Master of Environmental Management (Development Planning)

The Faculty of Resource Science and Technology (FRST) and the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) jointly offer a capacity building academic programme for the promotion of sustainable land use and natural resource management in Malaysia (SLUSE-M). The programme is modeled on and implemented in parallel to a similar programme initiated by a Danish consortium of universities (SLUSE-D).


  • A Bachelor degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 or equivalent, as accepted by the Senate;
  • A Bachelor degree or equivalent but with CGPA less than 2.50, may be admitted subject to a minimum of 5 years working experiencein the relevant field; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications approved by the Senate
  • For international students, a minimum IELTS Score of 5.5 or its equivalent ( e.g TOEFL-525; TOEFL Computer Test -196; TOEFL Internet Test 69-70 ) is required.

The full fee for this programme is RM17,000.00 for Malaysian student and RM24,000.00 for International student. The fee is to be paid in four (4) installments.
Students supported by the government, employers or other sponsors should bring letters from their sponsors addressed to UNIMAS confirming that the fee will be paid directly.

The SLUSE-M programme commences in September and the 3 module Masters Programme can be completed in a period of 18-24 calendar months.

The SLUSE-M programme which leads to the award of either a Master of Environmental Management ( Development Planning ) (FSS) or Master of Environmental Science ( Land Use & Water Resource Management ) (FRST) is structured into three (3) modules with a total of 42 credit hours :

  • Joint SLUSE Module (15 credit hours)
  • Joint Experiential Module (9 credit hours), and
  • UNIMAS Core Modules (18 credit hours)

Master of Environmental Management (Development Planning): SLUSE (FSS) Program Structure

  • Component (1) is generic in nature; the subjects addressed include an introduction to the environmental setting and status of natural resource management in this region followed by courses most relevant to sustainable land use and natural resource management that are of common interest to students from the different core disciplines.

  • Component (2) deals with research concepts and field methodologies. This module is designed around an experiential study component in the form of a two-week field course in Sabah and/or Sarawak. The field course for SLUSE-M is scheduled, to the extent possible, to coincide with the field course of the Danish (SLUSE-D) students so as to provide an opportunity for international cross-cultural experience and benefits to be derived from the inter-mingling of students of various backgrounds and disciplines.

  • Component (3) represents the core faculty courses that would stream the students into two possible majors, namely:

Development Planning; or Land Use and Water Resource Management

Key Resource Persons

  • Andrew Alek Tuen, Prof. Dr. (Ecologist & Parks Management)
  • Abd. Mutalip Abdullah, Assoc. Prof. Dr. (Dev. Planning)
  • Dimbab Ngidang, Prof. Dr. (Agric. Educ.)
  • Fatimah Abang, Prof. Dr. (Animal Ecol.)
  • F.J. Putuhena, Prof., (Hydrological Engineer)
  • Gabriel Tonga Noweg, Assoc. Prof. Dr. (Resource Econ., Dev. Planning)
  • Hamsawi Sani, Prof. Dr. (Plant Ecol.)
  • Gusni Saat, Assoc. Prof. Dr. (Sosiologist)
  • Hew Cheng Sim, Assoc. Prof. Dr. (Sociologist)
  • Ismail Ahmad, Prof. Dr. (Virologist)
  • Ismail Jusoh, Assoc. Prof. Dr. (Wood Sci. & Forest Mgt.)
  • Isa Ipor, Prof.Dr. (Plant Ecol.)
  • John Phoa, Dr. (Political Econ.)
  • Kopli Bujang, Prof. Dr. (Env. Biotechnologist)
  • Lau Seng, Prof. Dr. (Water Chemist)
  • Lim Po Teen, Dr. (Aquatic Toxicol.)
  • Ling How Kee, Assoc. Prof. Dr. (Sociologist)
  • Mohd Effendi Wasli, Dr. (Soil Scientist)
  • Mustafa Abd Rahman, Prof.Dr. (Wildlife Ecol.)
  • Neilson Ilan Mersat, Dr. (Political Scientist)
  • Nwanesi Peter Karubi, Dr. (Sociologist)
  • Petrus Bulan, Assoc. Prof. Dr. (Estate/Crops Mgt.)
  • Ruhana Hassan, Dr. (Aquatic Biol.)
  • Salim Said, Prof. Dr. (Hydrologist)
  • Spencer Empading Sanggin, Assoc. Prof. Dr. (Agric Educ.)
  • Wang Yin Chai, Prof. Dr. (Geografical Information System)
  • Wong Swee Kiong, Dr. (Resource & Environmental Econ.)
  • Zamri Hj Hassan, Dr. (Sociologist)
  • Zin Zawawi Hj Zakaria, Prof. Dr. (Soil Scientist)

Supporting Resource Persons

  • Siti Rubiah Zainuddin, Dr. (Plant Ecologist)
  • Kelvin Egay (Anthropologist)
  • Lucy Sebli Seidelson, Dr. (Sociologist)
  • Poline Bala, Dr. (Anthropologist)
  • Mohd Faisal Syam Abdol Hazis, Dr. (Pol. Scientist)

Invited Resource Persons

  • Affendi Suhaili, Dr. (Forest Mgt. (GIS) Forest Dept)
  • James Dawos Mamit, Dr. (Env. Mgt)
  • Murtedza Mohamed, Prof. Dr. (Water Resource Management)
  • Robert Malong (Legal Specialist)
  • Tie Yiu Liong, Dr. (Soil Sci. Consultant)

Implementation Mode

Class activities and instruction (lectures,presentations discussion, etc) are conducted on weekends ( Saturdays and Sundays ). The weekend mode is conducted taking into account that a majority of the students are made up of professional working people.

For further information, please contact:

Mr Mohd Azizul Hafiz B. Jamian
Programme Coordinator, Master of Environmental Management
( Development Planning )
Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS),
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak,
94300 Kota Samarahan,
Tel : +(60-82) 584133
Fax : +(60-82) 672305
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