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Master of Sustainability Science

In January 1997, the University’s Academic Planning Committee and the Senate of the University of Malaya approved the establishment of the Department of Science and Technology Studies. Although the Department is considered the youngest in the Faculty of Science, it has actually a long history. 

The Department started off as the Unit for the History and Philosophy of Science at the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Science, as far back as 1975. The Unit was then initiated by then Vice Chancellor, Royal Professor Ungku A. Aziz. 

The Department currently offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in interdisciplinary studies of science, technology and innovation in relations to sustainability, policy, management, history, philosophy, ethics, sociology, communication, economics, politics and religion.

 


Course Structure

This programme is aimed at equipping students with the necessary theoretical, analytical and empirical skills to address the future social, economic, technological and management challenges arising from explosive development in science and technology.

The programme is built upon the experience and expertise of the teaching staff of the department, whose research and areas of expertise include the following:

•             Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

•             Economics of Technology and Innovation Management

•             Technology Foresight and Future Planning

•             Sustainability Science

•             History and Philosophy of Science

•             Science and Religion

•             Sociology of Science

•             Professional Ethics

Master of Sustainability Science

Session 2017/2018

(42 CREDITS)

1. Program Core Courses (30 CREDITS)

Course Code

Course Name

Credits

SQE7001

Research Methodology in Sustainability Science

3

SQE7002

Research Project

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

2. Program Elective Courses (12 CREDITS)

Course Code

Course Name

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



SQE7001 Research Methodology in Sustainability Science
This course will provide guidance on how STI issues in sustainable development can be meaningfully researched from a sustainability science approach. Students will be exposed to a range of introduction to a range of quantitative and qualitative methods that can be used for this purpose. The course will also highlight methodological particularities of sustainability science – especially its inter-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary, value-laden, and solution/action-oriented character.

Assessment Methods:
Continuous Assessment 100%

Medium of Instruction:
English

Transferable Skills:
Mastering the skills of in conducting research proposal writing

SQE7002 Research Project
(Pre-requisite SQE7001)
This course requires students to conduct a research project in the field of sustainability science in connected with economy, social and environment under the supervision of a lecturer. Students are required to present their research proposal at the end of the first semester. Students will complete their project at the end of second semesters and a written report will be submitted for examination. Students will present their findings in a seminar organised by the department.

Assessment Methods:
Continuous Assessment 100%

Medium of Instruction:
English

Transferable Skills:
Mastering the skills of report writing

SQE7003 Science and Technology in Sustainable Development
This course is designed to introduce students to multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary aspects of S&T Studies and its importance for achieving sustainable development. Students are also introduced to the concept of Sustainable Development Goals which is based on the holistic development of social, economic and environment. At the end of the course, students should be able to use this knowledge to create a combination of contextual understanding in the development of S&T to achieve sustainability.

Assessment Methods:
Continuous Assessment 60%
Final Examination 40%

Medium of Instruction:
English

Transferable Skills:-

SQE7004 Selected Issues in Sustainability Science
This course is designed to provide students with detailed study on various sustainability science issues. Students will be exposed to the implications of new technologies on society as well as professional issues in science, technology and sustainable development. Issues that will be discussed in the course are related to the development of S&T to economic, social and environmental development, which are emphasised in the Sustainable Development Goals. The impacts of global environmental, economic and social change will also be discussed in this course.

Assessment Methods:
Continuous Assessment 60%
Final Examination 40%

Medium of Instruction:
English

Transferable Skills:-

SQE7005 Policy and Management of Sustainable Development
Transformation in science, technology and innovation (STI) is an important driving force in the attainment of a more sustainable future. Such proficiency is aided by a system of innovation that emphasises, among others, on learning, development of linkages and capabilities, and fostering of enterprises and entrepreneurship. The course will provide an overview of these themes including an examination of STI policies and management for selected issues in Sustainable Development e.g. water, food and energy nexus. Case studies related to these themes will be presented.

Assessment Methods:
Continuous Assessment 60%
Final Examination 40%

Medium of Instruction:
English

Transferable Skills:
Mastering the skills of analysing policy document

SQE7007 Philosophy of Sustainability Science
The course deals with various philosophical thoughts and its relevance and application to research activities in Sustainability Science. Among topics that will be discussed are: History of Sustainability Thoughts and Ideas; Sustainability or Sustainable Development; Principles of Sustainability; Environmental Worldview and Sustainability; Human, Sustainable Society and Civilization; and Role of Values in Sustainability.

Assessment Methods:
Continuous Assessment 60%
Final Examination 40%

Medium of Instruction:
English

Transferable Skills:-

SQE7008 Socio-Legal of Sustainability Science
This course provides students with concept and relevance of socio-legal approach in sustainability science. Based on various case studies, students will learn the skills and ability in understanding the social reality and law practiced in the context of sustainable development in developing countries.

Assessment Methods:
Continuous Assessment 60%
Final Examination 40%

Medium of Instruction:
English

Transferable Skills:-

SQE7009 Green Technology System
This course is designed to provide students with various analytical and conceptual tools to analyse the emerging trend of green technology. Students will be exposed to systemic approach to provide solutions for sustainability issues. The importance of sustainable transition in society will be debated at the end of the course.

Assessment Methods:
Continuous Assessment 60%
Final Examination 40%

Medium of Instruction:
English

Transferable Skills:-

SQE7010 Management of Innovation
This course aims to equip students with the knowledge to understand and the skills to manage innovation at the operational and strategic levels. This course introduce students with an integrative approach to the management of innovation – particularly in integrating the management of market, technological and organisational change to improve the competitiveness of firms and the sustainability of an organisation.

Assessment Methods:
Continuous Assessment 60%
Final Examination 40%

Medium of Instruction:
English

Transferable Skills:
Mastering the skills of technology evaluation

SQE7011 Science, Technology and Industrial Policy
This course explores the various actors involved in the generation, deployment and diffusion of knowledge. The various descriptions on the national innovation system will be examined. The importance of development of technological capabilities and emerging technologies in sustainable economy growth will be addressed. Developments of such capabilities are vital in ensuring that indigenously developed solutions can be fashioned to address issues pertaining to sustainable development of a nation.

Assessment Methods:
Continuous Assessment 60%
Final Examination 40%

Medium of Instruction:
English

Transferable Skills:
Mastering the skills of patent search

SQE7012 Technology Entrepreneurship
This course discusses the key concepts of entrepreneurship in the context of sustainable development. Students will summarize the factors driving the emergence of new products, particularly products with the element of green and low-carbon. Comparisons will be made to sustainable innovation activities in Malaysia with selected countries.

Assessment Methods:
Continuous Assessment 60%
Final Examination 40%

Medium of Instruction:
English

Transferable Skills:
Mastering the skills of technology evaluation

SQE7013 Media, Public Understanding and Sustainability Science
Awareness of the duty and responsibility of publicly funded scientists to make their work more accessible to the general public. The role of journalists. Effective mass communication about the benefits of sustainable science, and areas of concern.  Reporting debates and issues around the impact of science on society.  Review of public understanding of sustainability science and science communication.

Assessment Methods:
Continuous Assessment 60%
Final Examination 40%

Medium of Instruction:
English

Transferable Skills:-

SQE7014 Science, Technology and Innovation in Islamic World
Islam clearly upholds the efforts to advance human capability in S&T in accordance with Man’s role as Khalifah (Allah’s vicegerent). The previous Muslim generations had successfully accomplished such an obligation. Accordingly, this course will examine the emphasis of science, technology and innovation in the world of Islam in ensuring the holistic development of environmental, social and economic.

Assessment Methods:
Continuous Assessment 60%
Final Examination 40%

Medium of Instruction:
English

Transferable Skills:-

Language Requirement
For international students, candidates are required to have TOEFL results at least 550 or IELTS at least  Band 5.5.
Entry Requirement

Applicants must have a Bachelor's Degree with Honors CGPA 3.0 and above or equivalent in the relevant field.

Applicants with a Bachelor's Degree of CGPA 2.7 to 2.99 may be considered if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

A. Having relevant work experience; or

B. Produce publications in related fields; or

C. is a recipient of a scholarship; or

D. is a graduate of the University of Malaya; or

E. is a government servants

Applicants with a Bachelor's Degree of CGPA 2.5 to 2.69 may be considered if they meet at least two of the criteria in (1) (A) to (E) above
 
Fees
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Last Update: November 20, 2017

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