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

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

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

* 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: 22/11/2021