Applied and Public History (Coursework)  

The Department of History seeks to promote the appropriate use of history in the arts, business, government, and other sectors of society. We seek to train candidates to appropriately use history to anticipate and exploit trends, craft policies, make decisions, and pursue their endeavours.

Admission Criteria

Applicants for the MA coursework programme should have the following qualifications:

  • NUS honours degree (Merit/Second Class and above) or equivalent (e.g. a four-year bachelor’s degree with at least an average grade of B) in relevant disciplines such as history and area studies, and disciplinary or interdisciplinary academic programmes in the humanities and social sciences that give the major a measure of competence in historical subject matters; or Bachelor’s degree with a relevant Graduate Diploma with a minimum CAP of 3.00; or Bachelor’s degree with a relevant Graduate Certificate with a minimum CAP of 3.00.
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant disciplines such as history and area studies, and disciplinary or interdisciplinary academic programmes in the humanities and social sciences that give the major a measure of competence in historical subject matters with at least two years of relevant work experience.
  • Candidates with other qualifications and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis, subject to approval by the BGS.
  • Applicants whose native tongue and medium of University instruction is not English must complete the TOEFL or IELTS and obtain the results set by the particular programme. Exceptions may be allowed on an individual basis. CELC’s Diagnostic English Test and the taking of English Proficiency modules remain as a provision to help establish a student’s level of English and improve his/her language ability.

Applicants for the Graduate Diploma coursework programme should have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant disciplines such as history and area studies, and disciplinary or interdisciplinary academic programmes in the humanities and social sciences that give the major a measure of competence in historical subject matters; or Bachelor’s degree with a relevant Graduate Certificate with a minimum CAP of 3.00.
  • At least two years of relevant work experience.
  • Candidates with other qualifications and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis, subject to approval by the BGS.
  • Applicants whose native tongue and medium of University instruction is not English must complete the TOEFL or IELTS and obtain the results set by the particular programme. Exceptions may be allowed on an individual basis. As Graduate Diploma programmes are usually of relatively short duration, CELC’s Diagnostic English Test and the taking of English Proficiency modules are not recommended for Graduate Diploma candidates.

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate coursework programme should have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least two years of relevant work experience.
  • Candidates with other qualifications and experience may be considered on a case by case basis, subject to approval by the Faculty/School.
  • Proof of competency in English is not required.

TOEFL or IELTS Score Report

Applicants whose native tongue and medium of university instruction is not English should submit TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores as evidence of their proficiency in the English language.

The min TOEFL score required is as follows:

  • Internet-based test (iBT): Minimum score of 85 (with minimum of 22 for the writing section)
  • Computer-based test (CBT): Minimum score of 237

A min IELTS score of 6.0 is required.


Continuation and Graduation Requirements

Masters Programme

Students need to pass at least 40 MCs

  1. Pass core modules HY5405 and HY6101
  2. Pass at least 16 MCs, subject to a max of 28 MCs from the primary field.
  3. Read a max of 16 MCs from the electives
  4. The 10,000-word thesis accounts for 2 modules or 8 MCs. Only full-time candidates with a CAP of 4.0 and above at the end of the first semester and part-time candidates with a CAP of 4.0 and above at the end of the second semester are permitted to write the thesis. The rest are expected to read graduate modules.
  5. To earn the MA degree, candidates will read a combination of core, primary, and elective modules, and/or the 10,000-word thesis to earn a total of at least 40 MCs.

Candidates pursuing the MA degree by coursework must complete and earn 40 MCs, and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.00 to be eligible for graduation.

To continue in the MA programme, candidates may not obtain:

  1. CAP below 3.00 (but ≥ 2.50) for 3 consecutive semesters; or
  2. CAP below 2.50 for 2 consecutive semesters.

Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate Programmes

Students need to

  • Graduate Diploma-Pass HY6101 and at least 20 MCs at level 5000 and above. Must obtain a min CAP of 2.75.
  • Graduate Certificate-Pass at least 12 MCs at level 5000 and above. Must obtain a min CAP of 2.50.

For the stacking of graduate modules and/or Graduate Certificates towards fulfilling the requirements of a Graduate Diploma, candidates shall comply with the following:

  1. To obtain a Graduate Diploma, candidates need to read additional modules and obtain a minimum of 24 MCs.
  2. The grades and modular credits that candidates earned in the Graduate Certificate programme or while reading individual graduate modules may be transferred to the relevant Graduate Diploma programme subject to approval by the Faculty. Each module to be transferred should have been read and completed within the last 10 years. The application for such transfers may be rejected if it is deemed that the contents of the module(s) in question are no longer relevant or not of comparable content and level. Candidates are advised to apply for the transfers within the first month of candidature.
  3. The average CAP of all modules allowed for grade and credit transfer to a Graduate Diploma programme must be at least 2.75.

For the stacking of graduate modules and/or Graduate Certificates towards fulfilling the requirements of the MA coursework degree, or for the stacking of combinations of graduate modules, Graduate Certificates, and Graduate Diplomas towards fulfilling the requirements of the MA coursework degree, candidates shall comply with the following:

  1. To obtain the MA coursework degree, candidates need to read additional modules and/or write the 10,000-word thesis. The additional components/modules should form at least 10% of the MA requirements and should not be offered as standalone modules nor be part of a Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma.
  2. The grades and modular credits that candidates earned in the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma programme or while reading individual graduate modules may be transferred to the MA coursework programme subject to approval by the Faculty. Each module to be transferred should have been read and completed within the last 10 years. The application for such transfers may be rejected if it is deemed that the contents of the module(s) in question are no longer relevant or not of comparable content and level. Candidates are advised to apply for the transfers within the first month of candidature.
  3. The average CAP of all modules allowed for grade and credit transfer to the MA programme must be at least 3.00.

Candidature

The majority of candidates will likely be able to complete the programme in 2 semesters if they read it full-time. Those pursuing it part-time are likely to complete the programme in 4 to 6 semesters. International students on student visa must be enrolled in the programme full-time. Students residing in Singapore may enrol for part-time study.

The maximum candidature periods are as follows:

 MA (full-time)  36 mths
 MA (part-time) 48 mths
 Graduate Diploma 36 mths
 Graduate Certificate 36 mths


Applications

Applications to pursue the programmes must be submitted online.  There is a non-refundable fees of SGD$50 (inlclusive of GST) for each application. The application and fees must be respectively submitted and paid by the relevant deadlines. Refer to the application period below:

Programmes Intake Application Period Outcome
MA & Grad Dip Sem 1 1 November (year preceding the intake ) to 15 Jan (same year as intake) Late May
Grad Cert Sem 1 April to June Early Jul

For more information on the application process and the supporting documents required for MA and Graduate Diploma programmes, please check here.

To apply for the Graduate Certificate programme, please submit your application via the online system.


Fees

The tuition fee for AY2021-22 is SGD$36,400 (incl GST) for those pursuing the MA programme full time and part time irrespective of nationality. Candidates shall pay a SGD$3,600 non-refundable deposit upon acceptance of the offer of admission.

Students are also required to pay other miscellaneous student fees as decided by the University.


Singaporean/PR/International Students Non-refundable upon Acceptance Year 1 Year 2 Total (incl GST)
Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 1
Full-Time SGD3,600 SGD16,400 SGD16,400 SGD36,400
Part-Time        SGD3,600 SGD10,934 SGD10,933 SGD10,933 SGD36,400
Graduate Diploma SGD3,640 (incl GST) per module
Certificate SGD3,640 (incl GST) per module
* GST is charged at a prevailing rate of 7%.


Modules

The modules descriptions can be found here.

You will be able to check here for the timetable.

Module Code Module Title
Core Modules
HY6101 Historiography: Theory and Archive
HY5405 Applied and Public History: Theory, Method and Practice
Primary Field Modules
HY5301 Internship in History
HY5406 Archives and Knowledge of the Past
HY5407 Theory and Practice of Oral History
HY5408 History and Memory
HY5409 Museums and Museology: Critical Perspectives
HY5410 Historical Reasoning: The Past and Decision-making
HY5411 Special Topics in Applied and Public History
HY5412 Studying Singaporean History
HY5660 Independent Study
Elective Modules
HY5207 Approaches to American History
HY5208 Approaches to Modern European History
HY5210 Approaches to Modern Southeast Asian History
HY5211 Approaches to Modern East Asian History
HY5302 Approaches to Military History
HY5303 Problems in Cultural History
HY5304 Imperialism and Empires: Historical Approaches
HY5305 Approaches to World History
HY5401 Historiography on China
HY5402 Reconsidering the Cold War
HY5403 Interpreters of Southeast Asian Pasts
HY5413 Special Topics in Asian and Global History
HY5660 Independent Study
Thesis
HY5414 Master's Thesis (Coursework Program)
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