Media and Information Warfare (Master's by Coursework)

Programme Code 


About Courses

The programme requires 40 credits. These consist of three components which include:

  • 4 CORE COURSES (16 credits)
  • 4 PROGRAMME CORE COURSES (12 credits) &
  • 4 ELECTIVE COURSES (12 credits) from five disciplines

Students based on focus of study and experiential learning will take the above courses. Towards the end of their study period, students can opt to write:

  • MA Thesis (an empirical research report of not more than 30000 words) or
  • A report analysis of a case based on a selected organisation or issue or prototype production. (a report analysis of not more than 25000 words)

Mode of Program

Full Time/ Part Time

Duration of Study

  • Full Time : 2 Semesters

Entry Requirements

  • Academic Qualification
    • Applicant must have a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in a relevant field of study from a university that is recognized by the University Senate and the Malaysian government.
  • English Language Proficiency
    • a TOEFL certificate with a score of at least
    • 550 for (paper based), or
    • 213 (computer based), or
    • 79-80 (IBT), or
    • an IELTS certificate with at least Band 6.0

 *Any other English language certificates other than TOEFL and IELTS are NOT accepted by the university.


Courses Offered 

    (For a start, CMIWS will select the relevant courses for students to take as electives)
    • Media Warfare (Code: MMW)
      • MMW709  War and Peace Journalism
      • MMW710  Film, Broadcasting and Society
      • MMW711  Message Presentation and Design Strategies
      • MMW712  Media-State Relations
    • Psychological Operations (Code: MPO)
      • MPO713   Strategic Information Searching and Gathering
      • MPO714   Psycholinguistics and Warfare
      • MPO715   Analysis and Interpretation of Mind
      • MPO716   Literature of Information Warfare & Psychological Operation
  • PROGRAMME CORE (Compulsory for all CMIWS graduate students)
    Programme Core Courses (Code: MIP)
    • MIP705    Media Technology and Information System
    • MIP706    Media Warfare Psychology
    • MIP707    War, Religion and Society
    • MIP708    Public Diplomacy, Propaganda and Psychology of Operations
  • Core Courses (Code: MIC)
    • MIC701    Research Methodology
    • MIC702    Theories on Media, Information Warfare and Perception Management
    • MIC703    MA Thesis (Plan A) or
    • MIC704    Case Study (Plan B)
  • Information Warfare Technology (Code: MIT)
    • MIT721    The Mathematics of Politics
    • MIT722    Investigating the Information and Computer Forensic
    • MIT723    Information Security Management
    • MIT724    Information Intelligence
  • International Policy and Strategic Studies (Code: MIP)
    • MIP725    Power, Justice and Order in International Politics
    • MIP726    International Organisations and Regimes
    • MIP727    International Political Economy and the State
    • MIP728    International Conflict Resolution
  • Comparative Studies (Code: MCS)
    • MCS717   Comparative Media System
    • MCS718   Comparative Religion and Ethics
    • MCS719   Human Security
    • MCS720   Control of Information


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