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Course Details

Award: PhD in Southeast Asian Studies (N/225/8/0022) (MQA/PA 9537)
Duration 3-5 years
Intakes September
Tuition Fee RM 18,000  (To view complete fee structure, please click HERE)
Remark: This fee structure is applicable to Malaysian students only. Fee structure for international students please consult Institute of International Education (IIE), NEUC.
Field of Study
Politics and History
亚洲冷战Cold War in Asia
东南亚政党与政治Party Politics in Southeast Asia
华人与国家建设Chinese and Nation Building
社会运动Social Movements
地方与区域历史研究Local and Regional Historical Research
东南亚经济史Economic History in Southeast Asia
东南亚政治史Political History in Southeast Asia
东西交通史History of Transportation Between East and the West
Society and Cultural
东南亚华人研究Southeast Asian Chinese Studies
东南亚华文文学Chinese literature in Southeast Asia
非政府组织Non-governmental Organizations
人文地理学Human Geography
文化交流Cultural Exchange
社会文化研究Social and Cultural Studies
Economics and Business
管理学Management Studies
发展经济学Development Economics
市场营销 Marketing
消费者行为Consumer Behaviour
国际贸易International Business
人力资源发展Human Resource Development
安全与健康Safety and Health


This Programme takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Southeast Asia as a region as well as its component countries, and will focus on in-depth studies into such topics as local history, ethnic and linguistic diversities, demographic trends, educational developments, environmental complexity and related topics. It is designed to provide students with the requisite analytical and methodological skills to acquire a broad understanding of ASEAN as a region and as an important regional association, as well as an in-depth professional knowledge of a reliance topic of research.

The spectrum of choices for study is broad. Studies may be undertaken at the local or national levels of selected countries or on the region as a whole. Topics may be related to the areas of study below:

  1. The regional setting of ASEAN/Southeast Asia as well as history and historiography;
  2. Cultural, religious, and sociological issues including folk culture;
  3. Languages, literature and education including Chinese-language education;
  4. Ethnic communities, demography, settlements including Malaysian New Villages, clan associations, migration, urbanization and environmental issues;
  5. International and geopolitical relations;
  6. Trade, the economies, and development including business enterprises, networks and entrepreneurs, ASEAN-China trade and infrastructure projects related to the Belt and Road Initiative;
  7. Politics, nation building and integrative or divisive forces at the local and national levels;
  8. Integration of ASEAN and the creation of the ASEAN Community.

Basic Structure

The duration of full-time study is 3 to 5 years. Candidates are required to attend all prescribed courses, including the Research Methodology course, Directed Readings in ASEAN Studies and Seminar on Selected Topics in ASEAN Studies, and pass the Thesis Proposal Defence. PhD candidates are required to have one academic publication before the degree can be awarded.

The award of a PhD requires the submission of a thesis for examination at a viva voce (oral examination) by three examiners, at least two of whom are external to NEUC. The PhD thesis must be an original and substantial piece of work which makes a contribution to the relevant literature.

Who Should Join the Programme

Candidates who are interested in deepening their understanding in the Southeast Asia area of focus.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme may choose to:

  1. Pursue an academic and/or research career in their field of study;
  2. Enhance their professional careers as experts in their field of study. They may also take advisory and/or consultant roles in the industry.


Name Field of Research
Dr. Mok Soon Chong
 莫顺宗 博士
Education and Culture of the Chinese in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, Malaysian Chinese NGOs
Dr. Voon Phin Keong
文平强 博士
Human Geography (Settlement, Population, Culture), Chinese Studies, East and Southeast Asian Studies
Dr. Lee Kam Hing
 李锦兴 博士
Economic History, Political History, Chinese Overseas  Business
Associate Professor
Dr. Ng Yean Leng
伍燕翎 博士
Malaysian Chinese Literature, Chinese Overseas  Literature
Associate Professor
Dr. Lew Bon Hoi
廖文辉 博士
Southeast Asian Studies, Chinese Studies,History of Sino-foreign communication
Dr. Onn Huann Jan
安焕然 博士
Chinese Studies, History of Sino-foreign communication
Associate Professor
Dr. Tey Shi Bin
郑诗傧 博士
Chinese Studies, Cultural Communication
Assistant Professor
Dr. Pek Wee Chuen
白伟权 博士
Malaysia Regional Studies, Chinese Studies, Geographic Information System, Historical Geography
Assistant Professor
Dr. Wong Wai Shee
黃薇诗 博士
Social Movements, Chinese Social Studies
Assistant Professor
Dr. Joe Liaw Siau Chi
廖朝骥 博士
Malaysia Chinese & Party Politics, Chinese & Nation Building
Assistant Professor
Dr. Wong Yee Tuan
黄裕端 博士
Business History of Southeast Asian Chinese, Local & Regional Historical Research, Southeast Asian Studies
Associate Professor
Dr. Edward Foo Loke Min
胡禄铭 博士
Private-finance Initiatives (PFI) and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in Social Infrastructure and Services, particularly for Ageing Population; Ageing society; Ageing economics; Long-term Care; Investment in Retirement Villages
Associate Professor
Dr. Shamuni a/p Kunjiapu
Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Development Economics, English Medium Instruction
Dr. Wong Chiew Kung
黄招勤 博士
Malaysia Chinese Newspaper Research
Dr. Kaw Pai Yeow
高佩瑶 博士
Environmental Communication, Environmental Journalism, Sustainable Reporting, Community Environmental Education, Environmental Knowledge of Women in Malaysian New Village, Food and Agriculture Education
Assistant Professor
Dr. Ng Sze Chieh 
黄诗杰 博士
Cold War in Asia, Southeast Asian Studies, Malaysian History, Communism in Southeast Asia


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