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The Center for Global Sustainable Studies (CGSS) offers three postgraduate degrees by research, the Master of Science (Sustainability), the Master Of Arts (Sustainability) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Sustainability) also one postgraduate degree by coursework, Master's In Sustainable Development Practice. These are offered on a full-time and part-time basis.

1. Master of Arts (Sustainability) - Research


Introduction

The Master of Arts (Sustainability) is a research programme offered throughout the year. These programme are offered as full-time and part-time modes to qualified Malaysian and international students to do independent research supervised by respective lecturers in various specialisations in the field of Sustainability. As concerns and interest in sustainability issues increased, potential areas of studies in WEHAB+3- Water, Energy, Health, Agriculture, Biodiversity + Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management, Production & Consumption, Population & Poverty are explored.  Upon graduation, postgraduates can pursue their careers in academic as well as industry-based research.

Currently,  USM is the only university in Malaysia that offer this program

Research Thrust Areas:

  1. Water
  2. Energy
  3. Health
  4. Agriculture
  5. Biodiversity
  6. Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management
  7. Production & Consumption
  8. Population & Poverty

Admission Requirements

  Applicants should possess the following:

  • A Bachelor's degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.75 (or equivalent [CGPA]) from a university recognised by the USM's Senate or an equivalent qualification

  

Language Requirement

  (Applicable for International Applicants Only)

  • A minimum score of 550 in Paper- Based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) OR
  • A minimum score of Band 6.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) OR
  • Passed USM's Intensive English Course Level 4

Duration

  • Full-time: Min 1 years/ Max 3 years
  • Part-time: Min 2 years/ Max 6 years

2. Master of Science (Sustainability) - Research

Introduction

The Master of Science (Sustainability) is a research programme offered throughout the year. These programme are offered as full-time and part-time modes to qualified Malaysian and international students to do independent research supervised by respective lecturers in various specialisations in the field of Sustainability. As concerns and interest in sustainability issues increased, potential areas of studies in WEHAB+3- Water, Energy, Health, Agriculture, Biodiversity+ Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management, Production & Consumption, Population & Poverty are explored.  Upon graduation, postgraduates can pursue their careers in academic as well as industry-based research.

Currently,  USM is the only university in Malaysia that offer this program

Research Thrust Areas:

  1. Water
  2. Energy
  3. Health
  4. Agriculture
  5. Biodiversity
  6. Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management
  7. Production & Consumption
  8. Population & Poverty

Admission Requirements

  Applicants should possess the following:

  • A Bachelor's degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.75 (or equivalent [CGPA]) from a university recognised by the USM's Senate or an equivalent qualification

Language Requirement

  (Applicable for International Applicants Only)

  • A minimum score of 550 in Paper- Based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) OR
  • A minimum score of Band 6.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) OR
  • Passed USM's Intensive English Course Level 4

  

Duration

  • Full-time: Min 1 years/ Max 3 years
  • Part-time: Min 2 years/ Max 6 years

3. Doctor of Philosophy (Sustainability) - Research

Introduction

The Doctor of Philosophy (Sustainability) is a research programme offered throughout the year. These programme are offered as full-time and part-time modes to qualified Malaysian and international students to do independent research supervised by respective lecturers in various specialisations in the field of Sustainability. As concerns and interest in sustainability issues increased, potential areas of studies in WEHAB+3- Water, Energy, Health, Agriculture, Biodiversity + Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management, Production & Consumption, Population & Poverty are explored.  Upon graduation, postgraduates can pursue their careers in academic as well as industry-based research.

Currently,  USM is the only university in Malaysia that offer this program

Research Thrust Areas:

  1. Water
  2. Energy
  3. Health
  4. Agriculture
  5. Biodiversity
  6. Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management
  7. Production & Consumption
  8. Population & Poverty

Admission Requirements

  Applicants should possess the following:

  • A Bachelor's degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.67 (or equivalent [CGPA]) from a university recognised by the USM's Senate or an equivalent qualification OR
  • A Master’s degree from a university recognised by the USM's Senate or an equivalent qualification OR
  • A minimum of one years relevant working experience.

  

Language Requirement

  (Applicable for International Applicants Only)

  • A minimum score of 550 in Paper- Based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) OR
  • A minimum score of Band 6.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) OR
  • Passed USM's Intensive English Course Level 4

Duration

  • Full-time: Min 2 years/ Max 5 years
  • Part-time: Min 3 years/ Max 7 years

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4. Master’s in Sustainable Development Practice (Course Work)


Introduction
The Master’s in Sustainable Development Practice (MSDP), is a global interdisciplinary graduate degree program, prepares students to better identify and address the challenges of sustainable development. MSDP programs generally consist of two years of coursework in four intersecting disciplines—health, natural, social, and management sciences--combined with cross-sectoral field training.

The interdisciplinary nature of the MDP program equips development practitioners to speak the different “languages” of specialists in, for example, health, agronomy, and economics, enabling them to better understand the root causes of extreme poverty and to address the challenges of sustainable development.

The program is under Global Association Board of MDP supported by The Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, USA

Hence USM is the only university in South East Asia that offer this program

Core Courses (38 units)

  • General Cluster
  • Global Classroom: Integrated Approaches To Sustainable Development
  • Research Methods for Sustainable Development
  • Project Design Evaluation and Management
  • Master’s in Sustainable Development Practice Project
  • Global Health Cluster
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Science & Engineering Cluster
  • Energy Infrastructure Planning
  • Human Ecology and Sustainable Development
  • Management Cluster
  • Budget Planning and Financial Management
  • Information Technology for Development
  • Social Science Cluster
  • Economic Analysis for Sustainable Development
  • Law and Governance in Development
  • Social Services Management

Electives (6 units)

  • General Cluster
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Global Health Cluster
  • Global Health, Nutrition and Food Insecurity
  • Science & Engineering Cluster
  • Application of Environmental Science
  • Management Cluster
  • Human Resource Management
  • Green Business and Performance Assessment
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Enterprise

Admission Requirements

  Applicants should possess the following:

  • A Bachelor's degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.75 (or equivalent [CGPA]) from a university recognised by the USM's Senate or an equivalent qualification OR
  • A minimum of one years relevant working experience.
  • Candidates may be called for an interview.

Language Requirement

  (Applicable for International Applicants Only)

  • A minimum score of 550 in Paper- Based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) OR
  • A minimum score of Band 6.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) OR
  • Passed USM's Intensive English Course Level IV minimum Gred B

Duration

  • Full-time: Min 2 years/ Max 4 years
  • Part-time: Min 3 years/ Max 5 years

Please direct all enquiries regarding postgraduate programmes to either the Director or the Deputy Director (Research and Postgraduate Studies). Their contact details are as follows:

Director / Deputy Director

Centre for Global Sustainability Studies

5th Floor, Hamzah Sendut Libary

Universiti Sains Malaysia

11800 Penang, Malaysia

Tel : +604-6534165/ +604-6532461

Fax : +604-6535273

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