Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Heritage




This programme thus fulfills the need toward a degree that analyses both the government role in enhancing international relations. This field is becoming increasingly significant especially in this globalisation era where boundaries are being continuously challenged. It is also as a response to the call of the ASEAN Community 2015 which will bring about greater people movement across borders and increased attention on international relations.

This MA is designed to enhance knowledge and skills of individuals, so that they can elevate themselves, above on to a broader environment and acquire necessary skills to confront the complexities of development in the context of their societies, against the backdrop of increased globalization. This course is ideal for those who work in public service or the private sector, as students will learn how international forces shape their respective environments. Students will develop skills in policy analysis, get a systematic understanding of the threats to peace and security, and global forces shaping political, social and economic life.

Admission Requirement

Candidates who wish to apply for a Postgraduate Studies Program must have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree with CGPA of not less than 2.75 from Universiti Malaysia Sabah or other institutions of higher learning approved by the Senate; or
  • A bachelor degree from other fields that is approved by the Senate with at least 5 years working experience;
  • Other qualifications equivalent to a Bachelor Degree and possessing other qualifications or experience approved by the Senate.
  • Candidates who wish to continue their studies on Course Work mode must satisfy special conditions specified by their respective Faculties/Centres/Institutes.
Program Courses

Core Courses

  • Theories of International Relations
  • Modern Political Thought
  • Government and Politics of Malaysia
  • Malaysia Foreign Policy
  • Research Methods

 Elective Courses

  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • International Law
  • Comparative Politics
  • Politics of Development
  • The theories and Practices of Conflict Resolution
    * Choose any One (1) Course (4 Credit Hours)

 Elective Courses

  • Modern Diplomacy
  • Peace and Development
  • The Strategies and Skills of Conflict Transformation
  • Malaysian National Security
  • International Political Economy
  • International Migration
    *Choose any three (3) Courses ( 12 Credit Hours)