Master’s by Research Programmes


Admission Requirements and Procedures

The minimum requirements for admission for the Master’s by research programmes are:

  • Bachelor's degree with minimum 2nd Class Honours (Upper) and CGPA of 4.25/5.00 and above
  • English language competency
  • Ability to pursue research in the proposed field of advanced study

GRE Requirement

GRE is not a mandatory requirement for both local and international applicants. An interview will be conducted for applicants who have graduated from overseas universities to assess the applicant's language competency and potential to pursue independent research.

IELTS Requirement

Applicants who must submit IELTS scores:

  • Native language is not English
  • Masters programme completed in less than 3 years

The cut-off score is 7.0 (out of 9.0 band scale). Test dates must be within 2 years or less from the date of application.

TOEFL is not accepted in place of IELTS.

Admission Procedures

Applications are required to be submitted online, followed by hardcopies of the application form and supporting documents to be sent to NTU’s Graduate Studies Office.

More information on admission procedures can be viewed here.

There are two intakes in the academic year and the closing dates for submission of applications are as follows.


Research Topic and Proposal

A research topic and a 1,500-word research proposal are required upon application. You are free to propose any topic in the fields of communication or information studies. However, as the programme requires that the student work closely with the supervisor, the student should ensure that his or her field of research is aligned with the interests of the potential supervisor. You may visit the School’s faculty profiles to find out about the faculty professors’ publications and research interests. Students are encouraged to approach individual faculty professors to discuss their research topic and possible supervision.

The proposal should contain the following:

  • Statement of research question
  • Significance of research question
  • Literature review
  • Methods
  • References list

Sample of Works

Although it is not required, applicants are encouraged to send in their sample of works, including published or unpublished research, various types of writing, multi-media products, or any other forms of portfolio that would accurately represent the candidate’s abilities, in assessing the candidate.

Other Supporting Documents

You may visit the admissions webpage at this link on the supporting documents required for submission when you apply for admission.

Referee Reports

Recommendations from two (2) academic referees are to be submitted via the online admission system. Please note that your potential supervisors cannot be the referees.