Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts
Submission of supporting documents
|August (Semester 1)
Between 1 July & 15 November
January (Semester 2)
Between 16 November & 30 June
(Applications are accepted and considered throughout the year.)
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) offers 9 disciplines: Chinese, Economics, English, History, Linguistics & Multilingual Studies, Philosophy, Politics & Public Administration, Psychology and Sociology. The School offers research programmes in all of these disciplines.
Candidates pursuing graduate degrees by research work closely with their supervisors toward a thesis on an approved topic and also take courses. The research programme can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time candidates with good results may be offered research scholarships or teaching assistantships.
PhD and MA programmes are offered in the following disciplines and key research areas:
Pre-Modern China: Literature, History, and Thought (古代中国：文学、历史、思想); Modern China: Literature, Culture, and History, (现代中国：文学、文化、历史); Linguistics and Chinese Linguistics (语言学与汉语语言学); Translation Studies (翻译研究); Studies of Ethnic Chinese (华人研究)
English Renaissance Literature; Eighteenth-Century Literature; Literature of the Romantic period; The Nineteenth-Century Novel; Victorian Literature; SE Asian Literature and Culture; Contemporary Fiction; 20th Century Irish Literature; Science and Literature; Contemporary Drama; Postcolonial Studies; Asian American Literature and Film; Film Studies and Asian Cinema; Literary and Critical Theory; Post-Jungian Psychology and Literature; Gender Studies; Creative Writing, Poetry; Medieval Literature; 19th Century American Literature; 20th Century American Literature; Elizabethan Literature; Shakespeare; 19th Century Austral-Asian Literature; Performance Studies; Magical Realism; Historical Materialism; The Long Eighteenth Century
Economics (PhD Full-time only)
International Economics; Chinese Economy; Southeast Asian Economies; Macroeconomics; Macroeconometric Modeling; Econometric Modeling; Labour Economics; Development Economics; Environmental Economics; Behavioural Economics; Industrial Organisation; Nonlinear Economics; Game Theory
Asia in Global and Transnational Perspectives; Modern and Contemporary China; Sino-Southeast Asian Interactions; Chinese Diaspora and Migration; History of Singapore; South Asia; History of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Business History; Environmental History
Linguistics & Multilingual Studies
Bilingualism and Multilingualism; Child Language Acquisition; Chinese Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Language and Culture; Language and Gender; Language Attitudes and Identity; Language Contact and Language Change; Language Description, Documentation and Typology; Language Maintenance and Language Shift; Language Policy and Language Planning; Morphology; Neurolinguistics; Phonetics and Phonology; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax; World Englishes
Metaethics and Normative Ethics; Social and Political Philosophy; Contemporary Issues in Philosophy; Classic Chinese Philosophy; New Confucianism; Philosophy of Science; Comparative Philosophy; Philosophy and Culture.
Social and Cultural Psychology; Psychology of Personality; Lifespan Development; Cognitive Science, Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience; Clinical Psychology; Technology and Humans; Evolutionary Psychology and Animal Behaviour; Quantitative Psychology
Public Policy and Administration (PhD only)
Leadership; Public Relations; Crisis Management; Politics and Governance of Singapore; Administrative Reforms; Corporate Governance; China-ASEAN Relations; Chinese Overseas; Public Administration Theory; Chinese Public Administration; Public Management; Public Governance; Citizen Participation; Performance Management in Public Sector; E-government and Comparative Public Administration
Cultural Sociology; Economic Sociology; Political Sociology; Social Inequality; Organisations; Globalisation; Development and Social Change; Migration ; Science and Technology; Environmental Sociology; Media; Cities and Urban Life; Religion; Language; Deviance and Subcultures; Popular Culture ; Social Psychology; Family; Gender and Sexuality, Tourism; Education; Sociology of Southeast Asia; Chinese Societies
Applicants with other research interests and in multi-disciplinary areas are welcome to apply.
For Masters’ programmes, an Honours degree or equivalent is required. For PhD studies, a Master's degree or good Honours degree is required. Graduates from foreign universities must have a good GRE test score if they are applying for Economics or Psychology.
Students who have a foreign bachelor degree and a local Masters degree must have at least 4.0/5.0 CGPA for their Masters to be considered for exemption from GRE if they are applying for Economics or Psychology.
For applicants whose mother tongue is not English a good TOEFL or IELTS is necessary. Both the GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores must be attained within 2 years prior to date of application.
Candidates will be interviewed by the divisional postgraduate coordinator(s) to assess the applicant’s suitability for postgraduate studies and for a holistic assessment of his/her academic capacity.
In addition, different Divisions may have specific requirements. Details are available at the Divisional websites.
Applicants should go online via http://admissions.ntu.edu.sg/graduate/Pages/default.aspx for further information. They should also to send in their hardcopy application forms to:
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Attention : Siti Nur/Ivy Goh
14 Nanyang Drive
The following are some important links for post-graduate applications.
Application Deadlines : 15 November for the August Intake, and 30 June for the January Intake
School Website: www.hss.ntu.edu.sg (to access the Divisions' specific requirements)
Chinese | Economics | English | History | Linguistics and Multilingual Studies | Philosophy | Psychology | Public Policy and Administration | Sociology