While the degree retains canonical core elements, particularly in the Period Studies category, it also reflects a breadth of interests that is relevant both regionally and globally, and embraces many of the key areas that comprise contemporary literary studies. In addition, the degree is structured to allow the possibility of a range of specialisations within the degree itself.
- Direct entry into the programme. You will begin your literary studies from the first year onwards
We have comprehensive coverage of all of the literary periods
We offer a suite of modules dedicated to Singapore Literature
Our diverse and vibrant community has strengths in contemporary literature and world literature
We offer the only creative writing minor in Singapore. We also host famous writers-in-residence from Singapore and around the world
Unique modules include: children's literature, history of the book, literature & medicine, fantasy fiction, opera & literature, gender & diversity, and many more!
Students with Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' level
A good grade in General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry/H1 or H2 Level Humanities subject
Students with NUS High School Diploma
Good overall CAP in English Language
Students with IB Diploma
A good grade in Standard Level English
Please note the following:
The grade profiles, GPAs and programme places vary from year to year, depending on the number and performance of applicants, and the number of places available.
Meeting the previous year's grade/GPA scores of a programme does not guarantee admission to that programme for the current year.
NTU is increasingly admitting students based on holistic practices including written exams and interviews. For this reason we encourage all interested parties to apply.
The curriculum is designed as a four-year programme. Well-prepared students can complete the degree in three and a half years.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English are required to complete two categories of requirements, totalling at least 125 Academic Units (AUs):
A. Major Requirements (69 AUs)
B. Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core (ICC) (27 AUs)
C. Broadening & Deepening Electives (BDE) (29 AUs)
Click here to learn more about the programme structure.
The BA (Hons) in English combines the traditional core elements of the British literary canon with comprehensive offerings of Asian literature and culture, new literatures in English and film and theatre studies, as well as incorporating contemporary literary and cultural studies.
Students will acquire a good knowledge of literary texts, authors, and literary movements, as well as the cultural and historical forces that have shaped them.
Students can pursue in-depth studies in any of the four categories in the English programme such as (A) Period Studies, (B) World Literatures, (C) Theory, Culture, and Film, or (D) Special Interest Areas.
As an English student, you will graduate with an outstanding command of the language, as well as a deep understanding of a wide variety of literatures and cultures. In addition, the study of literature encompasses many other disciplines such as philosophy, religion, history, politics, gender studies, fine arts, etc. Our program will also equip you with strong argumentative, communication, analytical, research, and imaginative skills that will stand you in good stead when it is time to look for a job.
Stephen Fry (actor, comedian, writer), Andrea Jung (CEO of Grameen America), Jack Ma (Co-founder of Alibaba), Martin Scorsese (director, screenwriter), Emma Watson (actress), Cyril Wong (writer) are all English graduates!
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