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Ph.D. (Education)

Offered by: Open University Malaysia (OUM)
Exam BodyInternal Postgraduate Degree, Malaysia
Course Duration4 Yrs
Part Time/Full TimePart Time studies/Weekend classes
FacultyFaculty of Education and Language
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyDoctoral Degree (Ph.D) Level
Field of StudyEducation (Teacher Training & Education Sciences)
Mode of StudyBy Research
Course Description

The PhD in Education is a research-oriented degree designed for educators from schools, teacher training colleges, universities, businesses, industry, government agencies, non-governmental organisations, the military and other educational settings who need a strong research base in their careers.

The intent of the programme is interdisciplinary and designed to meet the needs of educators in various positions. Students are presented with knowledge and skills in solving problems and making decisions about research that will advance their development in the profession.

Opportunity is provided for students to focus on an area of study according to his or her interest, previous background and experience.



This programme comprised three parts:

  • Part I - Compulsory Core Courses
  • Part II - Research
  • Part III - Thesis Examination


Part I: Core Courses
Subject Name Credit Hours
Educational Research Methodology 3
Doctoral Seminar: Research Area in Education 3


Part II

After completing the required courses (PART I) learners will begin the research and thesis work (PART II) under the guidance of a supervisor. Each learner will meet the assigned supervisor at least 4 times in a semester and achieve satisfactory progress in the research / thesis work before being allowed to register in the subsequent semester.

Areas of specialisations in research / thesis:

  • Educational Administration
  • Curriculum and Instructional Design
  • Reseach and Evaluation
  • Educational Technology
  • Educational Sociology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Educational Philosophy


Part III

When the learner has completed the thesis and is ready for examination, an examining committee consisting of one internal examiner and one external examiner will be appointed to assess the thesis (PART III). The learner will be examined in the Viva Voce sessio

Entry Requirements

Normal Entry

Master’s degree in Education / related field; OR
Bachelor’s degree with first class in Education / related field from OUM or other institutions recognized by Senate; AND

  • i) Registered for a Master’s degree in Education / related field; AND
  • ii)Passed related qualifying examination.

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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