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What will I learn?

Modules in the Department of Geography are organized along four areas of enquiry: environmental processes and change; global political economy; society and culture; and regional specializations (with a focus on Asia).

The Department offers graduate programmes (which include both the writing of a thesis as well as coursework) leading to M.Soc.Sci. and Ph.D. degrees. The large number of staff and their diverse training from British and North American universities provide a wide breadth of research opportunities for graduate students. On top of the four main curriculum areas listed above, faculty members are also able to supervise research in specific topics within the field of population studies, political geography, geography of services, women's studies, and urban and regional planning.

To enhance teaching and research, the Department is equipped with the latest facilities. These include a Map Resource Unit that has about 25,000 maps, including large and small scale topographic series, geographical maps, weather charts as well as a valuable historical map collection; the Unit is continuously expanding its collection of topographic sheets on Southeast Asia. The department also has three laboratories: Earth Laboratory, Geo Laboratory, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Laboratory. A variety of GIS, remote sensing and other software are available. There is also an Environment Field Site situated near the top of Kent Ridge. Climatological and other instruments have been set up to collect data for teaching and research purposes.

Career Prospects

Geography is one of the most diverse fields of academic study offering a wide breadth of careers for our graduates. As geography trains one to think critically and to write analytically, these valuable assets prepare graduates well for administrative jobs in government bodies, statutory boards and private organizations. About a third of the graduates presently work in the civil service and statutory boards, including the armed forces as diplomats, administrators, executive officers, planners and research analysts. Another third has found employment in a wide range of occupations, as marketing officers, public relations officers, bank officers, journalists, editors, librarians, stockbrokers, real estate developers and politicians. The rest have joined educational institutions, from secondary schools to universities, as teachers and lecturers. There is still a shortage of graduate geography teachers and students planning on a teaching career are encouraged to take modules suitable for teaching purposes. An academic career with the university is also a possibility for outstanding graduates with a Ph.D. degree.

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

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

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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