Programme Structure

Programme Structure

The 18-month MDTS programme is divided into two parts,
the Common Curriculum and the Specialised Curriculum.

The 18-month MDTS programme is divided into two parts:

06

months

Common Curriculum @ NUS

12

months

Specialised Curriculum
@ Partner University

  • Mar - Jun

  • Jun - Sep

  • Sep - Dec

  • Jan - Mar

  • Apr - Jun

  • Jul - Sep

Common
Curriculum

NUS

Coursework

Integration Project

Specialised
Curriculum

NPS / AFIT / CU

Coursework and
Thesis Research​

The 18-month dual-degree MDTS programme provides students with a postgraduate education in defence technology and systems engineering unmatched elsewhere. The MDTS programme commences in March with one enrolment per year.

For the first six months, students study the common curriculum at the NUS. This leads to the award of the Master of Science (Defence Technology and Systems) degree by NUS.

For the next 12 months, students will pursue their specialisation in one of our partner universities: NPS, AFIT or Cranfield University. This leads to the award of Master of Science in a specialised discipline degree by either NPS, AFIT or Cranfield University

06

months
Master of Science (Defence Technology and Systems) degree by NUS

Common Curriculum

@ National University of Singapore

The Common Curriculum aims to provide students with a broad range of knowledge pertaining to systems engineering and introduction to key defence technologies. Here, the learning emphasis is on systems thinking. It comprises a list of coursework modules to be conducted in NUS within the first 2 quarters of the programme.

  • Introduction to vector fields, vector algebra and partial derivatives of vector and scalar fields.
  • Gradient, divergence and curl.
  • Introduction to line, surface and volume integrals; Green’s Divergence.
  • ODE classification and general solutions.
  • First and second-order homogeneous and non- homogeneous ODEs.
  • Introduction to error and sensitivity analyses.
  • Matrix algebra: introduction and notation; rank, determinants, transpose and inverse; simple elementary row operations and linear independence; eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
  • Complex numbers: introduction and geometrical representation; Argand diagram; complex algebra; Euler’s representation and De Moivre’s theorem.
  • Fourier analysis: concept of transforms; Fourier series and orthogonality relations; Fourier transforms and applications.
  • Probability axioms and event probability.
  • Random variables and their probability distributions.
  • Hypothesis testing, conditional probability and expectation.

Topics include:

  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Probability Concepts
  • Conditional Probability
  • Discrete Distribution
  • Continuous Distribution, Non-normal, Multivariate

Large Scale Systems Engineering deals with the complexities of large-scale systems. The Systems Approach and Systems Engineering methodologies are used to understand and conceptualize the key issues in the planning, design and management of large scale systems. The module aims is to help students learn about Large Scale Systems Engineering (LSSE) with theories, stories and case studies on how systems are planned and implemented. By the end of the module, students are expected to be able to analyze and synthesize systems and design large-scale projects using the LSSE framework taking into consideration their goals, boundaries, stakeholders, complexities, tradeoffs, risks and unintended consequences.

This module provides the key underlying principles and concepts of C3 engineering and their application in the design, development and integration of C3 systems in modern armed forces.

Using a systems engineering approach, the module will also enable participants to have a good appreciation of the key considerations and challenges as well as good engineering practices associated with C3 design and integration with sensor and weapon systems.

Topics related to emerging trends, concepts and technologies will also be covered.

This is an introductory module to operations research which will cover both deterministic and stochastic models for effective decision-making. Topics include mathematical programming (overview on models building and sensitivity analysis; computer-based solutions), multi-criteria decision analysis, reliability and maintenance, queueing theory and simulation. Relevant cases on military applications will be discussed.

This module is an introductory module providing an overview of the topic and a flavour of the details which should be more fully explored in depth through other modules. It explains systems, systems engineering, lifecycles, associated activities, products, applications, processes, models, methods and strategies.

This is an introductory module to artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics (DA). It covers various topics of AI and DA. The AI topics include heuristic search, constraint satisfaction, logic and inference, and natural language processing. The DA topics include data preprocessing, data visualization, classification, model evaluation, decision trees, neural networks, deep learning, association analysis, and clustering.

This module introduces sensor and intelligence technologies and their applications in the operational context, mainly focusing on the most commonly deployed sensor technologies such as Radar and Electro-Optical (EO) sensors as well as established and emerging intelligence areas such as communications intelligence (COMINT), electronic intelligent (ELINT) and Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT).

The underlying technical principles for performance assessments in various environments, such as electronic warfare and design trade-offs will be covered and reinforced through the use of application examples.

The module covers the principles, technologies and operational aspects of smart weapon systems e.g. guided weapons, precision munitions and unmanned vehicles (UxVs). The interplay of various sub- systems for target identification & tracking, guidance/navigation, command and control and their impact on mission effectiveness will be examined with consideration of counter-measures and counter-counter- measures. Additional topics include advanced concepts for autonomy, interoperability and teaming and cooperation. The course will include case studies of these weapon systems in actual combat.

This module introduces cybersecurity concepts and their applications. It aims to illustrate how systems can fail under malicious activities, and how the threats can be mitigated and managed. Topics include cryptography, communication channel security, system security, trusted computing, policy making, human factors, etc. Applications such as cloud security, IOT security, security operations centres, AI in cybersecurity, and case studies on well-known attacks will be used to reinforce the learning of various foundational concepts.

The purpose of this module is to allow students to practise Systems Engineering Applications in realistic large scale defence/security problem solving. Students are required to adopt the systems approach in problem definition/framing and applying various technical disciplines taught in this programme, eg. C3, Sensors and Intelligence, DA/AI, Guided Weapons, Unmanned Systems, Cyber, Operations Research etc, in developing the system solutions. They are expected to conduct systems engineering studies to formulate and synthesize sound and cost effective systems solutions to address the operational requirements and scenario.

* Online Refresher Module

12

months

Masters of Science in a specialised degree by either NPS, AFIT, or CU

Specialised Curriculum

@ One of our Partner Universities

The Specialised Curriculum aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge of a specific field in defence technology. Students are required to choose one of the specialization tracks available. The Specialised Curriculum comprises another 10 coursework modules and a “Thesis Research“.

Select a Partner University below to view the available specialization tracks:

Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)

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Specialisations:

  • Communications Systems
  • Sensor Systems Engineering (Electronic Warfare or Radar focus)
  • Network Engineering
  • Cyber Systems

Matrix Modules

Specialisations:
  • Communications Systems
  • Sensor Systems Engineering (Electronic Warfare or Radar focus)
  • Network Engineering
  • Cyber Systems
Suggested Matrix

The suggested matrix is provided as a guide only. Please work with the NPS Academic Associate and Program Officer for detailed courses’ availability in each quarter.

For full listing, refer to the NPS Academic Catalog.

List of modules for each specialisation:
Specialisation Required Electives
Communications Systems
Network Engineering
Sensor Systems Engineering

Other Possible Specialty Combinations:

  • Communication Systems and Sensor Engineering (Electronic Warfare or Radar Focus)
  • Communication Systems and Network Engineering
  • Communication Systems and Cyber Systems
  • Network Engineering and Sensor Engineering (Electronic Warfare or Radar Focus)
  • Network Engineering and Cyber Systems

This module provides the key underlying principles and concepts of C3 engineering and their application in the design, development and integration of C3 systems in modern armed forces.

Using a systems engineering approach, the module will also enable participants to have a good appreciation of the key considerations and challenges as well as good engineering practices associated with C3 design and integration with sensor and weapon systems.

Topics related to emerging trends, concepts and technologies will also be covered.

This module provides the key underlying principles and concepts of C3 engineering and their application in the design, development and integration of C3 systems in modern armed forces.

Using a systems engineering approach, the module will also enable participants to have a good appreciation of the key considerations and challenges as well as good engineering practices associated with C3 design and integration with sensor and weapon systems.

Topics related to emerging trends, concepts and technologies will also be covered.

This module provides the key underlying principles and concepts of C3 engineering and their application in the design, development and integration of C3 systems in modern armed forces.

Using a systems engineering approach, the module will also enable participants to have a good appreciation of the key considerations and challenges as well as good engineering practices associated with C3 design and integration with sensor and weapon systems.

Topics related to emerging trends, concepts and technologies will also be covered.

This module provides the key underlying principles and concepts of C3 engineering and their application in the design, development and integration of C3 systems in modern armed forces.

Using a systems engineering approach, the module will also enable participants to have a good appreciation of the key considerations and challenges as well as good engineering practices associated with C3 design and integration with sensor and weapon systems.

Topics related to emerging trends, concepts and technologies will also be covered.

This module provides the key underlying principles and concepts of C3 engineering and their application in the design, development and integration of C3 systems in modern armed forces.

Using a systems engineering approach, the module will also enable participants to have a good appreciation of the key considerations and challenges as well as good engineering practices associated with C3 design and integration with sensor and weapon systems.

Topics related to emerging trends, concepts and technologies will also be covered.

This module provides the key underlying principles and concepts of C3 engineering and their application in the design, development and integration of C3 systems in modern armed forces.

Using a systems engineering approach, the module will also enable participants to have a good appreciation of the key considerations and challenges as well as good engineering practices associated with C3 design and integration with sensor and weapon systems.

Topics related to emerging trends, concepts and technologies will also be covered.

NPS

Naval Postgraduate School

NPS
Specialisation tracks:
  • Communication Systems
  • Sensor Systems Engineering (Electronic Warfare or Radar focus)
  • Network Engineering
  • Cyber Systems
Specialisation tracks:
  • Weapon Systems Engineering
  • Autonomous Systems Engineering
Specialisation tracks:
  • Cyber Security and Defence (CSD)
  • Modelling, Virtual Environments and Simulation
Specialisation tracks:
  • Operations Research, Modelling & Simulation
Specialisation tracks:
  • Free Electron Lasers
  • Sensor Systems Engineering – General Sensors (CST)
Specialisation tracks:
  • Operational Oceanography
  • Undersea Warfare
Specialisation tracks:
  • Applied Mathematics
Specialisation tracks:
  • Systems Engineering
Specialisation tracks:
  • Systems Engineering Analysis
Specialisation tracks:
  • Space Systems Engineering
  • Space Systems Operations
AFIT

AFIT

Air Force Institute of Technology

Specialisation tracks:
  • Space Systems
  • Aeronautical Engineering
Specialisation tracks:
  • Remote Sensing
Specialisation tracks:
  • Operations Research
  • Logistics Supply Chain Management
Specialisation tracks:
  • Systems Engineering
Specialisation tracks:
  • Guidance, Navigation and Control
  • Electronic Warfare Technology
  • Remote Sensing (ECE)
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar
  • Computer Networks

CU

Cranfield University logo

Cranfield University

We have listed examples of specialisation courses that students may choose from; and do a “Thesis Research”.

For the complete list, please visit the Cranfield University website.

Specialisation tracks:
  • Aerospace dynamics
  • Aerospace Manufacturing
  • Aerospace Vehicle Design
  • Astronautics and Space Engineering
  • Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control
  • Defence Simulation and Modelling
  • Design of Rotating Machine
  • Energy Systems and Thermal Processes
  • Explosives Ordnance Engineering
  • Guided Weapon Systems
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Military Electronic Systems Engineering
  • Military Vehicle Technology
  • Thermal Power

E-Learning

TDSI implements online coursework modules to complement the full-time coursework modules under its educational programmes. This approach allows for full flexibility and convenience to both teaching staff and students without having to compromise the high academic standards of the Institute’s educational programmes.

The online modules will comprise a series of Macromedia Breeze presentations and a tutorial/assessment package.

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Suggested Matrix

TDSI - AFIT Space Systems Program

The Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics is pleased to propose a 12 month program of study
satisfying degree requirements and leading to a Master of Science degree in Space Systems with a
specialisation in space mission design.

AFIT - Space Systems - matrix

TDSI - AFIT Aeronautical Engineering Program

The Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics is pleased to propose a 12 month programs of study satisfying degree requirements and leading to a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering
with a specialisations in aircraft stability and control and either aeroelasticity or aircraft structures.

AFIT - Aeronautical Engineering - matrix

List of Modules for each specialty track:

Suggested Matrix