• Faculty of Arts And Social Sciences
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From its origins back in the 10th Century A.D, Malaysia has seen rapid and radical change during its existence. A unique multi-racial country that encompases both a peninsula as well as an island (island of Borneo), Malaysia has experienced first-hand many important conflicts in its time.

Be it the dramatic arrival of the Portuguese and English, or the destructive entrance of the Japanese forces in World War II, to the eventual struggle for independence, and the subsequent development of the country into one of the most developed nations in ASEAN, the Master of Arts (Malaysia History) programme is a truly epic and fascinating look into the past.



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1. This programme comprises 2 parts which are;

(1) Part one (1) which consists of coursework totaling fifteen (15) credit hours :

(i) two (2) core courses, each of three (3) credit hours, totalling six(6) credits hours;
(ii) three (3) elective course each of three (3) credit hours, totalling nite (9) credits hours; selected from a list offered by the Faculty.

Candidates must pass Part One (1) before they are able to proceed to Part Two (2).

Courses offered are :

AOC 7002- Malaysian History up to 18th Century(3 hours)

AOB7001 - Historiography and Methodology in History (3 hours)

AOC7001 - Malaysian History, 1800-1941 (3 hours)

AOC7004 - Development of Malaysian Trade and Economy up to Second World War (3 hours)

AOC7005 – Malaysian History after the Second World War until 1963 (3 hours)

AOC7006- Government and Politics in Malaysia (3 hours)

2. Part Two (2) consists of a research project leading to a submission of a dissertation of about 30,000 words (35 credits hours). 

(1) The details of the offered courses are subject to the Senate's approval from time to time upon the recommendation of the Faculty/ Academy/ Centre/ Institute and candidates will be informed of course offerings at the beginning of each session. 


A non-Malaysian applicant whose degree is from a university or institution of higher learning where the medium of instruction for that degree is not the English language and where the applicant wishes to follow a programme and/or write his dissertation in the English language shall be required:

(1) to obtain a score of 550 for a paper-based total, a score of 213 for a computer-based total or a score of 80 for an internet-based total for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or

(2) to obtain a band of 6 for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS);

Programme of study by Coursework and Research

(1) a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent; or 

(2) a professional qualification from a recognised professional body; or

(3) any other qualification as may be approved by the Senate from time to time.


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Last Update: 16/03/2022