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S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) was established in January 2007 as an autonomous School within the Nanyang Technological University. Known earlier as the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies when it was established in July 1996, RSIS' mission is to be a leading research and graduate teaching institution in strategic and international affairs in the Asia-Pacific.

To accomplish this mission, it will:

  • Provide a rigorous professional graduate education with a strong pactical emphasis,
  • Conduct policy-relevant research in defence, national security, international relations, strategic studies and diplomacy,
  • Foster a global network of like-minded professional schools.

Programmes

Master of Science (Strategic Studies)
The M.Sc. (Strategic Studies) programme is an imperative discipline that aims to equip students with the ability to decipher strategic theories and emerging security issues. This programme aims to

  • develop security analysts who will be familiar with pressing strategic issues in the Asia-Pacific and beyond;
  • introduce contemporary thinking across a whole spectrum of strategic and security-related issues; and
  • convey a systematic understanding of the theories that explain the nature of Interactions between states as well as non-state actors in an increasingly globalised international system.

The M.Sc. (Strategic Studies) programme will cover a broad spectrum of issues, including

  • the study of the use of force in international politics;
  • traditional security issues in the Asia-Pacific region;
  • the nexus between non-traditional security issues and the use of force; and
  • regional geopolitical issues and its impact on regional security.

For more information on the programme, please click here.

Master of Science (International Relations)
With a paradigm shift in the political powers of today, the M.Sc. (International Relations) programme is an integrative discipline that aims to equip students with the ability to decipher international relations theories and develop their own concepts to deal with real-world situations. This programme aims to

  • develop international relations analysts who will be familiar with pressing strategic issues in the Asia-Pacific and beyond;
  • introduce contemporary thinking across a whole spectrum of strategic and security-related issues;
    convey a systematic understanding of the theories that explain the nature of interactions between states as well as non-state actors in an increasingly globalised international system; and
  • provide a sound basis for policy analysis in an increasingly complex world.

The M.Sc. (International Relations) programme will cover a broad spectrum of issues, including

  • theories of International Relations;
  • the making of foreign policy;
  • business planning and technology management; and
  • area studies, specially on the Asia-Pacific region.

For more information on the programme, please click here.

Master of Science (Asian Studies)
Interest in Asian Studies amongst scholars is a growing phenomenon as political developments in the region take a new turn and the economic strength of Asia grows. With a focus on comparative politics, international relations and economics, the M.Sc. (Asian Studies) programme is designed to help students:

  • Obtain the necessary empirical knowledge and analytical perspectives required to become leaders in various professions related to Asian affairs;
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the dynamic changes and new trends in Asia, using approaches rooted in the disciplines of history, comparative
    politics, international relations, and economics; and
  • Acquire various analytical tools and historical perspectives to facilitate development of expertise on emerging Asian political, economic and security issues on multiple levels.

The M.Sc. (Asian Studies) programme is empirically driven and area-centric. The programme places strong emphasis on a range of issues, including:

  • Political development in the region;
  • Economic development in major countries;
  • Traditional security issues in the region; and
  • Non-traditional security in the region.

For more information on the programme, please click here.

Master of Science (International Political Economy)
Politics and economics are intertwined. In today's globalised world, understanding one area and not the other makes comprehension incomplete. Analysing and drafting effective policy requires knowledge about the interaction between economic and political goals. The M.Sc. (International Political Economy) programme provides the link between politics and economics by examining relevant theoretical and practical concepts from both disciplines. It seeks to equip students with:

  • Analytical skills necessary to understand complex interactions between international politics and economics;
  • Substantive knowledge spanning countries and regions throughout the world; and
  • An understanding of the historical evolution of the global political economy in order to appreciate and address challenges in the contemporary period.

The M.Sc. (International Political Economy) programme has been designed to ensure students gain a sound understanding in:

  • Theoretical and methodological issues in International Political Economy (IPE);
  • The basics of economic analysis, with an emphasis on macroeconomics;
  • Trade, finance and production networks; and
  • Key political trends and developments that may affect the world economy and vice versa.

For more information on the programme, please click here.

Course Requirements
The Master of Science (Strategic Studies) and Master of Science (International Relations) programmes allow for a credit transfer of up to 4 courses from the 4 CE Master's courses (LDO, LC, ADSP abd EST) completed up to NTU's accreditation requirement in Phase 1. To successfully obtain the Master's degree, students are required to complete the remaining number of required Core, Primary and Elective courses and an Independent Study Module in Phase II.

 

The Master of Science (Asian Studies) programme allows for a credit transfer of up to 3 courses selected from the 4 CE Master's courses (LDO, LC, ADSP and EST) completed up to NTU's accreditation requirement in Phase 1. To successfully obtain the Master's degree, students are required to complete the remaining number of required Core, Primary and Elective courses and an Independent Study Module in Phase II.

 

The Master of Science (International Political Economy) programme allows for a credit transfer of up to 2 courses from any 2 of the 4 CE Master's courses (LDO, LC, ADSP, EST) completed up to NTU's accreditation requirement in Phase 1. To successfully obtain the Master's degree, students are required to complete the remaining number of required Core, Primary and Elective courses and an Independent Study Module in Phase II.

 

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