English Literature

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 21.9 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 21.9 k / Year(s) Deadline: Nov 1, 2023
25 place StudyQA ranking:2942 Duration:36 months You need IELTS certificate

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The concentration of the programme can be defined as literatures and cultures in the Asia Pacific context. The concentration is supported and sustained by three foundational modules. Two of these are advanced topics in literary history. One concerns the representations of other worlds in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the other women novelists of the nineteenth century. A third module looks at the developing theories and practices of literary scholarship in the eighteenth century. This complements the theoretical elements elsewhere in the programme.

The interface modules attempt to extend the range of students’ exposure, and to explore the possibilities of interdisciplinary study. There are at present two of these, one which look at orientalism, and one which explores film and spectatorship. There is also the possibility for graduate students to take modules from other Departments in the Faculty.

The maximum duration for both full-time and part-time study is 36 months.

To qualify for the degree of Master of Arts in Language Studies (Research), candidates will be required to:

  1. Successfully complete four modules, three of which must be at level 5000 or 6000;
  2. Obtain a minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.00 for all examinable modules;
  3. Successfully complete a dissertation of not more than 30,000 words.

Modules offered in Semester 1

  • EN5244 Shakespeare and Literary Theory
  • EN5252 Movies, Spectatorship and Subjectivity
  • EN5660 Independent Study
  • EN5880A Literature and the Environment
  • EN6660 Independent Study
  • EN6770 Graduate Research Seminar

Modules offered in Semester 2

  • EN5241 Literature and New Worlds: 1590-1750
  • EN5242 Women Novelists
  • EN5247 Victorian Literature: History, Politics, Culture
  • EN5253 Writing in the Aftermath
  • EN5660 Independent Study
  • EN5883 Screen Culture in Southeast Asia
  • EN6102 Advanced Critical Reading
  • EN6660 Independent Study

Admission Requirements

The department requires:

  • Normally an NUS Honours degree (Second Class and above) or equivalent (e.g., a four-year Bachelors degree with at least an average grade of B) in a relevant discipline; or
  • In exceptional circumstances and case by case, a Bachelors degree in a relevant discipline with at least two years of relevant work experience, subject to approval by the Board of Graduate Studies; and
  • TOEFL (85 for the internet test or 580 for the paper test or 237 for the computer test) or IELTS,(6.0) for students who have not studied in a university where the medium of instruction is English.

NUS Tuition Fee Allowance

The NUS Tuition Fee Allowance ("Allowance") is awarded to outstanding graduate students for research leading to a higher degree at the University. The Allowance does not consist of a monthly stipend.


The Allowance is open to candidates who meet the following criteria:

  1. have graduated with an undergraduate degree with  at least Second Class Honours (Upper division) / Honours (Distinction) or equivalent;
  2. have been offered admission to / or already admitted to a full-time higher degree by research at NUS and;
  3. must be eligible for MOE Subsidy.

Award Details

Tuition fee at the University (i.e. NUS will pay the prevailing applicable tuition fees for the recipient).

Award Period

The Allowance is tenable for an initial 1 year in the first instance, and thereafter may, subject to the recipient’s satisfactory progress, be renewed each semester at the University’s discretion, The maximum period of the Allowance is 1-2 years for Masters candidates; and 3-4 years for PhD candidates, as determined by the University.

Application Procedure

Incoming graduate students should indicate their interest in the Allowance in their application for admission.

The Ngee Ann Kongsi Post-Graduate Scholarships in Social Sciences

The Ngee Ann Kongsi is offering up to 12 Post-Graduate Scholarships in Social Sciences annually to attract more Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents to join the fields of counselling, gerontology, psychology, social work, para-medical work etc. You must be enrolled or have received an offer of admission to a Masters by coursework, Masters by research or Graduate Diploma programme at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible to apply. 

Tuition Grant

The substantial tuition subsidy from the Government of Singapore comes in the form of a tuition grant which is administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and offered to all admitted students. Students who apply and are approved for the tuition grants need only pay subsidised fees. While the tuition grant is not repayable, and Singapore citizens in receipt of it will not be required to undertake a service bond, the following accountability measures will apply:

All Singapore Permanent Residents and international students (except those already in receipt of a service bond from the PSC or the Ministry of Health) will be required to undertake a service bond under the terms of the tuition grant to work for a Singapore-registered company for three years upon completion of their degrees so as to discharge some of their obligations to the Singapore public for the high subsidy to their university education.

General Criteria for Non-Graduating (Exchange/Non-Exchange) Students

You must be a current student registered at another University and have completed at least two semesters (one full year) of college/university level and must continue to assume this status throughout your intended duration of study at NUS under the non-graduating programme.

As English is the main language of instruction at the University (except for Asian/European studies where a good command of the respective Asian/European language is a pre-requisite), you must be proficient in the English language in order to benefit from your studies at NUS.

To come here as an Exchange student, you must be currently enrolled at one of our exchange partner universities and be nominated by your home university. Please contact the relevant office at your university which is responsible for student exchange programmes, or ourInternational Relations Office, to determine your eligibility.

If your home university does not have a formal exchange agreement with NUS or if you have not been selected by your home university to study abroad under an exchange agreement, you may apply as a fee paying Non-Exchange student. Non-Exchange students follow the same programme of study as incoming exchange students, except that they do not enjoy tuition fee waiver.

Programme of Study

Non-Graduating students studying at NUS may pursue the following:

  • Coursework (Undergraduate / Graduate Level);
  • Research (Undergraduate / Graduate Level);
  • Combination of coursework and research.
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