Master of Education (Malay Language)

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    Click here for the application details for January 2022 intake.

  • This specialisation provides education professionals with functionally integrated academic, experiment and field based study of Malay Language Education. Research theories and methods in investigating Malay language, literature and culture in their socio-cultural contexts will be offered together with current practices and advances in Malay Language curriculum development and pedagogy for schools. The specialisation offers theoretical grounding in the Malay language and Malay literature and culture research, as well as the opportunity to investigate the intersection of these fields with language teaching and learning. It enhances the research skills and knowledge base of teachers and other professionals in language education.

    • 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 August 2017 intake

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

    • a dissertation or
    • two additional courses (one 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

    Educational Inquiry is taught in English. All required specialisation courses are taught in the language of the specialisation.

    Required Specialisation Courses

    • MML 901 Research in Language Education
    • MML 902 Critical and Creative Thinking to Enhance Learning
    • MML 903 Literature Education
    • MML 904 Features of the Malay Language in Singapore
    • MML 905 School-based Curriculum Design for Malay Language Teaching

    Specialisation Elective Courses

    • MML 903 Literature Education **
    • MML 904 Features of the Malay Language in Singapore **
    • MML 905 School-based Curriculum Design for Malay Language Teaching **
    • MML 906 Education in Malay and Islamic Traditions
    • MML 907 Language, Literacy and Culture
    • MML 908 Literary Criticism and Theories
    • MML 909 Theories of Grammar
    • MML 910 Bilingualism and Multilingualism
    • MML 911 Malay Culture and Values
    • MML 912 The socio-cultural History of the Malays
    • MML 913 Critical Approaches to Language
    • MML 914 Using Children and Young Adult Literature to Promote Social Emotional Learning

    ** Students who have already satisfied the requirement of taking two Required Specialization courses may opt to take the remaining of these courses in fulfilment of their electives requirement.

    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.

    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.

    Download the course descriptions for the programme

    In line with SkillsFuture Singapore's (SSG) initiative, one of the courses in this programme can be taken as a standalone modular graduate course 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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  • “Through the programme, I have gained new knowledge, deepen my understanding and enhance my appreciation of Malay Language and Literature education in Singapore. The programme has exposed me to new research in education that enabled me to discover more effective methods of teaching and learning language. This knowledge has helped me to enhance my work in the development of Malay Language Curriculum and Instructional Materials for students. I was able to suggest reflective teaching in the teachers’ guide so as to enable teachers to evaluate their teaching and their students’ learning.”

    Mdm Haslindah bte Mispan
    Assistant Director, Malay Language/Senior Specialist, Curriculum Planning and Development Division, Ministry of Education

    “This programme is a valuable platform for my personal and professional development. By pursuing Master of Education (Malay Language) programme, it allowed me to relook at issues in a more critical manner other than deepening my knowledge of Malay language, literature and culture. The research modules provided me with approaches to closely examine issues and scrutinize teaching practices. Other than strengthening my professional capacity through the mastery of the subject area, the knowledge gained will benefit students at the receiving end of the education system as it enables me to refine strategies, thereby effectively engaging students under my charge.”  

    Massuniza Binte Ismail 
    Recipient of STU Gold Medal, 2013