Graduate

Graduate research is an important component of the Academy of Brunei Studies’ increasingly research focused outlook. The Academy currently has a growing community of about forty local and international students studying for Master of Arts (MA) by Research and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. As part of its research drive, the Academy aims to increase this number over the coming years.

Applications for MA by Research or PhD degrees are particularly encouraged in the following fields:
  • Development and Social Issues in Brunei.
  • Brunei International Relations.
  • Brunei History (Pre-modern to Modern).
  • Ethnohistory.
  • Brunei Socioeconomics.
  • The National Concept of Malay Islamic Monarchy.
  • Brunei Material Culture.
  • Brunei Customs and Traditions.
  • Brunei Literature.
  • Islamic Law and Governance.
  • Administration of Islamic Family Law in Brunei.
  • Ethnicity in Brunei.
  • Fishing and Fisheries in Brunei (Traditional and Modern).
  • Peace and Conflict Studies.
  • Deviance and Crime.
  • Migrant Workers in Brunei.
  • Gender and Society.

Comparative and multi-country studies that include Brunei are accepted in all fields.

 

Entry Requirements

PhD in Brunei Studies

To be accepted for a PhD in Brunei Studies, applicants must:

  • demonstrate they have sufficient background and experience in independent supervised research
  • hold a Master’s Degree in an appropriate discipline from a recognised institution of higher learning
  • provide a clear and detailed research proposal of about 2000-300 words that includes the research aims and objectives, literature review, methodology and, where relevant, a brief theoretical framework.

Final acceptance may be determined by interview.

Language Requirements:

Non-native English speakers, whether writing in English or Malay, must have obtained at least a credit 6 in English Language at GCE ‘O’ Level or an IELTS score of 6 obtained in the last 3 years, or a TEFL equivalent in line with university regulations.

MA by Research in Brunei Studies

To be accepted for an MA by Research in Brunei Studies, applicants must:

  • have obtained a qualification equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree (generally at least Second Class) in a relevant discipline from a recognised institution of higher learning
  • provide a clear and detailed research proposal of about 2000 words that includes the research aims and objectives, literature review, methodology and, where relevant, a brief theoretical framweork. Final acceptance may be determined by interview.

Final acceptance may be determined by interview.

Language Requirements:

Non-native English speakers, whether writing in English or Malay, must have obtained at least a credit 6 in English Language at GCE ‘O’ Level or an IELTS score of 6 obtained in the last 3 years, or a TEFL equivalent in line with university regulations.

 

Graduate Parent Regulations (MA and PhD)

REGULATIONS FOR THE DEGREES OF MASTERS

REGULATIONS FOR THE DEGREES OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (for the August 2016 Intake Onwards)

REGULATIONS FOR THE DEGREES OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

 

Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available to outstanding candidates.

Further information is available here.

 

Other Information

 

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