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What will I learn?

The Master of Arts in English Language and Linguistics (Coursework) is a fully taught program, designed to be completed in one year of intensive full-time study, or over a longer period of part-time study. Only those locally domiciled are eligible for part-time study.

To qualify for the degree of Master of Arts in English Language and Linguistics, candidates will be required to complete 40 modular credits (MCs) or 10 modules (each module is worth 4 MCs).

These 10 modules must include:

ELC5104, Approaches to Language

One 5000-level EL module for each of three compulsory subject areas (three modules total):

Area A: Sound Patterns (e.g., EL5102, Phonetics and Phonology)

Area B: Grammatical Structure and Meaning (e.g., EL5101 Grammatical Analysis)

Area C: Language in Use (e.g., EL5251 Approaches to Discourse)

Students may consult a current list of modules approved for each compulsory subject area upon commencing the program. Note that all 5000-level modules offered in EL will fulfil at least one of the three subject area requirements.

Subject to the approval of the Department, candidates may take up to 25000 or 6000-level modules from other departments. Students may also take up to 24000-level modules in EL.

Candidates who have completed equivalent modules that were not used towards obtaining another degree prior to admission to the Master of Arts in English Language and Linguistics may apply to the Department for an exemption of module(s), subject to a maximum of 50% of the MA requirements.

Candidates must obtain a minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.00 for all examinable modules. The candidature of a student will be terminated if he/she:

obtains a CAP of less than 2.5 for two consecutive semesters, or less than 3.0 for three consecutive semesters; or

fails more than two modules

Candidates must fulfil 50% residency in Singapore.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
Information not available

Please check with institution

Start date

1 August 2022, 9 January 2023


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 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

Good Bachelor’s degree (Honours) from a reputable university.

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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