Bachelor of Social Sciences in Public Policy and Global Affairs

Single Degree

Programme Type

Full-time

Undergraduate Admissions

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Through degree programmes in Public Policy and Global Affairs (PPGA), the School of Social Sciences (SSS) is an integral provider of public policy education in NTU and Singapore. In 2005, the Master of Public Administration (MPA) programme and the undergraduate Minor in Public Administration programme were launched by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), the predecessor to SSS. Both programmes have achieved noteworthy successes. In just five years, over 1,000 Chinese government officials were awarded the MPA degree, while about 10,000 were trained through PPGA’s short-term executive courses. At the undergraduate level, some 2,700 students took a variety of courses in politics and public administration, while over 100 students graduated with a Minor in Public Administration. The Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Public Policy and Global Affairs was finally introduced in 2013 to meet students’ growing interests and career aspirations in public administration and international relations, and to groom the next generation of public policy-makers. 

PPGA comprises faculty members with strong professional credentials who can undertake curricular development, teaching, and cutting-edge research. Currently undergoing expansion, PPGA is committed to achieving excellence in both teaching and research, as well as the establishment of a lively and collegial intellectual milieu. Its research projects and efforts seek to enhance the scholarly understanding of political institutions and behaviour, public policy and administration, and the values and ethics of government. In particular, it seeks to strengthen existing research on the theory and practice of Singapore governance as well as regional governance. 

PPGA faculty and graduate students have also developed close professional links with the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA) at NTU, which offers the MPA degree in both English and Chinese as well as bilingual executive leadership development programmes for middle/senior level government officials from China and Southeast Asia.

The Bachelor of Social Sciences in Public Policy and Global Affairs is a four-year programme to prepare students for a career and leadership role in both public and private sectors in Singapore as well as in the Asian region.

With an interdisciplinary orientation and a focus on both Singaporean society, the direct honours degree programme offers courses that equip its graduates with multi-dimensional practical knowledge in areas such as policy analysis, programme evaluation, public financial management, human resource management, and non-profit management that enables them to contribute to the public, non-profit, or business sectors in Singapore. The professional training in political dynamics, international politics, comparative public administration, and global affairs also lays a solid foundation for graduates for a possible career in regional and international governmental organisations as well as regional and international non-governmental organisations.

4-Year Direct Honours Programme

This is a four-year direct honours degree programme. If your CGPA is 3.0 and above, your Honours stays with you.

 

Degree Scroll

Both majors will be listed on the degree school. You will be recognised for the effort and time spent for the programme

 

Flexible

You may apply to change your programme after your first year. You must meet the minimum requirement set for your admit year and the acceptance of the new selected programme.

For GCE 'A' level certificate holders:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • A good grade in H2 Level Mathematics
  • A good grade in General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry/H1 Level History/English Literature/Geography

For International Baccalaureate Diploma holders:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • A good grade in Mathematics at Higher Level
  • A good grade in English at Standard Level

For NUS High School Diploma holders:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • Major CAP of 2.0 in Mathematics
  • Good Overall CAP in English Language

For International Students & Students with other qualifications:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • A good grade in Mathematics at Senior High School Level
  • A good grade in General Paper/English at Senior High School Level
Successful Polytechnic applicants will be exempted certain courses that will be confirmed before the start of their first semester.
A 4-year direct honours programme.  The core courses equip students with a firm foundation in Public Policy and Global Affairs. Students can then choose from a range of prescribed electives in their interests.  ​
The distribution of the courses of study and the number of academic units are shown in the table below.

 
​​​​​​​Curriculum Structure
AY2021-2022 Intake​
​​ ​ ​A. Major Requirements
(AUs)
​ ​B. Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core (ICC)
(AUs)
​​C. Broadening and ​Deepening Electives (BDE) (AUs)​​Total (AUs)​
​Core
​​Prescribed 
Electives​​
GP* or Two HA4000
level courses​
​Common 
Core​s​
​Foundational Cores
 
​15​37​8​17​10​38​125
 *Graduation Project


 

Table B: Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core (ICC) 

​ICC – Common C​​​​ores​​​1​​7
Inquiry and Communication in an Interdisciplinary World ​​2
Navigating the Digital World​2​
Ethics & Civics in a Multi-Cultural World ​​2
Career and Entrepreneurial Development for the Future World​​2
Science & Technology for Humanity​3
Sustainability: Social, Economy & Environment​​3
​Healthy Living & Well-being​3
​ICC – Foundational Cores​10
Effective Communication II​​2
​Digital Literacy II​3
​Internship​5
 
 
Table C: Broadening and Deepening Electives (BDE)
 
BDE (Students may choose from the list of courses offered by NTU)​​​​38​

 

Our graduates go onto a wide range of sectors and many different types of jobs*

Industries

  • Public Administration and Defence
  • Society and Community
  • Financial and Insurance
  • Administrative and Support Services Activigies
  • Information and Communication
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
  • Scientific Research and Development Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Jobs Titles

  • Policy and Planning Manager
  • Management Executive
  • Research Officer
  • Management Consultant
  • Journalist
  • Compliance Officer/Risk Analyst

The professional training in political dynamics, international politics, comparative public administration, and global affairs also lays a solid foundation for PPGA graduates for a possible career in regional and international governmental organizations as well as regional and international non-governmental organizations.


* From NTU Career Tracks 2020