MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DESIGN


Changes in integrated circuits technology have had a huge impact on our day to day life. Incredible technological advances over the last 50 years enable us to integrate billions of transistors on a single integrated circuit. At the same time the cost of a single transistor has decreased exponentially. The result is that every day new attractive applications for the use of ICs open up, enabling the semiconductor industry to grow much faster than the overall economy. However, the semiconductor industry’s capability to make intelligent use of all these transistors in designing successful products has not kept pace with the manufacturing capabilities. The electronics and semiconductor industries are therefore constantly looking for well-educated integrated circuit design engineers.

The international Master of Science in Integrated Circuit Design which is jointly offered by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Technische Universitaet Muenchen (Technical University of Munich, TUM) aims to educate the next generation of engineers and entrepreneurial leaders for the fast moving semiconductor industry. The programme content ranges from analog, digital and mixed-circuit design over architectural concepts for integrated circuits to design methodology and automation. Product manufacturing and testing are also addressed. Integrated circuit design is also placed in a broader context, e.g. by teaching fundamental concepts of signal processing which are at the core of today’s communications circuits. Students will also be taught essential non-technical topics such as product marketing, international management, patent law and aspects of culture and globalization. This will be mainly done by highly qualified freelancers from our industry partners.

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

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“This programme is designed to equip us with solid theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience to be a successful IC Design Engineer in this competitive semiconductor industry.”
Douglas Chin Yi Ren (Graduate, MSc in Integrated Circuit Design)

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

Integrated Circuit Design

Joint degree by TUM & NTU

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All information is accurate to the time of publishing. Last published on 10 October 2015.

DEGREE/FH DIPLOMA* REQUIREMENTS

An applicant must have completed minimally a 3-year** Bachelor Degree (Honors) or European/German FH Diploma or its equivalent in areas of Electrical, Electronics Engineering or a closely related discipline from a university with recognized standing with at least a 2nd Upper Honors or equivalent.

*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.

More about APS:

During the coursework in semester 1&2, the students have to complete 9 Core modules (including 2 laboratory modules) 4 Elective modules, as well as Cross Discipline modules. Most Core and Elective modules have 45 contact hours each, while the module of Business and Technical English has 80 contact hours. They will take place at facilities at NTU by TUM or NTU professors.

GRADUATION CRITERIA

The Master of Science in Integrated Circuit Design 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

NM6001 Digital IC Design (NTU)

Review of Integrated Circuit Fundamentals. Layout and Design Issues. CMOS Digital Circuits. BiCMOS Digital Circuits. Sub-System Design in Digital Circuits. Design Methodologies.

Lecturers: Assoc Prof Goh Wang Ling, Prof Yeo Kiat Seng & Assoc Prof Chang Chip Hong / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6002 Analog IC Design (NTU)

Review of Fundamentals. Analog Building Blocks. Switched Capacitor Circuits. Current Mode Circuits. Continuous-Time Filters. Data Converters.

Lecturers: Assoc Prof Siek Liter, Assoc Prof Yvonne Lam Ying Hung & Asst Prof Zheng Yuan Jin / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6003 System-on-Chip Solutions & Architecture (TUM)

Basics of CMOS integrated circuits from a system’s perspective. From MOSFET transistor to realization of combinational / sequential logic. Finite state machines (FSM), SRAM, DRAM, FLASH, FPGA, CPU core building blocks. Packaging and i/o technology. IC design methodologies. Standard cell, custom, platform SoC, System modeling. Projection of IC technology scaling and implementation alternatives. Integrated system solutions in internetworking and communications. SONET/SDH transport framers and digital cross connects. Ethernet LAN/ATM SAN switches. Control point processors and communication controllers. Network processors.

Lecturers: Prof Dr. sc.techn. Andreas Herkersdorf / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6004 Design Methodology & Automation (TUM)

Computer-aided design of analog and digital integrated circuits. VLSI design flow. System level, algorithmic level, register transfer level, logic level, circuit level. VLSI design methods, high-level synthesis, logic synthesis, layout synthesis. Analog and digital simulation, test design, formal verification. Techniques from discrete mathematics and computer science.

Lecturers: Prof Dr-Ing Ulf Schlichtmann / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6005 Digital Signal Processing (NTU)

Introduction. Discrete Fourier transform (DFT) and fast Fourier transform (FFT). Z transform. Digital filters. Linear prediction and optimum linear filters. Power spectrum estimation.

Lecturers: Asst Prof Pina Marziliano & Assoc Prof Lin Zhiping / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6006 Mixed Signal Circuit Design

Fundamentals of discrete time signal processing. MOSFET as a switch. Sample & hold circuits, switched capacitor circuits. Data converter fundamentals. Nyquist rate D/A and A/D converters. Over sampling, noise shaping, A/D and D/A converters using sigma-delts modulators. Switched capacitor filters.

Lecturers: Dr Stephan Henzler / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

NM6007 Lab 1: Analog IC Design (NTU)

Design of a Wide-band Amplifier from schematic to layout verification.

Lecturers: Assoc Prof Siek Liter / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

NM6008 Lab 2: Digital IC Design (NTU)

Design, simulation, layout and verification of Digital Circuits & Systems.

Lecturers: Assoc Prof Gwee Bah Hwee & Assoc Prof Lim Meng Hiot / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6020 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*

The student has to choose 4 of the following electives:

NM6009 RF IC Design (NTU)

System Design Considerations. CMOS RF Components and Devices. Low-noise amplifier (LNA); Mixers; Voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs). RF power amplifiers. Phase-Locked Loops and Frequency Synthesizers

Lecturers: Asst Prof Zheng Yuanjin, Prof Zhang Yue Ping & Asst Prof Boon Chirn Chye / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

NM6010 IC (Integrated Circuit) Packaging IC (NTU)

Packaging Overview. Electrical Packaging Design and Thermal Management. Single Chip and Multichip Packaging. IC Assembly, Sealing and Encapsulation. IC Packaging Failure and Reliability. Microsystems Packaging and Applications.

Lecturers: Assoc Prof Tan Cher Ming & Asst Prof Tan Chuan Seng / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

NM6011 IC Marketing/Business/Management (NTU)

Lecturers: Assoc Prof Lim Meng Hiot / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

NM6012 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, tunneling transistors, low-dimensional devices, single-electron transistor, single-electron memories, quantum-electronics.

Lecturers: Prof Walter Hansch / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

NM6013 Nano-Electronics (TUM)

Low dimensional structures: quantum wells, quantum wires and quantum dots. Electronic, optical, transport porperties of nanostructures. Quantum semiconductor devices. Fabrication and characterization techniques of nanotechnology. Applications of nanostructures, nanodevices and nanosytems. The bottom-up approach to nanotechnology: introduction to molecular electronics and optoelectronics. Organic materials for electronics: self-assembled monolayers; conducting polymers; carbon nanotubes. Circuit implementations and architectures for nanostructures: quantum cellular automata and cellular non linear networks. Introduction to quantum computing.

Lecturers: Prof Dr. Paolo Lugli / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

NM6015 Embedded Systems (TUM)

Compositional Timing Analysis; Worst-Case Execution Time (WCET) Analysis; Realtime Programming Language (Esterel,Lustre); Microprocessor Architecture (RISC Vs DSP, VLIW, SIMD, FPGAs); Software Platforms, Tools for Host-Target-Development; Monitoring and Debugging; Simulation& Design Space Exploration; RTOS and Scheduling Policies; Processor Clock Rate, Benchmarking, Memory Hierarchy (Cache).

Lecturers: Prof Chakraborty Samarjit / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

NM6016 Simulation and Optimization of Analog Circuits (TUM)

Principles of circuit simulation: DC/AC/TR analysis. Basic analog optimization tasks: worst-case analysis, yield analysis, nominal design, design centering. Basic principles of optimization: optimality conditions, line search, Nelder-Mead method, Newton approach, Conjugate Gradient approach, Quadratic Programming, Sequential Quadratic Programming. Structural analysis of analog circuits.

Lecturers: Dr Helmut Graeb / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Cross-discipline Modules

*For those students who are interested there will be a German language course offered.

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: 1

CD5031 Cultural, Social and Economical Aspects of Globalisation

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: 1

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: Mr. Martin Schweiger / Hours: 10 / Semester: 1

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: 2

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: 2

*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:

  1. Student Visa Processing and Issuance Fee (payable to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) Singapore
  2. Examination Fees*
  3. Amenities Fee*
  4. Copy Right Fee*
  5. IT Facilities fees*
  6. Student Registration Fee*
  7. Student Matriculation Card Fee*
  8. Student Medical Insurance Fee*
  9. 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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