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Diploma in Engineering Systems
(DES) S33
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) , School of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering (MAE)

The futuristic and high-tech ‘Smart Nation’ vision that Singapore and parts of the world are adopting, will see an increasing integration of different technological systems and change the way we live. In a ‘Smart Nation’, data from interconnected sensors, cameras, transportation systems and healthcare processes can be shared easily and acted upon in real time.

In this first of its kind multi-disciplinary course, you will be equipped with Engineering, Social Science and Management skills. This knowledge will empower you to manage, design and integrate large and complex systems and processes that will help support the vision of a ‘Smart Nation’ as well as multiple industries.

Come join us and help solve the engineering problems of the future.

What makes DES unique?

  • First and only multi-disciplinary course integrating Engineering, Social Science and Management modules that is aligned with industry requirements of future engineers.
  • First and only engineering course that allows you to discover how theories are applied and connected to your daily life through project work and discussions instead of the usual lessons and workshop sessions.
  • You will be an independent learner having the skills to design, build and integrate complex systems and products with a strong understanding of how users will react and interact with them.
  • Course curriculum is jointly-developed, supported and endorsed by renowned companies and organisations including Olin College of Engineering, IBM, Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SMRT etc.
  • You will undergo a semester long internship or capstone project with local and overseas companies such as IBM, LTA or SMRT.

Applicants must obtain:

i) the following GCE 'O' Level grades at not more than two sittings and

ii) 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus points)

Aggregate Type: ELR2B2-C
Subject Grade

a) English Language

1 - 7

b) Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)

1 - 6

c) One of the following 3rd relevant subjects:

1 - 6

  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Fundamentals of Electronics
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)
d) Any two other subjects: 1 - 6
It should be noted that applicants, particularly those who wish to pursue a career in electrical power engineering or as a Licensed Electrical Worker (LEW), with colour vision deficiency may encounter difficulties meeting the course requirements and expectation, as this condition is required by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) of Singapore. Those with mild colour deficiency are required to undergo an in-house test.

DES is a three-year full time course.

First Year

  • Nature Inspired Design
  • Electrical Engineering Principles
  • Electronic Engineering Principles
  • General Education 1
  • General Education 2
  • Mechanics I
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Engineering Design & Prototyping
  • Thermofluids I
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Engineering Mathematics I
  • Computer Programming

Second Year

  • Sensors & Instrumentation
  • Circuit Theory & Analysis
  • Analogue Communication Systems
  • Engineering System Design
  • Social Innovation Project or Overseas Social Innovation Project
  • General Education 3
  • Engineering Materials
  • Mechanics II
  • Thermofluids II
  • Engineering Innovation Studio
  • Engineering Mathematics II (A)
  • Engineering Mathematics II (B)

Third Year: Intelligent Systems Option

  • Systems & Control
  • Fieldbus Technology
  • Integrated Automation Systems
  • Wireless Instruments
  • Capstone Engineering Project / Internship
  • Distributed Control System Applications
  • Operations & Information Management

Third Year: Urban Transportation Systems Option

  • Electrical Control System
  • Electrical Power System
  • Capstone Engineering Project / Internship
  • Transportation Management
  • In-Vehicle Systems
  • Urban Transportation Design
  • Mechanics of Machine Elements & Dynamics

For a synopsis of the modules, click here.

As Singapore gears up to become a “smart nation”, DES graduates will be well placed to meet a strong demand for specialized manpower that helps introduce intelligence into processes and build a smarter world. Due to the multi-disciplinary course, DES graduates can seek employment in various sectors such as Engineering Services, Transportation, Healthcare Delivery or even Supply Chain & Logistics. Some roles that DES graduates can fulfil include:

  • Assistant Engineer
  • Associate Engineer
  • Product / Process / Project Development Engineering Assistant
  • Instrumentation Engineer
  • Application Development Engineer
  • Analytical Engineer
  • Project Planner
  • Specialist Engineer
  • System Engineer

Further Studies

As a DES graduate, your further studies options include:

  • Nanyang Technological University
  • National University of Singapore
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Singapore Institute of Technology