Master of Strategic and
Defense Studies (Mixed Mode)
Citizen and Non-Citizen
Arts and Social Studies
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The Strategic and Defence Studies (MSDS) is an advanced academic study that combines the theoretical and practical expertise of leading academics and policy-makers to deliver Malaysia’s foremost strategic studies program. It is suitable if you plan to progress to a career with an international focus. The programmed is designed to develop the analytical frameworks you need to tackle the regional and global strategic and security challenges of your career, and graduate a leader in your field.
The MSDS programme at the Department of International and Strategic Studies first started in November 1999 with an impressive intake of more than 40 students. Since then, the programme has continued to attract both local and international students who wish to further their studies in the field of International Relations, Defence and Strategic Studies. Applicants for the programme come from various academic disciplines and professional backgrounds including politics, law, economics, humanities, military and science. The Department’s empirical focus revolves around Malaysia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Middle East, Africa and the Great Powers. Currently emphasis is also placed on the study of conflict resolution, human security, human rights, climate change, environmental politics, regionalism, international development and managing peace in post-conflict areas.
Jalan Universiti, 50603 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur,
The University of Malaya, a public research university in Kuala Lumpur, is Malaysia’s oldest university, founded in 1905. The predecessor of the university, King Edward VII College of Medicine,