Department of English Language and Literature

Department of English Language and Literature

Department of English Language and Literature

National University Singapore


in the area of English Language


These requirements apply only to graduate students matriculated in AY2002/03.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants with a good Honours degree in a relevant discipline are eligible to register for the MA

in the area of English Language.

Applications should be accompanied by a 2,000-word research proposal indicating the aims,

research areas and topic of research (including authors and texts to be selected for the project),

knowledge of work done in the area, intended method and argument, expected results and a

brief (probably annotated) bibliography.

>> Click here for proposal requirements for English Language



Students are expected to submit a thesis of 40,000 words. Thesis guidelines are posted at


MA by research students are required to do TWO modules as their coursework component.

Students in English Language with strong backgrounds in research may be granted a waiver from

the Core Modules 1 and/or 2. The candidate will, in place of the Core Modules 1 and/or 2, take

an additional module(s) from the EL5xxx series (see Modules Offered this academic year) of

modules based on the chosen area of specialisation or as prescribed by the Department.

Candidates for the MA in English Language must pass the following two core modules:

EL5601 Advanced Academic Research

This module prepares M.A. research students (EL5601) and Ph.D. students (EL6601) to

undertake and report academic research at advanced levels in at least one chosen area of English

language studies, and to read critically in a wide range of research areas. Its main aims are to

develop students’ abilities and insights in designing advanced investigations, purposefully

selecting and reviewing research literature, choosing and justifying procedures, writing and

presenting abstracts, carrying out research activities, discussing findings (whether empirical or

secondary in nature) and drawing implications, and presenting outcomes orally and more

especially in written dissertations or theses.

EL5602 Advanced Language Studies

Students will critically examine major theoretical works and frameworks in the study of

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language. The major objective of the module is to allow students to develop a richer

understanding of both the theory and practice of these different perspectives in order to

situate the approach they will adopt for their research projects. Students will also explore the

use of information technology currently available for language studies. Projects for PhD

students will be longer and more demanding than projects for MA (Research) students. The

module is designed for all students completing MA (Research) and PhD degrees.

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