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What will I learn?

As for graduate programmes in Literary Studies, the concentration can be defined as literatures and cultures in the Asia Pacific context. The concentration is supported and sustained by three foundational modules. Two of these are advanced topics in literary history. One concerns the representations of other worlds in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the other women novelists of the nineteenth century. A third module looks at the developing theories and practices of literary scholarship in the eighteenth century. This complements the theoretical elements elsewhere in the programme.

The interface modules attempt to extend the range of students’ exposure, and to explore the possibilities of interdisciplinary study. There are at present two of these, one which look at orientalism, and one which explores film and spectatorship. There is also the possibility for graduate students to take modules from other Departments in the Faculty.

Level 6000 modules are tailored to the needs of research students, especially those doing PhDs. One is the Graduate Research Seminar, which is designed to introduce students to the approaches and expectations of professional researchers in literary studies. Another is Advanced Critical Reading, a module which equips students with essential theoretical knowledge and analytical skills. Research MA, as well as PhD, students are encouraged to take this. Finally, we have advanced seminars in different areas, which are organized each year to reflect the interests of the students.

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 (60 months)

Tuition fees
SG$20,350.00 (11,31,813) per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


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

PhD programme requires a good Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or at least a Second Class Upper Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. English Language Requirements: TOEFL scores for Internet Based Test (IBT) is 90; or IELTS score of 6.0. 

For international students

In general, the University requires:

  • Normally a good Master’s degree in a relevant discipline; or
  • an NUS Honours degree (at least Distinction/Second Class Upper Division) or equivalent (e.g., a four-year Bachelor’s degree with an average grade above B) in a relevant discipline, subject to approval by the Faculty, on a case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements: Minimum TOEFL score is required: 85 for the internet-based test (with a minimum score of 22 for the writing section); or 580 for the paper-based test; or 237 for the computer-based test. IELTS result of 6.0 is required.


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