Master of Science (Science of Learning)

  • Advances in biology and neuroscience show how our brains and cognitive development are shaped by learning experiences and the environment. The Master of Science in Science of Learning (MSL) is a distinctive programme where students will acquire a strong foundation in science of learning and development, and learn how the latest advancements in neuroscience, cognitive science, and technologies bear on fundamental questions of education--how people learn and the tools we can use to optimise learning. 

    Students will have excellent opportunities to design progressive learning solutions and new experiences to meet Singapore’s smart and future-ready workforce.

    1. This programme is interdisciplinary by design and underscores the importance of scientific and evidence-based rigour to examine questions and issues at the intersection of multiple disciplines. The curriculum draws upon connections in cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, biological science, education, educational technology and computer science. Students develop interdisciplinary thinking and research analysis skills that allow for customisation based on the individual’s academic and professional goals. 
    2. An important and critical value-added component of this programme is the synergistic partnership between the National Institute of Education (NIE), with its recognised capacity and expertise to impact educational research and practice, and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine), with deep expertise in biological domains and cognitive neuroscience. Theoretical insights from both the education and neuroscience fields will foster the critical scientific discussions necessary for evidence-informed Science of Learning (SoL) education enriched by cross-disciplinary integration.

    3. With shifts in economic focus and the growing relevance of lifelong learning, the programme offers an alternative pathway for professionals who seek graduate micro-credentials through modular courses that are stackable towards the MiniMastersTM in Mind, Brain, and Education and the MSL programme.

  • The programme leverages the strength of the National Institute of Education (NIE) in education research and seeks to extend and integrate evidence-informed research into practice. For more than a decade, NIE has spearheaded education research and contributed to major advancements in knowledge and research to improve teaching and learning in Singapore schools and the wider education community.

    The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) has deep expertise in biological domains and cognitive neuroscience. Rich theoretical insights through cross-disciplinary integration from both the fields of education and neuroscience will foster the critical scientific discussions necessary for evidence-informed science of learning in education.

  • The students will be experienced professionals in:

    • Early childhood, K12, Tertiary, and Adult education
    • Healthcare education
    • Professional and staff development
    • Quality assurance and regulation of educational institutions, e.g., Council for Private Education (CPE)
    • Continuing education and training (CET)
  • Graduates will be thought leaders and innovators in learning who will make important contributions in the following ways:

    • Critical thinkers, better informed prosumers*, and communicators of research in the fields of cognitive sciences, neuroscience, and education
    • Actively able to integrate learning in interdisciplinary fields for effective translation into teaching and learning
    • Able to advance a novel area of inquiry to optimise teaching and learning
    • Possess scientific expertise to examine the effectiveness of education practice and policy and develop new understandings to realise evidence-informed learning outcomes
    • Scientifically-proficient about knowledge of advancing technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience modalities, cutting-edge competencies and skills to develop learning optimisations
    • Nurture other educators to realise Singapore’s national goal of optimising and lifelong learning

    * Prosumers are both professionals and consumers who not only consume but also produce content

  • Students are expected to possess:

    1. A Bachelor's degree in areas such as Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Learning Sciences, Education, Psychology, or
    2. A Bachelor's degree with a strong technology-related component such as those in Engineering or the Sciences, or
    3. A Bachelor's degree with a strong statistical-related component such as those in Mathematics, or
    4. A Bachelor’s degree plus relevant working experience, preferably in teacher professional development, continuing education and training or other relevant adult education

    For international applicants, more information on the entry requirements can be found here.

  • The proposed 30-AU MSL programme consists of: four (4) core courses, two (2) specialised elective courses and either a dissertation or a coursework option, which includes an open elective and an integrative project.


    Download the course descriptions for the programme.

    Important note for matriculated students:
    Please refer to the ISAAC system for the programme structure relevant to your intake during Course Registration or consult your programme leader if you need clarifications.

  • This programme is offered on both part-time and full-time basis. The candidature periods are as follows:



    1 year


    2 years



    2 years


    4 years

  • Our tuition fees are subject to revision on a yearly basis. More details can be found here.

  • There is generally only one intake for this programme, in January. You are advised to visit the website and look out for NIE’s announcements in April to confirm if the programme will be open for application at any particular intake.

    Applicants who are currently working with sponsors, donors or financial institutions to fund their studies, are encouraged to submit their applications early to NIE so as not to miss out on our application period.

    Applications are to be made online.

    More information on required documents for application can be found here.

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  • “This joint Master's programme in NTU draws on the expertise of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and the National Institute of Education to bring together the latest advances in neuroscience, educational research, learning sciences and artificial intelligence, to understand how the brain learns and to design evidence-based learning strategies for diverse settings.”

    Professor Chee-Kit Looi
    Learning Sciences and Assessment Academic Group,
    National Institute of Education,
    and Co-Director
    Centre for Research and Development in Learning,
    Nanyang Technological University

    “From analysing text to using the Internet, how does our brain learn these exquisite human skills? Guided by NIE and LKCMedicine faculty, students will address this important question using the latest scientific theories and methods including brain imaging and artificial intelligence. Graduates will become both scientists and designers of optimal learning environments.”

    Assistant Professor Farhan Ali
    Learning Sciences and Assessment Academic Group,
    National Institute of Education,
    Nanyang Technological University

    “Science of Learning is fundamental to the renaissance of post-pandemic education transformation. The MSL programme provides participants with the opportunity to gain interdisciplinary exposure to key developments in scientific advancements in learning such as Neuroscience Modalities and Artificial Intelligence, to bring about a holistic and deeper understanding of human learning, and how it can be translated to realise global goals of optimising human potential through future-readiness and lifelong learning.”

    Assistant Professor Azilawati Jamaludin
    Assistant Dean, Science of Learning,
    Office of Education Research,
    National Institute of Education,
    Nanyang Technological University

    “What goes on within our brain when we learn and remember? How can we harness such insights to improve learning across the lifespan? The unique collaboration between the National Institute of Education and the LKC School of Medicine will enable students in the MSL programme to tackle such questions and emerge as better-informed learners and wiser teachers.”

    Professor George Augustine
    Professor of Neuroscience and Mental Health,
    Irene Tan Liang Kheng Chair Professor in Neuroscience,
    Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine,
    Nanyang Technological University