IDFR-UKM Master Programme


Master of Social Sciences in Strategy and Diplomacy

Exploring the nexus between strategy and diplomacy

About the programme

A collaborative programme between the Institute of Diplomacy & Foreign Relations (IDFR) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malasyia (UKM)

An English language-based postgraduate programme that aims to provide a comprehensive understanding ofthe core issues relating to theory and practice of foreign policy and international relations, with an emphasis on Malaysia, ASEAN, and Asia’s relations with the wider world



Master of Social Sciences in Strategy and Diplomacy is a collaborative programme between Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). This programme aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the core issues related to the theory and practice of strategy and diplomacy. It prepares and equips students from diverse academic backgrounds with the ability to explore the nexus between strategy and diplomacy within the context of the changing global environment. It focuses on the understanding of strategic and security issues, diplomacy, interstate relations, foreign policy, international political economics, international law, defence policy and regional issues. Learning will be through lectures, discussion, presentations, group work, seminars, assignments, examinations and a dissertation exercise.


List of courses and curriculum structure

Types and total units requiredMaster of Social Sciences (Strategy and Diplomacy)Units
Compulsory Courses (16 Units)Research Methodology in Strategy and Diplomacy4
Strategy and International Security: Concepts and Theoris 4
Diplomacy: Theory and Practice4
International Political Economy4
Elective courses (12 units)Comparative Defence and Foreign Policy 4
Globalisation and Regionalisation 4
ASEAN and Asia-Pacific Order4
Malaysia and Small State Strategy4
International Law and Organisations4
Seminar on Strategy and Diplomacy4
Dissertation Exercise/Research Project (12 units)Research Project12
TOTAL: 40 units

General Entry Requirement

RequirementsDomestic Students | International Students
Degree• Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) or its equivalent.

• Preference will be given to applicants with CGPA 3.00 and above or its equivalent.

• Mid-career professionals with nine or more years of relevant work experience will also be considered.
English languageMUET: Band 4 | TOEFL: 550 score minimum


IELTS: Band 6
Documents to be submitted• Transcript and copy of first degree in relevant field

• Proof of competency in English language (MUET for Malaysian students, TOEFL or IELTS for international applicants)

• Certified copy of high school diploma (SPM or STPM for Malaysians)

• 2 letters of recommendation from your employer/institution of higher education

• Passport size photo

• Processing fee of RM100 (for locals) or USD30 (international)

• Centre for Graduate Studies Checklist
Semester commencement dateSeptember of every year
Contact information for applicationCoordinator, M.Soc.Sc. in Strategy and Diplomacy

Research Centre for History, Politics, and International Affairs (PPSPS),

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSK),

National University of Malaysia (UKM),

43600 Bangi, Selangor,


Tel: (+60)3-8921 5710/3265

Fax: (+60)3-8921 3290

See contact person details at the end of this webpage.
Application formFill out the online application form at:

Mode of studyFull time only



Main documents

  • Applicant fee of RM100 (for locals) or USD30 (for internationals)
  • Two (2) acceptance notification cards with stamps included (Overseas applications are exempted)
  • Two (2) completed application forms with passport size photo
  • Two (2) completed financial supports from two (2) financial guarantors
  • Two (2) completed forms from the Referees

Supporting documents

  • Two (2) copies of Identification Cards (for locals) or passports (for international applicants)
  • Two (2) certified copies of masters, undergraduate and/or diploma qualifications
  • Two (2) certified copies of transcripts
  • Two (2) copies of MUET (for locals) or IELTS/TOEFL results (for international applicants)
  • Two (2) copies of sponsorship/scholarship letters (for applicants with sponsorship/scholarship only)



  • Government officers whose tasks and functions are related to diplomacy and international relations;
  • Foreign and local students who are interested in diplomacy and international studies and have completed a bachelor’s degree;
  • Any person who has an interest in strategy, diplomacy, and international relations.


Interested candidates must fulfill the following criteria:

For all applicants
1. Completed Bachelor’s Degree; and
2. Proficient in the English language

For Malaysian Civil Servants
Serving officers from the Malaysian Public Sector must submit their application through their respective departments and must have approval for study leave or a Government scholarship.

For International Students
For international applicants who are residing outside of Malaysia, all documents must be certified by the respective country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Embassy of Malaysia; for international applicants who are currently residing in Malaysia, all documents must be certified by respective applicant’s embassy in Malaysia.



All applicants must register and submit application at



RM11,000.00 (Local Malaysians)

RM15,000.00 (International students)



April – June 2021



For any further inquiries, please contact Dr. Mohd. Ikbal Mohd Huda ( or Ms. Nurul Adni Zainul Ariff (

Ms. Nurul Adni Zainul Ariff
Principal Assistant Director
Competency Enhancement Centre (CEC)
Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tel: +603 2149 1113
Fax: +603 2145 7015

Dr Mohd Ikbal bin Mohd Huda
Senior Lecturer
Center for History, Politics and International Affairs,
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
National University of Malaysia (UKM)
Tel: +603 8321 3643
Fax: +603 2145 7015

M.Soc.Sc. in Strategy and Diplomacy
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