Graduate Students

Master of Education (Malay Language)

Master (Coursework)

Programme Type

Full-time, Part-time

NIE Graduate Programmes

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The Master of Education programme is primarily designed for educators working in Singapore schools and the Ministry of Education. University graduates with a background in education and wishing to advance your knowledge and skills in education are also welcome to apply.

The programme offers the degree in 16 areas of specialisation. These specialisations allow you to choose the area that best fits your interest as well as your career path, whether that path is towards the Master Teacher track, Specialist track or a general desire to update your knowledge and skills.

The Master of Education (Malay Language) specialisation provides education professionals with functionally integrated academic, experiment and field based study of Malay Language Education.

Research theories and methods in investigating Malay language, literature and culture in their socio-cultural contexts will be offered together with current practices and advances in Malay Language curriculum development and pedagogy for schools. The specialisation offers theoretical grounding in the Malay language and Malay literature and culture research, as well as the opportunity to investigate the intersection of these fields with language teaching and learning. It enhances the research skills and knowledge base of teachers and other professionals in language education.
  • A good Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university,  or a relevant NTU FlexiMasters with good grades;

  • A teaching qualification such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore
    at least ONE year of relevant working experience in education.

For international applicants, more information on the entry requirements can be found here.

There is generally only one intake for this programme, in January. You are advised to visit the website and look out for NIE’s announcements in May/June to confirm if the programme will be open for application at any particular intake.

Applicants who are currently working with sponsors, donors or financial institutions to fund their studies, are encouraged to submit their applications early to NIE so as not to miss out on our application period.

Applications are to be made online. Click here to sign up for an ISAAC (Integrated Student and Academic Administration System) account to apply with us. For those with an existing account, login to apply.

More information on required documents for application can be found here.

The coursework for this specialisation comprises 1 core course, 2 required specialisation courses, 2 specialisation elective courses, 1 open elective course plus either:

  • a dissertation or
  • two additional courses (one specialisation elective course and MED 902 Integrative Project)

MED 902 Integrative Project is open only for applicants pursuing the degree totally by coursework.

Important note for matriculated students: 

Please refer to the ISAAC system for the programme structure relevant to your intake during Course Registration or consult Dr Mohd Aidil Subhan, your programme leader if you need clarifications.

Note: Programme structure is subject to changes

The degree of Master of Education is generally offered on a part-time basis although full-time studies are also available for some specialisations. The candidature periods are as follows:



1 year


2 years



2 years


4 years

Download the course descriptions for the programme

The following is the detailed list of courses students have to complete:

Core Course

  • MED 900 Educational Inquiry

Educational Inquiry is taught in English. All required specialisation courses are taught in the language of the specialisation.

Required Specialisation Courses

  • MML 901 Research in Language Education
  • MML 902 Critical and Creative Thinking to Enhance Learning
  • MML 903 Literature Education
  • MML 904 Features of the Malay Language in Singapore
  • MML 905 School-based Curriculum Design for Malay Language Teaching

Specialisation Elective Courses

  • MML 903 Literature Education **
  • MML 904 Features of the Malay Language in Singapore **
  • MML 905 School-based Curriculum Design for Malay Language Teaching **
  • MML 906 Education in Malay and Islamic Traditions
  • MML 907 Language, Literacy and Culture
  • MML 908 Literary Criticism and Theories
  • MML 909 Theories of Grammar
  • MML 910 Bilingualism and Multilingualism
  • MML 911 Malay Culture and Values
  • MML 912 The socio-cultural History of the Malays
  • MML 913 Critical Approaches to Language
  • MML 914 Using Children and Young Adult Literature to Promote Social Emotional Learning
  • MML915 Assessment for Learning in Malay Language Classroom

** Students who have already satisfied the requirement of taking two Required Specialization courses may opt to take the remaining of these courses in fulfilment of their electives requirement.

Open Elective Courses

Other than the core and specialisation courses, you may select open elective courses offered across all NIE Master's Degree programmes. The offer of electives is reviewed regularly to reflect developments in education and the respective fields. You are advised to take note of the prerequisites (if any) before registering.

Optional Specialisation Courses are offered subject to demand and availability of faculty expertise.  Hence, not all specialisation courses are available for selection to every intake.

For tuition fees, please click here.

For more information about scholarships, please click here

For programme-related matters, please consult the programme leader, Dr Mohd Aidil Subhan for more information.

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