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What will I learn?

The undergraduate programme in English Literature is designed to provide a broad foundation in the field of English studies. It aims to:

impart the critical ability and theories necessary to engage with a range of cultural texts such as film, various types of written discourse, advertising and media; and

train a student's sensitivity to language and sophisticated communicative skills developed through prolonged engagement with literary texts and criticism.

In the first year of study, the English Literature programme trains students in literary and cultural reading, and in academic writing. Subsequent years offer a wide range of options. Students will be trained in the close reading of texts taken from one of three major areas: British, American, and Film and Cultural texts. Majoring students take modules from the "British Literature" group, as these provide knowledge of the development and connectedness of English literary history. In addition, there are modules as diverse as film, writing, Southeast Asian literature, American literature and literature in relation to the other arts; and there are honours modules which deal with specialised topics at a more advanced level - examples include Modern Critical Theory; Research Methodology; Film; and Metafictions. What brings these diverse areas together is the emphasis on the training of skills in the reading and analysis of cultural texts in all their diversity and complexity. There will also be opportunities to undertake advanced research projects in special topics as part of continuous assessment.

Career Prospects

The flexibility of the Literature programme within the modular system allows students considerable breadth in the types of courses chosen, while still retaining the rigour of the traditional English literature degree. Apart from the sensitivity to language and sophisticated communicative skills developed through prolonged engagement with literary texts and criticism, the programme also imparts the critical ability and theories necessary to engage with a range of cultural texts such as film, various types of written discourses, advertising and media. A literature student is thus well equipped for a number of jobs - typical career areas of recent graduates include journalism, television, public relations in banks and other corporations, teaching and publishing. A significant number also find places in graduate programmes in the U.S. , the U.K. and Australia . Employers and recruiters value our graduates for their training in handling the subtle nuances and complexities of all varieties of texts and discourses, and for their critical intelligence and creativity.

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

Venue

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

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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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