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Course Details

Award: PhD in ASEAN Studies (N/225/8/0022 / MQA/PA 9537)
Duration 3-5 years
Intakes September
Tuition Fee RM 12,000  (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.


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 Expertise
Dr MOK Soon Chong 莫顺宗 博士 East Asian Studies, Classic Chinese Literature
Dr VOON Phin Keong 文平强 博士 Human Geography (Settlement, Population, Culture), Chinese Diaspora, East and Southeast Asian Studies
Dr LEE Kam Hing 李锦兴 博士 Economic History, Political History, Overseas Chinese Business
Dr WONG Ing Boh 黄永宝 博士 ASEAN Studies, Migration Studies, Development Sociology
Dr NG Yean Leng 伍燕翎 博士 Classical Chinese Novels, Modern Chinese Literature, Malaysian Chinese Literature, World Chinese Literature
Dr LEW Bon Hoi 廖文辉 博士 Southeast Asian Studies, Overseas Chinese Studies
Dr TEY Shi Bin 郑诗傧 博士 Classical Chinese Philology, Malaysian Chinese Society
Dr KOAY Su In 郭思韵 博士 Classical Chinese Literature, Malaysian Chinese Society,
Literature, Thought and Culture of Han Dynasty
Dr Wang Rui Xin 王睿欣 博士 Chinese Language Teaching, Western Philosophy, Educational Philosophy, Sociolinguistics
Dr PEK Wee Chuen 白伟权 博士 Malaysia Regional Studies, Diasporic Chinese Studies, Geographic Information System, Historical Geography
Dr LIAW Siau Chi 廖朝骥 博士 Party Politics, Regional Security, Cold War and Malaysia


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