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Temasek Humanities Programme (THP)

Programme Information

One of only seven A-Level MOE Humanities Scholarship Centres, the Temasek Humanities Programme (THP) was founded in 1982 and has been home to some truly distinguished individuals. The THP sustains its students’ passion for the humanities by nurturing depth and breadth of knowledge through a mix of self-directed yet challenging series of programmes. In 2018, the THP expanded its ambit to also develop our talented IP Temasek Academy Unbound (Humanities) students. 

Our eighteen-month programme first exposes students to a variety of interdisciplinary activities. Topics that we have covered include income inequality, causes and impact of fake news and the ‘gig’ economy. These topics are changed regularly in order to stay relevant to the ever-changing youth landscape. Students will then develop their own chosen areas of interest through various opportunities such as Model United Nations Conferences and a Capstone Research Project.


Unquestioningly, the highlight of the THP is the annual Humanities Trip. In the history of our programme we have travelled to faraway lands such as India, Vietnam and Taiwan. Trips are guided by the principle that the humanities are all around us – be it in a factory that manufactures bicycles in Taiwan, or the Cu Chi Tunnels of Vietnam. The programme trains students to open their eyes, examine the world through the lenses of their various disciplines and see as they have never seen before.


Our distinguished alumni have included activist lawyers, marketing professionals and even a Deputy Commissioner of Police! We engage our alumni often, inviting them to speak to our students at least once a year and to remind them of their humanistic responsibility to serve their College and their Nation.


Scholarships and Awards

The Arts Book Award

The Arts Book Award (JC1) is automatically awarded to students who attain L1R5 7 points or better at the GCE ‘O’ Levels. Awardees must offer four H2 subjects of which three must comprise: Economics, Literature, History or Geography, Chinese Language and Literature, China Studies, Music or Art. This award is valued at $300. 

The MOE Humanities Scholarship

For more information on the MOE Humanities Scholarship, click here.