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The Master of Arts (Southeast Asian Studies) by coursework and dissertation programme caters primarily to suitably-qualified working adults who, for professional or personal development, would benefit from a deeper and more focused academic understanding of the historical, political, economic, social, cultural and other related issues pertaining to the Southeast Asian region. Through exposure to some of the best works which scholars of Southeast Asian have produced as well as relevant theoretical and methodological debates on the region, students can be better equipped with knowledge base and analytical skills to explore their own areas of interests with greater competence and confidence.


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1.   This programme comprises 2 parts which are:

        (1)   Part One (1) which consists of coursework totalling fifteen (15) credit hours:

               (a)   two (2) core courses, each of three (3) credit hours, totalling six (6) credit hours;

               (b)  three (3) elective courses, each of three (3) credit hours, totalling nine(9) credit hours, selected from a list of courses offered by the Faculty.

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

        Courses offered are:

AOB7004 - Trade Patterns in Southeast Asian History up to Second World War (3 hours)

AOB7001 - Historiography and Methodology in History (3 hours)

AOB7003 - Religion, Culture and Society in Southeast Asian History (3 hours)

AOB7007 - Golden Age of Southeast Asian History, 3rd – 15th Century (3 hours)

AOB7006- Government and Politics in Southeast Asia (3 hours)

AOB7005- Colonialism and the Resurgence of Southeast Asia (3 hours)

2.  Part Two (2) - (AOD7002 Dissertation).
Consists of a research project leading to a submission of a dissertation minimum of 30,000 words (35 credits hours).               

(1)      The  details of the courses are offered 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 other than 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 5.5 or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS);

Programme of study by Coursework and Dissertation

(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.

Last Update: 16/03/2022