Research Center for History, Politics and International Affairs


East Asian Studies



Connecting Northeast and Southeast Asia

The National University of Malaysia’s Master’s Degree in East Asian Studies is a new programme offered by the Department of Strategic Studies and International Relations. It is one of the very few Master’s programmes in UKM that is fully conducted in English.

This Master’s programme aims to provide an in-depth study of Northeast Asian and Southeast Asian countries. Students will explore the dynamics of the East Asian region through individual country case studies and also from an institutional perspective, specifically focusing on ASEAN as the driving force of regional integration.

This programme is designed for students preparing to go on to doctoral level research in some aspect of East Asian Studies, political science or international relations. It also serves the needs of students who are interested in a professional career in public service, government and politics, diplomacy, finance, military service, journalism and media, or business. Regardless of destination, this programme affords all students an opportunity to pursue flexible, varied, and career-oriented course of instruction.

Please click here for the list of courses.

We have launched UKM’s East Asia and International Relations Forum (EAIR) since 25 August 2014. See updates on this page for upcoming forums.

See below for the expertise offered on this programme (for full staff profiles, click here, and click on the names)

Prof. Dr. Zarina @ Zairina Othman

(Currently on medical leave)
Geographical: East Asia

Issues: Human security, non-traditional security issues, regional security
Assoc. Prof. Dr. D.Ravichandran K.Dhakshinamoorthy Geographical: Asia-Pacific, India

Issues: Bioethics, ASEAN, resource security
Dr. Sharifah Munirah Syed Hussein AlatasGeographical: Indian Ocean Region (IOR), India

Issues: Energy security, defence policy
Dr. Farizal Mohd Razalli Geographical: Southeast Asia and Latin America

Issues: Energy security, IR leadership, regionalism
Dr. Marina Abdul MajidGeographical: East Asia

Issues: International biotechnology law, biosecurity, bioterrorirsm, biological warfare, biosafety, international sustainable development law and environmental justice
Dr. Chin Kok-FayGeographical: Southeast Asia, Taiwan

Issues: Global finance, trade, national security
Dr. Hoo Chiew-PingGeographical: Northeast Asia, South Korea and North Korea, Japan

Issues: Alliance politics, great powers, strategic studies, security studies
Dr. Mohd Ikbal Bin Mohd HudaGeographical: East Asia, Japan

Issues: Political economy, Overseas Development Assistance (ODA), foreign policy


Please click here for Admission Requirements and forms. To apply, kindly sign up on this page.

Download Program brochure here (pdf). (Images below)

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