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Master of Sustainability Science 

Sustainability science is an emerging field in science that attempts to deal with the interactions between natural and social systems proactively, how those interactions affect the challenges of sustainability, and by what means 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. This multidisciplinary field increasingly acknowledges the importance of making Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) work for sustainable development in this modern society. Balanced STI development is crucial to meeting this challenge effectively. STI offers an array of promising solutions for sustainability - but it can also lead to adverse social and ecological impacts if development is not governed wisely. This is in line with the growing academic and policymaking interests in the governance of sustainable innovations and socio-technical systems – systems that are grounded in the interaction between human behaviour and technologies.

This Master’s degree program, previously known as MSc (Science, Technology & Sustainability), is aimed at equipping postgraduate students with the necessary knowledge, tools and skills in sustainability science through the lens of STI studies. This includes approaches in public policymaking and management, innovation and entrepreneurship, philosophy, ethics, sociology, science communication and public understanding of science.

The program is built upon the experience and expertise of the department’s teaching staff as well as those from outside 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
  • Sustainable development
  • History and philosophy of science
  • Science and religion
  • Sociology of science
  • Professional ethics

Students need to complete 42 credit hours of courses. The minimum duration of study is 3 semesters (e.g. 2 regular semesters and 1 special semester during the semester break), while the maximum duration is 8 normal semesters.

Core Courses (30 credits)
SQE7001 Research Methodology in Sustainability Science (3 credits)
SQE7002 Research Project (pre-requisite: SQE7001) (12 credits)
SQE7003 Science and Technology in Sustainable Development (3 credits)
SQE7004 Selected Issues in Sustainability Science (3 credits)
SQE7005 Policy and Management of Sustainable Development (3 credits)
SQE7006 Ethics of Sustainability (3 credits)
SQE7007 Philosophy of Sustainability Science (3 credits)

Elective Courses (minimum 12 credits)
SQE7008 Socio-Legal of Sustainability Science (3 credits)
SQE7009 Green Technology System (3 credits)
SQE7010 Management of Innovation (3 credits)
SQE7011 Science, Technology and Industrial Policy (3 credits)
SQE7012 Technology Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
SQE7013 Media, Public Understanding and Sustainability Science (3 credits)
SQE7014 Science, Technology and Innovation in Islamic World (3 credits)


Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors CGPA 3.00 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:

  1. Having relevant work experience; or
  2. Produce publications in related fields; or
  3. Is a recipient of a scholarship; or
  4. Is a graduate of the University of Malaya; or
  5. Is a government servants

The University revises the aspects of admission requirements periodically. It is important to check these requirements on the programme website prior to applying.

Intake Schedule & Period of Candidature: 

  1. Intakes: First Semester (September); Second Semester (February)
  2. Period of Candidature: (minimum) 1 year = 2 normal semesters & 1 special semester; (maximum) 4 years = 8 normal semesters

To learn more about the programme

To download programme flyer for new intake

If you have any inquiry related to application, please contact:
Programme Coordinator:
Dr. Suzana Ariff binti Azizan
Tel: 603-7967 4397    Fax: 603-7967 4396

Last Updated: 19/03/2020