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National University of Singapore (NUS) Course/Program Name
Application closes on
National :31 Mar 
International :31 Mar 

BA Philosophy

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

17100 SGD
8050 SGD

Application fee

International 20 SGD
National 20 SGD
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92
TOEFL-PBT (min)580
SAT (avg)1225
ACT (avg)29

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About this course

The department is designed to allow students to learn about the philosophical traditions of Asia and the West. The study of Asian philosophies is essential to an understanding of Asian cultures and traditions, and as such is indispensable to anyone who is interested in Asian society, politics, history, literature or doing business in Asian countries. In the Singapore context, the study of Asian philosophies not only provides an opportunity for students to explore their own cultural roots, but also contributes significantly to understanding the complexity and cultural diversity of the modern world.

Western Philosophy also develops those analytical and critical skills which will be invaluable in any discipline, profession or in the daily business of life. The Department offers a variety of modules in Asian and Western philosophy, including topics such as Chinese Philosophy, Indian Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Logic, Political Philosophy, and Art & Philosophy, etc. leading to the degrees of B.A. and B.A. (Hons.). Graduate programmes by research are also available. The critical and analytical skills students develop through their acquaintance with philosophy, as well as their awareness of Asian cultural traditions as a result of their acquaintance with one, or more, Asian philosophical traditions, allow them to do well in many career areas.

Philosophy graduates have been recruited by very diverse organisations – the Straits Times, IBM, Mediacorp Singapore, multinationals (e.g., Shell, Neptune Orient Lines), Singapore International Airlines and various Government Ministries and Statutory Boards. Large organisations and employers value the evidence of independent thought, capacity for research, and flexible, integrative and critical thinking that an education in philosophy provides.

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Eligibility Criteria

There are no entry requirements to major in Philosophy, except:

The medium of instruction at NUS is English. To enable you to benefit from an NUS education, we expect you to have achieved a minimum level of English proficiency. For certain qualifications, you are also required to furnish additional English Language test scores.

Please note that only IELTS and/or TOEFL scores obtained in the two years leading up to 1 March of the year of application will be considered. For instance, for applications closing on 1 March 2016, the validity period for the scores is from 1 March 2014 to 1 March 2016 (both dates inclusive).

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Course Modules

Single Major

Pass at least 60 MCs of PH or PH-recognised modules, which include the following:

  • PH1101E Reason and Persuasion or PH1102E Introduction to Philosophy 
  • PH2110 Logic
  • a minimum of 20 MCs at Level-3000 or higher
  • a maximum of 10 MCs of PH-recognised modules

Note 1:
Students are allowed to read Level-4000 modules subject to departmental approval.

Second Major 
Pass at least 48 MCs of PH or PH-recognised modules, which include the following:

  • PH1101E Reason and Persuasion or PH1102E Introduction to Philosophy
  • PH2110 Logic
  • a minimum of 16 MCs at Level-3000
  • a maximum of 10 MCs of PH-recognised modules

Note 1:
Students are allowed to read Level-4000 modules subject to departmental approval.

Pass at least 24 MCs of PH modules, or PH recognised modules, which include the following:

  • PH1101E Reason and Persuasion or PH1102E Introduction to Philosophy
  • a minimum of 4 MCs at Level-3000
  • a maximum of 4 MCs of PH-recognised modules

Note 1:
A maximum of 8 MCs from the minor can be used to satisfy the requirements of a major or another minor.

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How to Apply

Applicants are allowed to submit only one application online. Duplicate applications will not be considered. Forms which are downloaded and printed from our website will not be accepted. An acknowledgement screen showing your 8-digits application number will be displayed if your online application has been successfully submitted. Please save or print a copy of the acknowledgement screen for future reference.

  • Payment of Application Fee (S$20)
  • A non-refundable application fee of S$20 (inclusive of 7% Goods & Services Tax) must accompany your application.
  • Electronic submission of Application Checklist and supporting documents

Print and complete the Application Checklist. Attach the checklist with a clear set of supporting documents and upload it electronically at the Online Application Status Facility.

List of Supporting Documents required:

  • National level High school examination results slip (if applicable)
  • School examination results slip e.g. Year 11 High School transcripts/ SPM/ IGSCE/ Indian Standard 10
  • University academic transcripts (only applicable to applicants applying for 3-year Law Programme)
  • Additional results slip (if scores are indicated in application form) e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, SAT and SAT Subject Test scores, AP, ACT etc.
  • Passport / Birth Certificate / Identification Card (clearly reflecting your Full Name and Date of Birth)
  • Medical report(s) if you have or had any illnesses or disabilities (if applicable)
  • Criminal record(s) (if applicable)

Supporting documents must be arranged in the above order with full name and application number written on the top right hand corner of all copies.

Passport-sized photograph, extra-curricular activities records and recommendation letters are not required. All non-English supporting documents must be accompanied by an English translation, except for applicants submitting the Indonesian Ujian Nasional (UN)/Ebtanas or STPM result slips. Indonesian and Vietnamese applicants are required to translate Prizes/Awards documents before submission of documents.

All applicants are encouraged not to submit original certificates and documents. The Office of Admissions will not be held responsible for the damage or loss of original certificates or documents submitted. All documents submitted will not be returned.

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