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National University of Singapore (NUS) Full-Time Undergraduate Programmes

Founded in 1905 as a medical school, the National University of Singapore (NUS) has evolved from humble beginnings to become a leading university in the Asia-Pacific region. An NUS education is comparable to some of the best programmes at top universities globally. Built on a tradition of excellence, NUS is developing global standing for its multi-disciplinary education and research. Our programmes are characterised by entrepreneurial and global dimensions, for vitality and relevance in today’s knowledge driven economy.

Malay Studies
Division of Asian Studies


Department of Malay Studies


Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Malay Studies (with effect from AY2006-07)
Minor in Malay Studies (with effect from AY2007-08)


Master of Arts by research
Ph.D. by research

What is it about

Malay Studies enables students to cultivate scholarly knowledge and understanding of the Malays, in particular their history and cultural identity within the context of the modern world and its challenges.

The Department offers a broad range of multidisciplinary modules that deepen the students' understanding and appreciation of important areas in Malay life. These modules cover the broad topics of Malay cultural values, religious life, Malay politics and political economy, issues on development/modernization, Malay literature, myths and folklore, issues of leadership and the elite, Malay feudalism, the Malays and colonialism and other significant interests.

In the context of the department, Malay Studies simply means the academic and the scientific study of the Malays and major aspects of their lives. Hence the department focuses on their culture, religion, literature, language, development, politics and so on. To deepen our understanding of the Malays and their place in the modern world, we apply theoretical knowledge from the various disciplines and branches of the humanities and the social sciences.

Unique Programmes

Career Prospects

Malay Studies adopts a multidisciplinary and comparative approach covering broad issues of Malay society and Southeast Asia in general. Graduates of Malay Studies are well equipped to avail themselves of the various career opportunities open to graduates from other disciplines of the social sciences and humanities.

Students of Malay Studies enjoy particular advantage in careers requiring an intimate and in-depth understanding of the Malay/Muslim world of Southeast Asia, covering Indonesia , Malaysia , Brunei and Singapore , be it in the private or public sector. They are also equipped with the knowledge to appreciate the dynamics of Muslim societies beyond the region.

Graduates of Malay Studies are to be noted among the present leaders of the Malay community, in government, public service, as well as in the private sector. They are significantly represented in the mass media industry and the education service.

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