Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education (Mixed-Mode)

PA13817 KPT/JPS (N/140/8/0027) (PA13817) 07/27

Course Information

Mode: Mixed Mode
Duration: 3-year programme (One year of coursework and two years of dissertation exercise)


Campus: Subang 2
Full Time & Part Time
Conducted in Malaysia: Yes
Faculty: Faculty of Behavioral Sciences
Awarding Country: Malaysia
Fees: 50,000 / 50,000 (international)

Course Overview

HELP University offers the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Education (Mixed-Mode) programme beginning August 2020. This aim of this programme is to provide learners with a comprehensive coursework cum research study. Learners will develop a deep understanding of both subject specialisation and research in one of the three disciplines, i.e. i. Educational Management, ii. Early Childhood Education, and iii. Teaching of English as a Second Language.

As this programme is conducted on a mixed-mode basis, the first part of the programme focuses on direct instruction to facilitate the mastery of research skills and subject specialisation skills necessary to progress to the next phase of study which is the research dissertation component. With the advantage of content-mastery and research, learners will be prepared to become professional researchers cum subject-matter specialists. The expertise to be gained from this programme can be applied in a variety of job-placements such as universities, colleges, education departments, schools or any institutions offering education programmes.

During the coursework phase, learners will undergo face-to-face teaching and learning interactions with facilitators and fellow learners. The coursework phase culminates with the preparation of the Concept Paper which serves as bridge between theory and practice and prepares learners with appropriate competencies for the next phase of the study programme – the dissertation phase. Seminars and workshops will be organised from time to time to facilitate learners with knowledge and skills needed to complete their dissertations.




  • Compulsory & Elective Courses – 20 credits
  • Concept Paper – 4 credits
  • Dissertation – 56 credits

Total credits – 80


The coursework phase comprises 6 courses totalling 24 credit hours and the dissertation phase comprises 56 credit hours (coursework to dissertation ratio: 30:70) incorporating the following aspects:

  • Two compulsory subjects;
  • Two specialisation subjects
  • One elective; and
  • Dissertation

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have one of the following entry requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Education OR
  • Master’s degree other than Education and possess a Bachelor’s degree in Education; OR
  • Master’s degree other than Education and possess a Diploma/Certificate in Teaching; OR
  • Master’s degree other than Education and possess at least 2 years of teaching experience; OR
  • Master’s degree other than Education and pass three (3) bridging courses offered by HELP University; OR
  • Any equivalent qualifications recognised by the Malaysian Government

English Requirements (International Students)

  • IELTS Band 5.5 Academic; or
  • TOEFL 550 (Paper-Based)

Career Prospects

  • Academic
  • Teacher
  • Educational Management
  • Academic Tutor
  • Research Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Policy Maker
  • Curriculum Director
  • Training and Development
  • Education Consultant
  • Dean of Students
  • Professor
  • Education Policy Advocate
  • Principal
  • Vice Chancellor
  • Provost
  • College President
  • All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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