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.

Programme Structure

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):

  1. successfully complete ten modules: three compulsory modules and seven elective modules, with no more than 2 level 4000 modules. The compulsory modules are:
    – EL5101 Grammatical Analysis
    – EL5102 Phonetics and Phonology
    – EL5103 Language in Society

    Subject to the approval of the Department, candidates may take up to 2 modules from other departments, or level 6000 modules.

    Candidates who have completed equivalent modules which 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.
  2. 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
  3. fulfil 50% residency in Singapore.
Admissions Requirements

The admission requirements for both programmes are as follows:

  • 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 or equivalent in the subject or related field); or
  • A good Bachelors degree (at least an average of B or equivalent) in the subject or related field and successful completion of a placement test; or
  • In exceptional cases, other qualifications and 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.
Dates & Fees

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Contact Details

Dean’s Office, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5
5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570

Tel: +65 6601 2588 (Coursework) / +65 6601 3448 (Research)