Research Center for History, Politics and International Affairs


Master of Social Science (Strategic and Security Analysis)

About this programme

The Master of Social Science in Strategic and Security Analysis is a long-standing programme, established since the Strategic Studies International Relations (SSIR) department was known as the Strategic and Security Studies Unit (UPSK) in 1984. This Master’s programme has attracted a considerable amount of applicants hailed from the public service and graduate students from various streams. It has now become a favourite programme of choice among the mid-career officers from the National Security Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) and other governmental agencies as a stepping stone to climb up their career ladder. The course syllabus include local and international dimensions of traditional and non-traditional security studies, providing students with opportunities to scrutinize Malaysian security issues and key strategic concerns around the world.

List of Courses and Curriculum Structure

SKSS6004Research Methodology in Strategy and Security Studies4
SKSS6003Approaches to Strategic and Security Studies3
SKSS6023Contemporary International Relations3
SKSS6033Globalization and International Security Issues3
SKSS6043Malaysian National Security Issues3
SKSS6053Major Security Issues of Asia-Pacific3
SKSS6063Comparative Defense Policies3
SKSS6073International Crisis Management3
SKSS6083Evolution of Strategic Thought3
SKSS6093Seminar on Current International Security3
SKSS6103War and the International Humanitarian Law3
SKSS6113Ethnicity, Religion and Security3
THESIS (12 Units)
SKSS601CMaster Thesis12
Programme mode of deliveryMalay language
Duration of studies1 ½ to 2 years

General Requirements for Intake and Special Requirements

RequirementsDomestic studentsInternational Students
Degree• Graduate with a Bachelor's degree with Honours/equivalent
• Minimum CGPA 2.75
• Having an honours bachelor's degree in the discipline of international relations, political science or in any area similar to both of these disciplines is an advantage to be accepted and
• For candidates who do not achieve a CGPA of 2.75 or are graduates in other disciplines, a working experience of more than 5 years, especially in the security sector, will be considered for program admission at the discretion of the program admission committee.
Malay language• Pass with honors in Bahasa Malaysia for the SPM which is the special requirements of the program.• For candidates who are not Malaysian citizens but wish to enter this coursework master's program, there is a requirement for the candidate to submit evidence of a proficiency certificate for Malay language skills that includes speaking, comprehension and writing from a credible and reliable recognized body.
Documents to be submitted• Transcript and scroll of the first degree in the relevant discipline
• Certified copy of high school diploma (SPM or STPM) for Malaysians
• 2 recommendation letters from your current employer or from the university/ institution where the degree was obtained
• Passport size photo
• Processing fees of RM30 for locals or RM100 for international candidates
• Centre for Graduate Studies Checklist.
Semester commencement dateSeptember or October every year
Contact informationCoordinator in Strategic and Security Analysis,
Research Centre for History, Politics and International Affairs (SPHEA),
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities,
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM),
43600 Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan,

Tel: (+60)- 03 8921 5710/5711/5824

Faks/ Fax: (+60)- 03 8921 3290

Current contact person: Dr. Marina Abdul Majid
Application formFill in the application form at::
Mode of studyFull time

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