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What will I learn?

The Department of History is offering the Master of Arts (MA) in History, NUS, and Master of Arts (MA) in Asian and International History, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Students reading modules at NUS and the LSE will study the grand historical processes that had made and are remaking the world. They will examine the history of diverse cultures and societies across the globe. Foreign students will also acquire in-depth knowledge of Singaporean history and understand the dynamic narratives that shape the nation-state’s national identity. The broad mix of modules will help to hone the graduates’ cross-cultural empathies and appreciation of difference, enabling them to thrive in different cultural settings.

Continuation and Graduation Requirements

At NUS, students need to pass at least 40 MCs

Pass core modules HY6101

Pass at least 28 MCs of elective modules and thesis (8 MCs) or 36 MCs of elective modules

The 10,000-word thesis accounts for 2 modules (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.

Candidates with a CAP of 4.0 and above who choose to write the thesis at NUS will ultimately write two theses to earn the double degree. At the LSE, the thesis is mandatory.

Candidates with an average 4.0 and above CAP may elect not to write the 10,000-word thesis at NUS. They may have plans to craft the long research paper at the LSE. If they choose this option, they will read 9 elective modules at NUS.

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

At LSE, students need to complete the following:

Pass 3 modules/unit

Dissertation Workshop

10,000-word dissertation

Candidates pursuing the double degree during the NUS leg of the programme must complete and earn 40 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.00 to be eligible for graduation from NUS.

To continue in the MA program at NUS, candidates may not obtain:

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

CAP below 2.50 for 2 consecutive semesters.

Candidates enrolling in the double degree programme will start their candidacy at NUS. If they fail to fulfil the continuation or graduation requirements at NUS, they will be withdrawn from the double degree programme altogether.

After completing and fulfilling all the requirements at NUS, candidates will progress to year 2 of the double degree programme at the LSE. Credits earned at NUS cannot be transferred to the LSE. In order to be considered for the degree at the LSE, a student must have attempted and completed all components of summative assessment required for all courses as listed in the programme regulations. Students must complete 3 units and the dissertation. A degree cannot be awarded unless the dissertation has been passed.

Candidates who fail a course at the LSE will resit their course examinations in the same year of the MA programme at the university. If they do not pass the course(s) within the candidature period, they will be withdrawn from the programme at the LSE and they will not be eligible for the award of the MA degree. Candidates will then exit to a single-degree programme if they are unable to fulfil the requirements at the LSE.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

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

At NUS, the entry requirements are as follows:

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.

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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