Master by Research (Full Time and Part Time)

Candidates may apply Masters by Research in the following areas:


  • Communicative Competence
  • Cross-cultural Studies
  • Corporate Communication
  • Public Relation
  • Strategic Communication
  • Sociolinguistic
  • Genre Analysis
  • Corpus Analysis

Teaching and Learning

  • Instructional communication
  • Outcome based education
  • Competency based education
  • Innovative curriculum design
  • Professional Development in Higher education
  • STEM Education
  • Academic Literacy
  • Transformative Learning
  • Narrative-based research
  • Feedback in Higher Education
  • Teaching Pedagogies in Higher Education
  • Assessments in Higher Education

Melayu Islam Beraja (MIB)

  • Islamic Leadership
  • Cultural Studies
  • Brunei National Philosophy
  • MIB Values


MSc by Research Entry Requirements

A minimum of a Lower Second Class Honours Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, recognised by the Senate of UTB.

At least a credit or equivalent in English Language GCE O Level or a valid IELTS score of 6.0 or a valid TOEFL minimum overall score of 550 or its equivalent. The English Language requirements may be waived where qualifying studies in Higher Education were in the medium of English Language. Where candidates completed their higher education more than 2 years prior to their current application they will need to

show that they have continued to study or work in the medium of English.

Mature candidates who do not meet the above minimum requirements but have significant relevant work experience are encouraged to apply. Admissions criteria for mature candidates are in place and such applications shall be considered on a case by case basis.

Additional admission requirements may be set by the programme area, such as having a required qualification in a relevant area, submission of a satisfactory research

proposal and passing an interview.

A candidate will only be offered a place if the faculty is able to provide adequate supervision and facilities in the candidate’s proposed area of research.



MSc by Research (Full Time)

2 years of supervised study inclusive of one year writing-up period.

The submission of thesis is before the end of the writing-up period.


MSc by Research (Part Time)

4 years of supervised study, inclusive of one year writing-up period.

The submission of thesis is before the end of the writing-up period.