The School of Social Sciences offers programmes - BSocSci (Hons), minor courses, and Graduate degrees up to the PhD level.
The BSocSci (Hons) in Sociology is a four-year degree programme for undergraduates interested in pursuing a Major in Sociology at NTU. Students taking up Sociology as a Minor are encouraged to read courses that complement their interests and open up new intellectual horizons. Those interested in graduate studies can find the information they need under the graduate programme link.
A degree in Sociology at NTU provides graduates with a vast array of job opportunities in both the public and private sectors. Sociology majors are valued for their critical thinking and analytical skills. They also benefit from an in-depth understanding of social organisations, culture and other social phenomena.
The curriculum provides an intellectually stimulating and rigorous experience for students. The academic foundation consists of three core areas: Economy, Technology and Society; Culture, Self and Identity; and Organisations and Organisational Change. It provides both breadth of exposure and depth of engagement that emphasizes both theoretical reasoning and empirical analysis. Students should graduate with not just a body of knowledge and skills but also a 'sociological imagination' that will enable them to make critical and creative difference in the workplace and in society.Key features of our programme include:
- Stimulating courses, providing both breadth of exposure and depth of engagement
- Immersion in all core substantive areas and research methodologies
- Training and practice in analytical thinking and empirical reasoning
- Informed investigations of Singapore society, Asian societies, and beyond
- Critical perspectives on social change at the local, regional, and global levels.
The programme welcomes applications from GCE 'A' Level students and polytechnic diploma holders. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to sit for a written test and/or interview to assess their suitability for the programme.
The programme looks out for candidates with strong critical thinking and writing skills. There is no single subject that gives you these skills: you can have backgrounds in biology, chemistry, economics, geography, history, language, literature, mathematics, physics, etc – any subject that requires you to think through the material and write about it. In addition, we regard an active interest in current affairs, both within Singapore and internationally, as essential in a Sociology applicant.
You need to meet NTU’s general admission requirements, and a good Polytechnic diploma OR strong ‘A’ levels (including a good pass in GP or K&I). If you are a Polytechnic candidate, you’ll need to have at least a pass in GCE ’O’ Level English Language and your other GCE ‘O’ level subjects may be considered. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and the programme also interviews and administers writing tests for select candidates.
Students must satisfy the basic requirements for admission into NTU.
1) For GCE 'A' level Holders
Examination in the English medium must be obtained in all of the following:
Three GCE 'A' level subjects with passes in at least two subjects at advanced level;
A pass in General Paper, which may be waived in special cases where, in the opinion of the Admissions Selection Committee, the applicants have done exceptionally well in other subjects at 'A', 'AO' or 'O' levels;
A minimum grade D7 in a mother tongue language at GCE 'A' level or a pass in Chinese B/ Malay B/ Tamil B or a minimum grade of D7 in a higher mother tongue language.
2) For Local Polytechnic Diploma Holders
Application is opened to all local Polytechnic Diploma holders regardless of the diploma obtained.
Successful Polytechnic applicants will be exempted from certain courses; exempted courses will be confirmed before the start of students’ first semesters.
The distribution of the courses of study and the number of academic units are shown in the table below.
|A. Major Requirements|
B. Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core (ICC)
|C. Broadening and Deepening Electives (BDE)||Total (AUs)|
|Core||Prescribed Electives||GP or Two|
|Common Cores||Foundational Cores|
|19 AUs||42 AUs||8 AUs||17 AUs||10 AUs||29 AUs||125 AUs|
Table B: Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core (ICC)
|ICC – Common Cores||17 AUs|
|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 AUs|
|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)||29 AUs|
Our graduates go onto a wide range of sectors and many different types of jobs:
- Civil service and public administration
- Management (including human resources and corporate communications)
- Education and training
- Media (including public relations, advertising and journalism)
- Business and marketing
- Financial and insurance sector
- Creative industries (including the arts, arts management, heritage, design)
- Non-profit and social service sectors
At NTU Sociology, we focus on training students in core skills and competencies that are important in every workplace. These include pitching novel perspectives and ideas, knowing how to take initiative, and adapting to fast-changing conditions. We train our students to think dynamically, to not only look for answers in the usual places but to also know how to ask new questions. We provide opportunities to craft questions and arguments—both in writing and speech—and to work collaboratively in teams. We also provide research training in both qualitative and quantitative methods.
In today’s workplace, most people will have many different jobs in their careers. The ability to acquire new skills is crucial. We believe the culture at NTU fosters this, helping students to evaluate things critically, and cultivate an openness to challenging themselves in areas they find unfamiliar or even uncomfortable.
An NTU Honours degree in Sociology also enables you to pursue graduate-level studies in the social sciences or other relevant fields such as business, law, and government. Entry requirements for such programmes are established by the respective universities.
NTU offers career development support through the Career& Attachment Office (CAO), which provides services such as career coaching. We encourage our students to use the university’s resources to prepare for transitioning from their education to their career journeys.