Turing Cohort 2019/2020


The Turing Programme for Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science) programme [TP] is yet another special programme in Computer Science. TP aims to nurture students who aspire to engage in pure research careers in Computing. It is most suitable for students who love to solve technically challenging problems and are able to handle theoretical and practical work. Students will be selected for admission to TP based on their performance in selected courses, including CS2309 and CS3230Students in TP are expected to build sufficient track records by the time they graduate to gain admission into PhD programmes in top schools including SoC. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science) degree will be eligible for admission into TP at the end of their first or second semester of studies based on their Grade Point Average (GPA) and interview. Students in this programme will be assigned CS professors as their mentors to help them to build their research track records.

Degree Requirements

Students in the programme must maintain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.00 in every semester of their studies and must complete the requirements of Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science), with the following variations:

  • They will read CS2309 CS Research Methodology (4 units). They will have 28 units remaining in the Unrestricted Electives.
  • They will take CP3208 and CP3209 Undergraduate Research in Computing I and II (8 units) to meet the Software Engineering Team Project requirement.
  • They will take CP4101 BComp Dissertation (12 units) with research content to meet the Industrial Experience Requirement.

NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) – Computer Science – Turing Programme

Students who attended NOC programme may:

  1. count TR3201/N Entrepreneurship Practicum (8 units) towards CS3882 Breakthrough Ideas for Digital Markets (4 units) and one bridging course at 4 units. The mapping to bridging course (MA1301/PC1221/PC1222) applies to CS students with A-level or equivalent qualifications in either Mathematics or Physics. These students replace the missing units for the bridging courses with unrestricted electives. Dummy CS codes CSX3741 and CSX3742 will be issued in place of MA1301 and PC1221/PC1222 respectively.
  2. count TR3202/N Start-up Internship Programme (12 units) towards Industrial Experience Requirement.
  3. count TR3203 Start-up Case Study and Analysis towards Unrestricted Electives. Students working on computer systems term projects for TR3203 may seek approval to instead take TR3203P, which counts towards CS3281/2 Thematic Systems Project I/II. Alternatively, TR3203 can be mapped to TR3203E in which 8 units of CS electives at level-3000 can be considered for the fulfilment of CS Breadth and Depth Requirements.

University Scholars Programme (Computer Science)

Students in the University Scholars Programme who choose the Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science) major will follow the Computer Science programme, but with the following variations:

  1. They will read GER1000 Quantitative Reasoning (4 units) as compulsory course for the University Level Requirements (ULR). The remaining 16 units in ULR are replaced by the 3 USP Inquiry Courses and 1 USP Foundation course ( i.e. University Scholars Seminar).
  2. They will not be required to read CS2101 Effective Communication for Computing Professionals. It is replaced by USP Foundation course: Writing and Critical Thinking.
  3. They will not be required to read one Science Course (4 units). It is replaced by one USP Inquiry course in Sciences and Technologies basket.
  4. CP3208 and CP3209 are independent study courses (ISMs) which will also be counted as 2 USP Inquiry courses in Sciences and Technologies basket.

Table 4: Summary of degree requirements for Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science) – Turing Programme

Computer Science Foundation36 
CS1101S Programming Methodology4 
CS1231S Discrete Structures4 
CS2030 Programming Methodology II 1a4 
CS2040S Data Structures and Algorithms4 
CS2100 Computer Organisation4 
CS2103T Software Engineering24 
CS2105 Introduction to Computer Networks4 
CS2106 Introduction to Operating Systems4 
CS3230 Design and Analysis of Algorithms4 
Computer Science Breadth & Depth48 
CS2309 CS Research Methodology4 
Satisfy 1 CS Focus Area, with 3 CS courses at Level – 4000 or above 324 
CP3209 Undergraduate Research in Computing8 
CP4101 B.Comp. Dissertation (with research content)12 
IT Professionalism12 
IS1103/X IS Innovations in Organisations and Society or
IS1108 Digital Ethics and Data Privacy
CS2101 Effective Communication for Computing Professionals 24 
ES2660 Communicating in the Information Age4 
Mathematics and Sciences16 
MA1521 Calculus for Computing 44 
MA1101R Linear Algebra I or MA1522 Linear Algebra for Computing or MA2001 Linear Algebra I4 
ST2334 Probability and Statistics 5 and a Science Course 68 
Grand Total 160


1 Students can refer to: https://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/academic-information-policies/undergraduate-students/general-education/five-pillars for the requirements for ULR.

1a Students who have not taken CS2030 will now take CS2030S.

2 Students taking CS2103T Software Engineering must take CS2101 Effective Communication for Computing Professionals in the same semester.

3 The 24 units of CS courses refer to CS-coded courses listed in the 10 CS Focus areas as well as IFS-coded courses.

4 Students pursuing a double degree in Computer Science and Mathematics/Applied Mathematics are recommended to replace MA1521 Calculus for Computing by MA1102R/MA2002 Calculus.

5 Students pursuing a double degree in Computer Science and Mathematics or Minor or Second Major in Mathematics/Statistics who take ST2131 Probability must also complete ST2132 Mathematical Statistics in place of ST2334 Probability and Statistics for CS fulfilment. If a student has already taken ST2131 (that precludes ST2334), he/she will have to take both ST2131 and ST2132 pair to fulfil the BComp(CS) degree requirements.

6 Students who have not taken ‘A’-level / H2 Physics must take either PC1221/X or PC1222/X to meet the Science course requirement. Students who have not taken ‘O’-level Physics may take a Life-Science course. Otherwise, students (who have taken ‘A’-level / H2 Physics) may take either a Physics, Chemistry or Life-Science or Mathematics course as a Science course. The Science course must be a course from List S1 (recommended) or List S2. Please refer here for details

7 Students without A-level or H2 Mathematics are required to complete the bridging course MA1301/X as part of the Unrestricted Electives.