Master Of Arts – Research

Master Of Arts – Research


We offer higher degree studies by research leading to the degree of Master of Arts (MA) in line with the increasing emphasis on research in the areas of Humanities, Education and Physical Education.

Applicants reading the degree of MA by research will pursue an independent but supervised research in an approved field of advanced study based on which a thesis should be between 40,000 to 50,000 words must be submitted. A Master's thesis written in the Chinese language should not exceed 100,000 Chinese characters. The award of the research degree is based entirely on the work presented in the thesis.


A Bachelor's degree with honours at least at Second Class Upper level in the relevant areas and the ability to pursue research in the candidate's proposed field of advanced study.

Shortlisted applicants will undergo an interview session as part of the selection process.

Local applicants whose first degree is from a foreign university may be asked to provide a GRE score on a case-by-case basis. For international applicants, more information on the entry requirements can be found here

Course Outline

Arts and Humanities
  1. English Language
  2. English Literature
    • Literature Pedagogy
    • 17th Century British Literature and 19th Century American Literature
    • Comparative Literature/Post-colonial Literature
  3. Chinese/Malay/Tamil Language and Literature
  4. History
  5. Geography
  6. Social Sciences
  7. Music
  8. Art
  9. Drama and Performance
  1. Sociology of Education
  2. History of Education
  3. Special Needs Education
  4. Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  5. Multimedia and Information Technology
  6. Curriculum and Teaching
  7. School/Educational Management
  8. High Ability Studies
  9. Early Childhood Education
  10. Educational Management
  11. Mathematics Education
  12. New Literacies, Multi-Literacies and Digital Literacies
  13. The Role of Disciplinarity, Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity
  14. Cognitive-Developmental Psychology
Physical Education
  1. Sports Studies
    • Exercise/Sports Psychology
    • Sociocultural Studies of Sport
    • Sports History
    • Sports Management
  2. Sports Pedagogy
    • Curriculum Theory in Physical Education
    • Instructional Processes in Physical Education
    • Teacher Knowledge and Development in Physical Education

Important note for matriculated students: 
Please refer to the ISAAC system for the programme structure relevant to your intake during Course Registration or consult yourprogramme leader if you need clarifications.

Dates & Fees

Our tuition fees are subject to revision on a yearly basis. More details can be found here.

Other Info

Qualifying Examination

A rigorous system is used to prepare you into the research phase. In the first 12 months of study, you will be required to complete the Qualifying Examination requirements as indicated in (i) and (ii) below:

(i) Attend classes and pass the examinations of

  • 3 graduate level courses chosen from the University's Master-degree coursework programmes or from approved special topic courses and
  • obtain an overall average Grade B-, and no course should have a Grade below C+

(ii) Submit an in-depth literature review of an approved research topic

Exemption of courses may be granted by the Dean if you are deemed to have already done sufficient coursework in the relevant area in a graduate level programme at a recognised university. You would have to complete a minimum of two courses after allowing for exemptions.

pdf-thumbnail Download the full list of special topic courses.

Confirmation Exercise/Report

You will have to undergo a Confirmation Exercise if you are admitted as a Research Student in the first instance in order to be confirmed as an MA candidate. The exercise will take place either by the end of the first year of study or no later than 6 months after the Qualifying Examination.

For the Confirmation Exercise, you will have to submit a progress report on your research work as well as present and pass a confirmation seminar.

Your candidature may be terminated at any time if your progress has been deemed unsatisfactory by the University.

Contact Details

  • E-mail: [email protected]
    (for administrative enquiries related to admissions and application)

  • E-mail: [email protected] 
    (for administrative matters related to programme matters such as time-table, study plans)

List of Programme Leaders (for specific academic enquiries related to the programme such as curriculum requirements):

Programme Programme Leader
Asian Language and Cultures Chinese Language: Dr CHOONG Kok Weng
Malay Language: A/P Roksana Bibi Bte ABDULLAH
Tamil Language: A/P Sivakumaran s/o RAMALINGAM
Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice Dr CHAN Chee Yeen Melvin
Curriculum and Teaching Asst/P Leonel Lim
Education and Cognitive Development Laboratory Dr Alfredo BAUTISTA ARELLANO
Early Childhood and Special Education Early Childhood: A/P TAN Ai Girl
Special Education: A/P TAN Ai Girl
High Ability Studies: Asst/P BACSAL Rhoda Myra Garces
English Language and Literature A/P HU Guangwei
Humanities and Social Studies Education A/P WANG Zhenping
Asst/P DAS Diganta Kumar
Learning Sciences Laboratory Dr WONG Lung Hsiang
Learning Sciences and Technologies A/P CHAI Ching Sing
Mathematics and Mathematics Education Maths Education: A/P NG Swee Fon
Mathematics: A/P ZHAO Dongsheng
Natural Sciences and Sciences Education A/P Rajdeep Singh Rawat
Physical Education and Sports Sciences Asst/P KEE Ying Hwa
Policy and Leadership Studies A/P David Ng
Psychological Studies Dr DUTT Anuradha Salil Kumar
Visual and Performing Arts Art: Mr LINCOLN Paul Benedic
Drama: Asst/P WALES Prudence Elle
Music: A/P Eugene I. DAIRINATHAN