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What will I learn?

The Department of History seeks to promote the appropriate use of history in the arts, business, government, and other sectors of society. We seek to train candidates to appropriately use history to anticipate and exploit trends, craft policies, make decisions, and pursue their endeavours.

Continuation and Graduation Requirements

Students need to pass at least 40 MCs

Pass core modules HY5405 and HY6101

Pass at least 16 MCs, subject to a max of 28 MCs from the primary field.

Read a max of 16 MCs from the electives

The 10,000-word thesis accounts for 2 modules or 8 MCs. Only full-time candidates with a CAP of 4.0 and above at the end of the first semester and part-time candidates with a CAP of 4.0 and above at the end of the second semester are permitted to write the thesis. The rest are expected to read graduate modules.

To earn the MA degree, candidates will read a combination of core, primary, and elective modules, and/or the 10,000-word thesis to earn a total of at least 40 MCs.

Candidates pursuing the MA degree by coursework must complete and earn 40 MCs, and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.00 to be eligible for graduation.

To continue in the MA programme, candidates may not obtain:

CAP below 3.00 (but ≥ 2.50) for 3 consecutive semesters; or

CAP below 2.50 for 2 consecutive semesters.

Furthering Education

Grades and modular credits earned by candidates in the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma programmes or while reading individual graduate modules may be transferred towards fulfilling the requirements of a MA Coursework programme, subject to approval by the Faculty.

Each module to be transferred should have been read and completed within the last 10 years. The application for such transfers may be rejected if it is deemed that the contents of the module(s) in question are no longer relevant or not of comparable content and level. Candidates are advised to apply for the transfers within the first month of candidature.

The average CAP of all modules allowed for grade and credit transfer to a MA Coursework programme must be at least 3.00.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (36 months)

Tuition fees
SG$16,400.00 (9,26,030) per year
SG $36,400 for the entire course

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

Start date

1 August 2022

Venue

Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

National University of Singapore,

3 Conservatory Drive,

117376, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants require a Bachelor’s degree with honours or equivalent, in a relevant discipline; or a Bachelor’s degree with a relevant Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate with a minimum CAP of 3.00. English Language Requirements: 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; an IELTS score of 6.0.

For international students

Applicants for the MA coursework programme should have the following qualifications:

NUS honours degree (Merit/Second Class and above) or equivalent (e.g. a four-year bachelor’s degree with at least an average grade of B) in relevant disciplines such as history and area studies, and disciplinary or interdisciplinary academic programmes in the humanities and social sciences that give the major a measure of competence in historical subject matters; or Bachelor’s degree with a relevant Graduate Diploma with a minimum CAP of 3.00; or Bachelor’s degree with a relevant Graduate Certificate with a minimum CAP of 3.00.

Bachelor’s degree in relevant disciplines such as history and area studies, and disciplinary or interdisciplinary academic programmes in the humanities and social sciences that give the major a measure of competence in historical subject matters with at least two years of relevant work experience.

Candidates with other qualifications and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis, subject to approval by the BGS.

Applicants whose native tongue and medium of University instruction is not English must complete the TOEFL or IELTS and obtain the results set by the particular programme. Exceptions may be allowed on an individual basis. CELC’s Diagnostic English Test and the taking of English Proficiency modules remain as a provision to help establish a student’s level of English and improve his/her language ability.

TOEFL or IELTS Score Report

The min TOEFL score required is as follows:

Internet-based test (iBT): Minimum score of 85 (with minimum of 22 for the writing section)

Computer-based test (CBT): Minimum score of 237

A min IELTS score of 6.0 is required.

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