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What does WKWSCI offer in the Communication Studies degree Programme?
As the premier media and communication school in Asia, WKWSCI offers students an all-rounded media and communication studies experience. Our curriculum covers both traditional and new media courses to ensure that students are well-versed with the right foundation. Students in WKWSCI may choose to focus on one or more tracks including Advertising, Broadcast and Cinema Studies, Journalism, Communications Research and Information Analytics, and Public Relations. Our students are also equipped with technologically advanced equipment and facilities.​

What are the degree programmes offered by WKWSCI and the duration of the programmes?

​​Degree Programmes Duration​
​Bachelor of Communication Studies (Honours) ​​​

​4-year direct honours* programme
*Students must meet criteria to graduate with Honours​
​Bachelor of Communication Studies (Honours) with a second major in Business​
​Bachelor of Arts with a choice to pursue one of two combinations (Honours):
(i) Economics and Media Analytics
(ii) Psychology and Media Analytics

 

What is the difference between the two programmes – the Bachelor of Communication Studies (CS), and the Bachelor of Communication Studies with a second major in business (CSBU)?

​Programmes ​CS ​CSBU
​Application Upon Admission ​√ ​√
​Total No of AUs required ​127 ​127
​What are the differences? ​Concentrating on CS major only ​CS Major and Business Electives
​Is this a Double Major programme? ​No - Single Major only ​No - This is CS with Second Major in Business
​Unrestricted Electives selection ​Free to take
Mostly used on Business course
Less freedom to explore other courses​
​Professional Internship
​Compulsory
 - only in Year 3 Semester 2
​Compulsory
 - only in Year 3 Semester 2
​Final Year Project ​Compulsory ​Compulsory
​What degree will I get?
Bachelor of Communication Studies
 
Bachelor of Communication Studies
Will I get a separate Degree for the Second Major in Business? ​Not applicable ​The second major will be shown on the final transcript

A separate certificate for the award of a second major will be issued by the College offering the second major
 

What does the Honours degree classification mean?
‘Honours’ is a ranking system for bachelor’s degrees referring to how well a student has performed. There are four classes of Honours: First, Second Upper, Second Lower, and Third.

As of January 2018, all graduates (except those studying medicine) will be awarded degrees according to the following nomenclature:

Honours (Highest Distinction)
Honours (Distinction)
Honours (Merit)
Honours

Students who do not qualify for honours will receive a Pass degree.

What is the maximum duration to complete a degree program in WKWSCI?
The maximum candidature period for all WKWSCI students is six years but majority of our students take four years to complete the programme.

Can I complete the degree programme in less than four years?
Unlikely. Students will have to adhere strictly to the curriculum in WKWSCI where they will undergo an internship in Year 3 Semester 2 and a year long Final-Year project in Year 4.

What are the requirements I must fulfil in order to graduate?  
You need to fulfil a total of 127 academic units (AUs) over four years.

What is the WKWSCI curriculum like?
Our curriculum is designed for students to integrate with the wider world and we provide a combination of theoretical and real-world experiences.

 

​​YEAR 1 FOUNDATION COURSES​
​​​YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1: ELECTIVES​
​SEMESTER 2: OVERSEAS EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES / ELECTIVES
Choose a track:​
​We offer industry-specific tracks for students to follow their passion

Students have the flexibility to specialise in one or more tracks, or decide to develop themselves as broad-based communication graduates (interdisciplinary)
​​Advertising Broadcast & Cinema Studies Communication Research & Information Analytics Journalism Public Relations
​For those who are interested in strategic planning and developing brilliant ideas based on solid research, leading to jobs as copywriters, account managers and more. ​For those who are keen to make documentaries, movies, TV programmes and are looking to pursue careers as directors, producers, etc. ​For those who are interested in transforming information resources into opportunities, leading to careers as information analysts, social media analysts, etc ​For those who love storytelling and writing, you may be interested to explore print/digital journalism, focus on photojournalism and follow the career path to be a reporter, journalist, columnist, editor, photographer or international news agency writer, etc. ​For those who want to master the fine art of shaping public opinion. This track develops client-management and creative skills and takes you towards work in agencies and multinational corporations. 
​YEAR 3 ​SEMESTER 1: OVERSEAS EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES / ELECTIVES
​SEMESTER 2: PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP (PI)
YEAR 4​ ​ELECTIVES & FINAL YEAR PROJECT (FYP)
  
For more information about our curriculum, you may visit our website at http://www.wkwsci.ntu.edu.sg/programmes/CurrentStudents/Undergraduate/Academic/Pages/default.aspx
 
What is the WKWSCI timetable like?
Lectures/seminars are generally 2 to 3 hours long. Tutorials can be an hour per week. A normal workload consists of four to six courses or 20AUs per semester. Apart from core courses, you will have the flexibility to plan your timetable for the semester.
 

Are there any internship within the curriculum?
A 22-week Professional Internship is compulsory for all year 3 students in their semester 2.

Can I change programme or my major after the First Year?
Yes, you can. However, the change of programmes is subjected to approval.
 

What is the difference between Double Major and Second Major?
A second major is an additional major the student can take up after the first year whereas for a double major the student needs to apply to read the programme at the point of application.

Double major requires you to complete an equal load of AUs from the two areas of study. Second major tends to be of a lesser AU requirement than a double major.
 

Can you tell me more about the Second Major?
Students can choose to pursue a second major in another discipline offered either by their home school or pick a second major offered by another school within the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. The second major provides students with breadth of exposure and is also designed to provide greater depth of study in an additional discipline.

Available Second Major programmes include:

Students will graduate with a degree in their First Major upon satisfying the academic requirements of the School. The Second Major will appear on the final transcript, and students will receive a certificate issued by the College for the Second Major.
 

How can I apply for a Second Major?
Students will need to obtain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 4.0 in their first year at the university to be eligible to take up a second major at the start of Year 2 semester 1. It is also subjected to the availability of vacancies for the second major at the home school. 

How is the Second Major curriculum like? 

​ ​Second Major​

​​​Curriculum Requirements​ ​ ​ ​ ​

​​​Core Subjects ​

​​Prescribed Electives (PE) ​ ​

​No of Courses

No of AUs​

No of Courses​

​No of AUs

PE Requirements​

Art History​

​3

9​

8​

24​

Please refer to the link above​

Chinese​

​5

15​

6​

20​

2 courses must be level 4xxx​

​Communication Studies

2​

​6

​NA

24​

​NA

Economics​

​5

16​

6​

20​

​2 courses must be level 4xxx

English​

​3

​NA

8​

​NA

​​from ANY category (in addition to core)
2 courses must be level 4xxx

History​

​5

​NA

​6

NA​

​At least one course from each of the 3 categories

​Linguistics and Multilingual Studies

​5

15​

6​

​20

​NA

Philosophy​

​3

9​

8​

26​

​2 courses must be level 4xxx

Psychology

​5

NA​

​6

NA​

​2 courses must be level 4xxx

​Public Policy and Global Affairs

​3

9​

​8

26​

​2 courses must be level 4xxx

​Sociology

​5

15​

​6​

​20

​2 courses must be level 4xxx

 

Do I have to pay additional fees if I am enrolled into the second major programme?
No, you do not have to pay any additional fees if you complete your degree within 4 years.

Can I take a Minor?
Minor programmes equip students with multiple skills and broader knowledge, beyond what their major disciplines may provide. Besides offering a variety of Major programmes, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences encourages students to pursue a Minor in any of the major disciplinary areas:

Chinese  Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
Communication Studies  Philosophy
Economics Psychology
English Literature Public Policy and Global Affairs
History  Sociology

 

Students can also take on a Minor in subjects that are not offered as a Major. This includes:

Global Asia
Creative Writing ​Modern Languages
Film  Science, Technology and Society
Gender and Diversity Studies ​Translation​
Geography and Urban Planning

 

Students may also consider taking up minors offered by other schools within NTU:  https://www.ntu.edu.sg/Students/Undergraduate/AcademicServices/AcademicProgrammes/Pages/Minor_Programme.aspx

How is the Minor curriculum like?
To do a Minor, students are required to complete 15AUs (about five) relevant courses. These courses will be counted under the elective requirements of their undergraduate programme. There is no penalty if you decide not to complete the minor.

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.

If I complete the Minor, how will it be reflected?
The award of minor will only be reflected in a graduate's transcript. No additional certificate will be issued upon completion of the minor.

Will I get exemptions if I am from the polytechnic and is accepted to WKWSCI?
Successful Polytechnic applicants will be exempted certain courses that will be confirmed before the start of their first semester. Polytechnic diploma holders are granted exemptions of up to 12AUs (General Elective Requirement-Prescribed Electives and Unrestricted Electives). Exemptions are given only for non-communication courses.

All exempted courses do not carry any grades and will not be included in the computation of GPA. For more information, please visit this link: http://www.wkwsci.ntu.edu.sg/programmes/CurrentStudents/Undergraduate/Academic/Pages/Course-Exemptions-(Diploma-holders).aspx

I am from polytechnic and with the exemption, can I graduate earlier than my cohort?
No, students will have to adhere strictly to the curriculum in WKW as they will undergo an internship in Year 3 Semester 2 and a yearlong Final-Year project in Year 4.

What are the career prospects for graduates from WKWSCI?
Graduates from the Wee Kim Wee School are sought after by the media giants in Singapore and abroad in industries such as journalism, broadcast and cinema studies, advertising, publishing, human resources management, public administration, arts administration, and creative industries. More details can be found at this link​. ​​​