• Asia-Europe Institute (AEI)
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The Master in ASEAN Studies (MAS) programme provides an advanced level understanding of the political, strategic, economic, and security forces that has shaped ASEAN as well as the wider changing dynamics that continue to impact the Southeast Asian region.

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

  • To offer an analysis of the historical, political and strategic, social and cultural forces that have shaped Southeast Asia as a region;
  • 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 the ASEAN; and
  • To compare the key characteristics of ASEAN with analogous developments in regional associations elsewhere around the world.

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

As a post graduate programme, the educational objectives (PEO) that AEI hopes to prepare its graduates for 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.
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Programme Duration:

  • Minimum - 3 semesters
  • Maximum - 9 semesters

Semester Intake:

  • Semester 1: October
  • Semester 2: March

Academic Session Calendar:

Mode of Study:

  • Coursework

Applicant should hold a recognised:

Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of CGPA 3.00 or its equivalent.

OR 

Bachelor’s degree with a CGPA between 2.70 to 2.99 and fulfil at least one (1) criterion as follows:

  • Universiti Malaya graduate;
  • Has at least one (1) year of working experience in related field;
  • Has produced publications in the related fields;
  • Scholarship recipient;
  • Government agency staff;
  • Pass the interview conducted by the Faculty; or
  • Pass the special assessment by the Faculty

OR 

Bachelor's degree with a CGPA between 2.50 to 2.69 and fulfil the criteria as follows (one (1) criterion for UM graduate or two (2) criteria for non-UM graduate):

  • Has at least one (1) year of working experience in related field;
  • Has produced publications in the related fields;
  • Scholarship recipient;
  • Government agency staff;
  • Pass the interview conducted by the Faculty; or
  • Pass the special assessment by the Faculty.

English Language Requirement

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:

  • A minimum score of band 5.5 for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic); or
  • A minimum score of 550 for paper-based total (PBT), a score of 213 for computer-based total (CBT) or a score of 80 for internet-based total (iBT) for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or 
  • Band 4 and above in the Malaysian University English Test (MUET); or
  • A score of 42 and above in the Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic); or
  • A Grade C and above in English for General Certificate of Education (A Level), University of Cambridge; or
  • A Grade C and above in the Cambridge Assessment English: First (FCE); or 
  • A Grade C and above in the Cambridge Assessment English: Advanced (CAE); or
  • A Grade C and above in the Cambridge Assessment English: Proficiency (CPE).

Note: All the CGPA mentioned above is using the 4.0 scale.

Academic Session 2021/2022

Semester 1
Code Subject Credits
QQX7007 Regionalism and Regionalisation 3
QQD7008 The Making of Modern Southeast Asia 3
QQD7009 ASEAN and Regional Security 3
QQD7010 ASEAN and Economic Integration 3
Elective Courses **
QQB7007 Regionalism in Europe (3)
QQB7008 Modern Europe (3)
Total Credits for Semester 1 12
Semester 2
Code Subject Credits
QQX7001 Research Methodology 3
QQX7006 Political Economy of Asia-Europe Relations 3
QQX7008 Comparative Regionalism 3
QQD7007 ASEAN Regionalism 3
QQD7011 Research Project 6*
Elective Courses **
QQB7009 Regional Security in Europe (3)
QQB7010 Economic Integration in Europe (3)
Total Credits for Semester 2 18
Semester 3
Code Subject Credits
QQD7011 Research Project 6*
Elective Courses **
QQX7009 Internship 6
Total Credits for Semester 3 6
Total All Credits (Sem. 1 + Sem. 2 + Sem. 3 + Elective Courses)
Elective Courses = 6 credit hours
42

Note:
* 12 credits divided into 2 semesters: 12/2 = 6 credits
** To choose 6 credit hours of elective course from either Sem. 1 / Sem.2 / Sem.3

Last Update: 05/04/2022