As a research-intensive discipline that links the past with the present, History serves as an important foundation discipline for the humanities and social sciences. The graduate programmes in History at NTU emphasise both depth and breadth of study. While equipping students with the necessary foundations in the nuts and bolts of historical research and argument, the programmes also focus on two key areas of study.

The first is Asia in global perspective, which examines patterns or themes in the history of Asia on a worldwide scale, concentrating especially on globalisation, knowledge circulation, trade, cross-cultural transfer, international politics, and population movements. The second is interdisciplinary history, which combines historical approaches from other disciplines to examine social history, demographic history, political history, economic and business history, environmental history, and the history of science, technology, and medicine.

By studying Asian history from a global perspective and the history of science, technology, and medicine in the Asian context, the graduate programmes in History are strategically positioned to contribute to the interdisciplinary teaching and research within HSS and cross-school collaborations.

The key areas of research within the programme include:

  • Chinese Diaspora
  • Cold War in Asia
  • Contemporary and Modern East, South, and Southeast Asian History in the Global Context
  • Global Health
  • Historiography
  • History and Public Policy
  • History of Singapore
  • History of Medicine, Science, Technology, and Sustainability
  • Maritime History
  • Migration History
  • Modern and Contemporary China
  • Sino-Southeast Asian Studies
  • The United States and Asia