University Town College Programme (UTCP)
The University Town College Programme (UTCP) is a residential college programme designed as a more coherent delivery of general education. The UTCP emphasises multidisciplinary learning and active small-group learning. Students from different disciplines, cultures, and nationalities are put together in each class, which helps them to assimilate and synthesise cross-disciplinary knowledge, facilitating multi-perspectival thinking.
Through its multidisciplinary curriculum, the UTCP will help students develop effective communications and strong writing skills, critical thinking skills, and intellectual breadth and rigour to tackle the complex, inter-related challenges confronting the world today. A host of informal learning activities, such as talks by distinguished visitors, as well as social and sporting activities, complements the formal curriculum.
Fulfilling UTCP Requirement with RC4’s academic curriculum:
The UTCP curriculum comprises five modules read over four semesters: a Junior Seminar and an Ideas & Exposition 1, typically read in the first year; as well as a Senior Seminar, a Singapore Studies Senior Seminar and an Ideas & Exposition 2, typically read in the second year.
Students admitted as part of the Semester 1 UTCP freshman intake will be offered a two-year residency during which they are expected to complete the UTCP curriculum (5 UTCP modules).
Students from Dentistry, Law, Medicine and Nursing have limited room in their programme; hence, an alternative pathway has been approved for them where they are required to read two UTCP modules over two years.
Fulfilling Degree Requirement with UTCP
The UTCP is designed to co-exist as an alternative pathway to fulfilling the University Level Requirements (20 MCs), which most NUS degree programmes require as part of graduation.
In some instances, UTCP students who read Ideas & Exposition modules are not required to read their Faculty’s compulsory writing / communication modules (also offered by the Centre for English Language Communication). As I&E modules may not be double-counted towards both University Level Requirements and Faculty requirements, such students may have to read another module to meet the modular credits needed for graduation, as advised by their Faculties.
Students whose degree structure do not have University Level Requirements (namely Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and students on Joint Degree Programmes with overseas universities) should check with their respective programme administrators on how the UTCP modules may be classified for graduation.
Students who complete the UTCP (20 MCs) are exempted from the five modules in the GE curriculum (20 MCs). Five UTCP modules will be read in place of the five modules in the GE pillars.
UTCP students from Engineering or Science (except Pharmacy and Environmental Studies) are not required to read their Faculty’s Level 1000 compulsory writing/communication module if they have read any Ideas & Exposition module.
Students who complete the UTCP (20 MCs) are exempted from four of the five modules (16 MCs) of the GE curriculum. With effect from AY2016/2017, the University requires all undergraduates (with the exception of Law, Medicine (including Nursing) and Dentistry) to complete the GER1000 Quantitative Reasoning (QR) module. This is the fifth GE module, and serves to complete the GE requirements for UTCP students. GER1000 will be pre-allocated for students in their first or second semester. Four UTCP modules will be read in place of the GE modules to fulfil the University Level Requirements, and the fifth UTCP module will be read as an Unrestricted Elective (UE) or Faculty requirement if applicable.
UTCP students from Engineering, Arts and Social Sciences, or Science (except Pharmacy and Environmental Studies) are not required to read their Faculty’s Level 1000 compulsory writing/communication module if they have read any Ideas & Exposition module.
Cohort 2017/2018 onwards
Students who complete the UTCP are exempted from four of the five modules of the General Education (GE) curriculum. This means that four UTCP modules will be read in place of the GE modules and the fifth UTCP module is taken as an Unrestricted Elective (UE) or Faculty requirements (if applicable).
The university requires all undergraduates (with the exception of Law, Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing) to complete the GER1000 Quantitative Reasoning (QR) module. This is the fifth GE module, and serves to complete the GE requirement for UTCP students. The QR module will usually be pre-allocated for you to read in your first or second semester. [GER1000 is not managed by the college]
From AY2017/2018 onwards, it is compulsory for FASS and BES students to take GET1031A to fulfil the Thinking and Expression pillar of the GE requirements. RC4-FASS and RC4-BES students do not need to read GET1031A if they have read a Junior Seminar module with RC4.