FAQ

Q. Is SPS like USP?

The University Scholars’ Programme (USP) is targeted at students with wide, cross-faculty interests. SPS is designed for students with a passion in science, who have broad, cross-departmental interests. So, if you are interested in arts and science, USP might be right for you. However, if you are particularly interested in scientific disciplines, say, physics, biology, and chemistry, then SPS is for you.


Q. I am the world’s biggest biology/chemistry/physics/maths nut. Is SPS for me?

If you are passionate about a single subject in science, there are a number of other opportunities (such as the UROPS) which target your interests more specifically and still expose you a much broader experience than the average undergraduate. If you are interested in working on multidisciplinary subjects, which cross the line between scientific subjects, then SPS is for you.


Q. I have rotten grades. Do I still have a chance?

Yes. The most important thing we look for is passion for science, not grades. Several SPSians have struggled through NUS with below-average grades, but by having their research published while in NUS, they have been admitted to some of the best graduate schools in the world for their field of studies.


Q. Would there be issues of timetable clashes between the SPS modules and our other modules?

SPS works very closely with the Science Dean’s Office and ensures that all of the SPS modules would not clash with any of your core modules regardless of the major you are taking. For example, if you are a first year chemistry student, our timetables are planned such that there would not be any clashes with any of your first year core modules. The same applies when you continue to the second year. The SPS modules are also arranged in a way that there would not be any clashes with your second year core modules. If you have other concerns with regards to timetable, feel free to contact us for more information.


Q. I would like to learn more about SPS, but the question I want to ask hasn’t been asked here.

You can get in touch with us via the Contact Us page.