Master of Arts (Research) (Full-time & Part-Time)

Provided by National Institute of Education (NIE), an institute of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore

Course introduction


We offer higher degree studies by research leading to the degree of Master of Arts (MA) in line with the increasing emphasis on research in the areas of Humanities, Education and Physical Education.

Applicants reading the degree of MA by research will pursue an independent but supervised research in an approved field of advanced study based on which a thesis should be between 40,000 to 50,000 words must be submitted. A Master's thesis written in the Chinese language should not exceed 100,000 Chinese characters. The award of the research degree is based entirely on the work presented in the thesis.

Area of Studies

Arts and Humanities

  1. English Language
  2. English Literature
    • Literature Pedagogy
    • 17th Century British Literature and 19th Century American Literature
    • Comparative Literature/Post-colonial Literature
  3. Chinese/Malay/Tamil Language and Literature
  4. History
  5. Geography
  6. Social Sciences
  7. Music
  8. Art
  9. Drama and Performance
  1. Sociology of Education
  2. History of Education
  3. Special Needs Education
  4. Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  5. Multimedia and Information Technology
  6. Curriculum and Teaching
  7. School/Educational Management
  8. High Ability Studies
  9. Early Childhood Education
  10. Educational Management
  11. Mathematics Education
  12. New Literacies, Multi-Literacies and Digital Literacies
  13. The Role of Disciplinarity, Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity
  14. Cognitive-Developmental Psychology
Physical Education
  1. Sports Studies
    • Exercise/Sports Psychology
    • Sociocultural Studies of Sport
    • Sports History
    • Sports Management
  2. Sports Pedagogy
    • Curriculum Theory in Physical Education
    • Instructional Processes in Physical Education
    • Teacher Knowledge and Development in Physical Education

Entry Requirements

A Bachelor's degree with honours at least at Second Class Upper level in the relevant areas and the ability to pursue research in the candidate's proposed field of advanced study.
Shortlisted applicants will undergo an interview session as part of the selection process.
Local applicants whose first degree is from a foreign university may be asked to provide a GRE score on a case-by-case basis. For international applicants, more information on the entry requirements can be found here. :

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

The degree of Master of Arts by research is offered on both full-time and part-time basis. The candidature periods are as follows:

Full-time Up to a maximum of 3 years
Part-time Up to a maximum of 4 years

Fees & Funding


Our tuition fees are subject to revision on a yearly basis.