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.

Through the 2-year full-time programme, the student will gain comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of micro-/nano-fabrication technology and advanced theories for renewable energy, power semiconductors as well as organic semiconductor devices and systems. The topics covered in this program deal with the state-of-the-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 in the coursework. These non-technical courses will be given mainly by lecturers from the industry.

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 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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All information is accurate to the time of publishing. Updated March 2019.

DEGREE/FH DIPLOMA* REQUIREMENTS

In order to be eligible for the programme, you must have at least a Bachelor Degree** (completed in at least three years, depending on factors such as the rest of your education background) in Electrical/ Electronics Engineering or in a closely related discipline with remarkable results. A good understanding of semiconductor physics, electromagnetics and organic chemistry (or electrochemistry) is preferred.

*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 admission@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 100* for the Internet-Based Test (TOEFL code: 7368)
    *100 for TUM-NTU degrees, 88 for TUM-NUS and TUM degrees
  • IELTS (www.ielts.org): With academic IELTS result of at least 6.5

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:

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; and 3) Green technology for energy harvesting, wireless sensor networks and cyber systems.

The teaching faculty in the programme are predominately from TUM and NTU, as well as additional modules taught by industry leaders and other expert academics.

COURSE COMMENCEMENT
Single yearly intake, with course commencement in August every year.

COURSEWORK & STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO
All coursework are conducted in English and students will be taught by German and Singaporean lecturers. Student-teacher ratio averages between 20:1 to 35:1. Only live teaching is conducted in all TUM Asia classes. All examinations will be written by the student him/herself, and examination results are released approximately 1-3 months after the examination.

COURSE DURATION
The Master of Science in Green Electronics degree is a 2-year full-time programme. Students must complete their coursework, 3-month internship and 6-month of Master Thesis writing to qualify for graduation.

COURSE COMPLETION
In order for a student to graduate, 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 score falls below 2.50. There is also a risk of candidature termination for failure in any modules if overall CGPA score falls below 2.50. A student will successfully complete his/her degree course in the n+2 year, n being the year of enrolment and assuming the circumstances that the student will not have any failed modules that he/she is required to retake. For example, if a student is enrolled in August 2017, he/she is likely to complete the course by August 2019, subject to the fulfilment of the graduation criteria.

 

Laboratory Core Modules

Each module carries 3 AUs (academic units) and 6 ECTS-credits

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: Assoc. Prof. Daniel Poenar / Assoc. Prof. Zhou Xing / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

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

Part I includes MOSFET analytical equations, short-channel effects, compact model for circuit simulation, parameter extraction, and transistor optimization. Part II includes semiconductor fundamental, simulation of Si, Ge, and Sn band structures, Quantum well (QW), Energy subbands and wave functions, kp method. It also covers QW band structure calculation by using single band and 6-band kp method, density of state, doping concentration, and Fermi energy level calculations by using single band and 6-band kp method. Intersubband (intraband) transition, squared transition element calculation, absorption spectrum, and cut-off wavelength of QW infrared photodetector is also discussed. The influence of Ge composition and well width on peak wavelength of photodetectors and optical gain simulation of Ge QW on Si is also covered.

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

Core Elective Modules* (Select 6 out of 7)

Each module carries 3 AUs (academic units) and 5 ECTS-credits

NM6601 Microfabrication Technology (NTU)

Photolithography technology. Photoresist technology. Advanced lithography. Metrology defect inspection and analytical technique. Cleaning technology. Wet etching process and technology. Dry etching process and technology. Chemical mechanical polishing. Epitaxy. Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. Atomic layer deposition. Physical vapor deposition.

Lecturers: Assoc. Prof. Tay Beng Kang / Assoc. Prof. Terence Wong / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6607 Optomechatronic Measurement Systems (TUM)

This course will focus on optical principles and their application in green electronics production processes, photovoltaic devices, thin film measurement, display technology, distributed sensor networks, energy harvesting. In particular, the course will address the following topics (inter alia):

i)      fundamentals of optomechatronic measurement systems

ii)     light sources and detectors

iii)    refraction, interference and diffraction

iv)   electronic speckle pattern interferometry

v)     thin film reflectometry as an in-situ deposition sensing technique

vi)   ellipsometry for thin layer analysis

vii)  optical waveguide sensors and their application in renewable energy devices such as wind turbines

viii) Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy for detection of greenhouse gases

Applications of optomechatronic measurement technology in Green Electronics industry, including fundamental understanding of patent protection and patent strategy for optomechatronic measurement devices.

Lecturers: Prof Dr.-Ing Alexander Koch / 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: Assoc. Prof. Wang Hong / Assoc. Prof. Tang Xiaohong / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6619 Bioelectronics (TUM)

1) Introduction to bionanotechnology 2) Materials: electrolytes, organic molecules, lipid bilayers, DNA, proteins 3) Nanofabrication techniques and self-assembly 4) Biofunctionalization of solid surfaces 5) Surface analytics and characterization 6) Electrical biosensors: solid-liquid interface, surface plasmon resonance, quartz microbalance, electrochemical impedance, nanopores, nanowires 7) Charge transfer in biomolecules: fundamentals and applications

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. 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 Nano-systems 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: Prof. Dr. Alessio Gagliardi / 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:

i)    Basic physical effects in solid-state microstructured electronic and micromechatronical devices and their application fields (microelectronics, microsensors, microactuators, and microsystems).

ii)   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.).

iii)  Basic operational principles of microdevices: pn junction, MOS field effect, unipolar and bipolar electronic devices, power devices, various transducer effects.

iv) Phenomenological transport theory: Onsager´s transport model, continuous field models of energy- coupled multi-domain systems, physics-based macro-modeling of microsystems.

v)   Selected sensor and actuator application examples.

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wachutka / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

NM6625 Introduction to Power Systems (TUM)

i)    Structure of the power system: generation, transportation and distribution and electricity consumption.

ii)   Introduction to typical power plant types including new renewable technologies. Description of the transport, distribution and control philosophy.

iii)  Introduction to the electricity demand, especially due to new electronic services. Fundamental terms of energy economy and electricity markets.

iv) Introduction into smart grids.

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Thomas Hamacher / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Elective Modules* (Select 4 out of 7)

Each module carries 3 AUs (academic units) and 5 ECTS-credits

NM6603 Modern Semiconductor Devices (NTU)

Bipolar transistor operation principles. Bipolar device modeling. State-of-the-art bipolar structures. CMOS device scaling effects. Semiconductor memories. Future trends and challenges

Lecturers: Assoc. Prof. Tang Dingyuan / Prof. Zhang Dao Hua / 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; short channel effects, scaling rules; basics of charge carrier transport (quantum mechanical, hydro dynamics, ballistics); proposed new MOSFET structures (strain engineering, metal-gate, high-k, vertical MOSFETs, double gate MOSFETs); hot electron transistors; tunneling transistors; low dimensional devices; single electron transistor, single electron memories, quantum electronics.

Lecturers: Dr.-Ing. Josef Biba / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

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: TBA / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

NM6623 Nanophotovoltaics (NTU)

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

Lecturers: TBA Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

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: Assoc. Prof. Terence Wong / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

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 (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:

1)    Polymer electronics: an overview

2)    Electronic structure and band theory

3)    Beyond polyacetylene

4)    Optoelectronic properties

5)    Charge transport

6)    Synthesis and macromolecular design

7)    The physics of polymers

8)    Surfaces and interfaces

9)    Polymer transistors

10)  Optoelectronic devices

11)  Photovoltaic devices (Organic and dye sensitized solar cells)

12)  Polymeric memories

Lecturers: TBA / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

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:

i) 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.

ii) Power device structures:

-      PIN diode

-      Schottky diode

-      Bipolar junction transistor

-      Thyristor

-      Power MOSFET

-      Insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT)

iii) Robustness and destruction mechanisms of power devices:

-      Thermal breakdown

-      Electrical breakdown

-      Dynamic avalanche

-      Latch-up in IGBTs

-      Cosmic ray induced failure

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wachutka Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Non-Technical Elective Modules* (Select 2 out of 6)

Each module carries 5 ECTS-credits

Business Administration

The module covers the following topics: the Organizational forms of enterprises – financing instruments (equity financing, internal and external financing) – methods of capital budgeting (cost analysis, net present value analysis, internal rate of return analysis) – corporate valuation procedures (discounted cash flow analysis, multiple valuation) – methods and requirements of internal and external accounting (national and international accounting standards, origin and allocation of costs) – human resource management (forms of organizing, history of organizational research, human resource theories, motivational theories).

Lecturers: TBA / Hours: 45 / Semester: TBA

Industrial Marketing

The module covers the following topics:

- Principles of marketing

- Marketing strategy and environment

- Creating customer value, satisfaction, and loyalty

- Information management and market research

- Analysing consumer and business markets

- Competition and differentiation from competitors

- Segmenting, targeting, and positioning

- Creating and managing products and services, brand management

- Pricing

- Marketing communications, marketing channels, and service P’s.

 

Students will work out, in teams, business cases, make their own business decisions and develop marketing concepts based on provided information of a real case study.

Lecturers: TBA / Hours: 45 / Semester: TBA

Innovation and Technology Management

The module covers the following topics:

1.         Innovation vs. invention

2.         Creating value through innovation

3.         Four forces of innovation

4.         Value to the customer and Hi-Tech Marketing

5.         Business system innovation and Service innovations

6.         Technological discontinuities, S-Curves and Scenario techniques

7.         Managing uncertainty and agility of enterprises

8.         Innovation, productivity and restructuring

9.         Venture capital, Start-ups and financing of innovation

10.       Innovation-driven economic cycles and Innovation impact on growth and jobs

 

The lecture presents the dynamics of technological development through innovation and the related management issues, the difference between creating a new product (invention) and improving an existing product/idea (innovation), Start-ups and financing of innovation, Innovation-driven economic cycles and Innovation impact on growth and jobs. This course is useful for students who plan to take up careers in manufacturing and service companies or in R&D organizations that make significant use of research and technology to build their portfolio.

Lecturers: TBA / Hours: 45 / Semester: TBA

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: TBA / Hours: 45 / Semester: TBA

Modern Developments In Industry

The module will provide insights in the core elements of Industry 4.0 such as: introduction to Cyber-Physical System, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies, information collection with intelligent sensors, industrial networking to connect the machines and processes together, Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for order management, production control and value adding to the complete supply chain management.

Lecturers: TBA / Hours: 45 / Semester: TBA

Production Planing in Industry

Manufacturers are confronted with special requirements of their production processes. Cycles, by-products, batches and campaigns are difficult to handle by nowadays ERP software packages (ERP = Enterprise Resource Planning). Concepts of material requirements planning, supply chain management (SCM) combined with basics in cost accounting will be explained. As a highlight a simulation model, based on modern simulation software, will be used by students to simulate production planning and achieve the ‘best’ production plan.

The module covers the following topics:

Part A: Overview

Part B: Industries – Chemical, Plastics and PVC

Part C: The World of PVC

Part D: Production Planning – Introduction

Part E: Production Planning Process

Part F: Procurement Process

Part G: SAP & Enterprise Resource Planning

Part H: Simulation Theory and Simulation Models

Lecturers: TBA / Hours: 45 / Semester: TBA

Internship 

ECTS Credits: 18

Master Thesis 

ECTS Credits: 30

*Disclaimer: 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 is S$ 34,240.00* (inclusive of 7% GST).

From AY2018/19 onwards, the tuition fees will be paid in Singapore Dollars only. 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* (expressed in Singapore Dollar) S$ 3,210.00 S$ 10,340.00 S$ 10,345.00 S$ 10,345.00 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: The tuition fees stated on this webpage are accurate are from Academic Year 2019/20 intake onwards. Students from previous intakes should not refer to the total fee stated on this webpage as their reference.

Please note that the above fees include the following:

  • Matriculation fees at TUM and NTU, teaching and examination fees
  • Lab materials and expenses
  • Expenses for intercultural program, may include tickets for events and industry excursions
  • Soft copy files of all teaching materials
  • Usage of all university facilities at TUM and NTU or relevant universities (e.g. library fees)
  • IT Usage: Computer labs and internet access
  • 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
  • Student Services Fees*
  • Health Service Fees*
  • Application Fees*: Applicants are required to pay a non-refundable NTU application fee of S$21.40 when sending in their admission application.

*For no. 2 to 4, the fees are payable to the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Note: Fees are subject to revision. All prices stated above are inclusive of 7% GST.

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

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