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Frequently Asked Questions




​​​What are the admission requirements for SoH Undergraduate degree programmes?

This is only applicable to applicants holding Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' level qualification or Local Polytechnic Diploma from one of the five local polytechnics in Singapore.

Click here for more information on the Indicative Grade Profile.

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.
  • Certain programmes may have specific subject requirements. The programmes marked with asterisk (*) are those where additional assessments such as interviews, selection tests, and/or portfolios are required. Please click here for more details.
  • NTU is increasingly admitting students based on holistic practices including written exams and interviews. For this reason we encourage all interested parties to apply.

How do I know whether my on-line application has been received by NTU?

Application for admission is done electronically. Before applying, please determine your application group. The application group you apply under corresponds to the qualifications you hold.

You are required to submit only one (1) electronic application form. There is no hard-copy application form.

Your online application has been submitted successfully if

  1. an Application Status Menu showing your application number and a summary of application items required to be completed by you is generated;
  2. an acknowledgment of your application is forwarded to the email address(es) you have provided in the online application form.

Take note of the unique application number assigned to you.

May I enquire that if I took the GCE A levels examinations as a school candidate and did not do well for a certain subject, and I decided to retake the particular subject only in the following year, would I be able to use the best grade for that subject for admissions, or I could only use the grade I had as a school candidate?

Combination of GCE 'A' results are only allowed for Mother Tongue Language, Project Work and H1 subjects. GP and the remaining H2 subjects have to be taken in one/same sitting.

​Where can I change my choices? Check Document Submission Status? Print Document Submission Slip? Check Application Fee Payment Status? Pay Application Fee? Print Application Fee Payment Slip?

You may login here with your Application and NRIC number (alphabet must be entered in upper caps), during the application period, to make amendments to your choice of programmes.

​If I am offered a programme but I wish to appeal to change programme, is it possible?

If your application is successful, you may submit your appeal online during the appeal period if you wish to change your offered programme.

However you are advised to confirm your offered programme online by the stipulated deadline as stated in the notification letter so that in the event that your appeal is unsuccessful, your originally offered course will still be valid.

Please refer to your respective application group for the online appeal period.

Can outstanding students graduate earlier in a shorter duration?

Outstanding students can be put on the fast track. For a course with 4-year duration, instead of completing the normal four-year undergraduate programme, it is possible to do it in three and a half years.


Furthermore, those who are able and diligent can take on additional subjects in excess of the required number for their own enrichment.

​What is the difference between minor/ second major/ double major?

Minor

​Minor programmes equip students with multiple skills and broader knowledge, beyond what their major disciplines may provide.

More than 40 minors are available. Students will not be offered a minor in the same field as their major (single degree, double degree or double major programme). Students intending to pursue a minor are to indicate their intention and when they have fulfilled the minor requirements, they are to file for the award of the minor.

The award of minor will be reflected in a graduate’s transcript but not his degree certificate. No additional certificate will be issued.

Here are the list of Minors offered in NTU.

Second Major

Students can choose to pursue a second Major in another discipline offered either by:

- their home School, or
​- by another School within the College.

The second major provides students with breadth of exposure, and is also designed to provide greater depth of study in an additional discipline. Students will graduate with a degree in their First Major upon satisfying the academic requirements of the School. The Second Major will be shown on the final transcript, and students will receive an additional certificate.

Students will need to obtain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 4.0 in their first year at university to be eligible to take up a second major.

Here are the list of Second Major offered by the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Double major

The Double Major Programme is a four-year direct honours degree programme. Undergraduate students will read two majors chosen from among the disciplinary strengths of the four schools in the College, namely, the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), the School of Humanities (SoH), the School of Social Sciences (SSS), and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI).

Unlike the existing single discipline-based degrees, this degree will feature two distinct majors within an innovative new structure. As such this is a fully conceived double-disciplinary degree. Each major will represent approximately 42% of the overall degree, with the remaining 16% reserved for General Education courses. Students will be admitted into this new Double Major degree programme at the point of entry to NTU, and declare their two majors at this point.

The College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences offers the following six combinations of Double Major Programme:

  • Economics and Media Analytics
  • Economics and Psychology
  • Economics and Public Policy and Global Affairs
  • English Literature and Art History
  • Psychology and Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
  • Psychology and Media Analytics

   

SoH Professional Attachment Programme
 
​How does Professional Attachment (PA) work?

With effect from academic year 2006/7, The Professional Attachment Programme will be offered as an unrestricted elective in SoH.

Professional attachment or internship has become an integral part of undergraduate training in NTU. Students value the experience as the exposure helps them with their transition into the working world.

The duration for Professional Attachment is 10 weeks to be undertaken at the end of Year 3 of study. On successful completion, students will be awarded 5 Academic Units (AUs) to be used to fulfill unrestricted electives.

Students who successfully complete the PA programme will also be awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment jointly signed by the Director, Career & Attachment Office (CAO) and the organisation's authorised representative.

Will I be attached to the company/(s) of my choice under the PA Programme?

SoH will work with the Career & Attachment Office (CAO) to source for suitable placements. As placements will be limited, selection will be based on interviews by participating organizations and/or best match, and will be arranged on a first-come-first-served basis.

Students may also source for placements themselves. To be awarded the AUs, the attachment, however, must be coordinated through CAO and will be subject to the same procedure for supervision and assessment given below.

​Will I be eligible for PA?

To be eligible for professional attachment, students must have achieved:

  • 60 AUs and above at the beginning of the second semester of each academic year.
  • Students are entitled to go on credit-bearing professional attachment only once.

What is the minimum requirement to pass PA?

Upon registration for PA as a course and with successful placement, students must complete 10 weeks of attachment to be considered for a "pass" in PA.

Students who have been given approved leave of absence must also complete minimum 8 weeks of attachment to qualify for a "pass" for PA. Prior approval of leave of absence must be obtained from CAO and the attachment organization.

If the internship is terminated prematurely without approval from the school, the student concerned will have been deemed to have "failed" his/her attachment and the "failed" grade will be reflected in his/her transcript.

​Under PA, what will my allowance and working hours be like?

The monthly allowance paid by the organization is $600 or more. Employers are exempted from making CPF contributions on student's allowance.

Students will follow the normal working hours of the organization on a five-day or five-and-a-half day week basis.

 


Exchange Programme

​​What is GEM Explorer and how does it work?

GEM Explorer provides opportunities for students to take courses or do research in an overseas partner university for one full semester while exploring a new country and culture.

The selection is based on:

  • Academic performance
  • Personal Qualities​

What is GEM Discoverer and how does it work?

GEM Discoverer offers various short-term programmes (ranging from 2 to 22 weeks) placing students overseas for work and/or study. During these stints, students earn academic units that count towards their NTU degree.

  • Participating universities in America, Asia and Europe
  • Open to all undergraduates regardless of year of study

Application is open to every NTU student who wants to:

  • Enhance career prospects with a more dynamic portfolio
  • Have minimal disruption to GPA

​May I know how Singapore Universities Student Exchange Programme (SUSEP) works?

The following options are available for students (total 20 slots) participating in the programme:

  • Partial Programme

Take a few approved courses offered at one of the two host universities, subject to their being able to match their timetable and examination timetable with the host university's courses, or

  • ramme

Plan to do one semester of studies of approved courses entirely at the host university

Upon the completion of the programme, the host university would issue your examination results to the Office of Academic Services, NTU. The Office would seek advice from your School on the NTU courses replaced and appropriate AUs to be awarded to you. You would be informed accordingly by the Office.

 

 Chinese
 
 
​What is Chinese?

Chinese promotes the study and appreciation of Chinese language and culture. It provides multiple local and global perspectives, broadening students’ knowledge of the contemporary world, and making them adaptable and culturally attuned to regional and international environments.
​What is the emphasis of the Chinese Major at NTU?

The Chinese programme at NTU will equip students with a strong foundation in the reading of classical and modern texts, a deeper understanding of the Chinese language, and a broad perspective on Chinese History and the Chinese Diaspora in Southeast Asia.


We offer four areas of specialization:

a. Chinese literature and culture
b. Chinese history and thought and China Studies

c. Linguistics and Chinese linguistics
d. Studies of Ethnic Chines

​How is Chinese at NTU different?

  • Chinese at NTU offers you a variety of courses. We not only teach subjects such as Chinese literature and thoughts that fit your interests in Chinese traditional culture, but also diverse courses on historical and contemporary issues, ethnic Chinese, and so on. Students in the Chinese programme are not only bilingual, but also bicultural;
  • Chinese provides two unique minors, namely creative writing in Chinese and translation; the two minors, highly attractive to students from both Chinese and other majors, broaden our students’ learning and career opportunities;
  • The faculty in the Chinese programme come with different backgrounds and research interests. They are established, friendly and dedicated to teaching and research.

​I am interested in Chinese, but I have practical concerns/job prospects as well. What can I do with a Chinese degree?

Students in the Chinese programme at SoH NTU do not only focus on Chinese language and culture, but also contemporary China issues, involving interdisciplinary study – economics, politics, culture, history, philosophy, linguistics, etc, which are relevant in today’s world and fit the needs in job market. In addition to the Chinese major, students can also flexibly plan for a second major or a minor based on their interests and needs.

The employment rate of our Chinese graduates has remined high over years, and our alumni develop their career in a variety of industries, including public services, education, media, international business, advertising, public relations, journalism, publishing, translation, theatre and arts, consultant/Advisory Role, etc.

​Will I be in a disadvantageous position after learning Chinese for four years, while the working language in Singapore is English?

NTU adopts broad-based undergraduate education. That is, approximately one third of your curriculum is devoted to Broadening subjects, General Electives and Minor subjects, which are mainly conducted in English language. In addition, our Chinese programme offers Minor in Translation, where you can develop skills and knowledge in both Chinese and English. As the market demand for Chinese remains high, being a Chinese major who is bilingually and biculturally equipped, you will actually be in an advantageous position.

​Will I have the opportunity to study abroad?

Yes. Many of our students apply for exchange in top universities in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Our students can also broaden their experiences if they are interested in other countries or regions, such as Korea, Japan, Europe, and US.

I am reading Chinese/Higher Chinese at A level. Do I have an advantage in doing the Chinese Major?

A background in Chinese/Higher Chinese at A level is certainly helpful to a certain extent. However, the Chinese Major at NTU requires more critical thinking and analytical skills in your approach. You will gain a wider range of knowledge including literature, linguistics, history, philosophy, and regional studies, and develop critical thinking and analytical skills.

​Does the Chinese Major accept international students?

Yes, we do. In general, around 20% of NTU’s intake is made up of international students.

​Can I complete the programme in less than 4 years?

Yes you can.

​南大中文系主修课程的重点是什么?

是:

1. 文学与文化
2. 中国历史、思想与中国研究
3. 语言学与汉语言学
4. 海外华人研究

南大中文系有什么特别?

在南大,你可以有更多样化的选择!如果你对中国传统文化感兴趣,想了解更多中国的经典,我们有传统的文学、历史、思想等方面的课程供你选择。如果你有兴趣了解更多目前中国的情况,我们也有课程供你讨论最热门、最新鲜的课题。如果你对海外华人有兴趣,我们也有相关课程。我们的目标是培养双语双文化人才。

此外,我们中文系设有两个很特别的副修:华文创意写作和翻译。这两个副修相当热门,不但中文系的许多同学会选择,还吸引了很多外系甚至外院的同学。

我们中文系的老师相当国际化,有着广泛的研究兴趣。他们也非常鼓励并欢迎有兴趣的同学们一起讨论或参与研究。

还有值得一提的是,我们中文系一直以来不仅同学之间相当友爱,师生之情也十分融洽浓厚。你来了后,一定能感受到我们中文系大家庭的温馨。

我很喜欢文,可是,我也必须考虑现实的问题。拿中文文凭有什么的工作前景呢?

担心,你不必为了现实的考虑而放弃中文。我们在中文系不仅仅学习汉语语言和文化,也注重当代问题,强调跨学科学习,包括与经济学、政治学、文化、历史、哲学、语言学等的结合,这样的跨学科训练高度迎合当前市场需求。在南大,我们的课程组合很有弹性,你可以按照个人兴趣及实际需要修读双主修,或者一主一副,如中文与经济、中文与传播学等等。历年来,中文系毕业生的就业率很高,我们的校友分布在各行各业,包括公共服务、教育、媒体、国际商务、广告、公共关系、媒体、出版、翻译、戏剧与艺术、咨询等等。

​读了四年中文系,会不会和英文脱节?新加坡的主要工作语言是英文,中文系毕业生会不会吃亏?

这一方面,你一点都不需要担心。南大为学生提供全面的教育,我们的主修课程中,有大约三分之一是通识课程、自由选修单元以及副修课程。这些课程大部分是用英语进行教学的。

此外,如果你想增强你的中英双语能力,我们非常鼓励你修读翻译副修课程和华文创意写作副修(也由中文系开办)。具备双语、双文化能力之后,你将会有更多更好的就业机会。

​我有没有到外国大学浸濡学习的机会?

当然有啦!南大非常鼓励学生到外国的大学浸濡

我修读高级水准的华文/高级华文来到南大中文系有没有优势?​

一些古典与现代的文学作品,也提供一些中国文化历史方面的背景知识。作为一个开始,的确是有些帮助。不过,在全球化与资讯科技发达的年代,拥有批判思维能力与分析技巧是非常重要的。这不只是南大中文系主修课程的宗旨,也是我们对你的要求。

不过,你不用担心,通过修读南大中文系的课程,就会逐渐掌握这些技能,并且学到更深更广的知识,包括文学、语言学、历史、思想、区域研究等等。

​我可以在不到四年的时间之内修完所有课程吗?

南大的课程是四年制课程。不过,做好充分准备的学生可以有计划地缩短修业时间。他们可以每学期多修一些科目,也可以在两个正式学期之间的短学期选修额外的科目。

南大中文系接受外国学生吗?

有啊,南大目前的学生之中,有两成左右是来自世界各地。​
 
 
English

What is English?

The world of literary studies is broad and diverse. We do not engage in rote memorization but train you in creative and critical thinking. We believe that the most valuable aspect of literature is found in your interpretation of the text and we will provide you with the training required to express your views with confidence and skill.

We study literature from around the world and engage with a range of cutting-edge themes and issues such as gender, postcolonialism, and eco-criticism, across a range of forms including novels, films, theatre, and poetry. Literature helps to stimulate our imagination and see the world in a new way!

​What does the English Programme offer?

We have complete coverage of the traditional areas of literary study ranging from Medieval literature and Renaissance literature through to Victorian literature and Contemporary Literature. Alongside the core modules, we offer modules dedicated to literature from around the world including Singaporean literature, Latino literature, Irish literature, European literature, and Southeast Asian literature. We also offer specialist modules on a range of subject matter including Science and Literature, History of the Book, Literature and Medicine, Children’s Literature, Shakespeare, Science Fiction, and beyond!

How is English at NTU different?

  • Our department includes some of the most talented scholars from Singapore and the rest of the world. We are bright, energetic, and diverse department with faculty who engage in cutting edge research at the forefront of the discipline.
  • We are a warm and welcoming department and support our students throughout their degree. We know that you have an enquiring mind and we are keen to help you develop your own creative and critical voice.
  • We are the only university in Singapore to offer complete coverage of literary history from Medieval Literature and Renaissance Literature through to Victorian Literature and Contemporary Literature.
  • We deliver innovative teaching styles that emphasize individual voices and equip you with the skills that you need to succeed in the workplace.
  • You can go directly into English from your first year (direct honors programme)
  • You can undertake a second major in other divisions within HSS and the college
  • Internship opportunities are available in the third year (General FAQ)​

What are the assessments like?

We offer a varied and comprehensive range of assessments. Of course, the essay remains the primary assessment method because it is the best way to develop your writing skills, critical thinking, and provides the perfect platform for engaging in deep, complex thought. By the end of the programme, you will become a master of writing and even enjoy it! But we also offer assessments such as performances, creative projects, graphics, concept mapping, online quiz, debates, and so on. These assessments bring out the best in our students and some of their work has been displayed arts festivals and public locations around Singapore.

We have a friendly, engaging and relatable faculty who are always keen to help you. You are encouraged to explore lots of interesting subject matter but over time, you will start to specialize. At this point, some of you will have the opportunity to work with professors on a research project of your own design.

By the end of the programme, you will be a professionally trained writer, able to adapt to a wide-range of styles and forms.

Our students possess a love of literature and learning. They have enquiring minds and are curious about the world outside the classroom. Often literary texts help us to understand why the world works in a certain way and challenges us to ask difficult questions. Through such questioning, we learn to change the world!

​If I attended a Polytechnic rather than a JC, will I have difficulty with the coursework?

Every year we accepted numerous students from Polytechnics, some of whom are amongst our best and brightest! Our first-year modules are carefully calibrated for a diverse intake and we don’t assume any knowledge in advance. We know, for instance, that NS men have had limited time for reading for two years. We make sure that everyone is trained in the basics while making sure there are opportunities for the strongest students to demonstrate what they are capable of achieving.

​What type of employment is available to someone with an English Literature degree?

  • Many fields such as Publishing, Publicity, Human Resource, Arts Administration and Management, Advertising/Marketing, Journalism/Media, and Education/Training, particularly where excellent verbal and written communication is instrumental
  • This programme equips students with outstanding communication and analytical abilities. Together with their extensive knowledge of international arts and humanities, English Literature graduates are highly valued by employers.
  • In addition, many of our students continue their studies at some of the top international universities such as the University of Oxford, King’s College London, Ohio State University, the University of Leeds, Durham University, and the University of Cambridge.

  
 
History

What is History?​

The history we teach at NTU is unlike the history you have likely learned in JC or secondary school. We are not just interested in having you memorize dates or places or people. Rather, we are interested in exploring history from a variety of different perspectives, including the perspectives of ordinary people.

We believe everything has a history, not just nations or countries. Land has history, religions have history, food has history, movies have a history, animals have history, and so on.

​What does the History Programme offer?

Our programme is divided into four broad areas of study:

  • Global asia, covering Asian history within a global context
  • World history
  • Interdisciplinary history – history as it relates to other subjects such as history of science, technology, medicine, business, and environment;
  • Applied history – specialized courses that develop practical skills such as mapping, programming, film-making, and so-on.

​How is History at NTU different?

  • We are a very young history programme with talented scholars at the cutting edge of research, so we are pushing the frontiers of history in both our research and teaching;
  • Our “global” or transnational focus sets us apart from many other places; we are not historians who specialize in “Japan” or “USA” or other specific nations; rather most of us look at connections across the globe – flows of ideas, people, objects through migration and trade;
  • Our “interdisciplinary” focus also sets us apart – we aim to engage deeply with other disciplines and other parts of the University; we are not just interested in history for history’s sake but rather in how it can impact our understanding of other fields;
  • Our “applied” history is also something unique within Singapore, specialized courses for developing skills that will be relevant in your workplace;
  • You can go directly into history from your first year (direct honors programme)
  • You can undertake a second major in other divisions within HSS and the college
  • Internship opportunities in the third year (General FAQ)

What are the readings and writing assignments like?

  • They are very varied and range from traditional essay assignments to final project assignments which may comprise a report and/or presentation; poster presentation, websites, podcasts, exhibitions, creative projects from blogs to scrapbook to newsletter and audio recordings, etc.
  • Students are encouraged to meet with their professors for consultation regarding assignments
  • Writing assignments is to allow students to practise and hone their analysis and arguments, while developing critical readings of the text
  • The quantity of texts varies with each class
  • Texts include textbooks, books, book chapters, journal articles, web resources, reports, etc.

​What is the emphasis of the History Major at NTU?

We offer courses in 3 areas:

  • Global Asia
  • Interdisciplinary History of Science, Technology, Business, Medicine, and the Environment
  • World History​

What can I do with a degree in History?

  • History does not lead to a specific job or profession; we have had students enter a variety of professions in the public and private sector; these include education, foreign service, public relations, publishing, news and other interactive and innovative media including games content development, museum curating, tourism and heritage consultancy, and the service industry
  • We believe history creates an ability to gather information, synthesize information, analyze information, and report on one’s findings; these are skills, if you think about it, that are useful almost anywhere; it teaches you to reason with large bodies of data and to communicate that information effectively;
  • Such skills as being able to evaluate good and bad information, decide what is important or relevant, formulate a coherent and reasoned argument are vital for careers and professions in today’s globalised world and knowledge-based economies

​I am applying for a Major in another division in SoH or College, but I am interested in History, and would like to do a Second Major in History. What are the requirements for a Second Major in History?

Minimum 4.0 GPA after first year

​Is it an advantage to have studied History at A-Level?

Courses are structured and taught in such a manner that A-Level History students can build on their foundation, but it is unlikely they will have a special advantage.

The programme also offers a wide array of subjects which do not constitute part of pre-University History curriculum

​If I attended a Polytechnic rather than a JC, will I have difficulty with the coursework?

We have students from the polytechnics taking History, and some of them are our better students. Our first year compulsory subjects are all introductory in nature, and are designed specifically to prepare all students for the more advanced subjects in their later years. What matters too is that you are interested in the subject matter and motivated to learn.

 

Linguistics and Multilingual Studies

​What is Linguistics?

  • Linguistics and Multilingual Studies allows students to explore how language works – from the properties of speech sounds to word and sentence structure, from children's language development to communication in bilingual and multilingual societies
  • Interdisciplinary in nature, involving other fields such as psychology, computer science, cultural studies, sociology, history, etc.

​What is the Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies about?

  • This programme involves study of the languages of multilingual individuals and of multilingual societies. This is particularly relevant to Singapore and the region, which is characterised by the widespread practice of bilingualism and multilingualism
  • This programme will also focus on the study of language issues in countries that are of special relevance to Singapore such as China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam, amongst others​

How is LMS at NTU different?

We are the only institution in Singapore (and the region) to offer such a degree.

What is the emphasis of the LMS Major at NTU?

Our graduates will have a concrete foundation in the theories of linguistics across the many different subfields. We offer courses in 5 areas:

  • Language and Technology
  • Multilingual Societies And Multiculturalism
  • Language, Mind and Multilingualism
  • Language Structure
  • Special Topics in Linguistics​

​What can I do with a degree in LMS?

  • LMS takes an analytical approach to the study of language, and LMS graduates will have acquired skills in critical thinking, data analysis, problem solving, and logical thinking that can be applied to many fields
  • Provides students with a global perspective, allowing LMS graduates to be culturally and socially attuned and aware, making them good communicators with an international worldview
  • Interdisciplinary nature and global perspective of LMS allows graduates to take on jobs that are not restricted by disciplinary boundaries
  • Areas as the publishing and communication industries, translating and interpreting, computational fields, foreign language teaching, and the teaching of English as a second language

Possible Careers:

  • Computer industry
  • Education
  • Teach languages
  • Translator or interpreter
  • Work on language documentation or do fieldwork
  • Writer/editor
  • Work with dictionaries (lexicography)
  • Become a consultant on language in professions such as law or medicine
  • Marketing and advertising

​I am reading Mother Tongue/Foreign Language. Do I have an advantage in doing the LMS Major?

Yes indeed. These are helpful as an entry point. It also helps you understand the intricacies of multilingualism in your course of study.

​If I attended a Polytechnic rather than a JC, will I have difficulty with the coursework?

We have accepted numerous students from Polytechnics, some of whom are among our best students. Our first year compulsory subjects are all introductory in nature, and are designed specifically to prepare all students for the more advanced subjects of their later years.

 

Philosophy

​What is Philosophy?

The word “philosophy” originates from the Greek word φιλοσοφία (philosophia). “Philo” means to love and “sophia” means wisdom. Literally, philosophy means love of wisdom. When considered as an academic discipline, philosophy is concerned with the study of fundamental problems such as those connected to the nature of knowledge, reality, existence, mind, language, science, and morality. It involves a broad and systematic critical examination of questions that underlie the foundations of other disciplines.

Some of the typical questions philosophers ask are:

  • What kind of world do we live in?
  • Is there a God?
  • Is there an external world?
  • What kind of life should we live?
  • Do human beings act freely?
  • Where do moral obligations come from?
  • How do we construct a just society?
  • Where does knowledge come from and what are the limitations of our knowledge?

Philosophers are also concerned with specific questions that have direct applications in other fields:

  • Do the results of quantum mechanics force us to view our relations to objects differently?
  • Do animals have rights?
  • What is the moral justification for using military force?
  • What kind of research ethics should medical professionals observe in their research?

The study of philosophy requires a mode of inquiry that questions fundamental assumptions, argues logically, and thinks through things as comprehensively as possible. In this sense, philosophy shapes the way we think and act. It also heightens our sensitivity towards the nuances of life and at the same time enhances our ability to engage with them. When properly done, philosophy students can take on an encompassing perspective of things that makes them potentially fit for any profession.

While Western philosophers are in general characterised by their analytic ability, Asian thinkers are characterised by their emphasis on self-transformation and their practical concerns for the world they live in. This is particularly the case in Chinese philosophy. Due to the comprehensive concerns of Chinese thinkers, the study of Chinese philosophy is intimately linked with the studies of Chinese literature and Chinese history.

What do I study in the Philosophy programme?

  • Introductory courses on Philosophy
  • Chinese Philosophy
  • Ethics and political philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science​

How is the Philosophy programme at NTU different?

  • Established, well-rounded faculty with a strong focus on Eastern philosophy
  • Interdisciplinary in nature
  • A vast range of choices

Some examples of courses available are:

  • Perennial Questions of Philosophy: East and West
  • Logic and Critical Thinking
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Symbolic Logic
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Chinese Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Environmental Philosophy

​What skills will I have with a degree in Philosophy?

Students will develop critical thinking, reflective consciousness, and other transferable skills, which can strengthen their disciplinary studies and enable them to better adapt to changing circumstances of the world. The study of philosophy also typically cultivates the following abilities:

  • Communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively
  • Ask good questions, think independently, critically, and clearly
  • Uncover and examine hidden assumptions
  • Analyse and critically assess arguments
  • Formulate consistent, coherent, and complex arguments
  • Conceptualise and articulate difficult issues or abstract ideas
  • Apply abstract ideas to particular situations and cases
  • Examine and justify what we believe in or/and what we do

What will my career prospects be when I graduate with a Philosophy degree?

Philosophical training develops skills highly sought after by employers, such as analytical and critical thinking, the ability to quickly identify issues and to construct a coherent argument and defend it. Philosophy equips students with the ability to adapt quickly to fast-evolving circumstances and embrace change and challenges. Philosophy graduates have gone on to a range of careers including private sector management, finance, the charity sector, IT management, government, and the media.

​How will studying Philosophy benefit me?

Among employers, the skills that philosophy teaches particularly well are in high demand.

  • In a 2009 survey on employers’ views of higher education conducted by the American Association of Colleges and Universities, 89% of over 300 employers surveyed said that colleges and universities should place more emphasis on “the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.”
  • In the same survey, 81% of employers surveyed said that colleges and universities should place more emphasis on “critical thinking and analytical skills.”

Here are some interesting statistics

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores from 2015 to 2018 reflected that philosophy majors:

  • had the highest average number of standard deviations above the mean score for the entire exam
  • had the highest average score on the verbal and writing sections of the exam
  • had the highest average quantitative reasoning score of all humanities majors​

​If I attended a Polytechnic rather than a JC, will I have difficulty with the coursework?

We have accepted numerous students from Polytechnics, some of whom are among our best students. Our first year compulsory subjects are all introductory in nature, and are designed specifically to prepare all students for the more advanced subjects of their later years.

 


 
2nd Major

Q: Can I take a 2nd major?​

Q: What are the 2nd majors available to School of Humanities students?

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Early Graduation

Q: Can I complete the programme in less than 4 years?

Change of Programme

Q: Can I switch my programme or my major after the First Year?​​​​​