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Bachelor of Arts (International & Strategic Studies)

Offered by: University of Malaya (UM)
Exam BodyInternal Degree, Malaysia
Course Duration7 Sem
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
FacultyFaculty of Art & Social Sciences
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyBachelor's Degree Level
Field of StudySocial Sciences
Stream RequirementsArts/Science Stream
Course Description

Regardless of the student application paths (international or local students), all first-year undergraduates are introduced to major theoretical ideas and various approaches about politics and international relations, examines how states and international institutions functions in practice, and attend a series of introductory compulsory courses (see the academic porgramme structure) where they will use qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate and to observe international historical and political events or questions. 

The programme’s objective are to equip the students with the knowledge of international relations, foreign policy, security studies, defence analysis and strategic studies, particularly by examining international interactions between state and non-state actors, as well as the emerging trends and long-term effects of both global and regional issues. 

 University Course 
GIG 1001: Islamic and Asian Civilization (TITAS)
GIG 1002: Ethnic Relations
GIG 1003: Basic Entrepreneurship Culture
GIG 1004: Information Literacy
GIG 1005: Social Engagement
Co-Curriculum Course (SKET)
External Faculty Elective
Communication in English
Total  20 Credit Hours
 Faculty Core Courses
AIX 1001: Introduction to Social Sciences and Humanities
AIX 2001: Research Methodology for Social Sciences and Humanities
AIX 3001: Ethics and Professionalism in Social Sciences


Total 8 Credit Hours
 Core Courses Programme
 Semester 1  Semester 2
 First Year
 Compulsory Courses

AIE 1001: Introduction to International Relations
AIE 1004: Evolution of International Society
Compulsory Courses

AIE 1002: Introduction to Politics
AIE 1005: Research Methodology in International Relations
 Second Year
Compulsory Courses
AIE 1003: Political Economy of International Relations
AIE 2001: Theories of International Relations I
AIE 2003: Social Movements and Democratization

Elective Courses

AIE 2010: Development of Modern Strategy
AIE 3011: Government and Politics of Europe
AIE 3012: Islam in World Politics
AIE 3013: International Dispute Settlement

Compulsory Courses
AIE 2005: Theories of International Relations II
AIE 2004: Foreign Policy Analysis
AIE 2013: National Security of Malaysia

Elective Courses

AIE 2011: Politics of Developing Countries
AIE 2012: Foreign Policy of Southeast Asian States
AIE 3013: International Dispute Settlement
AIE 2005: Comparative Regionalism
AIE 2006: International Law
 Third Year
Compulsory Courses
AIE 3002: Academic Project
AIE 3001: International Organisation
AIE 3003: International Security

Elective Courses

AIE 2014: Political Thought
AIE 2015: International Politics of Resources
AIE 3006: Central Asia in International Relations
AIE 2007: International Law of the Sea
AIE 2008: The United States in World Politics
AIE 2009: Non-State Actors in International Relations

Compulsory Courses
AIE 3002: Academic Project
AIE 3004: Foreign Policy of Malaysia
AIE 3005: Foreign Policies of Major Powers

Elective Courses

AIE 3007: South Asia in International Relations
AIE 3008: Human Rights and International Politics
AIE 3009: Conflict Analysis
AIE 3010: Theory and Practice of Diplomacy
AIX 3002: Peace Studies
GIA 2009: Governance and International Development
 Fourth Year
 AIE 4001: Practicum  

The minimum duration of study for Bachelor of Arts (International and Strategic Studies) is range between the minimum of 7 semesters (3 and half years) and maximum of 11 semesters (5 and half years).

In total, student who wishes to obtain Bachelor of Arts in International and Strategic Studies must obtain a total number of 122 credit hours in 3 and half (3.5) years.  Apart from the University Course (20 credit hours) and Faculty Core Course (8 credit hours), student must complete 58 credit hours for all Department Compulsory Courses and 27 credit hours for all Department Elective Courses offered, which both core and elective courses offered by the Department of International and Strategic Studies. Additionally, student must complete the remaining balance of 9 credit hours for the Faculty Elective Course. 



Entry Requirements



(Tahun Semasa)






Sarjana Muda Sastera Pengajian Antarabangsa dan Strategik

(7 Semester)

Aliran Sastera

Lulus STPM dengan mendapat sekurang-kurangnya PNGK3.00;




Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya Gred B (NGMP3.00) pada peringkat STPM dalam mana-mana dua (2) mata pelajaran:

  • Bahasa Melayu
  • Bahasa Tamil
  • Bahasa Cina
  • Bahasa Arab
  • Literature in English
  • Kesusasteraan Melayu
  • Sejarah
  • Geografi
  • Mathematics M/T
  • Ekonomi
  • Pengajian Perniagaan


Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya Tahap 2 (Band 2) dalam MUET 

Aliran Perakaunan, TESL dan Undang-undang

Lulus Matrikulasi dengan mendapat sekurang-kurangnya PNGK 3.00;




Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya Tahap 2 (Band 2) dalam MUET.

Lulus sekurang-kurangnya tahap Jayyid Jiddan dalam peperiksaan Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM);




Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya Tahap 2 (Band 2) dalam MUET.

Aliran :Sastera

Memiliki Diploma UM/setaraf yang diiktiraf oleh Senat Universiti dengan mendapat sekurang-kurangnya PNGK 3.00 dalam bidang berikut:

  • Pengurusan
  • Pengurusan Sumber Manusia
  • Pengurusan Perniagaan
  • Perakaunan



Memiliki Diploma dari Insitusi yang diiktiraf oleh Kerajaan Malaysia dan Senat Universiti dengan mendapat sekurang-kurangnya PNGK 3.00;




Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya Tahap 2 (Band 2) dalam MUET


Memiliki kelayakan GCE A Level dengan mendapat sekurang-kurangnya Gred B  dalam mana-mana tiga (3)  mata pelajaran;




Mendapat sekurang-kurangnya Tahap 2 (Band 2) dalam MUET.

Intake Months

The academic programme is by the semester system and commences in both September (Semester I) and February (Semester II).

Deadline for Malaysian applicants: April for Semester I intake

Deadline for International applicants: June for Semester I intake and November for Semester II intake

Career Prospects

Many student ask “What type of job could I get with a degree in International and Strategic Studies?” The answer depends on your choice of specialisation, interests, experiences, skills. The discipline of International Relations, creating a literal world of opportunity. Your task, as a scholar, is to define your area of expertise and map out how You want to make a difference. Do you want to study the military and terrorism as they influence foreign policy, or observe factors that contribute to a credible peace process in war-torn society? Are you interested in the role international organisations play in agenda-setting and the creation of international norms? Do you think culture and society are the key drivers for current events? Do you want to work in public sector for the government or semi-governmental agency in the private sector for a multinational corporation, bank, or firm, or in the non-profit sector for a non-governmental organisation or research institute?  Whatever your personal philosophical endeavors, opportunities abound.

Since 1998, we have produced the first batch of graduates who specialised their degree programme (either at the undergraduate and postgraduate level) in International and Strategic Studies. The ability of our students to master various fundamental and soft skills with global outlooks, lateral thinking, and international concerns (see the Programme Learning Outcome) in resolving various tasks and issues has allowed them to secure a better job prospect within 6 months after graduation. The diversity and interdisciplinary nature of the discipline, namely the International and Strategic Studies has allowed students to secure a working attachment in various organisations and corporations. 

Some opted for a carrier path in diplomatic services and foreign affairs, attached as the civil servants in various governmental ministries (both at the federal and state governmental levels), defence and intelligent sectors, various local, regional and international branches or agencies under the United Nations system, banking and financial sectors, and private firms, especially in human resource division, marketing strategists and insurance companies.

Others opted for more challenging yet global working environments, including working with multinational corporations (MNCs), international and local non-governmental agencies, civil societies, and charity works, professional and freelance writers, volunteer services, further studies and teaching options in various local and international universities, and as well as in pursuing study or professional development enhancement upon completion of their study in UM. 

With the growing numbers of international students, the biggest ratio amongst all of departments in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in UM and Malaysia, many of our international students secured the job attachments and intern placements at either their respective embassies or diplomatic missions in Malaysia or major firms and banking sectors at their home countries. Our strength lies in ability to offer a degree programme with similar international recognise universities that specialised in International Relations with a strong encouragement to master more than one language or medium of instruction.

Additionally and apart from rigorous academic trainings, we focus on providing the extra-curricular activities among the Department’s multinational students, including public lecture from retired diplomats and foreign services, one-day study visit to various public, diplomatic and think-thank organizations and the diplomatic simulation games of the Model United Nations (MUN) Conference. You may find out more about this from our Department’s website.

Given the competitiveness of working market and intense competitions of labor forces from other local universities, the Department has taken a step further in having a compulsory and an additional course that provide industrial training exposure, aiming at providing students with the pre-professional degree experience before the actual graduation. The course is compulsory upon all of our final year students (undergraduates). You can find out more about the syllabus and assessment from our Department’s webpage.

During their industrial training placement, Students develop many widely transferable skills during their studies including excellent written and verbal communications skills, research skills and notably, an understanding of complex political and cultural issues. Particular skills gained include the ability to research using a variety of sources. Students can create, evaluate and assess a range of options, sifting material and weighing up arguments. Students are able to critically analyse information and can assess problems and arguments, reach conclusions and discuss them clearly.

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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