Postgraduate Programmes

Introduction

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:

  1. Master and interpret knowledge from the field of ethnic studies;
  2. Relate and analyze problems in ethnic studies with up-to-date conceptual and theoretical frameworks;
  3. Master the analytical skills and methodologies of social sciences to synthesize problems related to ethnicity;
  4. Contribute knowledge and expertise in the formation and implementation of developmental policies at the local, national, regional and global level;
  5. Have an ethical personality, embody a culture of leadership, and possesses highly professional traits.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate advanced or progressive knowledge from an undergraduate level and develop or apply ideas mainly in the context of ethnic studies research;
  2. Use knowledge to solve problems related to the field of ethnic studies in new situations and multidisciplinary contexts;
  3. Integrate knowledge and manage complex matters in research;
  4. Make assessments and decisions in circumstances with limited information, considering relevant social and ethical responsibilities while conducting research;
  5. Communicate conclusions, knowledge and rationale to experts and non-experts in ethnic studies clearly; and
  6. Master learning skills to progress with a high degree of autonomy.

Duration of Study

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

Enrolment Requirements

Applicants who would like to enrol in this programme should fulfil 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

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

  1. Non-Malaysian candidates must fulfill the minimum English language requirement 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) 
  2. 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)
  3. 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: (a) RERE6014 Research Methodology (Ethnic Studies); and (b) either RERE6012 Discourse on Ethnic Studies or RERE6022 Social Thoughts on Ethnic Studies
  3. Student’s presentation of research proposal, progress report and final draft at KITA Postgraduates’ Colloquium.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Fulfillment of credit hours

2. Having passed the thesis and oral examination

3. One (1) academic publication in:

  • indexed journals (WoS/SCOPUS/ERA); or
  • UKM journals that are listed in MyJurnal (Malaysian Journal Management System), or
  • chapter in book published by publishers listed in Thomson Reuters WoS or UKM Press or MAPIM

4. Other requirements that are stipulated by the University.

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 relate and analyze problems in ethnic studies with inter- and multi-disciplinary conceptual and theoretical frameworks;
  2. Make critical analyses using social science methodologies to evaluate and synthesize new and complex ideas in ethnic studies;
  3. Contribute original research through theses and publications to broaden the boundaries of ethnic studies;
  4. Contribute knowledge and expertise through academic networking with peers, the scholarly community and the general public;
  5. Contribute to the formation and implementation of development policies at the local, national, regional and global level; and
  6. Have an ethical personality, embody a culture of leadership, and possess highly professional traits.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Master and apply theories, principles and processes of ethnic studies, while analyzing critically in-depth accounts of inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches;
  2. Master technical skills and systematic information management related to ethnic studies;
  3. Contribute an innovative and responsible manner of management, able to handle tasks and make decisions in a team;
  4. Self-confident, ability to discourse, fluent in communicating orally and in writing, proactive in building academic networks;
  5. Competitive in local and global markets and strives to demonstrate a level of professionalism based on the values of integrity and ethnical behavior; and
  6. Skilled in encouraging, leading and supervising members of a community to be united, integrated and harmonious by upholding the principles of ethnic diversity.

Duration of Study

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

Enrolment 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

  1. Non-Malaysian candidates must fulfill the minimum English language requirement either (a) a minimum score of 550 for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); OR, (b) a Band 6 for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  2. 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)
  3. 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: (a) RERE6014 Research Methodology (Ethnic Studies); (b) RERE6012 Discourse on Ethnic Studies and (c) RERE6022 Social Thoughts on Ethnic Studies
  3. Student’s presentation of research proposal, progress report and final draft at KITA Postgraduates’ Colloquium.

Graduation Requirement

  1. Fulfillment of credit hours

2. Having passed the thesis and oral examination

3. Two (2) academic publication in:

  • indexed journals (WoS/SCOPUS/ERA); or
  • UKM journals that are listed in MyJurnal (Malaysian Journal Management System), or
  • chapter in book published by publishers listed in Thomson Reuters WoS or UKM Press or MAPIM

4. Other requirements that are stipulated by the University.

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Last updated: 17 June 2021