MPP Curriculum

MPP students will be required to achieve 64 Modular Credits and a Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of minimum 3.0 to graduate. You need to complete the following:

  • 9 Core modules
  • 5 Elective modules in a chosen Specialisation
  • 4 Elective modules

You may opt to graduate without a Specialisation.

Core Modules

The core modules focus on imparting practical skills, disciplinary knowledge, and interdisciplinary competencies necessary for the work done by policy practitioners, researchers, public managers and leaders.


The Specialisation component offers students depth and sophistication in their selected area of expertise. The Specialisation areas are:

Economics and DevelopmentPolitics and International AffairsManagement and Leadership


In addition, MPP students can choose to read any 5 electives as their Elective modules, either in their chosen Specialisation or from other Specialisations.

For a list of all Elective modules offered, click here.

Cross-Faculty Modules

Students may also register for a maximum of 3 Elective modules offered in other postgraduate programmes, such as Business Administration, Economics, Political Science and Southeast Asian Studies.

Typical MPP Academic Calendar for 2017 / 2018

Year 1

Semester 1Semester 2

PP5402 Policy Process and Institutions (2MC)

PP5405 Politics and Public Administration (2MC)

PP5401 Policy Challenges (4MC)

PP5406 Quantitative Research Methods for Public Policy 1

PP5407 Quantitative Research Methods for Public Policy 2

PP5403 Economic Foundations for Public Policy (4MC)

PP5408 Qualitative Research Methods for Public Policy (4MC)

Free Elective 1 (4MC)

Free Elective 2 (4MC)

PP5010 LKY School Course (0MC)

Year 2

Semester 1Semester 2

PP5110A Policy Analysis Exercise (4 MC)

*Specialization Elective 1 (4MC)

*Specialization Elective 4 (4MC)

*Specialization Elective 2 (4MC)

*Specialization Elective 5 (4MC)

*Specialization Elective 3 (4MC)

Elective 4 (4MC)

Elective 3 (4MC)

*Specialization is not mandatory. If a student choose not to specialized, the specialization elective would be replaced by an elective.

Continuation and Termination

For any semester in which the student’s CAP falls below 3.0, he or she will be issued a warning. If the student’s CAP falls below 3.0, but above 2.5 in the following semester, he or she will be placed on probation. A student whose CAP falls below 2.5 for two consecutive semesters or 3.0 for three consecutive semesters will have his or 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 65168004.