A notable feature of the programme is its Asia-focused curriculum, considering the inter-linked nature of the world economy and Asia’s rising influence in it. It draws from a range of subjects like international political economy, global governance, foreign policy analysis and geopolitics.

The programme is taught by distinguished faculty members that include Acting Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Professor Danny Quah, Professor Kanti Prasad Bajpai, Professor Khong Yuen Foong and many other prominent academics and successful educators.

Students are required to read 64 modular credits and they will be able to specialise one of the following areas:

  • Politics, International Relations and Law
  • International Security
  • International Economics and Development
  • Regional Studies: The Asia Pacific
  • International Public Management and Leadership
  • Energy, Environment, Water

Semester 1

(August – December)

Semester 2

(January – May)

Year 1  

Core 1:
International Relations: Theory and Practice

Core 2:
International Security - Concepts, Issues and Policies

Core 3:
International Political Economy

Core 4:
Research Methods in International Affairs

Core 5:
Foreign Policy Analysis

Core 6:
International Economic Development

Specialisation Elective 1
Specialisation Elective 2

Year 2

Core 7:
International Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Core 8:
Global Governance in a Changing World

Specialisation Elective 3

Core 9:
Geopolitics of the Asia Pacific

Specialisation Elective 4
Specialisation Elective 5

Masters Thesis or Capstone Project (based on a two-month internship experience)

Click here to learn more about the core modules.

Please click here for the electives available at the LKY School.

MIA students may also take electives from the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Faculty of Law

Please click here for module description.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Please click here for module description.

What you gain from the MIA programme

  • You gain a keen working knowledge and deep understanding of issues, theories and debates in International Affairs
  • You hone a critical awareness of the strengths and limitations of each International Affairs subfield, and learn to make sense of its complexities
  • You learn to apply key theories and analytical tools to devise solutions for complex problems
  • You learn cross-cultural and decision making skills to make practical judgements that are balanced by theoretical, analytical and ethical considerations
  • You gain the confidence to provoke and effect positive transformations in the world, solving problems in ways that are constructive, imaginative, analytically sound, practically feasible and culturally sensible
  • You acquire a deep, nuanced understanding of Asia and its place in the world


Aside from the comprehensive information on our admissions page, if you have any other queries or would like to receive a copy of our programme brochure, please submit your request via our query form. Alternatively, you may also speak to our admissions officers at +65 6516 8004.