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Master of Social Science (by Research)

The AeU Master of Social Science (MSS) programme is specifically designed to meet the needs of postgraduate students who intend to specialise in the area of social sciences. This blended learning programme is targeted to individuals keen on advanced research and academic pursuits at educational institutions, as well as those who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in these areas.

The programme is accredited by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and approved by Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • A Research Intent is required at the point of entry.
  • Supervised by local or international supervisor who match your research interest area.
  • Supported by research workshops, research colloquia and clinics.
  • Close monitoring process in our main focus.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Malaysian Students:

Bachelor's Degree or its equivalent or accepted by AeU Senate

International Students:

For thesis written in English, there will be an English language competency requirement equivalent to:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 or
  • Test of  English  as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 550 or
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency   (CPE) or
  • Cambridge First English (CFE) or
  • Pearson Test of English  (PTE) or
  • Malaysian University English Test (MUET)

Those who have their tertiary education in English shall normally be exempted from the requirement.

For both Malaysian and International Students:

  • A statement of research intent, describing what you have already done  and what you hope to accomplish in your doctoral research. This is your preliminary research intent or research proposal.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)  or resume.

Alternative Entry: 

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) Entry Requirements:

  • 30 years of age as of 1st January in the year of application
  • Possess at least STPM/Diploma/equivalent (e.g. foundation) with relevant work experience
  • Other equivalent qualifications recognised by the Senate of AeU; and
  • Passed APEL assessment

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FAST FACTS

Modes of Study
 

Part Time

Duration 3 Years
No.of Semester 9 Semesters
MQA Accreditation PA2206
Advertisement Code (N/310/7/0006) 2/18

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Enhance students’ practical knowledge and ability to solve current issues and problems faced by contemporary Asian society in any field of social sciences.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts and theories in the field of social sciences.
  • To develop students’ relevant skill of research and apply it efficiently and effectively to suit various type of employment needs.
  • To develop thorough understanding of classical and modern theories, methodologies, practices and their implications in any selected topic of research.
  • To train students as the future Asian leaders who are knowledgeable and competent in the chosen fields of study.

PROGRAMME DELIVERY

 

Stage 1 Proposal Development
Stage 2 Data Collection
Stage 3 Report Writing
Stage 4 Thesis Examination/Viva Voce

Required Skills for Master Students by Research

Be independent: This is a learner-centred Master’s programme that requires students to conduct their research independently, with approved supervisory assistance as needed and in compliance with university’s stipulated guidelines to complete all required phases/stages.

Be tenacious: This research based thesis may takes up to 3 years, but students must be committed to complete the programme within stipulated time if without penalty.

Be effective in time management: Students need to prioritise and manage tasks effectively to ensure completion of one task before moving on to the next. Goal-focus and consistency are essential to achieving commitment-success.

Adapt to challenges: Invariably, students may face obstacles and challenges in completing their research, but they must be flexible and resolute to overcome difficulties immediately.

Communicate effectively: To earn recognition as a serious master student and a researcher, students must be confident in delivering the Research Proposal Defense, Viva Voce and completed thesis on time and effectively.Code

RESEARCH AREAS

 Sosial Science:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Cultural Studies
  • Political Science and Civics
  • Economics

Audit Subject

  • Research Methodology
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Qualitative Data Analysis

FINANCIAL INCENTIVES AND AIDS

For Malaysian and International students:

  • Merit Scholarship available for top-performing students
  • 10% discount on tuition fee available through student loyalty scheme

For Malaysian students only:

  • 10% discount on tuition fee for full payment of semester fees
  • 50% discount on tuition fee for senior citizens who are 55 years of age & above
  • 75% discount on tuition fee for the disabled
  • EPF withdrawal assistance
  • RM7,000 personal incaome tax relief

Terms and conditions apply

 

 

Last updated: 11/06/17