The English Language and Literature Academic Group offers programmes of study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy and the Master of Arts (Research) in the following areas:
English Language/Literacy Education
Second Language Studies
While they are encouraged to develop broad research expertise, our higher degree research students cultivate a primary specialization in a chosen area. Research topics studied by our past and current higher degree research students include, among others, academic discourse analysis, acquisition of argumentative writing, bilingualism,
classroom discourse, film studies, Gothic literature, home language/literacy practices, metacognition in second language listening/reading, metadiscourse in academic writing, metalinguistic knowledge, phonetics and phonology of new Englishes, scientific publication in English, second language vocabulary learning, second language writing, strategy-based writing instruction, validation of high-stakes tests, and washback effects of language testing.
Our PhD students can complete their courses of study on a full-time or part-time basis, with the maximum candidature period being 5 years for the former and 7 years for the latter. Outstanding full-time students are eligible to apply for the Nanyang President’s Graduate Scholarship or the Nanyang Technological University Research Scholarship. To be awarded the degree of PhD, a candidate needs to pass the Qualifying Examination, pursue independent research (supervised by his/her supervisor and Thesis Advisory Committee) on an approved topic which leads to a thesis of 70,000 to 100,000 words, and pass the Oral Examination on the subject matter of the thesis. More information on entry requirements, courses of study, the Qualifying Examination, thesis requirements, and the Oral Examination can be found here.
Our Master of Arts (Research) students can complete their courses of study on a full-time or part-time basis, with the maximum candidature period being 3 years for the former and 4 years for the latter. Outstanding full-time
students whose area of research has direct implications for pedagogy or education policy in Singapore are eligible to apply for the Pradap Kow Scholarship. To obtain the degree of MA (Research), a candidate needs to pass the Qualifying Examination and pursue independent research (supervised by his/her supervisor) on an approved topic which leads to a thesis of 40,000 to
50,000 words. For more information on entry requirements, the Qualifying
Examination, thesis requirements, and the Pradap Kow Scholarship, please click here.
Faculty's Research and Supervisory Interests
The ELL faculty have a strong and wide range of research and
supervisory interests. If you intend to apply for one of our higher degree
research programmes, you are strongly encouraged to find out our faculty’s supervisory interests, identify faculty members you would like to work
with, and contact them regarding your proposed research topic.
Current Higher Degree Research Students
Our higher degree research programmes have attracted a
vibrant mix of Singaporean and international candidates with a diversity of
research interests and skills. Please click here
to find out more about them and their exciting research.
Graduated Higher Degree Research Students
Please click here
for a list of graduates from our higher degree research programmes.
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