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Tips for Admission in National University of Singapore
#5
--- Question from Neha -----

I am third year student doing Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology i want to study MS In Biotechnlogy from National University of Singapore after completing my graduation. I will join GRE and Toefil shortly. Pls give me details about this University like fees, etc.


------- Answer from Sunil Nagpal ---

Hi Neha,

I haven't heard of a specific MS course in Biotechnology, but I do know about MS in Biological Sciences at NUS. Following are the details on the same:

Biological Sciences Department has three main focus areas including Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology; Ecology, Biodiversity and Environmental Biology; and Biophysical Sciences, Computational and Structural Biology.

They accept GRE (minimal requirements: verbal and quantitative abilities between the range of 310 and 320, analytical writing: 3.5) or Graduate Aptitude in Engineering (GATE) minimum 90 percentile. Applicants who do not have their earlier education in the English language need to provide Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) test of scores of minimum 85 for internet-based test or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test of scores of minimum 6.

Online application fee S$20 per application. Paper based requires S$40.


Deadlines: For August intake, 15 November of Previous year

For Jan intake, 15 May of Previous year


Fees: Annual (Non-subsidised : S$36, 300) and Annual (Subsidised: S$23,500). If you are selected by the department, you'll be recommended for MOE subsidy, so most probably you'll have to pay S$23,500 only.

Now my words of advice:

If you have a good academic record, do apply for PhD (which has high chances of fully scholarship based selection). Infact MS also has the provision for Scholarship based selection. Just mention in the application form the Scholarships you would like to apply for (with the expression that you would still like to be considered even if you are not eligible for any scholarship, as you are comfortable with self finance I guess.)

Going through the following link might help you further:

http://www.nus.edu.sg/admissions/graduat...ements.php

If there's anything else you need some help on, do let me know. ( Please post the question on this thread instead of messaging personally)

Best wishes,

Sunil
#6
hi sir,
i have completed the my Btech in 2011 in mechanical engineering with 70.28.
have scored rank in gate 2014 9000 among total candidates 185568 ie 95 percentile
have no research paper yet

want to pursue in nus/ntu..please tell the formalities and procedure?esp jan 2015 intake
what is employment prospect in universities?i want to do either in mechanical/scm/industrial and system engg
also please tell the difference between course-work prog and research prog?i have heard indian students only get scholarship in research prog..is it true?
also tell about the all scholarships we can attain?
do i have to give toefl/ielts?read somewhere that people studied the english as major in grad or till plus 2,need not to apply toefl/ielts...but the scholarship form for phd is showing it as mandatory..please clarify?

with regards
rishabh
#7
Dear Rishabh,

Though my experience pertains more to biotechnology, NUS has a similar criteria for all branches of science/engineering. So, if we go by their eligibility criteria, your GATE percentile is well above their expectations. But I see a minor hiccup in your B.tech percentage which is below their conventional expectation of 80% (they usually look for 2nd class upper, so if you passed with such a grade even at 71%, then you are safe). But, it shouldn't worry you much as your GATE percentile should grab their attention, so do give an attempt to the application even if you dont fall in the 2nd class upper band.

But, personally I would recommend that you should make your profile strong through some internship (in the area of your interest) or go for GRE (subjective, in the subject of your interest). This would help in letting your profile reach out, compared to the competing candidates (which I expect would come with similar/better profiles, as of now).

Applications for January 2015 intake will start from 23 Jul 2014 and will close on 27 Aug 2014 (For course work based).

For Research based program, it's actually going to close on 15th of May (i.e in 3-4 days only).

And, yes, they usually prefer international candidates for Research based programs (which enable the scientists there to carry on their "project specific" research through dedicated research based students). Course work students are expected to attend formal classes, seminars, laboratories and written examinations. Some programmes may also require the writing of a dissertation based on a project the candidate has undertaken. So, it kinds of diverts the research thrust. So, you should apply for Research based program only for strong candidature.

And, about scholarship, you shouldn't worry much about what scholarship to apply for. Almost every candidate who gets shortlisted for interview is by default considered for TAship (S$2000-2500 per month). It's in rare case that you need to apply for other scholarships (which often pay less). Still for your info, please refer SCHOLARSHIPS FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

And, if your medium of study in 12th was English, you need not to appear for TOEFL/GRE. But as I said, appear for GRE(subjective) to make your case strong. But again, I guess, you are having very limited time to apply for Jan 2015 intake, so better apply asap without much a do.

Let me know if you need assistance on any other thing.

Best wishes

Sunil



(05-08-2014, 05:07 PM)acdc.rockz Wrote: hi sir,
i have completed the my Btech in 2011 in mechanical engineering with 70.28.
have scored rank in gate 2014 9000 among total candidates 185568 ie 95 percentile
have no research paper yet

want to pursue in nus/ntu..please tell the formalities and procedure?esp jan 2015 intake
what is employment prospect in universities?i want to do either in mechanical/scm/industrial and system engg
also please tell the difference between course-work prog and research prog?i have heard indian students only get scholarship in research prog..is it true?
also tell about the all scholarships we can attain?
do i have to give toefl/ielts?read somewhere that people studied the english as major in grad or till plus 2,need not to apply toefl/ielts...but the scholarship form for phd is showing it as mandatory..please clarify?

with regards
rishabh
Sunil Nagpal
MS(Research) Scholar, IIT Delhi (Alumnus)
Advisor for the Biotech Students portal (BiotechStudents.com)
Computational Researcher in BioSciences at a leading MNC


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#8
hi sir ,
My GATE percentile is 96.44 in Electrical Engineering in 2014 . I want to do masters in NUS . What r my chances and how to apply for it ?
Please clear my query .
I shall be higly obliged

With regards
Barun Dash
  

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