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The Office of Graduate Studies & Professional Learning (GPL) is one of the two key programme offices in the National Institute of Education (NIE). In addition to being responsible for overseeing NIE’s higher degree programmes, GPL also offers a variety of professional development programmes and courses for educators ranging from short-courses to leadership programmes. GPL also provides academic research grant management to NIE faculty.

GPL works closely with NIE’s parent university, the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore in the designing and development of its programmes. Together with advice through academic exchanges with NIE’s overseas’ partners, the programmes offered by GPL are not only relevant to the needs of the local participants, but are also aligned with global trends and international standards.

Why NIE?

At NIE, we deliver high quality and rigorous higher degree programmes that will challenge your thinking, develop your skills and boost your career prospects. Our masters and doctoral programmes have contributed to the academic and professional development of thousands of educators and other professionals locally and internationally.

Higher Degree in the Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning (GPL) manages all higher degree programmes by coursework and research that are delivered by the 12 Academic Groups.

Whether you are interested in educational studies and research or in discipline content areas, you will not be disappointed by taking a programme with us.

Courses Offered

Doctor in Education (Dual Award – with Institute of Education, University of London)
Duration: Part Time (up to maximum 7 years)

Master of Arts in Leadership and Educational Change (MALEC)
Duration: 1 year Full Time

Master of Science in Life Sciences
Duration: 1 year Full Time / 2 to 4 years Part Time

Master of Science or Arts by Research
Duration: Up to 3 years maximum for Full Time and up to 4 years maximum for part time

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Duration: Up to 5 years maximum for Full Time and up to 7 years maximum for part time

NOTE: Tuition fees are subject to revision on a yearly basis. For more details on fees, please visit this page.

Admission Criteria

Master’s by Coursework

  • A good Bachelor's degree from a recognised university
  • Other qualifications or working experience as specified in each programme

Master’s and PhD by Research

  • A Bachelor's degree
  • A Master’s degree in the relevant areas (for those pursuing PhD)
  • Ability to pursue research in the proposed field of advanced study

Doctor in Education

  • A good Bachelor's degree from a recognised university
  • A Master’s degree in the relevant areas
  • Relevant working experience

For more information, please proceed to our Higher Degrees Connect page.

Admission Procedures

Step 1: Submit application online during application period
Step 2: Pay application fee (for coursework programmes)
Step 3: Submit supporting documents
Step 4: Await offer letters from Office of Academic Administration & Services.

There are two intakes, one in January and another in August. The online application generally opens in May for admission in January in the following year, while in October, for admission in August the following year. Applicants are advised to visit our Higher Degrees Connect page and look out for announcements in May and October.

Before you apply, you are advised to visit the programme webpages to view more details such as the programme structure, research areas and entry requirements. If you are applying for a research programme, you are advised to contact a potential supervisor before making a formal application. As a guide, you may wish to briefly introduce yourself, explain your research interests and mention the supervisor’s research that you find interesting.

Once you have already decided on the programme, you should familiarise yourself with the kind of supporting documents required.

Following which, you should apply via our online application system.

For various scholarships, please visit our Higher Degrees Connect page.

Learning Differently, Leading Change
National Institute of Education
(An Institute of Nanyang Technological University)

Higher Degrees Section
1 Nanyang Walk
Singapore 637616
Tel: (65) 6592-8205 / 6592-8208
Fax: (65) 6896-8949
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated on 15 April 2023

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