Diploma in Engineering Systems (DES)



What will I learn?

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.

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.

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

As a DES graduate, you may be offered direct entry/advanced standing at local and overseas universities respectively.

Which department am I in?

School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$9,050.00 (5,49,818) per year
Total Fee payable for student who accepts tuition grant/year: S$ 9,211.11; Total Fee payable for student who rejects/ not eligible for tuition grant/year: S$ 26,226.21
Start date

Expected October 2023


School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering

Singapore Polytechnic,

500 Dover Road,

139651, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must have obtained the following qualification: GCE 'O' Levels, relevant Institute of Technical Education Higher NITEC (ITC/CBS) qualifications, or relevant Institute of Technical Education NITEC (NTC2) qualifications (with minimum GCE 'N' Level qualifications). A 'B' average overall would be minimally sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application. those from Integrated Programme (IP) Schools in Singapore who have completed the equivalent of Sec 4 as well as those who have graduated from IP schools can be considered for admission; eligibility is similar to GCE 'O' level; for those who have completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the entry requirements are minimum Grade 4 for English (1st Lang) except for Creative Writing for Television and New Media and Media and Communication courses where a Grade 5 (1st Lang) is required, minimum Grade 5 for Mathematics, minimum Grade 5 for relevant subject, overall aggregate should be at least 22 (based on 5 subjects including English, Mathematics and relevant subject); or equivalent qualification. Students from other countries should have country specific requirements equivalent to Singapore. Also they must fulfill the following English language requirements: TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based); or IELTS (International English Language Testing System - overall minimum 6.0; for China qualifications 6.0 is also required for reading and speaking components), or passes English language entrance test.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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