Master of Education (Drama)

  • This specialisation provides opportunities for advanced academic study in drama and professional practice in drama and drama education. It addresses drama performance and processes, their application to educational contexts, and the multi-disciplinary approach needed for drama learning and performance. Both theoretical and practical issues of drama pedagogy are discussed, focusing on contemporary issues in drama and drama education. You will develop insight and understanding of the creative processes of drama and drama education, including performance, and skills in the teaching of drama as a subject and as a vehicle for learning. You will also explore the functions of drama and the theatre in a range of contexts.

    • A good Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university

    • A teaching qualification such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore
      at least ONE year of relevant working experience in education.

    For international applicants, more information on the entry requirements can be found here.

  • Effective from January 2020 intake

    The coursework for this specialisation comprises 1 core course, 4 required specialisation courses, 1 open elective/specialisation elective course plus either:

    • a dissertation or
    • two additional courses (1 open elective/specialisation elective course and MED 902 Integrative Project)

    MED 902 Integrative Project is open only for applicants pursuing the degree totally by coursework.

    Core Course

    • MED 900 Educational Inquiry

    Required Specialisation Courses

    • MDR 901 Theatre Making
    • MDR 902 Drama Education, Curriculum & Assessment
    • MDR 903 The Teacher as Facili-Actor
    • MDR 904 Arts-based Research

    Open Elective Courses

    Other than the core and specialisation courses, you may select open elective courses offered across all NIE Master Degree programmes. The offer of electives is reviewed regularly to reflect developments in education and the respective fields. You are advised to take note of the prerequisites (if any) before registering.

    *You also have the option to select elective courses offered in other programmes and specialisations subject to the approval of the programme coordinator.

    Optional Specialisation Courses are offered subject to demand and availability of faculty expertise.  Hence, not all specialisation courses are available for selection to every intake.


    Specialisation Elective Courses

    • MDR 921 Page to Stage
    • MDR 922 Theatre in the Community

    Download the course descriptions for the programme

    In line with SkillsFuture Singapore's (SSG) initiative, some of the courses in this programme can be taken as standalone modular graduate courses and accumulated into credits leading to the master’s degree.

    Important note for matriculated students: 
    Please refer to the ISAAC system for the programme structure relevant to your intake during Course Registration or consult your programme leader if you need clarifications.

    Note: Programme structure is subject to changes

  • The degree of Master of Education is generally offered on a part-time basis although full-time studies are also available for some specialisations. The candidature periods are as follows:



    1 year


    2 years



    2 years


    4 years

  • Our tuition fees are subject to revision on a yearly basis. More details can be found here.

  • There is generally only one intake for this programme, in January. You are advised to visit the website and look out for NIE’s announcements in May/June to confirm if the programme will be open for application at any particular intake.

    Applicants who are currently working with sponsors, donors or financial institutions to fund their studies, are encouraged to submit their applications early to NIE so as not to miss out on our application period.

    Applications are to be made online.

    More information on required documents for application can be found here.

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