Master of Arts in International Studies
Master of Arts in International Studies
Award Title
Master of Arts in International Studies
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Asian and International Studies
Mode of Study
Combined mode

Normal Period of Study

- 1 year (full-time)
- 2 years (part-time/combined mode)

Maximum Period of Study

- 2.5 years (full-time)
- 5 years (part-time/combined mode)

Credit Units Required for Graduation


Programme Aims

This programme aims to provide students with a deeper understanding of regional and international affairs.  This knowledge will not only help graduates to upgrade their professional abilities, but will also ensure that they are equipped with the necessary tools to understand the global and regional forces that shape our world.  The programme will provide advanced training for students seeking to strengthen their analytical skills, develop the capacity to conduct original research, and bolster their communication and presentation abilities.  

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Programme, students should be able to:
  1. independently identify the forces shaping the interplay of Asian and international policies and programmes;
  2. generate innovative hypotheses to explain similarities, differences, patterns, and relationships across a range of critical issues;
  3. conduct theory-based analyses of regional and international issues across the fields of political economy, political science, security studies and international relations;
  4. perform methodologically sound empirical research aiming to produce novel findings and develop new insights into contemporary issues and problems relevant to Asian and international studies;
  5. investigate governance challenges facing international organisations, governments, markets and civil societies, applying critical thinking skills to formulate creative solutions.

Programme Requirements

Programme Core Courses (12 credit units)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit UnitsRemarks
AIS5023International Political Economy3
AIS5025Theory in International Studies3
AIS5031Security Studies3
AIS5045International Relations of Northeast Asia3Applicable to cohort 2016 and thereafter. An elective course for cohort 2015
Programme Electives (any 12 credit units)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit UnitsRemarks
AIS5003Project Planning and Management for Development3
AIS5026Research Design for the Social Sciences3
AIS5032Authoritarian Resilience and Democratic Change in East Asia3
AIS5033Good Governance and Politics in the Developing World3
AIS5034East Asia and the US: Conflict and Interdependence3
AIS5038Environmental Challenges in Asia and the World3
AIS5039Human Rights in Asia3
AIS5040BRIC Countries and the Emerging Global Order3
AIS5041Special Topics in Asian and International Studies3
AIS5043Fieldwork Studies3
AIS5044Religion and Development3
AIS5048China and the Developing World3
AIS5049International Organisations3Applicable to cohort 2016 and thereafter. Core course for cohort 2015
AIS5051Women and Politics in Asia3
AIS5054Pop Culture in East Asia3
AIS5055History of Sino-Japanese Relations3
AIS5056Power and Culture in Buddhist Southeast Asia3
AIS5337Disaster Management, Development and Regional Governance in Asia3
AIS5338Indonesia: Politics and Society3
AIS5xxx 3 Any other validated course as approved by Programme Leader

Students who intend to write a thesis (AIS6013) must complete AIS5026 Research Design for the Social Sciences in semester A, with a grade of B+ or above.

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