What will I learn?

The programme’s objective are to equip the students with the knowledge of international relations, foreign policy, security studies, defense analysis and strategic studies, particularly by examining international interactions between state and non-state actors, as well as the emerging trends and long-term effects of both global and regional issues.

Programme Learning Outcome

PO 1 - Knowledge

Po 2 – Practical skills

Po 3 – Social responsibility and skills

Po 4 – Values, attitudes and professionalism

Po 5 – Leadership, teamwork and communication skills

Po 6 – Problem solving and scientific skills

Career Opportunities:

Since 1998, we have produced the first batch of graduates who specialised their degree programme (either at the undergraduate and postgraduate level) in International and Strategic Studies. The ability of our students to master various fundamental and soft skills with global outlooks, lateral thinking and international concerns (see the Programme Outcome) in resolving various tasks and issues has allowed them to secure a better job prospect within 6 months after graduation. The diversity and interdisciplinary nature of the discipline, namely the International and Strategic Studies have allowed students to secure a working attachment in various organisations and corporations.

Some opted for a career path in diplomatic services and foreign affairs, attached as the civil servants in various governmental ministries (both at the federal and state governmental levels), defence and intelligence sectors, various local, regional and international branches or agencies under the United Nations system, banking and financial sectors, and private firms, especially in human resource division, marketing strategists and insurance companies.

Others opted for more challenging yet global working environments, including working with multinational corporations (MNCs), international and local non-governmental agencies, civil societies, and charity works, professional and freelance writers, volunteer services, further studies and teaching options in various local and international universities, and as well as in pursuing study or professional development enhancement upon completion of their study in UM.

With the growing numbers of international students, the biggest ratio amongst all of the departments in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in UM and Malaysia, many of our international students secured the job attachments and intern placements at either their respective embassies or diplomatic missions in Malaysia or major firms and banking sectors at their home countries. Our strength lies in the ability to offer a degree programme with similar international recognises universities that specialised in International Relations with a strong encouragement to master more than one language or medium of instruction.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3.5 years)

Tuition fees
USD $9,767 for per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

February 2020

Venue

University of Malaya

Jalan Universiti,

KUALA LUMPUR,

Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur,

50603, Malaysia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have the following requirements: National Higher School Certificate (or an Advanced Level equivalent) with the grade 80% and above or A Diploma from recognized Institutions with at least a CGPA of 3.00. Applicant may be required to undergo an interview session for certain selection programme before being accepted by the respective faculty. English Language Requirements: Students must obtain: TOEFL score of 500 (PBT), 173 (CBT) or 60 (IBT) and above or IELTS Band 5.0 - 6.5 and above or Pass in any equivalent English proficiency test approved and recognized by the University of Malaya.

For international students

Students must have the following requirements

  • National Higher School Certificate (or an Advanced Level equivalent) with the grade 80% and above or
  • A Diploma from recognized Institutions with at least a CGPA of 3.00.
  • Applicant may be required to undergo an interview session for certain selection programme before being accepted by the respective faculty.

English Language Requirement

Students must obtain:

  • TOEFL score of 500 (PBT), 173 (CBT) or 60 (IBT) and above or
  • IELTS Band 5.0 and above or

Pass in any equivalent English proficiency test approved and recognised by the University of Malaya.

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About this uni

University of Malaya is the only Malaysian university that has been ranked in the World’s Top 100 Universities by QS World University Rankings.

  • Malaysia's Most Prestigious and No.1 University
  • More than 700 collaborative international partners
  • One of the leading research universities worldwide
  • Collaboration with prominent Nobel laureates