The Academy of Brunei Studies (APB) was established in 1990 as a multi-disciplinary centre for study and research covering all aspects of life in Brunei Darussalam. Undergraduate programmes in Brunei Studies were first offered in 1996, graduate degrees followed in 2004. Today, the Academy offers Bachelor of Arts in Brunei Studies, Master of Arts by Research and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
Despite being the smallest of UBD’s faculties, the Academy of Brunei Studies is also one of the most vibrant and dynamic, providing a lively, informed academic environment in which undergraduate and graduate students are able to thrive. All staff are experts in their subject areas and generally adopt a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching and research. They also place great emphasis on making the Academy a stimulating and friendly place to study.
The multi-disciplinary nature of the Academy is reflected in the diverse range of modules offered to undergraduate students in the following fields: Languages, Literature (traditional and modern), History, Technology Studies (traditional and modern), Material Culture, Politics, Education, International Relations, Geography, Fisheries, Malay Islamic Monarchy, Economics, Material Culture, Islam and Sociocultural Studies.
The Academy also has a growing community of about forty local and international students studying for Master of Arts by Research and Doctor of Philosphy degrees on a diverse range of topics that include comparative and multi-country studies.
The Academy of Brunei Studies offers Bachelor of Arts, Major in Brunei Studies:
Graduate opportunities at the academy of Brunei Studies
Graduate research is an important component of the Academy of Brunei Studies’ increasingly research focused outlook. The Academy currently has a growing community of about forty local and international students studying for Master of Arts (MA) by Research and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. As part of its research drive, the Academy aims to increase this number over the coming years.
Applications for MA by Research or PhD degrees are particularly encouraged in the following fields:
The Academy of Brunei Studies is UBD’s main centre for social science and humanities research relating to Brunei Darussalam. In addition to research on Brunei, many staff members have strong academic and research interests in other parts of Borneo and Southeast Asia as a whole.
Academy staff are currently carrying out research in the following areas:
If you would like to learn more about research undertaken at the Academy, or are interested in carrying out collaborative research with any of its staff, please contact the faculty representative