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International Master in ASEAN Studies (IMAS)


International Master in ASEAN Studies (IMAS)Download brochure (PDF 0.99MB)How to ApplyAssessed by AUN-QAThis International Master in ASEAN Studies programme provides an advanced level of understanding of the political, economic, social and cultural forces which shape ASEAN as well as the attendant policy process in a range of issue areas.

It does so through a consideration of four aspects of ASEAN:

  • To offer an analysis of the historical, social and cultural forces that have shaped Southeast Asia as a macro-region in the world order;
  • To consider the contested nature of theoretical concepts – how the same basic categories are understood in partially different ways in competing theoretical approaches to regionalism and regionalisation, and how some concepts belong more to some theories than to others;
  • To assess the institutional arrangements, changing policy agenda and governance issues of ASEAN in the contemporary period; and
  • To compare the key characteristics of ASEAN with analogous developments in regional associations elsewhere in the world.

The main aim of this program is to produce graduates that have advanced knowledge of political security, economic and socio-cultural issues on the ASEAN region. In addition, the aim of this program is also to expose the students to policy-making processes in relevant fields relating to ASEAN.

The program educational objectives (PEO) are as follows:

  • PEO 1: Graduates will be employed in relevant positions pertaining to ASEAN and other related fields
  • PEO 2: Graduates will engage in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge and interdisciplinary learning appropriate for government, organizations, industry, and academia
  • PEO 3: Graduates will contribute to sustainable development and the well-being of society

General Information

Programme Duration:
  • Minimum – 2 semesters + 1 special semester (during session break)
  • Maximum – 8 semesters
Semester Intake:
  • Semester 1 of the academic year, commences in the month of October
  • Semester 2 of the academic year, commences in the month of March
Academic Session Calendar:
Mode of Study:
  • Coursework (full time)

Entry Requirements

Academic Qualification: Bachelor’s degree (CGPA 3.00 and above)

For international candidates whose degree is from a university where the medium of instruction is not English, a minimum score in one of the following standard language tests is required:

  • TOEFL test (paper-based) - 550 or more
  • TOEFL test (computer-based) - 213 or more
  • TOEFL test (internet-based) - 80 or more
  • IELTS test (academic) - Band 5.5 or higher

List of Courses and Curriculum Structure: IMAS

(Academic Session 2020/2021)

Note: Table below is for students who choose the minimum 2 semester + 1 special semester

Semester 1
Code Subject Credits
QQX7003 Advanced Studies in Europe and European Integration 3
QQX7004 Regionalisation and Regionalism: Theory and Practice 3
QQD7001 History, Society and Culture in Southeast Asia 3
QQD7003 Political-Security Agenda of ASEAN 3
QQD7005 Economic Integration in ASEAN 3
Elective Courses (3 credits) **
QQB7001 History, Society and Culture in Europe (3)
Total Credits for Semester 1 15
Semester 2
Code Subject Credits
QQX7001 Research Methodology 3
QQX7002 Advanced Studies in ASEAN Regionalism 3
QQD7002 Research Project 6*
QQD7004 Socio-Cultural Cooperation in ASEAN 3
Elective Courses (3 credits) **
QQB7003 Political-Security Agenda and Foreign Policy of the European Union (3)
QQB7004 Socio-Cultural Cooperation in the European Union (3)
QQB7005 Economic Integration in European Union (3)
Total Credits for Semester 2 18
Special Semester
Code Subject Credits
QQD7002 Research Project 6*
QQD7006 Internship 4
Total Credits for Special Semester 10
Total All Credits (Sem. 1 + Sem. 2 + Special Sem.) 43

* 12 credits divided into 2 semesters: 12/2 = 6 credits
** 4 elective courses and need to choose only 1

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Last Updated: 30/09/2020