3.2.5    Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option

The Grade-free scheme, in the form of Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option, aims to provide a supportive and enabling environment for NUS undergraduates to make a successful transition into the academic and social culture of university life. It serves to facilitate a transformation in students’ mindsets towards grades and learning in the university setting, as well as enable students to leverage opportunities for a holistic education. The S/U option is also intended to encourage students to pursue their intellectual interests, without undue concern that exploring a new subject area may adversely affect their CAP.

Under the S/U mechanism, students may choose to retain the letter grade and have it factored into the computation of their CAP, or choose to exercise the S/U option on a module, in which case the letter grade will not be shown on the transcript nor computed towards the CAP.

An ‘S’ grade is assigned if a student receives a ‘C’ grade or above for the module. Conversely, students will receive a ‘U’ if the grade obtained is lower than a ‘C’ grade. Students will receive credits towards the degree only if they attain a ‘Satisfactory’ (S) grade.

Students admitted from AY2016/2017 onwards are allowed to exercise the grade-free option to a maximum of 32 MCs at first-year level. After the first year, any unused MCs to a maximum of 12 MCs may be carried forward and applied at any stage during the second through fourth years of study.

Students with some prior university experience (which are being recognised towards the NUS degree) may exercise the S/U option for up to 12 MCs anytime during their candidature, including the first two regular semesters. However, students who have already been conferred a university degree before admission to NUS are not eligible for the grade-free scheme.

For the BMus degree, the S/U option will apply to all level 1000 modules (with or without pre-requisites, except for the modules listed below) and level 2000 modules without other NUS modules as pre-requisites:

  • MUA1161, MUA1162
  • MUA1190, MUA1191
  • MUA1101, MUA1102

For more details, please visit the S/U option home page in the Student Portal: