Students enrolled under the MDTS Programme are required to complete a programme comprising 2 curriculums:
Master of Science (Defence Technology and Systems)
This programme aims to provide students with a broad range of knowledge pertaining to systems engineering and introduction to key defence technologies. Here, the learning emphasis is on systems thinking. The curriculum comprises 9 coursework modules to be conducted at the National University of Singapore (NUS) within the first 2 quarters of the programme. The students then proceed to Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) or Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) where they will embark on the "Integration Project" over the subsequent 2-3 quarters.
Master of Science (Relevant Field of Specialisation)
This programme aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge of a specialised field in defence technology. Students are required to choose one of the specialisation tracks available which leads to the award of the degree in the relevant field of specialisation. The curriculum of the specialisation track is separate and independent of the curriculum for the Master of Science (Defence Technology and Systems) degree. Typically, it consists of 12 coursework modules and a research thesis. Conduct of the coursework modules and work on the research thesis are done over 4 quarters, i.e. from Q3 to Q6.
Students can opt to pursue the specialised curriculum at either the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) or at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) or Cranfield University.