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The History Programme aims to be one of the leading centres of historical scholarship on modern and contemporary Asia. It is a unique institution that seeks to train students to not only think critically but also to apply interdisciplinary methods to identify and address contemporary problems from historical perspectives.

The Faculty are committed to pursue excellent research and teaching in areas such as:

  • Rethinking the multiple dimensions of Asian history in global context

  • How science, technology and medicine have transformed human societies and global relations

  • How the past affects the present

  • The nature of the historical discipline itself


The BA (Honours) programme was structured to equip students with the breadth of knowledge about major historical subjects. It further enables students to concentrate their studies on what most appeals to them as they advance in their coursework. In addition, the undergraduate programme cultivates interdisciplinarity. All of the training will culminate in the final year research project, where students showcase their capacities to conduct independent research and advance an argument persuasively. To be awarded the BA (Honours), students should demonstrate the capability to master the secondary literature in their chosen areas of study, engage in independent research, exercise critical judgment about the texts that they encounter, and communicate their findings in a well-reasoned and scholarly manner.

About the Programme


To graduate, students must complete 2 categories of requirements, totalling 125 AUs. The 2 categories are as follows:

(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 History programme:

(A) Applied History,

(B) Global Asia,

(C) Interdisciplinary History, or

(D) World History.

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


History graduates are adept at research, analysis and writing.  They can consider archival work, business, defence and intelligence research, diplomacy, education, journalism, publishing, project management, public relations and advertising, library and information operations, museum curation and management, policy-making, think-tank research, tourism, and even content development of computer games as potential future career options. 

Career Prospects


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