Master of Defence Technology and Systems Programme Overview

The Master of Defence Technology and Systems (MDTS) Programme is the flagship project of the Temasek Defence Systems Institute (TDSI).

The MDTS programme draws upon the synergies of two excellent institutions, namely the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). The MDTS programme aims to educate and integrate military staff and defence technologists in planning, designing, developing, creating, operating and sustaining integrated military forces of the 21st century.

Students of the unique MDTS programme learn by experimenting and in a hands-on environment. Apart from acquiring specialised knowledge in defence technology and systems, students benefit greatly from the bond-building/networking among the military staff, defence engineers and scientists. Indeed, the programme serves as an excellent platform for the academic staff, researchers, students and sponsoring agencies to come together and interact professionally with each other.


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 8 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) or Cranfield University (CU) 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 10 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.