NUS-MOE Humanities and Social Sciences Research (HSSR)


NUS-MOE HSSR is offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), National University of Singapore (NUS), and the Gifted Education Branch (GE Branch), Curriculum Planning and Development Division (CPDD), Ministry of Education (MOE). It is an H3 option for A-Level students who demonstrate outstanding aptitude and ability in one of the following six subjects:

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Literature in English, and
  • Malay Language and Literature

Under the programme, students will carry out independent study and research in consultation with an academic staff from the FASS. This will allow students to pursue their interest in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and add diversity and depth to the A-Level curriculum. Students will write an Extended Essay, which will be assessed as part of their A-Level examination.


NUS-MOE HSSR aims to:

  • expand students’ understanding of the individual and society through explorations of different dimensions of the world,
  • equip students with some knowledge of research methods,
  • encourage students to think critically and creatively about complex issues in their research area, and
  • cultivate in students the passion for independent learning.

Time Frame

Application for the programme takes place in September/October (when students are in JC1/Y5/PU2). The programme ends in July the following year (when students are in JC2/Y6/PU3) with the submission of the Extended Essay. The curriculum time is approximately 120 hours of independent work and consultation with an NUS Supervisor.

Time line for HSSR 2018 (application takes place in 2017)

Date Activity
23 October 2017 (Monday) Deadline for submission of application forms
6 – 10 November 2017 Schools to be notified on status of application proposal
13 – 20 November 2017 Shortlisted participants to complete NUS online application
1st week of December NUS to send hard copies of offer packages to schools
11 December 2017 (Monday) Participants to email NUS indicating acceptance of offer
18 December 2017 –
10 January 2018
NUS Online Pre-Registration

11 January 2018

Seminar Room 01-17,
Faculty of Arts and Social Science,
AS7, The Shaw Foundation Building,
5 Arts Link
HSSR Briefing (Compulsory for Participants and Teacher Co-ordinators)
Familiarisation Tour of FASS / Central Library / Chinese Library

(Compulsory for Participants)
HSSR Matriculation

(Compulsory for Participants)
11 January - End May 2018 Consultation with NUS Supervisors
3 August 2018 (Friday) Deadline for submission of Extended Essay for assessment


Since the programme is at H3 level, students must have the necessary knowledge and competencies at H2 level. Thus, students are required to take the corresponding subject at H2.

For example, a student who wishes to offer the programme in History must have taken H2 History in JC1, and continue taking H2 History in JC2.

The table below shows the requisite subject for each of the HSSR options:

HSSR (as a H3 option) Corresponding H2 subject (and link to examination syllabus - for reference)
Chinese Language and Literature Chinese Language and Literature
Exam syllabus 
Economics Economics
Exam syllabus 
Geography Geography
Exam syllabus 
History History
Exam syllabus
Literature in English Literature in English
Exam syllabus 
Malay Language and Literature Malay Language and Literature
Exam syllabus 

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for more details.