Master of Science (Maritime Technology and Management)


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A programme jointly hosted by the Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Management (ISEM) and the Centre for Maritime Studies (CMS), NUS .

The Master of Science (Maritime Technology and Management) or MSc (MTM) seeks to train and equip graduates with key skillsets to enable next-generation port capabilities in Singapore, such as industrial systems development, big data analytics tools, and emerging port technologies (e.g., digitalization to train workers). The MSc (MTM) alumni community will function as touchpoints which the Centre for Maritime Studies (CMS) and the Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Management (ISEM) can capitalize for future collaboration between industry and research. Singapore strives to be the Global Maritime Hub for Connectivity, Innovation, and Talent, and a hub of excellence for shipping, port, offshore, and maritime-related businesses. We envision to be the International Maritime Centre (IMC).  Singapore hopes to leverage on cutting-edge systems and infrastructure to become a key node in the global maritime network. Additionally, the industry sees the need for strong innovative players and a talented workforce equipped with future-ready skills and a global mindset.

The MSc (MTM) aims to nurture talent with strong analytics expertise to prepare the maritime industry towards digitalization and technology innovation.  In line with government’s directives, the MSc (MTM) aims to develop a strong maritime innovation ecosystem at local, regional and global levels. Graduates will be equipped with skillsets enabling the next-generation maritime and logistics capabilities in Singapore and worldwide, including the latest data analytics, port, maritime and logistics technologies. In line with IMC’s direction, the MSc (MTM) aims to develop a strong maritime innovation ecosystem at the local, regional and global level.   The main features that distinguish our programme from existing graduate programs in maritime studies are:

  • A 15-week internship practicum (for full-time students) in a maritime-related company which aims to provide students with the opportunity to integrate knowledge and theory on maritime technology and management acquired during the programme in a practical setting.
  • A maritime team project (for part-time students) in a maritime related topic that is of current relevance to the maritime and adjacent industries. Part-time team projects will be purposeful and be deeply integrated with core maritime content and practices.  Students will imbibe the innovative spirit that is needed for creative technological solutions to be developed
  • A deep focus on programming methodology, statistics, machine learning and data mining/analytics
  • Good blend to international mix
  • Strong support from industry, including the Singapore Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and PSA Singapore.
  • Seminars, workshops and industry visits would be arranged with industry partners to broaden the students’ learning experience and provide intense networking opportunities with industry practitioners.
  • Job placement assistance

Admission to this programme is highly competitive and exclusive to ensure high quality course content and delivery, resulting in highly trained, future ready graduates, who can make significant contribution to the maritime industry.    

Curriculum Structure

Degree Requirements40-unit programme delivered over a 12-month period (full-time) or over 24 months (part-time)
Normal CandidatureFull-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years
Graduation RequirementsGPA of at least 3.00 + (equivalent to an average of B-)


Eligibility*(i) An undergraduate degree with honours or its equivalent from a good University, preferably from a STEM background; and (ii) Applicants without an honours degree will be considered for admission based on your average scores during your course of study.  These applicants may be requested to attend an interview session.  Applicants with evidence of strong technical background and having at least 2 years of working experience in the maritime sector will be an advantage.
English Requirement^TOFEL (Internet-based test): 85 or IELTS (Academic): 6.0
Intake Semester#August 2024
Application Period#01 Dec 2023 – 31 Mar 2024 (To be confirmed)
Outcome Release DateMid May 2024  #Applicants who demonstrate outstanding credentials would be considered for early admission.

*This is a minimum requirement, which does not guarantee admission; selection is on a competitive basis.

^If your degree is from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English.

#Subject to change without notice.

Tuition Fees

The full tuition fee for Academic Year (AY)2023/24 is S$62,920 (inclusive of GST). A ‘Fee Rebate’ of S$8,500 for all new students and an additional $6,000 for SC and SPR will automatically be awarded to all successful applicants for AY2023/2024. The payment schedule (nett of fee rebate), due on the first week of every semester, is as follows:

Tuition Fees for AY2023/2024 (inclusive of GST and nett of fee rebate)Acceptance Fee1st Semester2nd Semester3rd Semester4th Semester
Full-time International StudentsS$2,160S$25,650S$25,887.50N.A.N.A.
Part-time International StudentsS$2,160S$12,825S$12,943.75S$12,943.75S$12,943.75
Full-time Singapore Citizen (SC) and Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) studentsS$2,160S$22,410S$22,617.50N.A.N.A.
Part-Time Singapore Citizen (SC) and Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) studentsS$2,160S$11,205S$11,308.75S$11,308.75S$11,308.75
  • The fees listed are in Singapore Dollars (S$) and inclusive of 8% GST in 2023 and 9% GST from 2024 onwards.
  • A non-refundable application fee of S$60 (inclusive of GST) must accompany your online application.
  • Acceptance Fee of S$2,160 – which will be credited towards your programme fees – is payable upon acceptance into the programme. Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Payment of fees will be on an instalment basis, paid over 2 semesters for full-time students and 4 semesters for part-time students. Complete fee must be paid before a student can graduate from the programme.
  • Students need to separately pay for Miscellaneous Student Fee (MSF) directly to the University on a semester basis. If a student has fully paid for his/her tuition fee but has yet to graduate, he/she will still need to pay for MSF for the extended semester(s). For the latest Miscellaneous student fees, please refer to Registrar’s Office website here.
  • Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents may apply for the MPA Postgraduate Scholarship. Please refer to the MPA Scholarship website for further details.
  • Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents may apply for the MPA’s Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF) support with up to 70% co-funding of the course/tuition fee (excluding GST), subject to a cap.  Please refer to  MCF Training@MaritimeSingapore for more details.
  • Programme fees do not include the cost of recommended textbooks and readings.
  • The cost of travel, accommodation and miscellaneous expenses are not included and are to be borne by the participant. For an estimated cost of living, please click here.
  • Tuition fees are reviewed yearly and thus subject to revisions.

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MSc (MTM) Core Courses Students are required to read ALL seven compulsory courses below.

CodeTitle & Brief DescriptionUnits
IE5005IE5005 Data Analytics for Industrial Engineers
This course introduces basic concepts in descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics with a focus on applications that industrial engineers commonly deal with (e.g., inventory control, replacement and maintenance, process improvement, project management and resource scheduling etc.). Topics include descriptive modelling, predictive modelling, error quantification, model training, model selection and data-based decision making.
IE5600IE5600 Applied Programming for Industrial Systems
This course aims to train students to develop a solid competency of the Python programming language through a rigorous and continuous exercise-based approach. Topics covered include fundamental programming concepts (IO, variables and value assignment, conditional statements, flow control, methods), data structures (lists, tuples, sets, dictionaries), objects and classes, recursion, code debugging and efficiency. The course syllabus will also emphasize on various data engineering tools from the NumPy and Pandas modules relevant to implementing industrial systems.
MTM5001MTM5001 Maritime Industry Fundamentals
This course covers the fundamentals of the maritime industry and the roles they play in the global economy. Topics covered include ports, their importance in economic development and shipping, the business of shipping and its role in maritime logistics, and the maritime eco-system. Topics in fundamental statistics (e.g. descriptive statistics, basic concepts of probability, sampling distribution, regression models) will also be included.
MTM5002MTM5002 Port Logistics and Supply Chain
This course consists of lectures and seminars. The course coordinator will decide on the proportion of lectures and seminars.

Lectures will cover ports as gateways of goods for export and import. Innovative ways (e.g., containerization, improved key port processes, sound operation strategies, and enhanced port connectivity) to enhance ports’ efficiency and competitiveness will also be covered.

Academics and practitioners will give seminars on emerging technology, port digitalization, digital twin engines, and green maritime technologies.
MTM5004MTM5004 Maritime Data Analytics
This course builds on IE5005 and IE5600, where knowledge learnt about data analytics (IE 5005) and programming (IE 5600) is applied to solve maritime-related problems. Students are expected to analyze real-world data sets, define the objectives and scope of the problems, and then design, develop and implement systems. CMS will work with maritime related companies for access to real world data sets
MTM5005MTM5005 Intermodal Freight Transport and Logistics
This course aims to develop in students a solid competency in intermodal freight transport and logistics. Students learn to identify roles of various transport modes together with their importance in logistics. Topics covered include the geography of intermodal transport, policy and planning, and challenges. The course will provide students with a deep understanding of the intricacies of intermodal transport system.
MTM5101 Industrial Attachment for Full-time Students
This is a 15 weeks long industrial attachment with a maritime related company and shall focus on solving a key problem the company is facing.in the maritime space. This programme adopts a strong pedagogical approach in guiding students to solve large-scale maritime problems applying skills such as optimization, simulation and advanced analytics. CMS will source for companies with significantly relevant problems/issues that can challenge our students. CMS will assign a faculty member to co-supervise with the industry mentor. The objective is to immerse the students in a culture of innovation with some of the best minds in the maritime industry. The number of students (not more than 3) assigned to a company will depend on the magnitude and the scale of the problem.


MTM5101P Maritime Team Project for Part-time Students
This course (about 3 to a team) aims to provide students with the opportunity to integrate knowledge and theory on maritime technology and management acquired during the programme. Students will work on maritime related issues/problems. Examples of project topics are maritime safety and security, green shipping and logistics, and impact of ICT on maritime operations, port efficiency and effectiveness. Part-time students will embark on their project at the start of Year 2 and complete it 2 months before graduation.
Full time students will undertake internships (MTM5101), which will permit them to participate in a real-world problem setting and get the opportunity to solve challenging issues/problems using what they have learnt. However, the internship is an intensive and intense exercise over 15 weeks. Part-time students do not have the luxury of undertaking such an exercise. Rigor required will not be compromised. Mentors from the NUS faculty and the industry will ensure that the part-time students are properly guided.

*This serves only as a guide and is subject to change without notice. For the latest updates, please check the current course listing.