Master Of Science Learning Sciences By Coursework

Master Of Science Learning Sciences By Coursework

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About Course



Our coursework programmes are designed to extend knowledge and skills gained from the first degree and to develop new professional skills in graduates. The programmes involve lectures, seminars and project work. Students are required to successfully complete the minimum credit as required by the respective programme (between 40 and 44 credits) and a final Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 3.0 in order to graduate. The Master degree by Coursework is offered every February and September.


  • 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 or MUET Band 3) is required.


The Learning Sciences programme in UNIMAS is interdisciplinary in nature, combining advanced knowledge and skills in the areas of cognitive sciences, instructional technology and educational research in its curriculum framework.

Learning Sciences is the study of how people learn. Findings from Learning Sciences are often used to guide in designing instructional practices and learning environments that enable effective learning. Learning Sciences as a field of study focuses on promoting instructional practices grounded on the scientific understanding of how humans learn.

Research in Learning Sciences centres on understanding the complexities of human learning and thinking, and it explores how knowledge acquisition takes place in a variety of formal and informal real life settings. Learning Sciences looks into how learning can be improved and enhanced, by considering the potentials of emerging technologies to scaffold for meaningful learning. It looks into issues, problems or challenges that learners of all ages face, through the lenses of cognitive science, socio-cultural studies, and educational psychology.

The Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) is the first university that offers a graduate programme in Learning Sciences in Malaysia. The programme has received its full accreditation status from the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) in March 2014, and its first batch of Learning Sciences postgraduate students have received their Master degrees during UNIMAS 18th Convocation in 2014.

Duration of the Programme

The programme can be completed within TWO (2) years (minimum).

Facilities And Resources

To support your study, the university provides various facilities and resources:

  • Perpustakaan Tun Abdul Rahman Ya'kub (PeTARY)

  • Computing facilities

  • Online learning support

  • Knowledge sharing from industrial practitioners

Who Should Apply

  • HR Practitioner

  • Office Administrators

  • Educators

  • Fresh graduates from various disciplines

  • Individuals who are interested in HRD

  • Professional and Support Group from Public & Private Institutions

Course Fee

Local Student : RM 16,772.00

International Student : RM24,072.00

Program Structure


Learning Sciences Component
Code  Course Credit
KML  6013 Cognitive Science Foundations of Learning Sciences 3
KML 6023 Psychology of Learning for Instruction 3
KML 6033 Social and Cultural Dimensions In Learning and Instruction 3
KML 6043 Scientific Inquiry 3
KML 6054 Seminar in Learning Sciences 4
KML 6066 Research Paper 6
   Learning Technology Component
Code Course   Credit
 KML 6073 Design of Learning Environments   3 
 KML 6083 Development of Technology-Based Learning Environments   3
 KML 6093 Computer Supported Collaborative Learning   3
   Research Methodology Component
Code Course Credit
KML 6103 Qualitative Research in Learning Sciences 3
KML 6113 Quantitative Research in Learning Sciences 3
KML 6123 Applied Statistics in Learning Sciences 3


Programme Schedule

All teaching and learning activities are conducted during the weekends.


Further Information:

Assoc. Prof. Dr Zaimuariffudin Shukri bin Nordin

MSc Learning Sciences Coordinator
Faculty of Cognitive Sciences & Human Development
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak,
94300 Kota Samarahan,
Tel : +(60-82) 082-581000 Ext. 1537
Fax : +(60-82) 581567
Email :

Offer Level

This taught Masters programme is offered by the Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development and is intended for professionals interested in teaching and learning.

Approximate International Fees

2 Year, 4 Semesters

1000 students

Local & International