OVERVIEW

The advent of the Internet, Big Data and its collection and analysis has led us to a world where information is more than just binary numbers.

Rather, those lines of information can now help connect better with one’s target audiences and strategically influence the decision-making process for more optimal business results.

The Data and Communication specialisation track of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Master of Social Sciences in Communication (MSocSci (Communication)) programme comprises of modules to help communication professionals remain relevant in changing times by learning about data visualisation, social media and analytics, studying that data and understanding it, and then building a positive narrative with it.

This specialisation track will be suitable for leaders and executives who are in corporate communications, public relations, journalism, and arts.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the NUS MSocSci (Communication) programme is granted on a competitive basis as places in the programme are limited. Applicants should possess the following minimum requirements:

Academic 

Bachelor's Degree (preferably with Honours: Merit/Second Class and above) in a related discipline, or equivalent (e.g. a four-year Bachelor’s degree with at least an average grade of B or equivalent)

Note: Candidates with academic qualifications other than the above may be considered on a case-by-case basis, subject to approval by the Board of Graduate Studies

Skill/Experience

For holders of undergraduate qualifications other than a Bachelor's Degree with Honours (see above), two years of relevant industry experience

English Language

Applicants whose native tongue and medium of university instruction is not completely in English:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 100 (Internet-based) with minimum score of 22 for the writing section, or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum Academic score of 7.0 and minimum score of 6.0 in each band, or equivalent.
Note: TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date and should not have expired at point of application. Expired scores will not be considered for the application.

Other

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an admission interview (telephone interviews or video conferencing interviews for overseas applicants).

An overall evaluation of candidate profiles will be considered for admission.


Note: Applicants are responsible for ensuring that application information and all supporting documents are truthful and correct. NUS reserves the right to verify information provided as part of an application. False or misleading information in an application (including but not limited to test scores, resumes, certificates, transcripts, etc.) is grounds for admission rejection, revocation and/or dismissal from the University.

MODE OF STUDY AND PROGRAMME CANDIDATURE

The NUS MSocSci (Communication) programme is offered on the following basis (with estimated time to complete the programme indicated below):

 Full-time  12 months 
 Part-time  24 months

Note: International applicants must be accepted into an approved full-time course in Singapore to apply for a Student’s Pass. For more information, refer to the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The NUS MSocSci (Communication) is a 40-modular credit (MC) coursework-based Master’s Degree programme comprising:

  • Core/essential modules (16 MCs), inclusive of a final year project (4 MCs), and
  • Elective modules (24 MCs), inclusive of optional Internship (8 MCs; for students with less than two years of working experience) or Mentorship (8 MCs; for students with at least two years of working experience).
Core/Essential Modules

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Foundation
Module Code Module Title MCs
NMC5301 Strategic and Global Communication 4
NMC5302
Digital Communications and Analytics
4
NMC5306
Communications and Leadership
4
Final Year Project
Module Code Module Title MCs
NMC5307
Final Year Project in Communication
4
Elective Modules

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Specialisation Electives
Students must obtain a pass for at least three of the following modules:

Module Code Module Title MCs
NMC5341 Visualising Data 4
NMC5342
Introduction to Social Media Analytics
4
NMC5343
Introduction to Audience Analytics
4
NMC5344
Coding for Communicators
4
Non-specialisation Electives
Module Code Module Title MCs
NMC5304
Mentorship
8
NMC5305
Internship
8
Recognised Electives
Module Code Module Title MCs
NM5201
State and Civil Society in the Information Age
4
NM5204
Computer-Mediated Environments
4
NM5205
Cognition and Media
4
NM5209
Interactive Media Arts
4
NM5216
Advanced Health Communication
4
NM5218
Cultural Policy
4
NMC5322
Interactive Media Marketing Practices
4
NMC5323
Crisis Communications and Leadership
4
NMC5324
Uses of Communication Research
4
NMC5325
Managing Organisational Reputation
4
NMC5362
Media in Asia
4
NMC5364
Digital Journalism, Law, and Society
4
NMC5367
The Global Audience
4
NMC5368
Media, Policy, and Markets
4

Note: For more information about the modules listed above (as well as other modules offered in the current academic year), please visit the Department of Communications & New Media, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Module Information Web Page or NUSMODS.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To graduate from the NUS MSocSci (Communication) programme, students must meet the following requirements: 

Programme and/or Specialisation

Read and pass a total of 40 MCs.

Module and/or Qualification

Refer to the respective Option in the Programme Structure above.

Cumulative Average Point (CAP) 

Minimum 3.0 (out of maximum 5.0)

Please see also the University’s minimum standards for Continuation and Graduation Requirements; specific programmes may implement stricter or additional requirements.

Other 

Not applicable


FEES AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Kindly note that all fees for the NUS MSocSci (Communication) programme quoted on this page are exclusive of prevailing GST, unless otherwise stated (GST rate will be increased from (i) 7% to 8% with effect from 1 Jan 2023; and (ii) 8% to 9% with effect from 1 Jan 2024). The University reserves all rights to review fees as necessary and adjust accordingly without prior notice.

Tuition

S$35,000.00 (excluding GST) /
From S$37,800.00 (including 8% GST) to S$38,150.00 (including 9% GST)*

* A range is being shown here because the exact amount will vary due to the GST rate increase. To learn more, click here.

Financial Assistance

Starting AY2023/2024, tuition fee rebates will be provided for this programme as an NUS Master's Degree by Coursework programme not subsidised by the government:
• All Singaporeans and Singapore PRs will receive a 10% tuition fee rebate
• All NUS alumni will receive an additional 5% tuition fee rebate

• MSocSci (Communication) Study Awards in the amount of S$10,000 may be offered on a merit basis to selected candidates who are successfully admitted into the programme (Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents). A separate application to be considered for the award is not necessary.

Communications and New Media Partial Scholarship in the amount of S$10,000 may be offered on a merit basis to selected candidates who are successfully admitted into the programme (Citizens of ASEAN member countries). A separate application to be considered for the award is not necessary.

For more about loans and other financial assistance, please refer to the NUS Office of Admissions.

Application

S$50.00 (including 7% GST, before 1 Jan 2023);
S$50.47 (including 8% GST, with effect from 1 Jan 2023)

  • Non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Limited to one application submission per intake, for up to a maximum of five programmes/courses per application
Acceptance

S$5,000.00 (excluding GST)

  • Payable upon acceptance of offer
  • Non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Will be credited towards tuition fees
Miscellaneous Student Fees

As published by NUS Registrar’s Office

  • Payable every regular semester

Programme at a Glance*

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Next Intake:
Application Period:
1 Sep 2022–30 Nov 2022

Apply now!

* For full details, please refer to main write-up.

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12 November 2021