Interest in Asian Studies amongst scholars is a growing phenomenon as political developments in the region take a new turn and the economic strength of Asia grows.

With a focus on comparative politics, international relations and economics, the MSc (Asian Studies) programme is designed to help students:

  • Obtain the necessary empirical knowledge and analytical perspectives required to become leaders in various professions related to Asian affairs
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the dynamic changes and new trends in Asia, using approaches rooted in the disciplines of history, comparative politics, international relations, and economics
  • Acquire various analytical tools and historical perspectives to facilitate development of expertise on emerging Asian political, economic and security issues on multiple levels
Programme Structure

The programme leading to the MSc (Asian Studies) degree comprises:

Coursework Track
1 Core + Min 5 / Max 6 Primary + Min 2 / Max 3 Electives
Dissertation Track
1 Core + Min 4 / Max 5 Primary + Min 1 / Max 2 Electives + Dissertation

Only students with an A-‘ average TGPA (Term Grade Point Average) at the end of the first trimester (for full-time students) and A-‘ average CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) at the end of second trimester (for part-time students) will be allowed to write a dissertation. Others will automatically be expected to take two extra courses.

Candidates who are on the dissertation stream are required to complete a dissertation not exceeding 10,000 words. Dissertation topics will be selected in consultation with RSIS Faculty. Writing a dissertation provides students with opportunities to further apply the theoretical knowledge and analytical skills developed in the courses taken as part of the MSc programme.

Admission Requirements
  • A Bachelor’s degree with honours from a Singapore university or overseas equivalent
  • Standardised Test Scores: test scores for TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) must be submitted by all applicants except those with undergraduate degrees from universities where English was the medium of instruction. A TOEFL Test Score of minimum 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based) or a IELTS score of minimum 7.0. are required. Test dates must be within two years or less from the date of your application.
  • A university letter stating that English was the medium of instruction must be provided by all candidates whose undergraduate degrees were taught entirely in English but in a non-English speaking country
  • A provisional degree certificate or a university letter stating the expected graduation date is required for applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate studies. The original degree certificate must be provided for verification at the point of matriculation, otherwise candidates will not be admitted to the masters programme
  • A 2:1 UK degree (or overseas equivalent) in Political Science or a related subject for applicants to the NTU-Warwick Double Masters Programme

The Selection Committee will evaluate candidates’ past academic performance, TOEFL/IELTS scores, statement of purpose, essay on an issue of national/international importance, referee reports and work experience when making their decision.

Dates & Fees

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Contact Details

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Nanyang Technological University
50 Nanyang Ave
Block S4, Level B3
Singapore 639798

Tel: +65 6790 6982