SINGAPORE'S fourth university will accept applications for its dual master's degree programme by the end of the month.

The programme - jointly offered by the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and its partner institution Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - will be fully sponsored, with 25 places available.

Slated to start next September, it requires students to complete a year of coursework and projects at MIT in the United States before returning to SUTD for another year of intensive research. At the end of two years, students receive two master's degrees - one from each institution.

Speaking to reporters during a press briefing yesterday, SUTD president Thomas Magnanti said negotiations with MIT were ongoing and details would be finalised by the year end.

The master's degree will be offered in four areas: system design and management, civil and environmental engineering, supply chain management and engineering in manufacturing.

Over the next six years, SUTD expects 150 students to be admitted to these postgraduate courses.

SUTD rolls out master's degree