Master of Education (Tamil Language)

  • The programme will be opened for the August 2021 intake. Application period is from 9 November 2020 – 8 January 2021. Click here for more details.

    Click here for the application details for January 2022 intake.

  • This specialisation equips Tamil language education professionals with wide and in-depth knowledge of and perspectives on the practical as well as theoretical issues of Tamil language education, thus enabling you to meet the challenges of an advanced stage of your career. It focuses on the needs of teachers and other professionals working in Tamil language education. It familiarises you with the latest issues and thinking in Tamil language education as well as curriculum design and publication of learning materials.

    • 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, 4 required specialisation courses, 1 open elective course plus either:

    • a dissertation or
    • two additional courses (one open 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

    • MTL 901 Tamil Curriculum, Materials including IT: Selection and Evaluation
    • MTL 902 Tamil Literature in Education
    • MTL 903 Tamil Language in Education
    • MTL 904 Functional Tamil Syntax

    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.

    • MTL 905 An Introduction to Tamil History and Culture of Tamil
    • MTL 906 Assessment for Tamil Language
    • MTL 907 History of Singapore Tamil Education and Tamil Literature
    • MTL 908 An Introduction to Sociolinguistics and Bilingualism for Tamil

    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

    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 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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  • I am one of the first few privileged individuals who benefited from the Master in Education (Tamil Language) programme which started in NTU/NIE in 2006. The courses offered in this programme assisted to enhance and deepen my knowledge in Tamil Language and in research. It also enhanced my performance and elevated me in my career. I encourage many more individuals to benefit from this one and only Masters programme offered in Singapore for Tamil Language.

    Dr. S. Suppulachemy, Assistant Director, Tamil Language, Senior Curriculum Specialist, Mother Tongue Languages Branch, Curriculum Planning and Development Division, Ministry of Education
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