Master of Human Sciences in Political Science

The Master of Human Sciences in Political Science programme aims to develop graduates with a masterful grasp of complex theories, ideas and other scholarly contributions in the area of Political Science. The programme covers political thought, comparative politics, international relations, and public administration.

Programme Details

  • To develop highly qualified human resource with masterful grasp of theories, ideas and scholarly contributions in political thought, comparative politics, international relations, and public administration.
  • To inculcate Islamic and universal values of goodness in the study of politics to contribute toward solutions for problems facing the nation, the Muslim ummah and mankind at large.
  • To nurture leaders committed to positive change and progress with a strong sense of responsibility for social justice and human dignity.
  • Ability to apply practical skills related to political science in normal contexts as well as in new situations through insightful adaptation.
  • Ability to apply knowledge in a socially responsible manner for the progress of the nation and the ummah.
  • Ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds with empathy and admirable leadership qualities.
  • Ability to critically analyse theories and ideas in political science in a way that demonstrates mature and independent thinking.

Normal duration: 2 years

Maximum duration: 3 years

  • A relevant Bachelor's degree (honours) from IIUM or any other accredited institution of higher learning;
  • A Bachelor's  CGPA of 3.0 and above or its equivalent;  
  • An English proficiency score of Band 6 on IELTS or 79 points on TOEFL IBT.  However, applicants who have neither may sit for IIUM's English Placement Test and obtain Band 6 in lieu of the required IELTS or TOEFL score.

Note: Applicants with no background in Political Science also may be considered for admission. However,  such applicants are required to pass four prerequisite subjects before they may proceed to the programme proper. The four prerequisite subjects are:

  1. Political Philosophy
  2. Comparative Politics
  3. Public Administration
  4. International Relations

Students will be enrolled in the coursework mode and take courses to complete their studies.

ComponentNo. of CoursesCredit hours
Core courses26
Elective courses824
Academic exercise*210

*For academic exercise, students will be asked to write two academic articles of about 5000 words each.

The core courses are:

  • Islamization of Knowledge
  • Research Methodology

The following are some examples of elective courses:

  • Comparative Political Systems
  • Ethnic Politics in Malaysia
  • Seminar on Political Sociology
  • Seminar on Social and Political Movements
  • Theories and Issues in International Relations 
  • Foreign Policies of  the Major Powers 
  • The Geopolitics of the Muslim World 
  • Seminar: Malaysian Foreign Policy
  • Seminar: Malaysian Political Thought 
  • Seminar on Knowledge, Power and Culture
  • Issues in Muslim Political Thought
  • Seminar: Post-Modern Political Thought
  • Development Administration
  • Comparative Public Administration
  • Globalization and Governance
  • Public Policy Analysis