Master of Education (High Ability Studies)

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 (High Ability Studies) creates a platform for education professionals, such as teachers and educational researchers, to enhance your knowledge, ideas and best practices at educating and talent-developing high ability learners.

The Master of Education (High Ability Studies) focuses on curriculum, pedagogy and practice. It prepares professionals with commitment and competency by broadening knowledge and expertise. Current trends, issues and policies on providing for high ability learners, and approaches to differentiated pedagogies, based on theory, practice and research, are featured.
  • 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 and at least ONE year of teaching experience
    At least ONE year of teaching experience or other commensurate working experience in high ability or in diverse (mixed ability) learner settings 

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, 4 required specialisation courses, 1 open elective course plus either:

  • a dissertation or
  • two additional courses (one open 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 Letchmi Devi D/O Ponnusamy, 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

  • MHA 901 Understanding Learners with High Ability and their Affective and Moral Needs
  • MHA 902 Identification of Potential and Administration of Interventions for High Ability Learners
  • MHA 903 Differentiating Curriculum and Pedagogies for Learners with High Ability
  • MHA 904 Critical and Creative Thinking for High Ability Learners

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 Letchmi Devi D/O Ponnusamy for more information.

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