Coursework/taught programmes involve attendance at formal classes, seminars, laboratories and written examinations. Some programmes also require the students to complete a practicum/project.
Students will be evaluated through a combination of continuous assessment and written examination. An examination will be held at the end of each semester of study.
Candidates must have passed relevant modules where applicable, obtained a minimum Cumulative Average Point of 3.0 for Masters and 2.75 for Graduate Diploma programmes at the end of the course of study, before they can be considered for the award of the degree they are pursuing.
What coursework programmes does the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offer?
The Faculty offers the following programmes:
Master of Arts (Chinese Culture and Language)
Master of Arts (English Language and Linguistics)
Master of Arts (Literary Studies)
Master of Economics
Master of Arts (Southeast Asian Studies)
Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Master of Science (Applied Geographic Information Systems)
Master of Social Work
Graduate Diploma in Social Work
APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION TO COURSEWORK PROGRAMMES
What are the admission requirements?
The admission requirements vary from programme to programme. You may obtain the information here.
Is there any age limit for admission to the coursework programmes?
No, there is no age limit.
Is TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) a pre-requisite for admission?
Applicants whose native tongue and medium of university instruction is not in English should submit the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score as evidence of their proficiency in the English language. As such, only if the applicant meets both criteria, i.e. native tongue is not in English AND medium of university instruction is not in English, must they submit the TOEFL/IELTS. However, as some Departments/Programmes may be more stringent in their requirement, please check the website of the respective Department(s)/Programme(s) you are applying to or contact them directly if you are unsure.
Successful candidates may be required to take the Diagnostic English Test at our University and, where necessary, attend the Graduate English Course.
What is the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score required?
A minimum TOEFL score of 580 for the paper-based test, 237 for the computer-based test or 85 for the internet-based test (a minimum score of 22 for the writing section is required for the internet-based test); or IELTS result of 6.0 is required. Some Departments/Programmes may set higher requirements e.g. the Master of Social Work programme requires a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.
What is the validity period of TOEFL/IELTS score reports?
TOEFL/IELTS score reports are only valid for two years after the test and the validity should not expire before the beginning of the application period for the relevant coursework programme.
How do I register for TOEFL/IELTS?
You may communicate with the organisations conducting the respective tests. Their website addresses and telephone numbers are indicated below:
TOEFL: Educational Testing Service (ETS), USA Tel: 1-609-771-7100 or 1-877-863-3546 Website: http://www.ets.org
or contact your local United States Information Service. The Faculty's TOEFL Institution Code is 9081.
IELTS: University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate (UCLES), United Kingdom Tel: (01223) 55-3311 Website: http://www.ielts.org
or contact your local British Council.
Do I need to submit GRE (Graduate Record Exam) results?
Certain programmes may require the GRE. Please refer to the admission requirements here.
What is the candidature period?
The maximum candidature period for a coursework programme ranges from twenty-four months to sixty months depending on the programme.
How many intakes are there per year?
There is one intake per academic year for all coursework programmes – in Semester 1 (August).
Can I take up part-time study?
Only those who are locally domiciled at the time of application are eligible for part-time study.
Which programmes are available on part-time basis and which on full-time basis?
All coursework programmes except the Master of Psychology (Clinical) programme are available on both full-time and part-time basis. The Master of Psychology (Clinical) programme is offered only on a full-time basis.
When do applications open?
The application periods are indicated in the table below.
Semester 1 (August)
1 October (in the year preceding the intake) to 15 January (in the same year as the intake)
Master of Economics
1 October (in the year preceding the intake) to 1 March (in the same year as the intake)
Master of Science (Applied Geographic Information Systems)
1 November (in the year preceding the intake) to 15 January (in the same year as the intake)
Obtain the application materials from the following address:
Graduate Studies Division Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences National University of Singapore The Shaw Foundation Building Block AS7, Level, 6, 5 Arts Link Singapore 117570
Can I apply for more than one coursework programme?
Yes, you can. However, you must use separate application forms and attach separate sets of supporting documents for each coursework programme. The application fee must also be made for each application submitted. If you are successful in more than one application, you can choose to pursue only one programme.
SCHOLARSHIPS,FEES & COST OF LIVING
Is any scholarship available for coursework applicants?
There is none at the moment.
How much is the tuition fees?
Please click here for information on the tuition fees.
In addition to the tuition fees, do I need to make other payments?
Please click herefor information on Other Miscellaneous Student Fees.
Besides the Other Miscellaneous Student Fees, students in certain programmes may be required to pay additional fees for special student development activities.
What is the estimated cost of living in Singapore?
The estimated living expenses for a single international graduate student is about S$18,000 per year, this exclude the tuition and miscellaneous student fees.
How do I apply for entry visa?
For international students who require an entry visa [please refer to the website of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) for the list of countries whose nationals require an entry visa], we will help to apply for a single-journey visa cum in-principle student's pass approval on your behalf. The approval letter issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority and your valid passport must be presented to the Duty Officer at the Immigration checkpoint upon arrival in Singapore. No deposit is required by the Immigration Office.
How do I apply for a Student's Pass?
On your arrival in Singapore, you will be given a Social Visit Pass valid for two weeks to a month. During this period, you must come to the Graduate Studies Division of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to complete the registration formalities. You will then be advised about your application for your Student's Pass. All international students applying for a Student's Pass of six months or more will have to undergo a medical examination. Issuance of the Student's Pass will be subject to the outcome of your medical report.
Is a medical check-up required before I come to Singapore?
All international students applying for a Student's Pass of six months or more will have to undergo a medical examination. Issuance of the Student's Pass will be subject to the outcome of the medical report. Those who are found to have active Tuberculosis or HIV infection will not be granted the Student's Pass, and as such, will have to return to their country at their own expense. In view of this, international students may wish to undergo a similar health examination before coming to Singapore.
REGISTRATION OF MODULES
Do I have to register for modules at the start of each semester?
Yes. All students have to register for modules at the start of each semester.
When do I start to register for modules?
The schedule on the Module Registration exercise will be made available on the website here about one month before the start of the new semester.
How do I register for modules?
You can register for modules online via the Module Registration at Education Records System (ModReg@EduRec). More information is available on the website here.
Can I add/drop modules after I have registered for them?
Yes. You may add/drop modules within the stipulated time frames as indicated in the schedule on online registration of modules.
Is there any penalty for dropping modules?
You will not be penalised if you drop the modules during the online add/drop period. Modules dropped within the stipulated time frame will appear on the examination results slip/transcript with a "W" (Withdrawal) grade. Modules dropped after the stipulated time frame will appear on the examination results slip/transcript with an "F" (Fail) grade.
Can I register for modules offered by other FASS Departments/Programmes or Faculties?
If you wish to take modules offered by another Department/Faculty, you can submit your application via the "Submit Module Requests" function in ModReg@EduRec.
MATTERS PERTAINING TO EXAMINATION OF MODULES
Do I need to register before the start of examinations?
No. You need not register for examinations but you will be required to participate in the online feedback exercise that will usually be conducted two weeks prior to the start of the examinations.
What should I do if I am unable to sit for an examination?
If you are unable to sit for an examination for valid reason(s), you should write to the Vice-Dean (Graduate Studies) through the course instructor and Head of Department/Programme. Please submit the letter before the examinations begin. If you are involved in overseas projects or reservist training, you need to submit the letters from your companies before the examinations begin.
I sat for an examination even though I was feeling unwell. Can I highlight this for consideration by the examiners?
Yes. You may obtain the Application for Special Consideration form (Form RO.755/12). This application form is available for downloading in the Student Portal. Please attach all relevant medical documents if applicable. This will be considered by the Board of Examiners (BOE) during the BOE meeting.
I wish to request for my examination result to be reviewed. How do I go about doing this?
Appeals for review of examination results must be submitted within three days from the date of the release of examination results. A non-refundable fee of S$10 (inclusive of GST) is charged for the review of each examination paper. The Application Form for Review of Results (Form RO.290/0892) is available for downloading in the Student Portal.
GENERAL STUDENT MATTERS
How do I apply for a period of leave from my course of study?
Students have to apply for leave of absence through the Education Record System (EduRec), which is available via the Student Portal under Leave.
Do I still have to pay tuition fees after I am granted leave of absence?
Students who apply for leave of absence after the second week of instructional period of Semester 1 or Semester 2 are required to pay fees (Tuition Fees, Student Services fee and *Health Services Fee) for that semester. If the period of leave granted is for part of a semester (i.e., the period of leave does not cover the dates of the whole semester), fees for the whole semester are payable. If you are taking leave of absence in your first semester in NUS, the Student Services Fee will still be charged. *Only applicable to Full-Time students
I wish to withdraw from my current course of study. What do I need to do?
You are required to complete a form FASS-G72/10 and submit to Graduate Studies Division through the department. The form is available via the Student Portal.
I am a full-time international student and would like to work part-time during term. Am I allowed to do so?
You may apply to work part-time by completing an application form which is available via the Student Portal under Part-Time Work. Approval from your Department/Programme is required and will be on a case-by-case basis subject to the terms and conditions as stated on the application form.
Whom can I contact if I would like to find out about the application procedure for admission to coursework programmes?
Whom can I contact if I would like to find out more about individual coursework programmes?
The relevant email addresses are indicated below: