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School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) is the newest School to be established at TP, adding a new dimension to the wide spectrum of courses offered.  HSS adopts a multidisciplinary approach and aims to offer courses in humanities and social sciences with a focus on people-oriented specialisations. The school promotes a broad-based and holistic curriculum that will prepare students to meet the needs and face the challenges of a rapidly-changing world.  

HSS graduates will acquire market-relevant knowledge and develop practical and adaptable skills through a curriculum that comprises diploma core and elective subjects.  In addition, the Polytechnic-wide core modules on character education and lifelong skills help lay the foundation for the graduates’ personal and interpersonal effectiveness.  It is the ultimate aim of HSS to help each graduate make a difference in their chosen career.

The School has a team of dedicated academic staff from a broad industry background.  Their extensive industry knowledge and experience, coupled with many years of curriculum development and teaching experience, help to ensure the quality of the programmes on offer.


The School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) was established in October 2007 when the former Interdisciplinary & General Studies Department was converted into a full-fledged academic school. Our diploma courses attract school leavers who enjoy working with people and who wish to have a deeper insight into specific areas of humanities and social sciences. We aim to prepare our students for various industries such as early childhood, silver market, human resource, social services, etc. We aim to meet the needs of employers who want to hire graduates with good reasoning and creative thinking skills, and who have the ability to connect well with people. We are also glad to share that many of our graduates are accepted into local and overseas renowned universities.

Director's Message

Our History

School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS), the newest academic school in Temasek Polytechnic, has its beginnings in the Interdisciplinary & General Studies Department (IGS).

IGS was established in 2001 as an academic department with a mission to create and deliver learning experiences for students to explore beyond their chosen disciplines and prepare them for an interdisciplinary world. Through its broad spectrum of Cross-Disciplinary Subjects (CDS) in the arts, humanities and social sciences, IGS successfully established itself as the key provider of CDS in the polytechnic.

In October 2007, IGS became a full-fledged academic school in the humanities and social sciences - School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS).

School Advisory Committee

Information as of 1 May 2024.

Ms Catherine Loh

Chief Executive Officer
Community Foundation of Singapore

Ms Leonie Lee


Director, School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Temasek Polytechnic

Professor Annabel Chen


Director, Centre for Research and Development in Learning (CRADLE)
Professor of Psychology, School of Social Sciences, CoHASS and joint appointments at LKCMedicine and National Institute of Education
Nanyang Technological University

Dr Vincent Ng

Chief Executive Officer

Allkin Singapore

Adjunct Associate Professor Eugene Shum


Director, Community Partnership

Dr Soon Su-Chuin


Director, Manpower Policy and Planning, Sector Strategy and Development
Ministry of Social and Family Development

Mr Derek Tan


Chief - Manpower and Talent Division
Agency for Integrated Care

Associate Professor (Dr) Kenny Tan, JP

Chief Executive Officer
St Luke’s Eldercare Ltd
Associate Professor, Health & Social Sciences Cluster, Singapore Institute of Technology
Justice of the Peace, Ministry of Home Affairs

Mr Melvin Tan


Chief Communications Officer
KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Chief Communications Officer, Capability and Professional Development, SingHealth
Director, Group Development, SingHealth

Mr Peter Tan

Director and Senior Principal Organisational Psychologist
Community Psychology Hub

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