• Faculty of Arts And Social Sciences
  • sastera@um.edu.my
  • +603-79675500

The M. A. (by research) is University of Malaya’s premier research training degree. The M. A. is awarded based on the foundation of the thesis prepared under supervision, resulting in an original and significant contribution, displaying extensive knowledge and comprehension of the subject and field of study.

Judged by independent experts using current and internationally accepted standards, the programme produces human capital, which is not only intellectual and skilful in modern technology but also very versatile and able to handle problems in real life situation. M. A. students will carry out focused research in their area of specialisation, which is of immediate relevance to local interest. Additionally, they will be alert to the challenges faced in the international arena through the media, seminars, conferences and keynote addresses, and also through research attachments and collaborative exchange arrangements with international recognised research centres.

The M. A. programme is more than just an academic distinction. The programmes are designed to ensure the fields of study remain relevant to the needs of today. At the same time, the candidates in pursuit of their M. A.’s foresee the changes of societal & industry standards, trends and behavioural patterns; the very same qualities that make them brilliant and effective leaders.


  • Educator
  • Curator
  • Record Keeper
  • Policy Maker
  • Consultant
  • Researcher
  • Lecturer
  • Writer
  • Diplomat

Minimum period of study  : 2 semesters
Maximum period of study : 8 semesters

This M. A.  programme is purely based on individual supervised research. At the end of the candidate's study, a thesis must be submitted and upon successful defense of the paper, the candidate will be granted M. A. status. All research proposals must be approved and supervised by the Faculty.

M. A. candidates’ theses must not exceed 50,000 words. They are required to complete their studies within 12 semesters.

Last Update: 13/07/2023