MSocSci (Communication) with Specialisation in Global Media Communication


Communication across transnational social and political boundaries can be challenging due to different cultures and laws. When messages have to be pushed out to different geographical markets, one size does not fit all.

The Global Media Communication specialisation track of the NUS MSocSci (Communication) programme will delve into the social and political sensitivities behind the media and digital space in Singapore, Asia and beyond.

On this track, students will get an Asian perspective, learning about the region's historical communicative contexts, while maintaining an innovative, global outlook to prepare them for the world stage. They will examine cutting-edge methods and concepts which can be adopted to facilitate such flows, especially within a global media and communication industries framework.

This specialisation track will be suitable for leaders and executives who are working with/in global media businesses and industries connected to the Asian market.

Programme Structure

Students will need to complete 40 modular credits (MCs) of courses to complete the Master’s programme. This includes 3 core modules (4 MCs each), a compulsory Final Year Project (8 MCs), and 20 MCs of elective modules.

Optional electives include Internship (for students with less than 2 years of working experience) or Mentorship (for students with at least 2 years of working experience). Unlike other electives which are 4 MCs each, the internship and mentorship are worth 8 MCs.


Core Modules
Foundation (12MC)

Core Module
Final-Year Project (FYP) (8 MC)

NMC5301 Strategic and Global Communication 

NMC5307 Final Year Project in Communication
(Available for Masters students only)

NMC5302 Digital Communications and Analytics


NMC5306 Communications and Leadership


Elective Modules (20 MC)
Inclusive of: Optional Mentorship / Internship
(8 MC)

Specialisation Electives
Students must obtain a pass for at least three modules under the respective category for specialisation

NMC5362 Media in Asia

NMC5364 Digital Journalism and Law

NMC5367 The Global Audience

NMC5368 Media, Policy, and Markets 

Non-Specialisation Elective (Available for Masters students only)

NMC5304 Mentorship

NMC5305 Internship

Recognised Module Electives

NM5201 State and Civil Society in the Information Age

NM5204 Computer-Mediated Environments

NM5205 Cognition and Media

NM5209 Interactive Media Arts

NM5216 Advanced Health Communication

NM5218 Cultural Policy

NMC5322 Digital Marketing Practices

NMC5323 Crisis Communications and Leadership

NMC5324 Uses of Communication Research

NMC5325 Managing Corporate Reputation

NMC5341 Visualising Data

NMC5342 Introduction to Social Media Analytics

NMC5343 Introduction to Audience Analytics

NMC5344 Coding for Communicators


Dr Suwichit (Sean) Chaidaroon

Academic Director, NUS MSocSci (Communication) & Programme Coordinator (Strategic Communication)

Senior Lecturer


Dr Chaidaroon is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore and has extensive teaching and research background in communication management. He has a PhD in corporate and organization communication from a Fulbright-funded scholarship at the University of Memphis.


In the last 15 years of his post-PhD academic career, he has made his mark in the field through research publications which have focused on media marketing in Thailand, as well as through international cross-cultural case studies. This is most prominent in his teaching and development of new courses such as organisational communication; brands and advertising strategies; strategic communication; principles of marketing; marketing communications; public relations, crisis communications; and integrated marketing communications. He has designed and taught these modules at various universities globally including Nanyang Technological University; University of Westminster; Chulalongkorn University; and University of Technology Sydney. At the University of Technology Sydney, he recently helped to lead the development and launch of their Master of Strategic Communication degree programme.


He is a seasoned developer of MOOC courses, and has already conducted workshops and presented papers at international e-learning conferences domestically and internationally on the merits and challenges of technology-enhanced learning. His leadership is also recognised when he was invited to present plenary papers in Thailand and Australia on the inclusion of student and curriculum diversity in the teaching of international communication studies.

Mode of study

Full-time basis: 12 months
Part-time basis: 24 months


1 intake per year and Semester 1 (August) intake

  • 1 November (in the year preceding the intake)
  • to 31 January (in the same year as the intake)

Tuition Fee


excluding GST

Admission Criteria

There will be one intake per year (August). Candidates seeking admission must have obtained either:

  1. an NUS Honours degree (Merit/Second Class and above) or the international equivalent (e.g., a four-year Bachelor’s degree with at least an average grade of B or equivalent) in related fields; or
  2. Bachelor’s degree (at least an average grade of B or equivalent) in related fields, and with a minimum of two years of relevant work experience; or
  3. Such other Bachelor’s degree qualifications and experience subject to approval by the Board of Graduate Studies.

Candidates from a non-English speaking background and with qualifications from universities where English is not the main language of tuition must demonstrate good English proficiency (TOEFL score of at least 100 for the internet-based test and a minimum score of 22 for the writing section, or  7.0 for IELTS and a minimum of 6.0 in each band or equivalent). The test must have been taken no longer than two years prior to the beginning of the application period.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an admission interview.  Telephone interviews or video conferencing interviews will be conducted for overseas applicants. An overall evaluation of the candidate's profile will be considered for the admission.

The same admission requirement applies for those candidates who intend to pursue the Graduate Certificate and/or Graduate Diploma. 

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15 October 2020