Bachelor of Social Sciences in Public Policy and Global Affairs

Single Degree

Programme Type


Public Policy and Global Affairs (PPGA) is an innovative programme offered by NTU since 2013 to provide students with interdisciplinary training and equip them with practical knowledge and skill sets necessary to dissect and solve real world problems facing political leaders, policymakers, and the global community.

The wealth of PPGA’s course offerings enables students to have a solid foundation in areas of politics, international relations, public administration, and public policy. Students are trained to be thought leaders to confront the problems of today and to design solutions for a sustainable future. Graduates can work in a wide range of professions in the public, private, non-profit sectors, both regionally and globally.

Our faculty members come from diverse backgrounds and have strong professional credentials. They exhibit a sustained commitment to perform excellence in teaching and research and contribute positively to society. Their passion keeps students interested, engaged, inspired and motivated. Their research projects are published in top-tier journals, making a significant and original contribution to knowledge on political institutions and behaviour, public policy and administration, and the values and ethics of government. Their provision of community services helps build a stronger, more caring and resilient society.


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



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 General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry/H1 Level History/English Literature/Geography

For International Baccalaureate Diploma holders:

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

For NUS High School Diploma holders:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • Good Overall CAP in English Language

For International Students & Students with other qualifications:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • 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
​ ​B. Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core (ICC)
​​C. Broadening and ​Deepening Electives (BDE) (AUs)​​Total (AUs)​
GP* or Two HA4000
level courses​
​Foundational Cores
 *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
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*


  • 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