Master of Education (Science)

  • This specialisation provides science educators with a theoretical and practical base for developing curriculum, adopting innovative pedagogies in schools, and acquiring basic research skills relevant to science education. It also enhances their knowledge and understanding of various aspects of science and STEM education, including the nature, history, philosophy, teaching, learning, curriculum development, implementation, evaluation, and assessment.

    • 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.

    • Field Experience in science-related education and took science-related course at undergraduate level.

    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, 3 required specialisation courses, 2 open elective course plus either:

    • a dissertation or
    • two additional courses (one required specialisation 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

    • MSC 901 Foundations of Science & Science Education
    • MSC 902 Science Curriculum Change and Curriculum Evaluation
    • MSC 903 Science as Practice
    • MSC 904 Alternative Conceptions and Conceptual Change in Science Learning
    • MSC 905 Science Discourse: Language, Literacy & Argumentation
    • MSC 906 Representations & New Media in Science Education
    • MSC 907 Critical Studies in Science Education
    • MSC 908 STEM Education History, Policies, and Research Trends
    • MSC 909 STEM Curriculum and Instruction
    • MSC 910 Assessment in Science Education

    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, 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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  • “The MEd (Science) programme has enriched me greatly. I am now more confident in presenting research papers and participating in focus group and panel discussions; both locally and overseas. It has prepared me to discuss academic trends and issues professionally. I am able to mentor teachers with evidence-based examples and provide them with research strategies and approaches that can be used in the classrooms. “

    Yau Li Heong
    Master Teacher, Academy of Singapore Teachers, Class of 2007

    “The MEd (Science) programme has helped me grow in the teaching profession as it deepened my understanding of science theories, pedagogies and curriculum frameworks. It is also exciting to be able to learn from the great breadth of research. The knowledge is relevant to the needs in school and teachers can apply them to authentic classroom settings. The programme has certainly enabled me to better appreciate Science. “

    Candice Chong
    Level Head, Junyuan Primary School, Class of 2008

    “Enrolling in the MEd (Science) programme opens up your mind, helps you appreciate the urgent need to revise your teaching approach to match the needs of the society. I especially enjoy using the theoretical frameworks learnt to help me analyse the everyday issues faced in the classroom. I begin to see things better from the students' perspectives and am better able to customise my teaching to their needs. This programme also makes me a more reflective practitioner, giving me space to recharge and feel refreshed and rejuvenated as a teacher. “

    Chow Lee Lee
    Physics Teacher, Bowen Secondary School, Class of 2011

    “Taking the MEd (Science) programme had been one of the most pivotal experiences in my life. It was demanding and challenging when I had to balance my daily school work with our studies. I would also like to express my gratitude to National Institute of Education for awarding me the ERAS Gold Medal. It is the best encouragement for the effort and hard work that I had put in. “

    Tan Sze Ghee
    Recipient of ERAS Gold Medal, 2009

    “ Attending the MEd (Science) programme has broadened my professional knowledge in the teaching and learning of Science and deepened my skills in conducting research. I found myself much more alert in detecting the learning difficulties faced by my students and more mindful in employing appropriate teaching pedagogies to address their learning needs. It is indeed an honour for me to be selected for the STU Gold Medal (2009) for Master of Education (Coursework) programme. I am thankful to NIE and STU for sponsoring the Gold Medal Awards to recognise teachers’ effort in upgrading our professional knowledge. “

    Neo Chai Seng
    Recipient of STU Gold Medal, 2009

    “I have benefitted immensely from the class discussions with my classmates as we regularly exchanged ideas with one another. Our caring and knowledgeable lecturers constantly challenged our thinking which made me reflect on ways in which curriculum and pedagogy can be improved. Embarking on the dissertation route has allowed me to develop my skills as a researcher and the findings from my research have given me the opportunity to contribute to the education community. “

    Tay Su Lynn
    Recipient of ERAS Gold Medal, 2015