The Department's undergraduate teaching programme is aimed at providing an in-depth understanding of the contemporary Malay world, leading to an appreciation of the challenges faced by it in adapting and adjusting to the conditions of the modern world. The approach of the programme is multi-disciplinary, while emphasising the comparative dimension in relation to other societies and culture.
There is no Malay Language requirement for taking up Malay Studies at level 1000 or as elective at any level as half of the modules offered in the department are taught in English. (please check list of modules for the medium of instruction). A candidate who proposes to major in Malay Studies must have a pass in Higher Malay at the GCE 'O' Level Examination or a H1 pass in Malay Language or H2/H3 pass in Malay Language and Literature at GCE 'A' Level Examination. Those who have obtained a pass at the GCE 'O' Level Examination (ML2) may, at the discretion of the Head of Department, be allowed to major in Malay Studies on obtaining a pass in Malay from the Centre for Language Studies.