Major FAQ

General Academic Questions

1. How do I register for NUS courses?

Students interested in registering for NUS modules are encouraged to discuss these modules with their Assistant Dean of Students and, for students with declared majors, with their Head of Study or designee. The list of NUS modules are available here for browsing.

Registration Process

Students interested in taking an NUS course need to obtain approval from their Faculty Advisor or Head of Study in the Major as well as their Assistant Dean of Students, in particular if it is intended as an overload (>22MC). Approval does not warrant that the course will count towards a particular major but students will be able to petition their Head of Study for this to be the case. In the case of NUS courses taken in semesters 1-4, this petition process will happen retrospectively once students declare their major.

Registration for NUS courses is subject to approval from the respective NUS Faculty/School and never guaranteed. Given that we want to allow our students early access to NUS courses (and thus bypass the bidding process), different Schools are more or less receptive to our requests. The different timelines (NUS timetable is only available in late July) make the registration process much more complicated as students may not be aware of timetable clashes early on.

To register, students must complete and submit the Module Registration Form to their respective Assistant Dean of Students. Given the approval process, submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. The VRs will then submit all forms to Registry for processing. At that point, the negotiating process with NUS begins.>

Information on registration of NUS modules is available at the our website.

We also suggest that you speak with your Assistant Dean of Students if you have additional questions.

2. How do I find out more about academic support such as writing support?

Please visit the following link at the Writers’ Centre to find out more concerning writing support:

3. How do I find out more about learning accommodation support for students at Yale-NUS?

Please visit the following link with the Center for Teaching & Learning to obtain more information concerning learning accommodation support:

4. What is the policy on conducting safe and ethical research?

Please visit the following link, Conducting Safe and Ethical Research.

5. How do I secure a research attachment with a faculty in my major?

Go to the major’s website that you are interested in. The following link will provide information about research attachments, including faculty-led research projects, student-initiated research projects and the Summer Research Programme

6. Can I count the modular credits from Independent Research and Reading (IRR), Independent Language Study and Research (ILSR) and Special Project in Science (SPS) towards the major or independent minor?

A maximum of 5MC’s from IRR/ILSR/SPS can be graded and counted towards the major or independent minor with prior approval from the Head of Studies or the Coordinator.

  1. A maximum of 2.5MCs only from IRR/ILSR can be counted towards the requirements for a minor with prior approval from the Head of Studies of the relevant major.
  2. NO SPS can be counted towards requirements for a minor in Science.

Capstone Project

7. What kinds of capstones have been done in the past?

The Head of Studies will be able to advise you. Copies of capstone projects reports are available in each Residential College’s student commons. Extra copies of those that have won awards are located in the library. Electronic copies are also available from the library:

8. How do I find an idea?

Read widely. Choose topics that you are intrinsically interested in. This takes time. Ask faculty members, including your faculty advisor, for ideas. The following Yale-NUS library link may be a good starting point as well:

9. Where can I find general research advice and guidance on things like how to manage a large research project, track my sources, avoid plagiarism, etc?

You can speak to the capstone seminar facilitator, your Head of Studies or faculty in your major about these issues. The library also has fantastic resources we encourage you to use. Please see the following link:

10. What if I wrote a paper in one of my courses? Can it be used as my capstone project?

In general, no. If however you have a significant expansion of the scale and scope of the project or wish to take forward one or more of the “further research studies recommended” in the paper, then you may approach the Head of Studies for special permission.

11. What is the role of the Capstone Supervisor? How and when do I find a Capstone Supervisor?

The Capstone Supervisor supervises and supports the research process of the student. The student should discuss this process with the supervisor. Please see the following link for more details: . In your junior year, you should start thinking about your Capstone topic and contacting potential faculty members for advice. The Head of Studies will also advise you on the scope and viability of your project, and recommend potential Supervisors. You need to submit a proposal and find a Supervisor by the middle of Semester One of your senior year.

12. What happens when the professor I want to work with goes on leave during the academic year?

If an advisor agrees to supervise your Capstone, the understanding is that the faculty member will also be the one to read and assess your final project, even if he or she is on leave the second semester. If your primary Supervisor is on leave in either semester, you will work with a co-supervisor.

13. May I work with a professor at NUS or another external advisor on my capstone project?

With the approval of the Head of Studies, the supervisor may be from outside Yale-NUS. In this case, the student will be assigned a separate faculty member from Yale-NUS to serve as co-supervisor.

14. What should I do if there are no faculty members whose expertise necessarily matches my areas of interest?

The capstone project is not a doctoral dissertation and your topic does not need to match the research expertise of your Supervisor. They will guide you through the process, but you should write on a topic that interests you, instead of choosing one from our current faculty’s own research projects.

15. What is the role of the Capstone Seminar Facilitator for the capstone project?

The Capstone Seminar Facilitator organises research seminars and workshops as part of the capstone module in which group interactions and presentations are conducted.

16. May I collect my own data?

Yes, please discuss this with your Capstone Seminar Facilitator or Capstone Supervisor.

17. Is there any funding for the capstone projects?

Each Capstone project will have a small amount of money which will be reimbursed upon presentation of receipts. Students can petition the Dean of Faculty to increase this standard amount for each student for particular kinds of Capstones that have specific needs (e.g. lab or studio art-based or field-based Capstones).  Individual Capstones can also petition to the Dean of Faculty for specific resources once the capstone proposal has been submitted.  Guidelines for the application and use of this funding are available at: link .

18. Is it possible to do something that combines my capstone with my junior summer experience?

Yes, please speak to Centre for International and Professional Experience (CIPE) and the Head of Studies or potential Capstone supervisor as soon as possible about possibilities.

19. What if the library doesn’t have the resources I need?

Please check at the other libraries in NUS. Additionally, please speak with your Head of Studies or potential Capstone supervisor and it may be possible to purchase new titles that are needed for your work.

20. What should I do if I’m having problems with my capstone project?

Please speak with your Major Advisor/Head of Studies, Capstone supervisor, and your Assistant Dean of Students as soon as you start to have concerns.

21. How will my project be graded?

Please refer to the relevant major website under Programme > Capstone Details.

22. How long should the project be and how will I know what is an appropriate project?

Please refer to the relevant major website under Programme > Capstone Details.

Minor Related

23. In addition to a major, I am interested in reading a minor. Where can I find more information?

More information on the requirements for a minor can be found on the respective major’s website.

24. What are the general requirements to earn a minor?

Please refer to UG regulations for more details.

25. Can courses offered by a different major at Yale-NUS College be counted towards the requirements of the minor?

Yes, provided that the elective course is a cross-listed course. Cross-listed courses are operated by another major within Yale-NUS College. Based on their content, these cross-listed modules have been pre-approved to count towards the requirements of the minor.

26. Can courses taken outside of Yale-NUS College e.g. at NUS or Study-abroad count toward the requirements of the minor?

Yes, provided that the course is approved by the Head of Studies of the relevant major. Do note that at least 12 MC must be taken at Yale-NUS.

Study Abroad

27. What about spending a semester or a year abroad? How do I apply? Where should I go? When should I go abroad?

Contact the Centre for International and Professional Experience (CIPE). They can also help you through the application process.

28. Can I count courses taken abroad towards my major?

Yes, Contact CIPE or visit this link for more details.


29. Where can I find information on internships?

The Centre for International and Professional Experience (CIPE) offers internship opportunities for prominent and varied places: finance sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), public sector, consulting firms, etc. You can find details on all these opportunities at

Postgraduate Studies

30. What kinds of courses should I take if I want to go to graduate school and/or pursue a PhD?

This will depend on the area of study or discipline that you plan to pursue. It would be good to speak with your Majors Advisor, Head of Studies and/or Assistant Dean of Students. Also, consider reaching out to faculty members in the area of study/discipline at Yale-NUS, NUS and other institutions. Finally, do some research on potential programmes that you might apply to in order to understand the application process and programme requirements.

Career / Alumni Information

31. Where can I find information about the careers that I can pursue with the major that I have chosen?

You can find information on the major’s website. You could also speak to CIPE advisors.

32. What are good job search resources?