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 Honours (Distinction) and CGPA of 4.25/5.00 and above
  • English language competency*
  • Ability to pursue research in the proposed field of advanced study

*For degree not awarded by an English-medium university or is awarded by an English-medium university but the language of instruction was not English, you must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR) of having at least an IELTS (academic) score of 7.0. The score must be obtained within the last 2 years at point of application. TOEFL is not accepted in place of IELTS.

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.

Admission Procedures

There are two intakes in the academic year for Masters by research programme.


Once the application has been submitted online, the hardcopy application package with the printed copy of the online application form and the supporting documents are to be submitted directly to the school. You can post the application package to the below address:

Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI)
Nanyang Technological University
WKWSCI Student Services Centre
31 Nanyang Link
Singapore 637718

Applicants may check their application or result status online after receiving the acknowledgement receipt of your application via email.

Research Topic and Proposal

A research topic and a 1,500-word research proposal is 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 your abilities.

    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.