• 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

An applicant who is not a Malaysian citizen and holds a degree from a university or higher education institution where the language of instruction for that degree is not English but wishes to pursue a program and write a thesis/dissertation in English must meet a minimum score requirement in one of the recognized standard language proficiency tests as follows:

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

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Last Update: 25/02/2024