The Master of Applied Research in Social Sciences (MRESS) programme offers a master degree by research and is primarily designed for social science graduates who are interested in upgrading their qualifications, knowledge and skills.

Programme Structure

Students from the programme are required to complete 60 credit units (cu) to graduate. The MRESS curriculum consists of four courses (20 cu) and a research thesis (40 cu). The four courses include two compulsory core courses and two seminar courses (to be chosen from a basket of five electives).

Core Modules

  • RSS501 Advanced Social Research Methods and Design
  • RSS699 Master Thesis


  • CSD503 Economic and Political Development for Social Well-being
  • RSS551 Current Debates and Developments in Positive Psychology and Well-being
  • RSS553 Contemporary Issues in Societies from a Multidisciplinary Social Science Perspective

Restricted Elective

  • HDS501 Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
  • RSS503 Statistics and Data Analysis
Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.

For SUSS graduate programmes that are conducted in the English Language, you must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR)* if your undergraduate degree is not awarded by an English-medium university, or your undergraduate degree is awarded by an English-medium university but the language of instruction was not English.

* at least an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5, or a TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or 85 (internet-based), or a PTE Academic score of 58, or C1 Advanced score of 180 [score must be obtained within the last 2 years at point of application].

Applicants with an undergraduate degree that was conducted in English but awarded by a non-English medium university must produce an official letter from the university to certify as such in order to seek waiver of the ELPR requirement.

This programme is open to Singapore citizens, permanent residents and also international students.

Dates & Fees

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Contact Details

Singapore University of Social Sciences
463 Clementi Road
Singapore 599494

Tel: +65 6248 9777