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Prospective Students by Mixed Mode


The School of Humanities of Universiti Sains Malaysia offers eight (8) postgraduate programmes at the Masters level by mixed mode (coursework and research):


Programme of Studies 

 Required Credit Hours 

Mode of Studies


Master of Arts (Literature) 


Full-time and part-time


Master of Arts (Southeast Asian History) 


Full-time and part-time


Master of Arts (Hadith)


Full-time and part-time


Master of Arts (Linguistics and English Language Studies)


Full-time and part-time


Master of Science (Sustainable Cities And Communities)


Full-time and part-time

The Master degree programme by mixed mode is a programme that comprises core courses, electives and dissertation.

Duration of Candidature

Type of Candidature




1 year (2 semesters)

2 year (4 semesters)


2 year (4 semesters) 

4 year (8 semesters)


Candidates  for the Master of Arts/Science by mixed mode must minimally possess good Bachelor degree (Second Class Upper or  CGPA of at least 2.75 and above) in their  respective fields of specialisation and CGPA of 3.00 for Master of Arts in Linguistics and English Language Studies. Nonetheless, candidates, who do not have the appropriate academic background but who are elligible to be considered, must take the required undergraduate courses and pass them before enrolling in their studies.

Language requirements: For Malaysian citizens, the minimum qualification is a pass in Bahasa Malaysia in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia. For foreigners, candidates must sit and pass LKM100 as a requirement for Bahasa Malaysia at Universiti Sains Malaysia. In the field of Linguistics and English Language Studies, candidates must have TOEFL minimum score of 550 or IELTS Band 6.


The candidates for mixed mode programmes are required to do and pass the dissertation. The candidates must produce a dissertation of 25,000 words. They are advised to identify the research topic and discuss with their supervisor in advance before they register for the dissertation.

Full-time students can register for dissertation after a duration of one semester while part-time students can register for dissertation after a duration of two semesters. Candidates who posess good results and planned to complete their programme of studies in a minimum period of candidature must see their respective programmes’ chairperson.

Dissertation must be completed in a stipulated period of time. Full-time candidates must complete the dissertation in one semester and part-time candidates have to complete it in two semesters (including presenting the proposal, writing up of the dissertation, submitting the dissertation, attending the viva and doing the corrections).

Students who repeat the dissertation must work on a new research topic under a  new supervisor.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Candidates must fulfill the MA/MSc by coursework and dissertation requirement of 40/44 units by passing all the 5/6 courses and the dissertation component.
  2. The minimum grade for passing a course is C+ or a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.33. To graduate, candidates have to obtain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 and above.
  3. Candidates who are required to take prerequisite courses must pass these courses with a minimum of C+.

* Please refer to the mixed mode handbook by Institute of Postgraduates Studies for rules and regulations.