At NTU English we enable graduate students to develop academic skills and to produce innovative and incisive research. Current graduate students at NTU are working on an eclectic range of research areas, including Asian working-class writers, modern Irish literature, literary trauma studies, contemporary crime television, and representations of time in narrative. NTU English graduate students are also working on creative writing projects in a variety of genres, engaging with topics and issues such as precolonial Singapore, tradition, gender, class, and sexuality. The English programme at NTU offers MAs and PhDs by research.

We welcome applications on any aspect of literary studies but have special research strengths in five key areas (Modern Literature, Singapore Literature, Irish Literature, Period Studies, and Contemporary Literature and Culture). NTU English is an interdisciplinary environment where researchers are encouraged to participate in our postgraduate community. The department regularly hosts academic conferences, visiting speakers from leading universities, and research seminars from our staff and students.

NTU graduate degrees are excellent preparation for careers in academia. Recent NTU English MA graduates have gone on to further study at the University of Oxford and to positions at Eunoia Junior College, Arts House, and Verra Asia. Recent NTU English PhD graduates have gone on to academic positions at Tembusu College at The National University of Singapore, Yale-NUS, and NTU.

Gaining a graduate level degree can also be of great benefit to those who are considering a different career path. Many employers value applicants who have research and teaching experience – two things that our MA and PhD candidates acquire a great deal of.



​“Pursuing my Master of Arts at NTU allowed me to develop both my project and my professional capabilities – both aspects were crucial in securing me a doctoral scholarship from the ​​University of Oxford. The professors of the English department are knowledgeable in their respective fields, and the small class size of the graduate courses affords for a deeper engagement of diverse topics. In other words, one can pick the brains of​ these professors in class. I enjoyed the freedom to choose my desired courses; I was able to pick courses that I felt were useful to my own work. Having one year set aside for mainly research was also particularly helpful; it allowed me to focus on my thesis. The numerous teaching opportunities available at the department not only added to professional resume but also developed critical reading skills that my work benefitted from. Moreover, the department financially supported my conference attendance. Perhaps most importantly, the English department of NTU is a tight-knit and warm community. T​he professors genuinely want the best for their students; I certainly benefited from my supervisor’s close attention to my project and advice on my career path in academia.”

Charlotte HandMA graduate, 2019.​


Please contact Christopher Trigg – – if you have any queries about graduate research at NTU English. Please email Barrie Sherwood – – for enquiries regarding MAs and PhDs in creative writing.