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Master of Sustainability Science - Coursework

Sustainability science is an emerging approach in science that tries to proactively deal with the interactions between natural and social systems, how those interactions affect the challenges of sustainability, and in what way new solutions can be created to meet the needs of present and future generations while substantially reducing poverty and conserving the planet's life support systems. Balanced development of science and technology (S&T) is crucial in meeting this challenge effectively. S&T offers an array of promising solutions for sustainability - but it can also lead to adverse social and ecological impacts if the development is not governed wisely.  

This taught Master degree programme (previously known as Science, Technology & Sustainability) aims to equip post-graduate students with the necessary knowledge, tools and skills in sustainability science, through the  lense of science, technology and innovation studies. This includes approaches in public policy and management, innovation and entrepreneurship, philosophy, ethics, sociology, science communication and public understanding of science. Graduates from this programme can pursue a career as strategic analyst, policymaker, consultant, journalist, academia, researcher, etc. that are able to provide more holistic solutions to sustainability science challenges in the private and government sectors and the public realm.  

 


Benefits

This interdisciplinary programme is designed to cater to the 21st century job market that require graduates with an interdisciplinary mixture of knowledge and problem solving skills in dealing with sustainability issues. While stressing on the roles and effects of science, technology and innovation to sustainable development, this exciting programme provides students with interpersonal skills such as communication skills, analytical reasoning, leadership and professionalism. In addition, the programme is structured based on the Malaysian Qualification Framework (MQF) – an instrument that classifies qualification based on a set of criteria that are approved nationally and benchmarked against international best practices. This gives our graduates competitive advantages in the job markets.

Career Opportunity

Recent graduates are marketable and in demand both in the corporate and public sectors. They hold a wide range of job titles including corporate strategic planning and innovation management officer, R&D manager, diplomatic administrative officer, business consultant and advisor, standard and quality auditor, sales engineer, science journalist, etc. Career fields include R&D and commercialisation, training and education, management and marketing, and public services and think tank.   

Course Structure

Students need to complete 42 credit hours of courses upon completion. The minimum duration of study is three semesters (i.e. two regular semesters and one special semester), while the maximum duration is eight normal semesters. The programme is organised in a full-time basis. All classes are conducted in the evening. 

COURSE MODULE (42 Credit Hours)
Core Courses (30 credits)

Course Code

Subject

Pre-requisite

Credits

SQE7001

Research Methodology in Sustainability Science

 

3

SQE7002

Research Project

SQE7001

12

SQE7003

Science and Technology in Sustainable Development

 

3

SQE7004

Selected Issues in Sustainability Science

 

3

SQE7005

Policy and Management of Sustainable Development

 

3

SQE7006

Ethics of Sustainability

 

3

SQE7007

Philosophy of Sustainability Science

 

3

Elective Courses (at least 12 credits)

Course Code

Subject

Pre-requisite

Credits

SQE7008

Socio-Legal of Sustainability Science

 

3

SQE7009

Green Technology System

 

3

SQE7010

Management of Innovation

 

3

SQE7011

Science, Technology and Industrial Policy

 

3

SQE7012

Technology Entrepreneurship

 

3

SQE7013

Media, Public Understanding and Sustainability Science

 

3

SQE7014

Science, Technology and Innovation in Islamic World

 

3

Language Requirement

The medium of instruction is in English. International students are required to attend and pass a basic course in Bahasa Melayu before the degree can be conferred.   

Entry Requirement

Applicants should possess the following:

  1. Bachelor of Science with Hons (CGPA 3.00 and above) or its equivalent in the related field, or
  2. Bachelor of Science with Hons or its equivalent in the related field; and a minimum of one (1) year of relevant working experience in the related field; or
  3. Any other qualifications approved by the University of Malaya’s Senate from time to time.

** International students are required to achieved at least band 6 IELTS or a score of 550 TOEFL if they had obtained their Bachelor’s degree from a university in which the medium of instruction is other than English.

Intake Schedule

First Semester / September Intake
Second semester / February Intake

Fees
Last Update: July 18, 2017

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