The Master of Communication Studies by research programme is aimed at training academics, policy makers, senior researchers and analysts in communication studies, through a balanced combination of coursework and independent research. The programme is especially suited for students who have a strong interest in communication issues in Asia.

Programme Structure

Coursework Requirement

  • 4 courses to be taken from graduate programmes offered by the School, other Schools in NTU or NIE
  • 3 Courses to be fulfilled by 12th month of candidature.
  • Student must attain minimum CGPA of 3.00 for courses taken during candidature
  • In addition, the School may require student to take additional courses after confirmation.

Confirmation and Qualifying Exam

  • Student is expected to pass a qualifying exam (QE) at the end of the 12th month of candidature. Upon passing QE, the candidate will be confirmed as Masters student.
  • The qualifying exam is made up of two components – a confirmation report to be submitted and a formal presentation to the review panel by the 12th month of candidature. The presentation is subject to a Q&A from the panel. The panel will evaluate the student’s progress, research work, and recommend his confirmation of candidature.
  • Upon successful confirmation, the student’s candidature is confirmed and is expected to submit his final thesis by end of 2nd year of candidature.


Candidates may apply either for full-time or part-time. To be awarded the degree, students will need to complete their programme requirement within their candidature period.

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission for the Master’s by research programmes are:

  • Bachelor’s degree with Honours (Distinction) and CGPA of 4.25/5.00 and above
  • English language competency*
  • Ability to pursue research in the proposed field of advanced study

*For degree not awarded by an English-medium university or is awarded by an English-medium university but the language of instruction was not English, you must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR) of having at least an IELTS (academic) score of 7.0. The score must be obtained within the last 2 years at point of application. TOEFL is not accepted in place of IELTS.

GRE Requirement

GRE is not a mandatory requirement for both local and international applicants. An interview will be conducted for applicants who have graduated from overseas universities to assess the applicant’s language competency and potential to pursue independent research.

Dates & Fees

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Contact Details

Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information
Nanyang Technological University
31 Nanyang Link, #04-39
Singapore 637718

Programmes by Research
Tel: +65 6790 5779