The Department also runs a Graduate Programme for M.A. by research and PhD. Graduate courses offered cover theoretical frameworks as well as more in-depth examination of specific issues pertaining to Malays and Malay societies. These modules expose students to ideas and perspectives which they can apply in the course of their independent research.
Good honours degree in Malay Studies or other relevant disciplines: History, Political Science, Sociology, Social Work, Linguistics, Literature and Southeast Asian Studies. Since a good working knowledge of Malay is required in order to conduct research on the Malays, such students will be required to take a Malay/Indonesian language course if they have not done so. This could be done either before or during the course of their research.