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What will I learn?

The research degree provides training in a particular subject area through independent investigation, study and experimental work, culminating in the submission of a thesis on the research undertaken. A supervisor or supervisors will be appointed for each candidate. Candidates are required to attend appropriate lectures and sit for written examinations.

Students are given many opportunities to interact with the Japanese community in Singapore through such programmes as visiting Japanese families and companies, home stays and company internships.

Japanese Studies students are strongly encouraged to participate in language and cultural immersion programmes in Japan (which may be for either a semester or a year of study) home stays and internship programmes in order to experience Japanese culture and society first-hand, and foster a deeper understanding of Japan. Scholarships for students to pursue further training and study in Japanese universities are also available.

The Department believes in the importance of maintaining close and supportive relationships with our students. Through our mentorship programme, each major student is paired with a faculty member who monitors the individual student's academic progress over the course of his/her time at NUS.

Career Prospects

Armed with combined majors in other disciplines, graduates of the department have proven to be versatile yet sufficiently specialized for the career market. Graduates of the Department are well prepared for work in the private and public sectors, as well as in local and overseas companies and institutions which require graduates with good knowledge of Japanese language and society, and its operating values and ethos. They have helped to fill the needs of local corporations and enterprises which require employees to interact with business networks in Japan. Many graduates have also found employment in the various ministries and statutory boards, in the fields of banking and finance, marketing and management, and the mass media.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (36 months)

Tuition fees
SG$20,350.00 (11,49,068) 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

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

A good relevant NUS Honours degree (second class and above) or equivalent (eg., a four-year Bachelors degree with at least an average grade of B or equivalent) for admission as a MA candidate or a good relevant Masters degree for admission as a PhD candidate.
A strong command of English (recommended minimum TOEFL score of 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based).
Japanese language proficiency necessary to do coursework and carry out research.


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