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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies​

Single Degree

Programme Type

Full-time

Undergraduate Admissions

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As language is an integral part of all human activities, the study of linguistics provides a conducive platform for interdisciplinary discourse and research.

A Major in LMS gives graduates insight into one of the most intriguing aspects of human knowledge and behaviour, and at the same time introduces them to related disciplines. As language is an integral part of all human activities, the study of linguistics provides a conducive platform for interdisciplinary discourse and research. The interdisciplinary nature of LMS ensures that students obtain a solid general education through being exposed to a variety of disciplines such as Sociology, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Hearing and Speech sciences, Law, Literature, Philosophy, and Psychology. The LMS programme in NTU complements courses in related areas and encourages students to think beyond their specific fields.  

Students majoring in LMS at NTU may organise their studies around different aspects of the field or concentrations. For example, a student may decide to concentrate on how language is acquired and processed (Language Mind and Multilingualism concentration); how language relates to social and cultural forces (Multilingual Societies and Multiculturalism concentration), language learning and teaching (Applied English Linguistics concentration); how language is used in the ever changing and innovating technological world (Language and Technology concentration); or how language systems are analysed from a variety of theoretical perspectives (General Linguistics concentration). Students can also choose courses from two or more of these concentrations. All of these programmes share a common focus on the application of linguistic knowledge to practical issues related to languages in modern society.

  • The unique linguistics program in Singapore with a strong focus on multilingualism and multilingual studies 

  • A broad curriculum structure covering all major subfields of linguistics and their practical application 

  • An extensive offer of elective courses allowing the student to design their study around five concentrations 

  • Excellent opportunities to gain highly applicable research experience 

  • An opportunity to build on the highly interdisciplinary nature of linguistics through numerous minor, second major and double major combinations 

Students with Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' level 

A good grade in General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry/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. 

LMS Programme Structure 
(AY2020 Onwards) 

A. Major Requirements 

B. General Education Requirement (GER) 

Total (AUs) 

Core 

Prescribed Electives 

Core 

Prescribed Electives (PEs) 

Unrestricted Electives (UEs) 

 

29 

40 

17 

12 

30 

128 

7 Courses + FYP 

12 Courses 

9 Courses 

4 Courses 

10 Courses 

 

 

Duration of study 

The curriculum is designed as a four-year course. Well-prepared students can complete the degree in three and a half years. 

Students can pursue in-depth studies in any of the four categories in the Chinese programme such as (A) Language, Mind and Multilingualism, (B) Multilingual Societies and Multiculturalism, (C) Language Structure, (D) Language and Technologies, or (E) Special Topics in Linguistics.

In May and June 2007, a market survey was carried out with 27 major employers both from the public and private sectors in Singapore, with advice from the NTU Career Attachment Office. These employers included the Ministry of Education, Singapore National Employers Federation, Singapore HR Institute, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Mediacorp, Standard and Poor's, JP Morgan Chase, and Singapore Press Holdings. Of those who responded, an overwhelming majority (93% - 100%) find that graduates who understand the workings of different cultures and languages and who have a global worldview and international experience are valuable assets to their companies. Graduates with multidisciplinary analytical skills, such as graduates of the LMS programme, are certainly thought to be important by the potential employers. It was generally agreed that Linguistics and Multilingual Studies graduates, with their skill sets, are highly employable. 

Since the first batch of graduates in 2012, LMS graduates have gone on to work in the following positions: 

  • Analyst at the National Security Coordination Secretariat 

  • Teacher/Education Policy Analyst under the Ministry of Education 

  • Editor at World Scientific Publishing 

  • Education Therapist at the Dyslexic Association of Singapore 

  • Foreign service officer/Analyst at the Ministry of Home Affairs 

  • Information officer at the Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts 

  • Management Associate at the Singapore Tourism Board 

  • Researcher at the University of Saarland, Germany 

  • Sales Desk Researchers at Microsoft Singapore 

Those who chose to further their studies are now pursuing/have been accepted to graduate school to pursue Linguistics at NTU and University of Colorado Boulder, US; Law at Singapore Management University and Cardozo School of Law, US; Speech Pathology at the National University of Singapore; and Education at the National Institute of Education, NTU.   

The list below provides a general overview on possible career opportunities suited to LMS graduates. 

  • Public relations: The maintenance of the flow of information between an organization and the general publics is a critical part involved in public relations. As our graduates are trained to think critically and analytically with awareness of different cultural and linguistic contexts, our graduates will make perfect candidates for the positions in public relations. 

  • Marketing and advertising: As LMS graduates are trained to be sensitive to language and cultural nuances, they are sought after in the field of marketing and advertising. For example, companies that name products do extensive linguistic and cultural research on the associations that people make with particular sounds and classes of sounds. A background in LMS qualifies students for this line of work.  

  • Work in the publishing industry, as a technical writer, or an editor: The verbal and cultural skills that LMS graduates develop are ideal for positions in editing, publishing, and writing. 

  • Work in education:  People with a background in LMS and education develop curricula and materials, train teachers, and design tests and other methods of assessment, especially for language arts and second language learning.  

  • Teach languages: Training in LMS provides a solid foundation for anyone who is contemplating a career in language teaching. It gives them fundamental training to make cross language comparison to arrive at solutions, a critical aspect in multilingual societies such as Singapore. A degree in LMS is an excellent entry point for a Postgraduate Diploma in Education. 

  • Work in the computer industry: Linguists and Multilingual experts may work on speech recognition, search engines, and artificial intelligence. Their skills are also required in Internet start-up or e-commerce where expertise in how natural language processing can get systems to respond more meaningful to searches and requests.  

  • Work as a translator or interpreter: Skilled translators and interpreters are needed everywhere, from government to hospitals to courts of law. For this line of work, a high level of proficiency in the relevant language(s) is necessary, and specialized training is required. LMS can help students understand the issues that arise when a message is communicated from one language to another.  

  • Work on language documentation or do fieldwork: A number of projects and institutes around the world are looking for linguists and multilingual experts to work with language consultants to document, analyse, and preserve languages (many of which are endangered). Some organisations engage in language-related fieldwork, including documenting endangered languages, conducting language surveys, establishing literacy programmes, and translating documents of cultural heritage.  

  • Work for a testing agency: LMS graduates can also help prepare and evaluate standardized exams and conduct research on assessment issues. They can be more attuned to problems which are specific to multilingual communities as tests are often designed for more monolingual populations.  

  • Work with dictionaries (lexicography): Knowledge of phonology, morphology, historical linguistics, dialectology, and sociolinguistics is key to becoming a lexicographer.  

  • Become a consultant on language in professions such as law or medicine: The subfield of forensic linguistics involves studying the language of legal texts, linguistic aspects of evidence, issues of voice identification, and so on. Law enforcement agencies and police departments, law firms, and the courts hire linguists for these purposes. 

  • Speech therapist:  A linguistics degree is a good preparation for a graduate program in Speech pathology and communication disorders. Students get trained in both the fundamentals of language such as the system of speech sounds and grammar as well as in applied domains such as language disorders, language and the brain and sociolinguistics. Linguistics at NTU qualifies students for a professional degree program. 

Minor in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies 

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