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Master of Environmental Science ( Land Use and Water Resource Management )


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). SLUSE-M takes its point of departure from natural and social scientific theories and methodologies in order to develop inter-disciplinary approaches towards understanding the problems and finding solutions related to sustainable use of land and water resources. This capacity building initiative is realised through the improvement and integration of education, training and research involving students and academic staff of UNIMAS, in collaboration with other local and foreign universities and agencies.

Programme Structure

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 : 

1. Joint SLUSE Module (15 credit hours)

2. Joint Experiential Module (9 credit hours), and

3. UNIMAS Core Modules (18 credit hours)

Master of Environmental Science (Land Use and Water Resource Management): SLUSE Program Structure (FSTS)




Joint SLUSE Module

JSM 6012

Ecological System: Concept and Issues


JSM 6022

Land Use and Natural Resource Management


JSM 6072

Community Livelihood Strategies and Agricultural Systems


JSM 6042

Applied Environmental and Resource Economics


JSM 6053

Monitoring Using Earth Observation (EO) and GIS


JSM 6064

Environmental Management Instruments and Systems


Joint Experiential Module

JEM 6014

Interdisciplinary Methodology


JEM 6025

Interdisciplinary Field Work and Report/Project Paper


Core Modules for Master of Environmental Science (Land Use and Water Resource Management)

CML 6013

Ecological Science


CML 6022

Green Management and Technology


CML 6032

Sustainable Soil Resource Management


CML 6045

Water Resource Management


CML 6066

Research Project


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


SLUSE-M programme is designed for the following candidates:

  • Graduates and professionals assigned to tasks associated with resource and environmental management;
  • Senior government personnel who are presently assigned tasks directly related to resource and  environmental conservation who desire to improve their skills and enhance their knowledge in resource and environmental management; and
  • The general public who wish to improve their knowledge in resource and environmental management.


The minimum entry requirements for the programme are as follows :- 

  • 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 6.0 or its equivalent ( e.g TOEFL-525; TOEFL Computer Test -196; TOEFL Internet Test 69-70 ) is required.


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. 


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


The full fee for this programme is RM17,000.00 for Malaysian students and RM24,000.00 for international students. 

For further information, please contact :-  

Dr Tay Meng Guan

Programme Coordinator, Master of Environmental Science

( Land Use and Water Resource Management )

Faculty of Resource Science and Technology

University Malaysia Sarawak

94300 Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, MALAYSIA.

Tel : + (60-82) 582983

Fax : + (60-82) 583160

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