MASTER OF SCIENCE IN GREEN ELECTRONICS


Note: The MSc Green Electronics programme replaces the previous MSc Microelectronics programme, with an updated curriculum that is tuned to the changing needs of the industry.

The Master of Science in Green Electronics is a highly specialized programme which is jointly offered by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Technische Universität München (Technical University of Munich, TUM). This programme aims to educate next generation semiconductor researchers and engineers to work in the research areas of novel electronic/optoelectronic devices and systems, with particular focus on the energy, sensing, monitoring and manufacturing fields.

The students will gain comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of micro-/nano-fabrication technology and advanced theories for renewable energy, power semiconductores as well as organic semiconductor devices and systems. The topics covered in this program deal with the state of art research and industrial developments. Essential non-technical topics such as product marketing, international management, patent law and aspects of culture and globalization will also be covered during the course work. These non-technical courses will be given mainly by freelance lecturers from our industry partners.

Upon the successful completion of the 20-month programme, the student will be awarded a joint Masters degree from NTU and TUM.

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“This is definitely a great programme to partake in! If you’re aiming to be an expert in Microelectronics, do join this programme, and experience the approachability of the professors from TUM Asia and NTU.”
Chen Yu (Graduate, MSc in Microelectronics)

Programme Brochure

For information on programme details, duration & admission requirements, kindly download our brochures below. Please take note that these brochures are for personal reference only, and should not be used for other purposes.

Master of Science degree programme

Green Electronics

Joint degree by TUM & NTU

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TUM Asia is not responsible for the misuse or misrepresentation of the stated information within the brochures.
All information is accurate to the time of publishing. Last published on 10 October 2015.

DEGREE/FH DIPLOMA* REQUIREMENTS

An applicant must have completed at least a 3-year** Bachelor Degree (Honors) or European/German FH Diploma or its equivalent in areas of Science/Electrical/Electronics Engineering from a university with recognized standing with at least a 2nd Class Honors or equivalent. A basic understanding of semiconductor physics, electromagnetics and organic chemistry (or electrochemistry) is strongly recommended for the MSc programme in Green Electronics.

*If you meet the requirements for admissions, please refer to this page (Click on “Required Documents”) for the List of Required Documents for application to our Master of Science programmes.

**Academic requirements may differ for different countries of study. Please write to us at admissions@tum-asia.edu.sg to verify your requirements.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS

As the Master of Science programme’s instruction medium is English, the applicant must be able to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the English language.

Applicant whose native tongue or medium of instruction from previous studies (Bachelor / FH Diploma) is not English must submit at least one of the following:

  • TOEFL (www.toefl.org): Recent score with a minimum of 605 for Paper-based test or 88 for Internet-based test or 234 for Computer-based test
  • IELTS (www.ielts.org): With academic IELTS result of at least 6.5
  • CAE (Certificate of Advanced English): Grade A, B or C

SPECIAL CRITERIA (China, Vietnam & Mongolia)

Additionally, an Akademische Prüfstelle (APS) certificate is required for applicants with education qualifications from China, Vietnam or Mongolia. The APS certificate is compulsory if your Bachelor studies was completed in a Chinese, Vietnamese or Mongolian university, irregardless of nationality.

For example, a Singapore citizen who completed his entire undergraduate studies in a Chinese university, and holds a Chinese degree, must sit for the APS test and pass it in order to qualify for admissions to a German university.

If you are making any application to a German university (including the TUM degrees at TUM Asia), the APS certificate is required for all education qualifications from China, Vietnam or Mongolia. If you need more information, please contact our team.

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During the course work in Semester One and Two, the students have to complete 7 Core modules, 2 Laboratory modules and 4 Elective modules, together with Cross Discipline Modules. Typically, core and elective modules have 45 contact hours each. Coursework will take place at facilities at NTU by Professors of TUM or NTU.

Successful completion of this program will equip students with the capabilities in the following technical areas:

  1. Conventional semiconductor manufacturing technology which includes the materials, devices and manufacturing process.
  2. Carbon and organic electronics, photovoltaic, sensor and display technology which include the corresponding materials, devices and manufacturing process.
  3. Green technology for energy harvesting, wireless sensor networks and cyber systems.

GRADUATION CRITERIA

The Master of Science in Green Electronics degree is a 20 month full-time programme. Students must complete 11 months of coursework with 3 months of internship placement and 6 months of Master Thesis / Dissertation to qualify for graduation. In order for a student to graduate on time, he/she must obtain a minimum overall CAP score of 4,0 or below and CGPA score of 2.50 or above.

An academic warning will be issued to students if their CGPA scores fall below 2.50. There is also a risk of candidature termination for failure in any modules if overall CGPA scores fall below 2.50.

Core Modules

NM6601 Microfabrication Technology (NTU)

Advanced gate oxide formation. Thin film deposition. Lithography and resist. Technology etching process and technology process. Integration metrology and analytical techniques. Low-k dielectrics. Chemical and mechanical polishing (CMP) cleaning technology.

Lecturers: Prof Tse Man Siu & Assoc Prof. Wong, Kin Shun Terence / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6618 Materials for Electronic Devices (NTU)

Bonding between atoms. Electronic and atomic structures. Basic crystal structures. Energy band. Semiconductors, insulators and organic materials. Defects and doping. Surface and interface. Functional properties of materials. Compound semiconductors. Nanostructures. Electronic ceramics.

Lecturers: Wang Hong & Tang Xiaohong / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6619 Bioelectronics (TUM)

Introduction to bionanotechnology. Materials: electrolytes, organic molecules, lipid bilayers, DNA, proteins. Nanofabrication techniques and self-assembly. Biofunctionalization of solid surfaces. Surface analytics and characterization. Electrical biosensors: solid-liquid interface, surface plasmon resonance, quartz microbalance, electrochemical impedance, nanopores, nanowires. Charge transfer in biomolecules: fundamentals and applications.

Lecturers: Marc Tornow / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6620 Nanotechnology for Energy Systems (TUM)

Approaches to nanotechnology: bottom-up vs. top-down. Characterization and fabrication issues in the nanoscale. Applications of nanotechnology in electronics, optoelectronics, telecommunications, medicine, biology, mechanics and robotics. Overview of nanotechnology programs in USA, Japan and Europe. Nanomaterials and nanosystems for energy applications. Examples of nanotechnology energy production, energy storage, energy harvesting, and high voltage technologies. A look into the future: electro and photocatalysis, hydrogen production and storage. Economical implications of nanotechnology in the energy field.

Lecturers: Paolo Lugli / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6621 Microstructured Devices and Systems for Green Electronics (TUM)

The course will focus on the operational principles and underlying physical effects of microstructured electronic and mechatronic devices and microsystems and their application fields. In particular, the course will address the following topics: Basic physical effects in solid-state microstructured electronic and micromechatronical devices and their application fields (microelectronics, microsensors, microactuators, and microsystems). Characteristic material properties of semiconductors: Intrinsic and extrinsic electrical conductivity, mobility, charge carrier transport by drift and diffusion, carrier generation-recombination, thermal conductivity, energy domain coupling effects (thermoelectricity, piezoresistance, piezoelectricity, thermoelasticity, galvanomagnetism etc.). Basic operational principles of microdevices: pn junction, MOS field effect, unipolar and bipolar electronic devices, power devices, various transducer effects. Phenomenological transport theory: Onsager´s transport model, continuous field models of energy-coupled multi-domain systems, physics-based macro-modeling of microsystems. Selected sensor and actuator application examples.

Lecturers: Gerhard Wachutka / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6607 Optomechatronic Measurement Systems (TUM)

Interaction of microelectronics, micromechanics and microoptics. Properties of light. Laser-based measurement systems. Optical interferometry. Wafer surface analysis. Shape and deformation measurement. Stress measurement. Stress sensors. Optical waveguides. Application-oriented measurement devices.

Lecturers: Prof Dr.-Ing habil Dr. h.c. Alexander W. Koch / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6604 Laboratory 1: Semiconductor Process and Device Simulation (NTU)

Process models: diffusion, oxidation, implantation. Process variables/targets: doping profiles, junction depths, oxide thickness. Process simulation: Simulate a given sub-micron CMOS process recipe and study profiles and layer structures. Physical models. Numerical algorithms and solutions. Device performance parameters. Short-channel effects. DC simulations. Device simulation: Simulate the DC characteristics of the “fabricated” device and analyze device operation with respect to potential, field, and carrier distributions as well as terminal I–V characteristics. Wafer-split experiment. Device-target vs. process-variable relations. Transistor performance optimization/trade-offs through process variation. Technology development and optimization. Design of Experiment (DOE): Implement a computer experiment to study the scaling characteristics (varying gate length) of the given sub-micron technology. Study the influence of process variations on device performance parameters.

Lecturers: Prof Peonar Daniel Puiu & Prof Zhou Xing / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6605 Laboratory 2: Design and Modelling of Nanodevices (NTU)

Quantum blockade, quantum Ohm law, quantum conductance, quantum capacitance, quantum confinement, coherent transport, and transmission. Nanowire, transistors, influence of interface properties, low current to high current regime, scattering to ballistic regimes, noise spectrum. Quantum well. Energy subbands and wave functions. k.p methods. Band structure calculation by using single band and 6-band k.p methods. Density of state, doping concentration, and Fermi energy level calculations by using single band and 6-band k.p methods. Intersubband(intraband) transition. Squared transition element calculation. Absorption spectrum. Cut-off wavelength of photodetector. Influence of Ge composition and well width on peak wavelength of photodetectors. Transition energy. Emission wavelength. Doping concentration. Fermi level. Organic devices (Organic thin film transistors, OLED, organic solar cells). Molecular diodes and switches. Carbon Nanotubes.

Lecturers: Prof Fan Weijun & Zhou Xing / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

NM6062 Business and Technical English

The course focuses on the skills needed to communicate research effectively and confidently in a variety of situations. Particularly, the focus is on technical writing, oral presentations and the interpersonal and intercultural communication skills required. Students will learn and develop effective strategies for writing and presenting their research findings in academic and professional situations. The course is also designed to enhance English communication competence in these settings.

Lecturers: Ms Aileen Ng & Ms Chan Ling Ling / Hours: 80 / Semester: 1

Elective Modules* (choose 4)

NM6625 Introduction to the Power System (TUM)

Structure of the power system: generation, transportation and distribution and electricity consumption. Introduction to typical power plant types including new renewable technologies. Description of the transport, distribution and control philosophy. Introduction to the electricity demand, especially due to new electronic services. Fundamental terms of energy economy and electricity markets. Introduction into smart grids.

Lecturers: Thomas Hamacher / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6622 Low Power Displays and Solid – State Lighting (NTU)

Low power flexible displays. OLED displays on flexible substrates. Printing processes for information displays. Evolution of Visible-Spectrum light emitting diodes. LED design principles. Visible-Spectrum LED. White LED. Current topics in solid state lighting.

Lecturers: Sun Xiaowei / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6623 Nanophotovoltaics (NTU)

Third generation photovoltaics. Quantum dot tandem cells. Hot carrier cells. Multiple electron hole pair generation. Impurity and intermediate band devices

NM6624 Green Nanotechnology (NTU)

Energy flow in environment. Optical properties of nanomaterials. Spectral selective windows. Solar thermal collectors. Solar cells. Cooling and energy harvesting. Electrochemical energy storage.

Lecturers: Terence Wong / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6626 Polymer Electronics (TUM)

This course will focus on fundamentals of electronic and optoelectronic devices and technologies based on polymer semiconductors. Organic electronic technology uses new semiconductor materials based on carbon compounds such as organic small molecules or polymers. These materials can be chemically synthesized to tailor a variety of their semiconducting properties making them appealing for applications that require luminescence (LEDs), transport and charge mobility (transistors), the absorption of light (photovoltaic cells), and the modulation of such properties due to external stimuli (eg, photodetectors, gas and pressure sensors). In addition, these materials are mechanically flexible and have also the intrinsic ability to be deposited over large areas on both rigid and flexible substrates by printing techniques (for polymers soluble in organic solvents) including ink jet or screen printing. This is why this field is also referred to as plastic or printed electronics. In particular, the course will address the following topics: Polymer electronics: an overview. Electronic structure and band theory. Beyond polyacetylene. Optoelectronic properties. Charge transport. Synthesis and macromolecular design. The physics of polymers. Surfaces and interfaces. Polymer transistors. Optoelectronic devices. Photovoltaic devices (organic and dye sensitized solar cells). Polymeric memories.

Lecturers: Alessio Gagliardi / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6617 Advanced MOSFET & Novel Devices (TUM)

Historical development of mainstream MOSFETs until today: economical, technological and physical fundamentals. Properties of long channel and short channel MOSFETs. Hot carrier effects, scaling rules, basic of charge carrier transport (quantum-mechanical, hydro-dynamics, ballistics). Proposed new MOSFET structures (vertical MOSFETs, double-gate, fully-depleted MOSFETs). Hot-electron transistors, tunnelling transistors, low-dimensional devices, single-electron transistor, single-electron memories, quantum-electronics.

Lecturers: Prof Walter Hansch / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6627 Semiconductor Power Devices (TUM)

The course will focus on the function and operational principles of today´s semiconductor power devices and their use in specific applications. In particular, the course will address the following topics: Fundamentals of semiconductor device physics: electronic band structure, intrinsic and extrinsic conductivity, mobility, carrier transport by drift and diffusion, carrier generation and recombination, impact ionization, pn-junction, MOS field effect. Power device structures: PIN diode, Schottky diode, bipolar junction transistor, thyristor, power MOSFET, insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT). Robustness and destruction mechanisms of power devices: thermal breakdown, electrical breakdown, dynamic avalanche, latch-up in IGBTs, cosmic ray induced failure.

NM6603 Modern Semiconductor Devices (NTU)

Lecturers: Zhang Daohua / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Cross-discipline Modules

CD5030 Aspects of European and Asian History and Culture

Understanding intercultural aspects, government structures and differences in European and Asian religions in business and private environment. Basic comparison in European and Asian modern history.

Lecturers: To Be Confirmed / Hours: 10 / Semester: To Be Advised

CD5031 Cultural, Social and Economic Aspects of Globalization

To familiarize students with the basic principles on international economics and the problems and issues of the world economy as well as the terms used such as liberalism, mercantilism, free trade, protectionism. Topics on contemporary debate related to globalization, concepts, theories, goals, and the main actors and the various opponents of a global economy, e.g. nongovernmental organizations, antiglobalization movement, lobbyists, nationalist movements are covered. Students will also examine the social and cultural impact of globalization, especially the transformation of local societies throughout the world. Topics are like the spread of religions across cultural borders, the replacement of local culture by popular culture, the impact of science and technology transfer, or the growing ethnic diaspora community worldwide etc.

Lecturers: To Be Confirmed / Hours: 10 / Semester: To Be Advised

CD5131 International Intellectual Property Law

This module will give a brief introduction to intellectual property rights, and focus on insights into general principles of patent law and international conventions governing the patent law. Current developments and criticism of the current patent law system will also be addressed. In addition practical (legal) aspects of the commercialization of patents will be dealt with.

Lecturers: To Be Confirmed / Hours: 10 / Semester: To Be Advised

CD5170 Selected Topics in Business Administration

In this seminar, the fundamentals and basics of business administration are discussed in various examples from companies in Asia and Europe. Starting with the fundamental business theories, we soon come to the hard facts – how to run a company in a competitive environment. What factors make a company successful? How does a company become a global player and what risks exist in the market? How do companies deal with competitors and how do they find out what the marked, i.e. their customers, demand? “Strategic management” is the key to answer these questions as well as “Strategic competitiveness”. We will further discuss the fundamentals in M & A (mergers & acquisitions) – how to estimate the value of a company and a global brand (branding). Diversification contra specialization – several case studies will point up the different management theories.

Lecturers: Asst Prof Teo Gin Swee / Hours: 10 / Semester: To Be Advised

CD5180 Selected Topics in Management Methods

This is an interdisciplinary approach to leadership and management with insights into Sun Tze’s “Art of War” and The Bhagavad Gita, linking Confucian ethics with Buddhist economics, with highlights of idiosyncrasies in doing business in Asia like Feng Shui, hampers and Guanxi. Key aspects of doing business in ASEAN, China and India will also be discussed.

Lecturers: Dr Charles Chow / Hours: 10 / Semester: To Be Advised

*Disclaimer: Elective modules available for selection are subject to availability. Unforeseen circumstances that affect the availability of the module include an insufficient number of students taking up the module and/or the unavailability of the professor. TUM Asia reserves the right to cancel or postpone the module under such circumstances.

Your Internship

After two semesters of coursework, all students have to complete a (minimum) two or three month internship with the industry or with an academic institution. It is required for the student to complete an internship related to his or her field of study at TUM Asia.

One can secure an internship in Singapore, Germany, or in any other country in Asia, Europe or the rest of the world. Students who have secured a scholarship with their sponsoring company will undergo their internship in the company (this can be conducted in any branch of the company worldwide). Students without an industrial sponsorship are to look for internships independently and it is expected that all students take an active approach about it. TUM Asia will assist to provide students with any possible internship opportunities, but students are to lead the search for internships themselves.

Master Thesis

The 6-month long thesis work is the culmination of graduate work and an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills that students have acquired through course work and research assistant-ships. Through this guided learning experience, students work in collaboration with industry partners or other researchers on a project of mutual interest and may in some cases publish manuscripts resulting from the thesis.

The thesis should be practical-based. Theoretical frameworks or conceptual models may (and should in many cases) guide the research questions. A strictly theoretical paper is not acceptable for a master’s thesis.

Organization of the Thesis

Since the timeline for one’s Master studies is quite short, it is important to start exploring and discussing possible thesis topics as early as possible, recommended to be no later than the end of the first term.

After deciding if the thesis project will be carried out in the industry or an university, the student has to find an university supervisor. Professors or the TUM Asia staff will assist the student in finding the right supervisor depending on the programme, but the ownership of the search is still on the student himself or herself. The supervising professor will be a teaching lecturer from the TUM Asia Master programme.

For the completion of the thesis project, the student will have to prepare a written thesis that will be rated by the university supervisor together with (if applicable) the industrial supervisor.

The purpose of the internship is to provide a structured and supervised work experience, in application to the theory work learnt. It is also a platform to develop soft-skills not learnt in the classroom setting and this will help the students to gain job-related skills and achieve their desired career goals.

There will be an informative briefing session conducted for all students to equip them with the necessary knowledge regarding internship and thesis guidelines of TUM Asia. This briefing will be held during the first semester of your studies at TUM Asia.

The total tuition fees for this Master programme, if expressed in Singapore Dollar equivalent, are S$ 34,240.00* (inclusive of 7% GST).

The fees will be split and paid in two portions – a portion in Singapore Dollars, another portion in Euro. You will be informed of the exact breakdown of the fees into Singapore Dollar and Euro, after you have been accepted into the programme. The tuition fees are to be paid in three instalments as indicated in the table below.

Registration Fee 1st Instalment 2nd Instalment 3rd Instalment Total
Deadline for payment Upon acceptance of offer 1 July 1 December 1 July
(of the next year)
Amount* (if expressed in Singapore Dollar equivalent, for reference only) S$ 3,210.00 S$ 8,203.98 S$ 11,413.06 S$ 11,412.96 S$ 34,240.00

*Tuition fees are subject to revision due to currency fluctuations at the discretion of TUM Asia. All prices stated above are inclusive of 7% GST.

DISCLAIMER: Note that the tuition fees stated on this webpage are accurate to the Academic Year 2015/16 intake only. Students enrolling in subsequent intakes should only use the total fee stated on this webpage only as a reference.

Please note that the above fees include the following:

  • Matriculation fees at TUM
  • Teaching fees
  • Lab materials and expenses
  • Soft copy files of all teaching materials
  • Excursion and off-campus expenses for mandatory events

In addition to the tuition fee, all registered students will be subjected to the following fees:

  • Student Visa Processing and Issuance Fee (payable to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) Singapore
  • Examination Fees*
  • Amenities Fee*
  • Copy Right Fee*
  • IT Facilities fees*
  • Student Registration Fee*
  • Student Matriculation Card Fee*
  • Student Medical Insurance Fee*
  • Sports Fee*

*For no. 2 to 9, the fees are payable to the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

The respective amounts and payment instructions will be provided in the Student Agreement to all successful applicants.

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