their past semesters’ modules only in their graduating semester. Students are to write in to notify both faculties before week 5 of the graduating semester. The request for re- classification will be subjected to approval by both faculties.

If you should withdraw from the Double Degree Programme, our faculty would still honour the mapping as long as you remain as an engineering student. This means that if you have read MNO2007, you do not have to read EG24012.

Unless otherwise stated, mapping is still honoured by faculty even after student drops out of DDP. For example:

For cohort AY2016 BEng and BBA/BBA(H) DDP

  • MNO2007 Leadership and Ethics (replaces EG2401 Engineering Professionalism)
  • MA1505 Mathematics I (replaces DSC1007 Business Analytics - Models & Decisions)

An online application form will be available from mid April until early May. Emails will be sent only to Year 1 students. Please note that senior students in Years 2, 3 and 4 are not eligible to apply for the DDP.

If you are interested in applying for the DDP, you must read at least one Business module in Year 1 to enable you to better understand the Business programme. Similarly, Business students who plan to enroll in this programme are also encouraged to read at least one Engineering module in their first year.

Please note that the grades obtained in these Business/Engineering exposure modules will be taken into account in the shortlisting process. Therefore, the S/U option should not be exercised on these exposure modules.

The minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) requirement for acceptance to the double degree programme is 3.75.

There will be an interview for shortlisted applicants usually in late July where the interview panel will comprise professors from both the Faculty of Engineering and the School of Business. The competition is extremely keen due to the high demand for the limited places available. Therefore, not all shortlisted applicants can be offered a place after the interview.

Please approach the administrators from your own engineering department and the School of Business. You should bring along your transcript so that the staff from the respective offices can check whether there are any outstanding modules that still need to be fulfilled.

As SEPs are administered by a student's home faculty, DDP students should still approach their home faculty even if they are in a DDP. For example, if their home faculty is the Faculty of Engineering, they need to approach the Engineering SEP co-ordinator for assistance.