Dec 27, 2017

NUS Exam Results (MSc)

4 years ago I shared my NUS exam results for my bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Today I'll be sharing all my exam results in the graduate program of Master of Science (Industrial & Systems Engineering), specializing in Operations Research (OR).

Semester 1: AY2015/2016 Semester 2

Module Description MCs Grade Remarks
IE5002 Applied Engineering Statistics 4 A- Foundation module
IE5003 Cost Analysis and Engineering Economy 4 A- Foundation module
SAP: 4.50
CAP: 4.50

Semester 2: AY2016/2017 Semester 1
Module Description MCs Grade Remarks
IE5001 Operations Planning and Control I 4 A Foundation module
IE5004 Engineering Probability and Simulation 4 B+ Foundation module
IE5203 Decision Analysis 4 A- Elective module for OR
SAP: 4.50
CAP: 4.50

Semester 3: AY2016/2017 Semester 2
Module Description MCs Grade Remarks
IE5107 Material Flow Systems 4 A- Elective module for OR
IE5108 Facility Layout and Location 4 A Elective module for OR
IE5205 Healthcare Systems and Analytics 4 A- Elective module
SAP: 4.83
CAP: 4.56

Semester 4: AY2017/2018 Semester 1
Module Description MCs Grade Remarks
IE5123 Reliability Engineering 4 B+ Elective module for OR
IE5504 Systems Modelling and Advanced Simulation 4 A+ Elective module for OR
SAP: 4.50
Final CAP: 4.55

CAP: Cumulative average point
SAP: Semestral average point

The requirements for MSc (ISE) are not complicated:
4 ISE foundation modules + 6 ISE elective modules.

For my case, in order to specialize in Operations Research (OR), 5 out of of the 6 elective modules have to be those that are counted towards specialization fulfillment (see remarks).

All the best to those who are planning to get enrolled in this program.

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.


  1. Good Evening Sir,

    Happy Chinese New Year to you! Here's to a wonderful 2018 ahead! I came across your blog when I was researching for Mechanical Engineering in NUS and I have some queries if you have some spare time.

    1. I think if I were to choose Engineering I would choose Mechanical Engineering as it allows you to enter every field after you graduate (maybe except Biomedical which I do not think I will do next time). Is this why you chose Mechanical Engineering too? If not, why Mech Eng over the other Engineering courses.

    2. I read up online that Engineers we design and model the thing and leave it to other people to construct the actual product. Is this true? If yes does it mean that it will be a lot of office work?

    3. Do you think that there will be an issue finding jobs after we graduate considering that there is so heavy competition from India/China?

    I am so sorry for bombarding you with so many questions because I am really torn between choosing Computer Science and Engineering. Thank you so much for taking time off to answer my questions!

    My email is

    Yours Sincerely,
    Willy Seah

    1. Hi Willy

      1. While I don't disagree that Mechanical Engineering might in general be grooming one to be more all rounded, it's debatable. The reason I chose engineering is the slight cliché that majoring in Physics in A Level means studying engineering in the university. The reason I chose Mechanical Engineering over others was because it sounds more physical and visual - I'd be able to see physical designs and motions. Was that really what I want back then? Well I wanted to study music, but was thinking to keep music as my interest and passion, and treat engineering as my career and profession.

      2. In my opinion it is not true. Even as design engineer, design for manufacturability is a common knowledge that he/she should acquire, knowing how design can affect various types of costs. So, a lot of office work and practical work as well.

      3. In my opinion, I don't think there's an issue with competition, a heavier factor on the issue if one sees it, would probably be the job market situation.

      Do some research. Computer Science could be a bigger thing in this era. Balance it with your passion too when making decision.


  2. Hi Javin,

    I am currently enrol into ISE for the next upcoming sem with the same intention of taking OR as my specializatiobn.

    Is there anywhere where I can obtain a set of the notes for the modules that you have taken? So that I can choose which modules to take.

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