Master Of Arts – Chinese Studies

Master Of Arts – Chinese Studies


The Department of Chinese Studies has its origins in the Department of Chinese Studies, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences of the former University of Singapore; and the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts of the former Nanyang University. The former was established in 1953, the latter in 1955. The merging of the two departments took place with the establishment of the National University of Singapore in 1980.

The Department conducts programmes of study at both undergraduate and graduate levels. For the B.A. and B.A. Honours programmes, the Department offers more than 50 courses every year in 5 major areas of study, namely, Chinese linguistics, Chinese literature, Chinese history, Chinese philosophy and translation. For graduate studies, the Department currently offers one Ph.D. programme and two MA programmes.

Admission Requirements

An NUS Honours degree (Second Class and above) or equivalent (e.g., a four-year Bachelors degree with at least an average grade of B or equivalent) in the subject or related field; or;

A good Bachelors degree (at least an average grade of B or equivalent) in the subject or related field and successful completion of a placement test; or exceptionally,

Other qualifications and experience subject to approval by the Board of Graduate Studies.


Candidates will have to read 10 modules. They are not required to write a  dissertation.  

Candidature / Duration
(1) A fulltime candidate must take at least three modules in a semester and may take up to a maximum of five modules in a semester.

Minimum candidature: 1 year; maximum candidature: 3 years. 

(2) A part-time candidate must take at least one module in a semester and may take up to a maximum of three modules in a semester. 

Minimum candidature for part-time student is 2 years, and the maximum candidature is 4 years.

For the latest information, please refer to website address:


The tuition fee for students admitted in AY2016/2017:

Year of AdmissionPer annum amount
Fees payable by

Non-Subsidised Fees 5 
(Inclusive of GST)

Singapore Citizens 1Singapore Permanent Residents 1International Students with Service Obligation 2 /Graduate Assistantship Programme 
(Inclusive of GST)
in AY2016/2017 S$8,000 S$11,200 S$16,700 S$29,400




For Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Resident students, the fees amounts quoted here are subsidised by the Singapore government (thorugh the Ministry of Education, MOE) and are exclusive of prevailing GST. The applicable GST is subsidised by the MOE for these students

The tuition fees for both full-time and part-time candidates are the same. Fees are subject to change at any time. A late fee may be imposed for fees which are not fully paid by the due date indicated in the bill each semester.

Students who are full-time staff members may apply for the staff concession on the tuition fees of government subsidised graduate programmes. Information on the staff concession is available at the NUS Staff Portal.


In some programmes, the University may deem it feasible, based on industry demand, to implement a Service Obligation Scheme for international students. The determination of this feasibility is at the sole discretion of the University.

International Students reading a government-subsidised programme can apply for the Service Obligation (SO) Scheme to pay reduced, subsidised tuition fees.

International Students who have applied successfully for the Scheme will be required to undertake a service bond under the terms of the Service Obligation to work for a Singapore-based company for three years upon completion of their degrees so as to discharge some of their obligations to the Singapore public for the high subsidy to their graduate education. Singapore-based companies refer to local and international companies that have a base in Singapore that is registered with the Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) as well as companies of such local and international companies registered with ACRA that are based overseas. Please refer to MOE's website for more details.

With effect from AY2016/2017 intake, the prevailing GST (currently 7%) on the fees payable will be borne by International Students. The fee amounts quoted are inclusive of the prevailing GST.

4 Students who are not in receipt of MOE Subsidy will have to pay the non-subsidised fee amounts as quoted here (which are inclusive of the prevailing GST).

Students who have previously enjoyed government subsidy or sponsorship by a Singapore government agency (such as scholarships offered by the Ministries, Public Service Commission and Statutory Boards) in a graduate programme will not be eligible for MOE subsidy in another graduate programme at the same or lower level. For example, students who had previously enjoyed subsidy/scholarship in a Masters programme and had attained the Masters degree will not be eligible for subsidy in another programme at Masters or lower level. In addition, if they wish to upgrade and enroll in a graduate programme that has a combination of Masters and PhD candidature, they will not be eligible to enjoy subsidy/scholarship during the Masters candidature.  For more details, please refer to theEligibility Guidelines for MOE Subsidy .

Students who are not eligible for MOE subsidy are also ineligible for some scholarships. For example, the Lee Kong Chian Graduate Scholarship, President’s Graduate Fellowship, NUS Research Scholarship and Tuition Fee Allowance, etc.

Students (all nationality) who did not complete an earlier graduate programme and are now re-admitted to another/same graduate programme within NUS or across Autonomous Universities (refers to NTU, SMU and SUTD) will be eligible for MOE subsidy only up to themaximum course duration for the new course less the number of semesters of government subsidy / scholarship received for the previous course(s).


Other Miscellaneous Student Fees are as follows on a semestral basis:Full-timePart-time
Student Services Fee (SSF) S$152.70 S$113.90
Health Service Fee (HSF) S$65.35 N.A.
Late Payment Charge (if applicable) S$25.00

Fees quoted are inclusive of prevailing GST.

All full-time graduate students are required to subscribe to the medical insurance scheme which covers:

  • Personal Accident Insurance Coverage
  • Hospitalisations, Surgical and Mental Health Insurance Scheme
  • Outpatient Specialist Care

Information on this scheme is available at this website.

For NUS scholars, the premium will automatically be deducted from the scholarship stipend on a semestral basis.


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Contact Details

Enquiries for Graduate Coursework matters
E-mail : (Coursework)

Website :

Division of Research and Graduate Studies
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
Telephone: 65168036