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University of Malaya, Full Time Masters Degrees in Politics & Government

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The programme synergizes the expertise in political science and public administration of the faculty to develop an interdisciplinary approach in training students to address the challenges of governance, public administration and international relations in the national and regional context. Read more

Introduction

The programme synergizes the expertise in political science and public administration of the faculty to develop an interdisciplinary approach in training students to address the challenges of governance, public administration and international relations in the national and regional context. The programme focuses on the fundamental principles, practices and techniques of organisational management related to public institutions. It attempts to expose students to relevant theories, and their applications in multidisciplinary fields such as political science, public administration, political economy, human resources management, international relations and town management. The emphasis is on linking theory to research, problem solving skills, as well as professional analysis of a wide range of issues in the areas of policy analysis, public sector management, urban planning design and urban development.

Benefits

The interdisciplinary nature of the degree, which draws from fields such as economics, sociology, finance, political science, and regional planning, prepares individuals to serve as managers in the executive arm of local, state and federal/national government, and increasingly in non-governmental organization (NGO) and nonprofit sectors. The multidisciplinary approaches and methodologies provide the students a comprehensive overview of the current challenges of public administration and prepare them a career in the public and private sector. Generally, the main benefit of pursuing a career in the public administration field is that the candidate will acquire a vast amount of knowledge on a wide range of topics.

Visit the website http://fep.um.edu.my/student/postgraduate/mpa

Language Requirement

International applicants who have not received a bachelor's degree from an institution in which the language of instruction is English must show proof of a minimum standard of proficiency in English. The minimum English language requirement for purposes of admission is:

(a) a score of 550 for paper-based total or 213 for computer-based total for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
(b) a band of 6 for the International English Testing System (IELTS).

Structure of Programme

Candidates of this programme are required to take five (5) Core Courses, one (1) Research Paper, and four (4) Optional Courses. The courses are :

Core Courses:

- EPGB6120 Management Theory and Practice
- EPGB6121 Financial Administration in Developing Countries
- EPGB6122 Research Methodology
- EPGB6123 Policy Analysis and Programme Evaluation
- EPGB6124 Politics, Development and Governance
- EPGB6181 Research Paper

Optional Courses:

EPGB6111 Human Resource Management
EPGB6112 Quality Management
EPGB6319 Malaysian Politics
EPGB6320 Public Management Techniques
EPGB6322 Social Policy and Development
EPGB6324 Planning Administration in Community Development
EPGB6325 Civil Society and Social Transformation
EPGB6326 Institutions and Organizations

Duration of Programme

The minimum period of study is 3 semesters and the maximum period of study is 8 semesters. Each academic year consists of two semesters, commencing in September (Semester I) and February (Semester II) of each year.

Programme by Dissertation

The Faculty also offers the Master of Public Administration programme fully by dissertation. This programme is only open to graduates with exceptionally good qualifications (First Class Honours or CGPA of at least 3.7), and has experience in academic writing (proof of publication is necessary). This programme requires students to submit a dissertation of not exceeding 60,000 words at the end of the programme. In addition, the Faculty may set as a requirement for a candidate to follow prescribed courses. Those interested in the programme is advised to contact the Faculty for further details.

Programme Brochure - http://fep.um.edu.my/docs/librariesprovider7/Postgraduate-/programme-brochure.pdf?sfvrsn=0

Career Opportunity

- Government agencies ( federal, state, local and others)

- Educational services (universities, colleges and others)

- Non-governmental organization (NGO)

- Non-profit organizations

- Service organizations

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The Master of Development Studies equips students with knowledge and tools for understanding and researching today’s development issues. Read more
The Master of Development Studies equips students with knowledge and tools for understanding and researching today’s development issues. The coursework of this programme lays the foundation for studying development in multidisciplinary perspective, covering theoretical and practical aspects. We address contemporary challenges arising from globalization, and transition students to the dissertation portion of the program through training in research methodology. Elective courses focus on major issues in development: poverty and inequality, industrialization, the role of institutions, sustainable development, and entrepreneurship.

The dissertation constitutes the bulk of this programme. Through researching an original topic, under our academic supervision, we provide space and guidance for in-depth exploration, specialization and rigorous analysis. Our interactions are also enriched by the multidisciplinary, broad range of backgrounds, experiences and interests that are welcome to this programme.

Benefits

The MDS equips students with knowledge, analytical frameworks, a critical and innovative mindset, policy-oriented thinking, and research tools that are focused on development, yet versatile in application. Development challenges persist, and cut across public and private sectors, national and international settings, and various service industries.

Visit the website http://fep.um.edu.my/academics/master/economics-and-administration/master-of-development-studies

Degree by Coursework & Dissertation

The programme of Master of Development Studies by coursework and dissertation has a total load of fifty six (56) credit hours consisting of:

(a) Courses
(i) ten(10) credit hours of core courses; and
(ii) six (6) credit hours of optional courses.


(b) Dissertation
A dissertation of a total of forty (40) credit hours.

Core Courses

- ERGD 6101 Development Theory and Practice
- ERGD 6102 Globalization and Development
- EXGA 6122 Philosophy and Methodology of Research

Optional Courses

ERGD 6103 Poverty and Distribution
ERGD 6104 Sustainable Development and Environmental Management
ERGD 6105 Entrepreneurship and Development
EXGA 6103 Economic Development and Planning
EXGA 6112 The Malaysian Economy
EXGA 6114 Economic Policy Analysis
EXGA 6305 Public Economics
EXGA 6308 Sustainability and Growth
EXGA 6309 Islamic Banking and Finance
EPGB 6123 Policy Analysis and Programme Evaluation
EPGB 6124 Politics, Development and Governance
EPGB 6322 Social Policy and Development
EPGB 6324 Planning Administration and Community Development
EPGB 6325 Civil Society and Social Transformation
OR Any other courses approved by the Faculty

Duration of Programme

The minimum period of study is 3 semesters and the maximum period of study is 8 semesters. Each academic year consists of two semesters, commencing in September (Semester I) and February (Semester II) of each year.

Programme Brochure - http://www.fep.um.edu.my/images/fep/postgraduate/mds.pdf

Facilities

The faculty is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities such as two computer teaching laboratories equipped with LCD and statistical software with a total capacity for 105 students, a student computer laboratory for 51 students and five lecture theatres.

In addition, the beautiful new building for postgraduate studies, houses 15 seminar rooms, a computer laboratory with a capacity for 54 computer workstations, 2 conference halls with a capacity of 100 persons each and 3 wireless LAN coverage (WiFi) zones within the faculty.

Indeed, FEA is one of the few premier institutions that can provide such quality, in terms of facilities.

Career Opportunity

- Government agencies ( federal, state, local and others)
- International development agencies
- Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
- Non-profit organizations
- Educational services (universities, colleges and others)
- Policy and research bodies

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