Candidates seeking admission to the programme leading to the Master of Social Sciences (Psychology) degree by research must have obtained either:

A good Honours degree or equivalent in psychology or a related subject;

OR such other qualifications and experience as the Faculty and Board of Graduate Studies may approve.

Overseas candidates must have an acceptable score in English proficiency [TOEFL score of at least 580 for the paper-based test, 85 for the internet-based test (with a minimum score of 22 for the writing section) or 237 for the computer-based test; and 6 for IELTS or equivalent].

It is a faculty requirement that you submit a preliminary research proposal. If you apply to the Psychology Research Graduate Programme, this proposal should be submitted in the form of a personal statement. Instructions on what should go into your personal statement can be found here.

Applicants should examine faculty profiles on the department webpage prior to submitting their application, in order to find out whether their research interests can be accommodated by one (or more) of our staff members. Applicants should then specify their preferred supervisors (in descending order of preference) in their personal statement. Your listed supervisors will evaluate your applications when they reach the department and decide at that point whether they are prepared to supervise you (or not). However, since admission is contingent on securing a willing supervisor, please ensure that your research interests (as reflected in your personal statement) overlap well with your proposed supervisor's, to maximize your chance of securing a supervisor. In view of this, you do NOT have to secure a supervisor prior to submitting your application.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences awards research scholarships for graduate students on a competitive basis. More information on this scholarship and other financial aids is available here. Financial aid from research grants awarded to individual staff members may also be available.

GRE Requirements for Graduate Admissions to NUS Psychology (November 2007 onwards)

All applicants (except graduates from the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University) must submit the GRE report.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test: Scores must be from an examination taken within the last five years.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Subject Test: The Graduate Record Examination Subject Test in Psychology is also required and will be used to assess your overall knowledge of the field.

Submitting Test Scores: Scores must be reported directly to NUS from the Educational Testing Service. The institution code for the National University of Singapore is 0677.

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Programme Requirements

For research students admitted from Semester 1, AY2004-2005