Master of Education (English)

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 (English) aims to equip teachers with a repertoire of critical, aesthetic, cultural, and multimodal literacies in relation to English Education.

Students complete two required specialisation courses that examine the interdisciplinary connections between English Language and English Literature education and apply sociocultural, linguistic, and literary theories to the critical reading of texts. Additionally, the programme offers students the flexibility of selecting from a range of specialisation elective courses in the teaching of English Language or the teaching of English Literature or both. Students can pursue and build upon their interests in topics related to teaching grammar and writing, multimodality, world literatures, and creative writing among others. Students will also acquire critical inquiry and action-research skills and apply them to the investigation of a specific issue related to the teaching of English.

  • A good Bachelor’s degree related to English Language or Literature 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 are generally two intakes a year (January and August). You are advised to visit the website and look out for NIE’s announcements in May/June and November/December 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 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 A/P Joel Robert Gwynne, 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

Required Specialisation Courses 

  • MEL 901: Language and Literature Education
  • MEL 902: Analyzing Literature and Language

Specialisation Elective Courses

  • MEL 911: English as an International Language
  • MEL 912: Language Teacher Education and Professional Development
  • MEL 913: Materials Design in the Language Curriculum
  • MEL 914: Teaching Oral Communication: Current Theories and Approaches
  • MEL 915: Language Assessment in the Classroom and Beyond
  • MEL 916: Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy
  • MEL 917: Teaching Grammar and Writing
  • MEL 918: Reading in a Multimodal Age
  • MEL 919: Popular Culture
  • MEL 920: Creative Writing in the Classroom
  • MEL 921: Literature, Culture and Education
  • MEL 922: Teaching Shakespeare
  • MEL 923: Literary Theory and Teaching
  • MEL 924: World Literatures
  • MEL 925: Literature and Film
  • MEL 926: Young Adult Literature in the English Classroom
  • MEL 927: Aims and Approaches to Designing Literature Curriculum and Assessment
  • MEL 928: Children's Literature for the English Classroom
  • MEL929: Teaching Singapore Literature

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, A/P Joel Robert Gwynne for more information.

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