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English offers a major and a minor in English literature, MA and PhD research degrees, and General Elective subjects to all NTU students. We also offer a creative writing minor.  English is a vital part of the university, and English graduates, equipped with valuable skills in creative and critical thinking, and the vital values of human understanding and empathy, have made significant contributions in the fields of the arts and education, the civil service and business sectors.

Our programme encourages innovative thought, open expression, and high levels of interaction and debate between academic staff and students with the aim of developing a thriving and exciting home for ideas and creativity. We promote contemporary approaches to literary study in a spirit of openness and intellectual discovery, while cultivating an environment that encourages adventurous thinking from a diversity of perspectives.

In addition to offering a full range of modules from established literary tradition, we are constantly alert to developments in contemporary literature and culture, including literary and cultural trends in Asia, global and transnational studies, as well as the emergence of creative writing as a rigorous academic discipline.

Our dedicated and experienced faculty possess a diverse range of research and teaching interests, and specialisations. The curriculum we have developed fosters creative and critical engagement with human issues, and with diverse cultures and disciplines. We provide an inspirational environment in which students can become intelligent readers and writers committed to the pursuit and sharing of knowledge.

About the Programme


To graduate, students must complete two categories of requirements, totalling at least 125 Academic Units (AUs):  

(A) Major Requirements (69 AUs) 
(B) Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core (ICC)

  • Common Core (17 AUs)

  • Foundational Core (10 AUs)

(C) Broadening & Deepening Electives (29 AUs)

Students can pursue in-depth studies in any of the four categories in the English programme:

(A) Period Studies,

(B) World Literatures,

(C) Theory, Culture, and film, or

(D) Special interest areas.

Click here for the full list of module descriptions.

Curriculum Structure


Students with Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' level 
A good grade in General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry/H1 or H2 Level Humanities subject 

Students with NUS High School Diploma 
Good overall CAP in English Language 

Students with IB Diploma  
A good grade in Standard Level English 


Please note the following: 

  • The grade profiles, GPAs and programme places vary from year to year, depending on the number and performance of applicants, and the number of places available. 

  • Meeting the previous year's grade/GPA scores of a programme does not guarantee admission to that programme for the current year.


NTU is increasingly admitting students based on holistic practices including written exams and interviews. For this reason, we encourage all interested parties to apply.

Admission Requirements


As an English student, you will graduate with an outstanding command of the language, as well as a deep understanding of a wide variety of literatures and cultures. In addition, the study of literature encompasses many other disciplines such as philosophy, religion, history, politics, gender studies, fine arts, etc. Our program will also equip you with strong argumentative, communication, analytical, research, and imaginative skills that will stand you in good stead when it is time to look for a job.

Stephen Fry (actor, comedian, writer), Andrea Jung (CEO of Grameen America), Jack Ma (Co-founder of Alibaba), Martin Scorsese (director, screenwriter), Emma Watson (actor), Cyril Wong (writer) are all English graduates!

Career Prospects


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