Minor Programmes

A Minor programme is a coherent course of study in an additional area outside of the Major. By doing this, it contributes to the breadth of learning envisaged for undergraduate education.

The modular credit (MC) requirement for a Minor programme is at least 24MCs, of which:

  • Up to 8 MCs may be used to meet the requirements for both the Minor and Faculty Requirements, a Major/Second Major, or another Minor, subject to the agreement of the particular department(s)/programme(s) or Faculty/School hosting the Minor.

  • At least 12MCs (out of 24MCs) for any Minor programme must be taken from outside the entire set of modules that are listed for the major(s)/another minor that the student is taking/has taken.

  • A minimum 16 MCs of the Minor requirements must be earned from modules read in NUS, unless indicated otherwise by Faculties/Departments for specific minors. Modules read at NUS include all modules taught, co-taught, supervised or co-supervised by one or more NUS faculty members. These would consist of graded modules with assigned grade points, or modules with an 'S' or 'CS' grade. The other 8 MCs may be earned through credit transfers, advanced placement and exemptions, provided these MCs are earned from modules deemed relevant to the particular Minor programme.

For Students admitted prior to AY2015/16: Relevant General Education Modules (GEMs) may be included in the list of modules approved for a Minor. Students who read such a GEM may count it towards both the General Education and Minor requirements. The MCs under the Breadth and Unrestricted Elective module requirements can also be used to satisfy the Minor programme requirements.

For Students admitted from AY2015/16 onwards: Students who read modules coded as GEH/GEQ/GER/GES/GET to fulfil requirements for Minor programmes are not allowed to count these modules towards fulfilling both the General Education and the Major/Minor requirements. For example, if a student had taken a GEH module for his/her Minor programme, he/she would have to take another GEH module to fulfil the Human Cultures pillar of the GE requirement. The MCs under the Unrestricted Elective module requirements may be used to satisfy Minor programme requirements.

The Minor programme(s) will be reflected in the student's transcript upon successful completion.

Students can be admitted to Minor programmes at the point of admission to NUS, or by applying/declaring to the relevant Faculties/Schools no later than the 5th semester of study. For the combinations of Minor programmes with specific single degree courses available at the point of admission, please refer to the website of the Office of Admissions.

The Minor Programmes that are currently on offer at NUS are listed below. For details on the requirements of each Minor, please refer to the relevant sections under each Faculty/School at the NUS Bulletin Online.

Minor Host Faculty/Department Type
(see 'Note' below)
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Disciplinary Minors
Chinese Language Department of Chinese Studies Open
Chinese Studies Department of Chinese Studies Open
Chinese Translation Department of Chinese Studies
(with effect from AY2014/15)
Open
Communications and New Media Department of Communications and New Media Open
Economics Department of Economics Open
English Language Department of English Language & Literature Open
English Literature Department of English Language & Literature Open
European Studies Office of Programmes Open
History Department of History Open
Human Services Department of Social Work Open
India Studies (formerly Minor in South Asian Studies; offered to Cohort 2006-2007 only) South Asian Studies Programme
(Offered to Cohort 2008 onwards)
Open
Japanese Studies Department of Japanese Studies Open
Joint Minor with University of Toronto (UoT) Department of Geography Restricted
Malay Studies Department of Malay Studies Open
Philosophy Department of Philosophy Open
Political Science Department of Political Science Open
Psychology Department of Psychology Open
Sociology Department of Sociology Open
Southeast Asian Studies Department of Southeast Asian Studies Open
Theatre Studies Department of English Language & Literature Open
Multidisciplinary Minors    
Aquatic Ecology Department of Geography and
Department of Biological Sciences
Restricted
Art History Department of History Open
China Studies Office of Programmes Open
Cultural Studies Department of Sociology Open
English Studies Department of English Language & Literature Open
Film Studies Department of English Language & Literature Open
Film Production* Department of English Language & Literature Open
Gender Studies Office of Programmes Open
Geographical Information Systems Department of Geography Open
Geosciences Department of Geography Open
Global Studies Department of Political Science Open
Health and Social Sciences Office of Programmes Open
Interactive Media Development Department of Communications and New Media & Department of Computer Science Open
Religious Studies Office of Programmes Open
Science, Technology and Society Office of Programmes Open
Urban Studies Department of Geography and
Department of Real Estate
Open
School of Business
Management (formerly Minor in Business; prior to AY2007/08) School of Business Restricted
Management of Technology School of Business and
Faculty of Engineering
Restricted
Technopreneurship Department of Business Policy Open
School of Computing
Disciplinary Minors    
Business Analytics School of Computing Restricted
Computer Science School of Computing Restricted
Information Security School of Computing Restricted
Information Systems
(formerly Management of Information Technology)
School of Computing Restricted
Multidisciplinary Minors    
Interactive Media Development Department of Computer Science & Department of Communications and New Media Open
School of Design & Environment
Project Management Department of Building Restricted
Real Estate Department of Real Estate Restricted
Urban Studies Department of Real Estate and
Department of Geography
Open
Faculty of Engineering
Disciplinary Minors    
Biomedical Engineering (formerly Minor in Bioengineering prior to AY2010/11) Department of Biomedical Engineering Restricted
Civil Infrastructure Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Restricted
Systems Engineering Faculty of Engineering Restricted
Urban Environmental Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Open
Multidisciplinary Minors    
Engineering Materials (formerly Minor in Materials Science and Engineering; prior to AY2005/06) Faculty of Engineering and
Faculty of Science
Restricted
Management of Technology Faculty of Engineering and
School of Business
Restricted
Medical Physics Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Physics Restricted
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health  
Public Health Department of Public Health - Undergraduate Programme Open
Faculty of Science
Disciplinary Minors    
Analytical Chemistry Department of Chemistry Open
Biophysics Department of Physics and
Life Sciences Programme
Open
Financial Mathematics Department of Mathematics Open
Joint Minor in Environmental Biology with University of Toronto Faculty of Science, NUS and Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto Restricted
Joint Minor in Environmental Chemistry with University of Toronto Faculty of Science, NUS and Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto Restricted
Life Sciences Department of Biological Sciences Restricted
Forensic Science Department of Biological Sciences and
Department of Chemistry
Restricted
Mathematics Department of Mathematics Open
Nanoscience Department of Physics and
Department of Chemistry
Open
Optical & Semiconductor Technology Department of Physics Open
Pharmaceutical Sciences Department of Pharmacy Restricted
Physics Department of Physics Open
Statistics Department of Statistics & Probability Open
Multidisciplinary Minors    
Aquatic Ecology Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Geography Restricted
Engineering Materials (formerly Minor in Materials Science and Engineering; prior to AY2005/06) Faculty of Science and
Faculty of Engineering
Restricted
Medical Physics Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Physics Restricted
University Scholars Programme (USP)  
China Studies* USP – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) For USP-FASS students in USP-Yuanpei Exchange Programme

Note for students who are interested to do a Minor programme during the course of their candidature:

'Open' Minor - students can declare their intention to do an open minor via the Centralised Online Registration System (CORS) without any prior approval from the Host Faculty/Department. 

'Restricted' Minor - students are required to apply to the Host Faculty/Department and obtain approval to read a restricted minor.

* These programmes allow for up to 16 MCs of ungraded substitutable modules to be accepted from the partner university.