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Master of Social Science (Research)

Master of Social Science  (Anthropology/Sociology)

Postgraduate students at the School of Social Sciences undertake research in a wide range of disciplines, namely Anthropology & Sociology, Economics, Development Planning and Management, Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, Social Work, Islamic Development Management, European Studies and Psychology. Our postgraduate degrees comprise degrees by research, by coursework and by "mixed mode" (combining coursework and research leading to the submission of a dissertation).

Research Thrust Areas:

Anthropology and Sociology

  • Anthropology and Sociology
  • Anthropology of Tourism
  • Abductive Methodology
  • Consumerism
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Cross-cultural studies
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Economic Sociology
  • Electoral Studies
  • Ethnic Relations
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Friendship and Personal Relationship
  • Gender Studies
  • Globalization
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Industrial Sociology
  • Industrialisation & Urbanisation
  • Japanese Studies
  • Leadership
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Mobility
  • Minorities Studies
  • Political Sociology
  • Religion
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Theory
  • Sociology of Ageing
  • Sociology of the Body
  • Sociology of Entrepreneurship
  • Sociology of Ethnic Studies
  • Sociology of Everyday Life
  • Sociology of Knowledge
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Sociology of the Media
  • Sociology of Work
  • Southeast Asian Studies

Admission Requirements 

MSocSc (Anthropology/Sociology)

A Bachelor's degree with a CGPA of 3.00/4 or equivalent in a related field.
Any Bachelor's degree with working experience related to the field of study.

Duration

MSocSc (Anthropology/Sociology)

Full-time: Min 2 semesters / Max 6 semesters
Part-time: Min 4 semesters / Max 12 semesters

Master of Social Science  (Economics)

Research Thrust Areas:

Economics

  • Finance
  • International Economics
  • Economic Development
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Labour Economics Econometric
  • Islamization of Economic Institutions
  • Economic Theory
  • Environmental Economics
  • Public Finance/ Public Sector Economics
  • Technology Transfer
  • Economy

Admission Requirements

MSocSc (Economics)

A Bachelor's degree with a CGPA of 3.00/4 or equivalent in a related field.
Any Bachelor's degree with working experience related to the field of study.

Duration

MSocSc (Economics)

Full-time: Min 2 semesters / Max 6 semesters
Part-time: Min 4 semesters / Max 12 semesters

Master of Social Science  (Social Work)

Research Thrust Areas:

Social Work

  • Social Work
  • Social Administration
  • Social Development
  • Social Work Methodology
  • Social Welfare
  • Social Policy and Social Services
  • Social Work Education
  • Social Work Research
  • Community Work and Development
  • Counselling

Admission Requirements

MSocSc (Social Work)

A Bachelor's degree with a CGPA of 3.00/4 or equivalent in a related field.
Any Bachelor's degree with working experience related to the field of study.

Duration

MSocSc (Social Work)

Full-time: Min 2 semesters / Max 6 semesters
Part-time: Min 4 semesters / Max 12 semesters

 

Master of Social Science  (Development Planning & Management)

Research Thrust Areas:

Development Planning and Management

  • Development Theory
  • Development History
  • Development Methodology
  • Development Issues
  • Project Planning
  • Project Investment Analysis
  • Policy & Planning
  • Social Development
  • Education & Development
  • Women & Work
  • Health & Development
  • Industrialisation & Technology
  • Islamic Development Management
  • Development Planning & Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Urban Development
  • Rural and Regional Development
  • Technology and Society
  • Demography and Manpower Planning
  • Poverty and Development
  • Environment and Development
  • Local Government and Municipal Laws
  • Land Development and Administration

Admission Requirements

MSocSc (Development Planning and Management)

A Bachelor's degree with a CGPA of 3.00/4 or equivalent in a related field.
Any Bachelor's degree with working experience related to the field of study.

Duration

MSocSc (Development Planning and Management)

Full-time: Min 2 semesters / Max 6 semesters
Part-time: Min 4 semesters / Max 12 semesters

Master of Social Science  (Political Science)

Research Thrust Areas:

Political Science

  • Political Thoughts
  • Comparative Politics
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • International Relations
  • Conflict & Peace
  • Public Sector Management
  • Local Government
  • Leadership Studies
  • Political Science

Admission Requirements

MSocSc (Political Science)

A Bachelor's degree with a CGPA of 3.00/4 or equivalent in a related field.
Any Bachelor's degree with working experience related to the field of study.

Duration

MSocSc (Political Science)

Full-time: Min 2 semesters / Max 6 semesters
Part-time: Min 4 semesters / Max 12 semesters

Master of Social Science  (Psychology) 

Research Thrust Areas:

Psychology

  • Social Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Counselling
  • Health, Sports and Sexual Counselling;
  • Stress and Resilience
  • Social Support
  • Alternative Health
  • Massage and Clinical Hypnosis
  • Mental Health
  • Psychology of Religion

Admission Requirements

MSocSc (Psychology)

A Bachelor's degree with a CGPA of 3.00/4 or equivalent in a related field.
Any Bachelor's degree with working experience related to the field of study.

Duration

MSocSc (Psychology)

Full-time: Min 2 semesters / Max 6 semesters
Part-time: Min 4 semesters / Max 12 semesters

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