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What will I learn?

Globalisation calls for a way of understanding contemporary issues that goes beyond the boundaries of any single discipline. Global Studies is a new, multidisciplinary field of inquiry that examines the processes and effects of globalisation across political, economic, social, and cultural domains around the world. The field builds on social science concepts and area studies expertise and focuses especially on problems of profound public policy significance.

The Global Studies Programme is housed in the Department of Political Science but draws on the broader strengths of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. It provides students with the background required to understand and address the challenging policy issues confronting the world today. Students learn how the local communities and environments in which peoples live their lives are affected by national, regional, international, and transnational cultural flows, environmental processes, political ideologies, and economic relationships. Coupling broad, multidisciplinary education with a focus on policy and policy-making, the Programme is designed to cultivate the combination of expertise and creative, critical thinking skills that are necessary for the next generation of global leaders and citizens.

The curriculum has different components that address the need for breadth, depth, and application. Global Studies majors read a set of core modules to gain an overview of global issues, their historical context, and their political and economic dimensions. In addition, they choose a thematic track and a regional concentration to gain depth in a particular set of issues and regional context. The tracks include Global Health and Environment, Business and Transnational Cultures, War and Security, Technology and Globalisation, among others. The regional concentrations include China, Korea and Japan, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Europe, and the Americas. In the Honours year, students apply their training in a unique and exciting module, called ‘Task Force’, that simulates the work of a policy planning committee.

Career Prospects

Global actors and the relationships between them have a tremendous impact on everyday life. Multinational corporations, nongovernmental organisations, international organisations, transnational networks, and national governments interact in ways that profoundly shape our local settings. Since interactions among these actors are complex, it is impossible to understand their effects or to develop appropriate policy responses through the traditional disciplines working in isolation from one another.

Tomorrow's leaders and global citizens need to think about issues that transcend national borders and must develop perspectives that cross disciplinary boundaries. The Global Studies major offers an opportunity to gain rigorous and broad-based skills in thinking about contemporary global issues.

The Global Studies curriculum has an explicit focus on problem-based learning. Both the exposure module (GL1101E) and the fourth-year seminars, compulsory for Honours students, are organised around issues rather than fields of study. In the Honours-level ‘Task Force’ students investigate and propose a response to a single major policy problem of the day. Such problem-based learning cultivates practical skills in thinking about important world issues, designing policy responses, and working as part of a team.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$17,650.00 (9,96,612) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 August 2022, 9 January 2023


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5,

5 Arts Link,

117570, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should have completed a good pass in at least 3 ‘Advanced’ Level subjects is required for candidates to submit an application. Many applicants submit good passes for 4 or more ‘Advanced’ Level subjects for our consideration. English Language Requirements: EL1119 minimum acceptable score C6; IELTS - 6.5 overall with 6.5 in Reading and Writing components; MUET-200; TOEFL - 580 for paper-based / 92-93 for internet-based.

For international students

If you are an international applicant seeking admission to NUS, you should have completed or are completing high school, that is, at least twelve years of general education by July of the year of application.

English Language requirement: IELTS - 6.5 overall with 6.5 in Reading and Writing components; MUET – 240; TOEFL: 92-93 for internet-based; EL1119 - C6; PTE Academic: 62 overall with 62 in Reading and Writing components; C1 Advanced / Cambridge English: Advanced - 180


About National University of Singapore (NUS)

Along with the highest education standards, students at NUS benefit from an excellent overall experience with excellent research facilities.

  • Ranked 11th in the world (QS World rankings 2022)
  • Excellent graduation rate of over 97 percent
  • Leading research teams using cutting-edge facilities
  • Outstanding selection of courses across 17 faculties

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