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What will I learn?

The English Language and Linguistics programme offers an education in linguistics, the study of human language. The programme covers a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative approaches, addressing topics including the sound systems and grammars of different human languages, how language conveys meaning, language variation and change, the functions of language in society, multilingualism, languages in contact, language and cognition, online language use, language in the media, language and ideology, language endangerment and revitalisation, language(s) in Singapore, etc. Some modules focus on the unique properties of English (as it is used around the world), while others are interested in general patterns that shape each and every language.

Career Prospects

Like most other majors in FASS, the English Language and Linguistics programme is non-vocational: it is not meant to train you for a specific occupation. Rather, it aims to help you develop broad intellectual skills such as being a good critical thinker and problem solver, being able to communicate well, and being able to draw connections across complex ideas. These transferable skills will prepare you for diverse employment opportunities. Employers and recruiters particularly value graduates of the English Language and Linguistics programme for their cultural sensitivity and training in handling the subtle nuances of language.
Our graduates have embarked on careers in myriad industries, such as communication, advertising, journalism and media; arts, culture, entertainment and heritage; public administration; speech pathology and therapy; public relations; events management; translation and interpretation; language technology; banking, finance and consultancy; entrepreneurship; human resources; business management; teaching and education management; graduate research and university teaching, etc.

The English Language and Linguistics major is identified under the following FASS 2.0 industry tracks:
· Public Administration
· Communication, Advertising and Media
· Arts, Culture, Entertainment and Heritage

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 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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