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Graduate Diploma in Adult Learning

Affords excellent opportunities for participants to be equipped with the latest innovative knowledge and skills for adult education.

Graduate Diploma in Adult Learning


As more sectors transform themselves and seek workers with relevant skills, the training and adult education sector here - which play a crucial role in building up a skilled workforce - will grow. Teaching adult learners and planning adult curriculum becomes increasingly complex in the 21st century, calling for innovation and going beyond the traditional pedagogy. An adult educator needs to know how to engage, inspire and lead learning in the 21st century.

This programme affords excellent opportunities for participants to be equipped with the latest innovative knowledge and skills for adult education. Over and above the fundamentals of pedagogy and assessment practices, the programme will show how learning can be designed to accommodate different learner characteristics, preferences and goals, whilst leveraging on the creative use of cutting-edge learning technologies.

Pitched to meet the demands and needs of current educational training and development sector, this programme places emphasis on current trends in adult learning and the latest pedagogical approaches in different settings. Through courses in learning needs analysis, learning analytics and action research methods, participants will also be equipped to conduct their own critical inquiry or investigation in the field. Participants wishing to embark and specialise in management studies or investigative work, in relation to adult learning, is able to do so towards the end of the programme.

Taught by experienced, well-qualified academics and practitioners, this programme will broaden knowledge of key learning constructs, and deepen professional learning in specialist subfield areas. It will also advance key skillsets through critical inquiry and data-driven approaches.

Unique Features of the Programme

  • Designed to nurture a passion for inquiry in the area of adult and lifelong learning. It allows adult learners to contextualise their learning in a manner appropriate to their own professional practice in educational institutions, workplace or community settings.
  • Offers a choice to embark on a specialisation track catered to one's interest – Practitioner track, Leadership and Management track or Research track.
  • Offers a broad base knowledge and skills in adult learning grounded in the latest research findings.
  • Provides tools to solve issues encountered in adult learning settings with confidence and creativity.
  • Offers a pathway for participants to conduct a study of interest to his or her organisation in relation to adult teaching, training and development.
  • Introduces the latest approaches in learning design and analytical techniques for planning, executing and guiding training programmes.
  • Consisting of coursework, project work and/or action research, the Master's level courses are designed to enhance professional skills and help one to acquire a deeper understanding of a specific area of knowledge.

Admission Requirements

Refer to general admission criteria for graduate programmes.

This programme is currently unable to take in international students, i.e., you must be a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or a resident in Singapore (e.g., Employment Pass holder) in order to apply for admission.

Courses may also be taken individually as a graduate certification course which enjoys SkillsFuture funding. For admission requirement to the graduate modular courses, please refer to this page in our website.

Financial Assistance

The University offers course fee concession for some master's programmes. Please click here for more details.

Programme Structure

The Master of Adult Learning programme allows participants to complete the programme via different pathways through different exit points at graduate certificate, graduate diploma or master’s level to cater for participants with different professional goals, needs and interests.

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate enables certificate holders to have the essential skills in adult teaching and learning. It constitutes an entry level preparation for teaching in adult learning settings.

Courses may also be taken individually, via Centre for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE), leading to a Graduate Certificate.

For more information on Graduate Certification, please click here.
For information about SkillsFuture funding for these courses, please click here.

Graduate Diploma The graduate diploma broadens the skills and knowledge already gained from the graduate certificate.

The Master's level provides participants interdisciplinary experiences to help them develop solutions to pressing problems faced in real world setting of adult learning.

Through electives given, participants are able to specialise in either adult education further or management studies or investigative work. More specifically, the latter elective offers participants the opportunity to undertake an independent investigation of their choice within their own workplace setting.

The advantage of completing the course at the Masters level is the high level of tutorial advice and study guidance given, allowing acquisition of knowledge and skillsets. The different courses offered within the programme structure is shown in the diagram below.

The programme offers exit points at the graduate certificate, graduate diploma and Masters level. It is therefore very suitable for those wishing to study at their own pace according to their own professional needs, aspirations and interests. Adult education practitioners, curriculum leaders, trainers and supervisors holding responsibility for staff development will find this programme very useful. This programme can also be appropriate for those without the necessary background but wishing to advance his or her knowledge and skills in this field.

The MATLG graduates are much sought after by in the adult education sector for training and development roles as well as specific professional roles as training consultant. The design of our MATLG curriculum provides students with a wide spectrum of knowledge and skills to engage and lead learning in the 21st century in an increasingly digital and multimedia-driven environment. Upon graduation and armed with advanced skillsets, they can fulfil various job requirements from diagnosing learning needs to engaging in critical inquiring using data analytics.

Students who are already in training and development careers will add value to their existing work with this specialised qualification and professional upgrading in specialist subfield areas. This programme also provides those who wish to switch careers with expanded options for taking up different types of work related to educational leadership, adult teaching, and educational data mining which have become increasingly relevant in Singapore, under Skillsfuture initiatives.

  1. How many intake(s) are there in a year for Graduate Diploma (GDATL) & Master of Adult Learning (MATLG)?
    One intake a year; every July.

  2. How long is the duration to complete the programmes?
    GDATL is a 1-year programme and MATLG is another 1-year programme.

  3. What is the maximum candidature for a student to complete GDATL and MATLG?
    The maximum candidature for GDATL is 2 years and additional 2 years to MATLG.

  4. How many courses do students take in each semester?
    Students are recommended to complete 3 courses per semester.

  5. When are the lessons scheduled?
    Lessons are scheduled on six Saturdays with one course taking place in the morning and another in the afternoon. The morning session runs from 8.30am to 12.30pm, while the afternoon session runs from 1.30pm to 5.30pm.
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