Postgraduate Programmes

Beginning from Semester 2 of 2009/2010 academic session, KITA has offered postgraduate programmes in ethnic studies at master’s and doctoral levels. The programmes offered are research-based, either on full-time or part-time basis. In 2015, both programmes have been awarded with accreditation status for a period of four years (13 May 2015 – 13 May 2019) based on the decision made in the 410th Senate Meeting.

Educational Goal

To produce graduates who adhere to inclusive and critical approaches in academic analysis and public advocacy in ethnic studies at national and international levels.

Programmes Offered

MASTER IN ETHNIC STUDIES


Educational Objectives

The objective of Master in Ethnic Studies programme is to produce graduates who:

  •  Are proficient and able to interpret knowledge of ethnic studies;
  • Are able to correlate and analyse issues in ethnic studies using contemporary conceptual framework and theories;
  • Have developed analytical skills and social science methodology to synthesize ethnic issues;
  • Contribute their knowledge and expertise to formulate and implement development policies at local, national, regional and international levels;
  • Possess noble ethics and personality, strong leadership traits and the characteristics of high professionalism.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the study, graduates of Master in Ethnic Studies programme should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the extension of knowledge and understanding from the bachelor degree level and develop or utilize common ideas in the context of ethnic studies;
  2. Utilize knowledge and understanding to solve problems related to new and complex situations in the field of ethnic studies throughout their research;
  3. Integrate knowledge and manage complex matters throughout their research;
  4. Evaluate and make decisions with limited or no information, taking into consideration the related social and ethical responsibilities during the course of the study;
  5. Deliver findings, knowledge and rationale to ethnic studies experts and non-experts with clarity; and
  6. Master learning skills to move forward with high autonomy in alignment with national aspirations

Duration of Study

  • Full time: two (2) to six (6) semesters
  • Part time: four (4) to eight (8) semesters

Enrollment Requirements
Applicants who would like to enroll in this programme should fulfill the following minimum criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.00 from any universities or higher learning institutions that are recognized by UKM; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.75 from any universities or higher learning institutions that are recognized by UKM and with a minimum of one (1) year of working experience; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.50 from any universities and higher learning institutions that are recognized by UKM and with a minimum five (5) years of  working experience

Language Requirement
International candidates must enroll in and pass the Malay language course. Exemption can be offered to candidates who have enrolled and passed the Malay language course offered by other bodies that are recognized by the Senate. In certain cases, the Senate can offer exemption from the Malay language requirement as stated in the 2015 UKM Rules and Regulations (Postgraduate Studies).

English Language Requirement
Non-Malaysian candidates must fulfill the minimum English language requirement is as follows:

  • A minimum score of 550 for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); OR
  • A Band 6 for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • International candidates who write their theses in the Malay language may be exempted from the IELTS or TOEFL requirement by undertaking the English Language Proficiency Test (Ujian Kecekapan Bahasa Inggeris, UKBI) as replacement. Students who fail the required level stipulated in the program must enroll and pass the English Language Proficiency Module (Modul Kemahiran Bahasa Inggeris, MKBI)
  • The Institute may give an exemption for English language requirement to international candidate whose country of origin uses English language as its official language or who possesses academic qualification from any higher institution of learning that uses English language as its official medium of communication.

Mode of Study
The Master in Ethnic Studies programme is offered in research mode only.

Programme Requirements

  1. Register and pass the pre-requisite course(s) including the Malay language course for foreign students (if applicable);
  2. Register and pass 6 credit hours for the following courses:
    • RERE6014 Research Methodology (Ethnic Studies); AND
    • RERE6012 Discourse on Ethnic Studies; OR
    • RERE6022 Social Thoughts on Ethnic Studies
  3. Students’ presentation of research proposal, progress report, and final draft at KITA Postgraduate Colloquium.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Fulfillment of credit hours; AND
  2. Having passed the thesis and oral examinations; AND
  3. One article published or accepted for publication in ISI/SCOPUS indexed journal or prominent journals in the field; AND
  4. Other requirements that are stipulated by the University

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DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN ETHNIC STUDIES


Educational Objectives

The objective of PhD in Ethnic Studies programme is to produce graduates who are:

  1. Able to correlate and analyse issues in ethnic studies using conceptual and theoretical framework between multiple disciplines;
  2. Able to conduct critical analyses using the social science methodology, evaluation and synthesize of new and complex ideas in ethnic studies;
  3. Able to make original contributions to research through thesis and publications to extend the scope and boundaries of ethnic studies;
  4. Able to contribute knowledge and expertise through academic network with peers, scholarly communities and society;
  5. Able to contribute towards development and implementation of developmental policies at local, national, regional and international levels; and
  6. Able to possess of noble ethics and personality, strong leadership culture, and the characteristics of high professionalism.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the study, graduates of PhD in Ethnic Studies programme should be able to:

  1. Master and apply the theories, principles and research process of ethnic studies analytically and critically by taking into consideration the inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches;
  2. Hone the required technical skills and systematic information management in ethnic studies and research;
  3. Contribute to the management innovatively and responsibly, and able to handle tasks and make decisions as a team;
  4. Demonstrate self-confidence, the ability to engage in discourse, eloquence in communicating orally and in writing, as well as the proactive efforts to build academic network;
  5. Be competitive in the local and global market, and strive to show the level of professionalism which is rooted in the values ​​of integrity and ethical behavior; and
  6. Demonstrate the skills to motivate, lead and supervise members of the community to be united, integrated and harmonized by upholding the principles of ethnic diversity in alignment with national aspirations.

Duration of Study

  • Full time:       six (6) to twelve (12) semesters
  • Part time:     four (8) to fourteen (14) semesters

Enrollment Requirements

Applicants who would like to enroll in this programme should fulfill the following minimum criteria:

  • Master’s degree in a related field, with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.00 from any universities or higher learning institutions that are recognized by UKM; OR
  • Any other degree equivalent to a master’s degree that is recognized by UKM, OR
  • Candidates who are currently enrolled in a full-time Master in Ethnic Studies in University and are recommended by the KITA Postgraduate Studies Committee to convert the status to PhD program with the approval of the Director of the Institute.

Malay Language Requirement

International candidates must enroll in and pass the Malay language course. Exemption can be offered to candidates who have enrolled and passed the Malay language course offered by other bodies that are recognized by the Senate. In certain cases, the Senate can offer exemption from the Malay language requirement as stated in the 2015 UKM Rules and Regulations (Postgraduate Studies).

English Language Requirement

Non-Malaysian candidates must fulfill the minimum English language requirement is as follows:

  • A minimum score of 550 for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); OR
  • A Band 6 for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • International candidates who write their theses in the Malay language may be exempted from the IELTS or TOEFL requirement by undertaking the English Language Proficiency Test (Ujian Kecekapan Bahasa Inggeris, UKBI) as replacement. Students who fail the required level stipulated in the program must enroll and pass the English Language Proficiency Module (Modul Kemahiran Bahasa Inggeris, MKBI)
  • The Institute may give an exemption for English language requirement to international candidate whose country of origin uses English language as its official language or who possesses academic qualification from any higher institution of learning that uses English language as its official medium of communication.

Mode of Study

The PhD in Ethnic Studies programme is offered in research mode only.

Programme Requirements

  1. Register and pass the pre-requisite course(s) including the Malay language course for foreign students (if applicable);
  2. Register and pass 8 credit hours for the following courses:
    • RERE6014 Research Methodology (Ethnic Studies); AND
    • RERE6012 Discourse on Ethnic Studies; AND
    • RERE6022 Social Thoughts on Ethnic Studies
  3. Students’ presentation of research proposal, progress report, and final draft at KITA Postgraduate Colloquium.

Graduation Requirement

  1. Fulfillment of credit hours; AND
  2. Having passed the thesis and oral examinations; AND
  3. Two article published or accepted for publication in ISI/SCOPUS indexed journal or prominent journals in the field; AND
  4. Other requirements that are stipulated by the University

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