Malaysia in Global International Relations

Table 1: IR Programs in Malaysian Public Universities

UniversityBachelor’s and Advanced DiplomaMaster’sDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)SSIR(Formerly Strategic and Security Studies Unit, UPSK) Advanced Diploma in Strategic and Security Studies (1984-1999) 

Bachelor of Social Sciences in International Relations (Hons.) (2003-2013)
Master of Social Sciences (Strategic and Security Analysis) (1994)

UKM-MPAT Master of Social Sciences in Defence Studies (2002)

UKM-IDFR Master of Social Sciences in Strategy & Diplomacy (1999-2022) 

Master of Social Sciences (East Asian Studies) (2013-2023)
PhD Strategy & Security Studies
IKMASMaster of Philosophy in Malaysian & International Studies (1995)Doctor of Philosophy (1995)
University of Malaya (UM)FASSBachelor of Arts International and Strategic Studies (1992)Master of Strategic and Defence Studies (1999) 

Master of Arts (by Research) (1992)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (1992)
Asia-Europe Institute (AEI)Master in ASEAN Studies (2000)

Master in European Studies (2000)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (2000)
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) (Political Science) (1971)Master of Social Sciences (Political Science) (Research)Doctor of Philosophy (Political Science)
Research and Education for Peace (REPUSM)Postgraduate Degree (Research) – Peace and Conflict Studies (1995)
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)Bachelor of Human Sciences (Honours) (Political Science) (1990)Master of Human Sciences (Political Science)Doctor of Philosophy (Political Science)
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours (International Relations) (1993)Master by Research (2013)Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (2018)
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)Bachelor of International Relations (1995)Master of Arts (MA) International Relations (1995)PhD International Relations (1995)
Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)Bachelor of International Affairs Management with Honours (1997)Master in International Political Economy 

Master of Arts (International Relations) – Research Master of Science (Strategic Studies)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM)Bachelor Of Administrative Science (Honours) (2002)Master in International Relations and Diplomacy – Coursework 

Executive Master of Administrative Science – Coursework 

Master of Administrative Science – Research (2006)
Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM)Bachelor of International Relations (Diplomacy and International Security) (2007)Master in Strategy and Defence Studies (by Coursework) 

Master in International Relations (by Research) 

Master in Peace and Conflict Studies (by Research)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA)Bachelor of International Relations (Honours) (2014) Master of International Relations (by Research) (2014)Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Table 2: IR Programs in Malaysian Private Universities

UniversityBachelor’s and Advanced DiplomaMaster’sDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Monash UniversityBachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Global Studies) (2006)Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in International Relations (2006)
University of Nottingham (Malaysia)BA in International Relations (Hons) (2010)MA in International Relations (2010) 

MSc in International Development Management (2010)
PhD in Politics, History and International Relations (2010)
Taylor’s UniversityBachelor of Social Science (Honours) in International Relations (2013)
Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)Diploma in International Studies

BA (Hons) in International Relations

Table 3: List of IR/IR-related Journals in Malaysia

JournalInstitutionStarting YearLanguageFrequency
Jebat: Malaysian Journal of History, Politics & Strategic StudiesNational University of Malaysia (UKM), Center for Research in History, Politics and International Affairs1971English and BahasaQuarterly (March, June, September and December)
JATI-Journal of Southeast Asian StudiesUniversity of Malaya (UM), Department of Southeast Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences1995English and BahasaBiannually (June and December)
Journal of Diplomacy and Foreign RelationsInstitute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR), Ministry of Foreign Affairs1999EnglishAnnually
Journal of International Studies (JIS)Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)2005English and BahasaBiannually (April and August)
International Journal of China Studies (IJCS)University of Malaya (UM), Institute of China Studies2010EnglishBiannually (June and December)
The Journal of Defence and SecurityMalaysian Institute of Defence and Security (MiDAS), Ministry of Defence2010EnglishBiannually
Malaysian Journal of International Relations (MJIR)University of Malaya (UM), Department of International and Strategic Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences2013EnglishAnnually (December)
ZULFAQAR Journal of Defence Management, Social Science & HumanitiesNational Defence University of Malaysia (UPNM)2014English and BahasaBiannually (June and December)
SINERGI: Journal of Strategic Studies & International AffairsNational University of Malaysia (UKM), Research Centre for History, Politics, and International Affairs (SPHEA), Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, and Malaysian Armed Forces Defence College (MAFDC), Ministry of Defence2021English and BahasaBiannually (July and December)

Figure 1: Types of Readings Essential for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies

Types of Readings Essential for Undergraduate Studies

Types of Readings Essential for Graduate Studies

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