Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning

  • Thank you for your interest in what the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore, has to offer you in graduate studies and professional learning. Our institution has a strong reputation for evidence-informed higher degree, executive leadership and professional development (in-service) programmes and courses. These are delivered through the Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning (GPL) with the support of the Academic Groups that represent a range of disciplines.

    Our faculty members care deeply about teaching and learning. They are experts in education and many are also internationally renowned in their respective academic fields. Our aim is for our students and participants to become thought leaders, disciplinary experts and skilful researchers who can bring critical change in their respective professional contexts and academic fields. This aspiration is embodied in our philosophical statement of "Learning Differently, Leading Change".

    May I wish you a fruitful time as you embark on the next stage of your lifelong learning journey.

    Dean, Graduate Studies &
    Professional Learning


    Christine C. M. Goh

  • The Office of Graduate Studies & Professional Learning (GPL) currently oversees the following programmes:

    Higher Degree Programmes

    We deliver high quality and rigorous higher degree programmes that will challenge your thinking, develop your skills and boost your career prospects. With a long tradition of innovation in teacher education, our master’s and doctoral programmes have contributed to the academic and professional development of thousands of educators in Singapore. We are also seeing an increasing number of international students joining our alumni each year.

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    Leadership Programmes

    We consistently scan the horizon to monitor developing trends locally and globally and anticipate their impact on educational leadership development. We are open to new responses in the face of constant change and are willing to adopt novel strategies in the design of leadership programmes when merited. However, we recognize that change must not be at the expense of stability and suitability to the local context. The need to work with all stakeholders, conduct self evaluation, have high expectations and believe in the importance of balancing competing interests is paramount for the leadership development relevance and success.

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    Professional Development Programmes and Courses

    As an ever-evolving and dynamic area within NIE, we play an important role in extending opportunities for learning and networking. Our mission is to promote the professional development of teachers through continuing education as part of lifelong learning. We seek to accomplish this by providing a challenging and supportive atmosphere for learning that offers opportunities for structured experiences as well as independent inquiry.

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  • Research is considered to be one of the most important tasks of an academic staff in NIE. The outcomes of research have a strong impact on the professional development of the staff, on the academic standing of NIE and on the community at large. For a staff to conduct a good research project, a systematic research support structure is necessary. Therefore, the Research Grants Management at GPL exists and is designed fundamentally to support staff in securing research funding, and in managing their research projects.

    The research support unit reviews research proposals submitted by staff, and prepares them for submission to various funding sources. It then manages all on-going funded research projects working closely with Office of Education Research (OER), NIE Finance and Human Resource departments. The unit also provides training for staff on grantsmanship (how to write grants’ proposals), and provides regular information on grant calls from various funding agencies e.g. MOE, A*Star, NRF, governmental ministries, and other external institutions. The unit also supports staff in funding for product development and commercialization. The academic research support unit compiles research statistics such as publications on research done by staff in NIE for reporting and review purposes.

    The Research Grants Management at GPL administers and manages the following grants: NIE Academic Research Fund (NIE AcRF), NTU Academic Research Fund (NTU AcRF) Tier 1, MOE Academic Research Fund (MOE AcRF) Tier 2, Applied Research in Education Fund (ARIEF), and various grants from external agencies.  The list of on-going projects classified under each type of grant is provided here.  

    Associate Dean, Research
    Grants Management


    Associate Professor
    Shirley Lim

  • We are located via the following address:  

    Office of Graduate Studies & Professional Learning
    National Institute of Education
    Nanyang Technological University
    Block 7 Level 3
    1 Nanyang Walk
    Singapore 637616
    Tel: 6790 3888

    If you have an enquiry on any aspect of our programmes and functions, you can contact us via the following:

    Higher Degrees

    For admission matters:
    Tel: 6592 8208

    For programme matters:
    Tel: 6790 3929

    Leadership Learning


    Professional Development


    Research Grants Management @ GPL