Master of Education (English Literature)

  • For more information about the programmes offered for the August 2019 intake, please click here.

    Click here for application details for January 2020 intake.

  • This specialization is the only Master of Education (MEd) programme in Singapore designed for teachers of Literature in English. Students will undertake advanced studies in the theory and practice of literary education, informed by critical perspectives contextualized within the realities and possibilities of actual classroom practice. The programme features a range of courses pertinent to the professional demands of English language and literature education, particularly in Singaporean contexts, and will encourage students to build on their academic knowledge and teaching experience towards an advanced degree that is at once professionally relevant and intellectually rewarding.

    • 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

  • The coursework for this specialisation comprises 2 core courses, 2 required specialisation courses, 3 specialisation elective courses, 1 open elective course plus either:

    • a dissertation or
    • two additional courses (one open elective and MMM 800 Critical Inquiry)

    MMM 800 Critical Inquiry is open only for applicants pursuing the degree totally by coursework, and can be taken only on completion of eight courses.

    Core Courses

    • MED 871 Educational Inquiry I
    • MED 872 Educational Inquiry II

    Required Specialisation Courses

    • MLE 801 Developing Reading Skills in the Literature Classroom
    • MLE 802 Literature, Culture and Education

    Specialisation Elective Courses (Choose any 3 courses)

    • MLE 806 Texts in the Literature Classroom
    • MLE 807 Teaching Shakespeare
    • MLE 808 Literary Theory and Teaching
    • MLE 809 Creative Writing in the Classroom
    • MLE 810 World Literatures
    • MLE 811 Teaching Literature in the Digital Age
    • MLE 812 Literature and Visual Culture in the Classroom
    • MLE 813 Adolescent Literature
    • MLE 814 Literature Assessment: Issues in Approach and Design
    • MLE 815 Teaching Contemporary British Literature
    • MAE 808 Language and Literature Education

    Open Elective Courses (Choose any 1 course)

    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.

    More details on the full course list and description of English Literature can be found here

    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.


    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 are generally two intakes a year (January and August). You are advised to visit the website and look out for NIE’s announcements in May/June and November/December to confirm if the specialisation will be open for application at any particular intake.

    Applications may be made online.

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

    This programme is generally open to graduate teachers from the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore seeking PDCM-Master’s Degree sponsorship. Applications may be made online. More information on application details can be found here.

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  • “Enrolling in the MEd (Literature) programme has truly brought my learning to new heights. I have benefitted greatly from the engaging and meaningful courses offered, which have inspired a much deeper understanding of Literature and the vital role it plays in the development of critical thinkers.”

    Ho Stephanie Louise
    Recipient of ERAS Gold Medal, 2011

    “I enjoyed my learning experience with the MEd (English Literature) course very much. It provided a good balance of theory and practical applications which is very useful for me as a practitioner. Apart from having very good course mates, the lecturers from the Literature specialisation were very engaging and that contributed to the positive experience. In addition, the flexibility of pursuing the course part-time was also very conducive for a working mother. All in all, the experience has been great and I've grown in my knowledge and practice as an educator.”

    Sky Frank
    Recipient of ERAS Gold Medal, 2014