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What will I learn?

The Faculty of Law and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy double degree programmes comprising a Master of Laws (LLM) and Master in Public Administration (MPA) or Master in Public Policy (MPP) aim to provide students of law and public administration and public policy broad exposure to the issues and challenges that lawyers and leaders of public institutions face. These double degree programmes, launched in Academic Year (AY) 2008-2009, will be attractive options for students of both fields.

Programme Structure

LLM Degree: A candidate for the LLM degree is expected to complete 40 modular credits (MCs). Students who are not trained in Common Law are required to read Common Law Reasoning and Writing (8 MCs) and The Common Law Legal System of Singapore (4 MCs).

LLM students who select a specialisation are required to read 24 MCs of subjects belonging to the relevant specialisation. The double degree programme will be applicable to the General LLM and the following specialisations:

  • LLM (Asian Legal Studies)
  • LLM (Corporate and Financial Services Law)
  • LLM (International and Comparative Law)
  • LLM (Intellectual Property and Technology Law)
  • LLM (Maritime Law)


MPA Degree: A candidate for the MPA degree is expected to complete 40 modular credits (MCs) comprising six core modules (or equivalent) and four elective modules. The candidate must also secure a pass in the MPA Capstone Examination.

The six core modules in the MPA degree are:

  • PP5501 Economic Applications for Public Organisations
  • PP5502 Public Administration in Theory and Practice
  • PP5503 Managing the Public Sector
  • PP5504 Public Finance and Budgeting
  • PP5505 Policy Analysis and Programme Evaluation
  • PP5506 Leadership and Dynamics of Communication

MPP Degree: A candidate for the MPP degree is expected to complete 72 modular credits (MCs) comprising seven core modules (or equivalent), nine elective modules and a Policy Analysis Exercise (equivalent to 8 MCs).

The seven core modules in the MPP degree are:

  • PP5101 Economics and Public Policy I
  • PP5102 Economics and Public Policy II
  • PP5103 Political and Organisational Analysis
  • PP5104 Empirical Analysis for Public Policy OR
  • PP5138 Statistical Techniques for Public Policy
  • PP5105 Public Policy Research and Evaluation
  • PP5111 Introduction to Public Policy and Analysis
  • PP5137 Public Management and Leadership.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Law

Study options

Full Time (LLM-MPA: 1.5 and 2.5 years; LLM-MPP: 2 and 3 years)

Tuition fees
LLM: Non-Subsidised Fees: SG $35,450 per year; MPA and MPP: Subsidised fees inclusive of GST: SG $12,850 (Semester 1 and 2); Non-subsidised fees SG $22,080 (Semester 1 and 2)
Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

Faculty of Law

National University of Singapore,

Eu Tong Sen Building, 469G Bukit Timah Road,

259776, 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 must fulfil the admission requirements for both degree programmes in order to gain admission. The requirements are as follows:

LLM Degree

A good Bachelor’s degree in Law; and minimum TOEFL score of iBT 100 (Candidates with an iBT score of 92- 99 may also apply, but may be required to undertake intensive English language training prior to commencing law studies. Other TOEFL paper-based score of 600-603 and IELTS of minimum 7 will be considered, but we strongly prefer the iBT).

MPA/MPP Degrees

  • A good NUS honours degree (second class and above) or equivalent (e.g., a four-year Bachelor's degree with at least an average grade of B or equivalent); or
  • A good Bachelor's degree.
  • Other qualifications and experience subject to approval by the Board of Graduate Studies and
  • Good command of the English Language (minimum TOEFL iBT score of 100, TOEFL PBT score of 600, or IELTS Academic Test score of 7.0 )
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