MIA student are required to read 64 modular credits and achieve a Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of minimum 3.0 to graduate. You need to complete the following:

  • 7 Core modules
  • 5 Specialisation Elective modules
  • 3 Elective modules
  • Master Thesis / Capstone Project

You may opt to graduate without a specialisation.

Student may choose one of the following areas for specialisation:

Typical MIA Academic Calendar


Semester 1

(August – December)

Semester 2

(January – May)

Year 1

International Relations: Theory and Practice

International Security - Concepts, Issues and Policies

International Political Economy

Research Methods in International Affairs

The LKY School Course

International Economic Development

Global Governance in a Changing World

*Specialisation Elective 1
*Specialisation Elective 2
Year 2

*Specialisation Elective 3
*Specialisation Elective 4
*Specialisation Elective 5

Elective 6
Elective 7
Elective 8

PP5910 MIA Thesis


PP5911 Capstone Project (based on a two-month internship experience)

*Specialisation is not mandatory. If you choose not to specialise, you may choose any electives that are offered in the semester.

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 the following electives from the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as their specialisation:

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

  • Gain working knowledge and deep understanding of issues, theories and debates in international affairs that can assist you to achieve exciting careers in diplomacy, public and foreign service, business, security, conflict resolution and development
  • hone critical awareness of the strengths and limitations of each international affairs subfield, and learn to make sense of its complexities
  • apply key theories and analytical tools to devise solutions for complex problems
  • learn cross-cultural and decision making skills to make practical judgements that are balanced by theoretical, analytical and ethical considerations
  • 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
  • acquire a deep, nuanced understanding of Asia and its place in the world

Continuation and Termination

A minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 2.5 for two consecutive semesters or 3.0 for three consecutive semesters is required.  Students who fail to maintain the minimum CAP would have his/her candidature terminated.


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.