MiniMasters​​™ (SoH)

The MiniMasters™ is designed to develop participants’ skills in written communication, with a focus on reasoning about matters of ethical, social, and political significance in an increasingly globalized world. The curriculum combines technical courses in academic writing, practical ethics and digital literacy with substantive topics from across the humanities. Participants will acquire a global outlook through exposure to the written experiences of peoples of multiple nationalities, cultures, diasporas, linguistic traditions, economic strata, and gender identities. A significant portion of the course will evaluate social norms and governmental policies that impact lives in a broad cross-section of the world’s population.

Participants who complete this MiniMasters™ will be skilled at writing articulately and persuasively about the most pressing challenges that face the world today – and do so in a way that adds value to how their employers (in business, industry, NGO’s and civil-service) engage customers, shareholders, industry partners and other relevant parties.

MiniMasters™CoursesAcademic Unit
Professional Development:
Writing, Research, and Practical Ethics in the Information Age ​
CET100 ​Professional Communication: Essentials1
CET101 Professional Communication: Interpersonal skills1
CET102 Professional Communication: Speaking skills1
CET103 Big Data in the Information Age1
CET104 Hardware in the Information Age1
CET105 ​Language and Technology: Mediums of Communication1
CET106 ​Language and Technology: The Internet as Corpus​1
​CET107 Language and Technology: The Semantic Web1
CET108 Networks in the Information Age1
CET109 Practical Ethics I: Foundations and Applications of Ethics1
CET110 ​Practical Ethics II: Ethics All Around Us1
CET111 Practical Ethics III: Ethics in the Professions1
CET112 Software in the Information Age1
CET113 Understanding the creative industries1
CET114 Writing and research for the creative industries1
CET115 Writing for the creative industries II1
  • Courses approved for SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) course fee funding
  • SkillsFuture Credit Approved​​​
MiniMasters™ in Publishing is designed to give students an initial grounding in the primary principles, business, and artistry of contemporary publishing. Students will develop their confidence, knowledge and employability in the publishing industry through a curriculum that combines courses such as Publishing in Contemporary Singapore, Book Editing, Magazine Editing, and Electronic Publications with appropriate topics from other MiniMasters courses in the Humanities. Students will acquire local knowledge and a global outlook through interaction with faculty well versed in editorial work, the history of publishing, the business of publishing, theoretical perspectives, new technologies of production, and emerging electronic forms. 

Participants who complete this MiniMasters™ will not only have set out to master how publishing content is commissioned, designed, produced, and marketed across a variety of electronic and physical media, but will also develop a unique and enterprising mindset to carry forward in individual projects and with prospective employers.


MiniMastersCoursesAcademic UnitCourse Date (2021)
PublishingCET100 ​Professional Communication: Essentials1 
CET101 Professional Communication: Interpersonal skills1 
CET102 Professional Communication: Speaking skills1 
CET113 Understanding the creative industries1 
CET114 Writing and research for the creative industries1 
CET115 Writing for the creative industries II1 
CET116 Introduction to Contemporary
CET118 Editorial Functions and Strategies
CET119 Technology and Electronic Publishing1 
CET120 Marketing and Sales1 
CET121 Book Editing​1 
CET122 Magazine Editing1 
CET123 Copy Editing1 
CET124 Editorial Theory and Practice1 
CET150 Author Branding120 Nov, 27 Nov, 4 Dec & 11 Dec
CET151 Literary Publishing19, 16, 23 & 30 October
CET152 Book Manuscript Workshop I1
CET153 Book Manuscript Workshop II1 
TI6113 Creative Writing and Literature Translation1 
  • Courses approved for SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) course fee funding
  • SkillsFuture Credit Approved​​​
This MiniMasters™ will prepare students to navigate with confidence through diverse linguistic, cultural and economic environments – an increasingly important skill in our quickly changing global economy. The course features an interdisciplinary curriculum that offers translation-focused, industry-relevant, and academically stimulating professional training. It’s specialised courses focus on improving translation, interpretation, and bilingualism more generally, areas of expertise for which the University is well-known. These skills are developed through a series of courses in translation studies, linguistics, literature, public policy, mass communication, business, medicine, and computer engineering. The course capitalizes on Singapore’s acknowledged expertise in bilingual teaching and research. It seeks to build upon and further strengthen NTU’s existing translation, bilingualism, and bicultural research capacity and teaching expertise. 

The bilingual and translation skills taught in this course will prepare students to join an increasingly linguistically diverse global work force.


MiniMasters™Courses Academic Unit
Translation and BilingualismTI6103 English-Chinese Contrastive Analysis & Translation3
TI6003 Introduction to Interpretation2
TI6102 Audiovisual Translation2
TI6109 Bilingualism, Cross-cultural Communication, and Translation2
TI6205 Community Translation & Interpretation2
TI6110 Applied Translation (I): A Grammatical Approach to the Learning of Translation Skills1
TI6111 Applied Translation (II):A Lexical Semantic Approach to the Learning of Translation Skills1
TI6112 Applied Translation (III):
A Cultural Approach to the Learning of Translation Skills
TI6113 Creative Writing and Literature Translation​1
  • Courses approved for SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) course fee funding
  • SkillsFuture Credit Approved​​​


Note: Please check individual course closing date. For enquiries about the courses, please email to​​

Each course is assigned with an academic unit number, which indicates the amount of learning undertaken and the depth of learning involved. Assessments will be conducted during the session and participants will be graded based on their performance in the assessment. Each completed course is stackable to the relevant MiniMasters​™ Certificate.​
To be awarded the MiniMasters™ Certificate, participants will have to attain 15AUs with each course of minimum GPA 2.5 (which is equivalent to a letter grade of C+) and above​.

To earn a Graduate Certificate, participants will have to complete 9AUs of coursework with each course of minimum GPA 2.5 and above. 
NTU Class of 2020 Graduates can now enjoy up to 12 Academic Units (AUs) of courses for free by utilising the alumni course credits. Earn nine AUs to qualify for a Graduate Certificate, and just need six more AUs to stack up to a MiniMasters™ (15AUs) – paying out of pocket for only 3AUs!

Note: Only Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs) are eligible for course subsidies. 

If registrations for your course of interest are closed now, you may wish to click here to register your interest, we will inform you once registrations open.

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