The Doctor of Philosophy (Education) programme is a post graduate research degree by thesis




Subject Code

Subject Name

Credit Hours

Course Type

Assessment Format


Semester 1

HMEF 5014

Educational Research Methodology


(Please refer list of electives)







Semester 2

HPEF 7014

HPES 7013

Advanced Educational Research Methodology

Seminar on Research in Education







Semester 3

HPES 7023

Seminar Research in Proposal Writing




4- 12

HPES 7033

Seminar on Research Report



Obtain at least Grade S for the Qualifying Examination.

List of elective (3 credits) from the following list of courses:

  • Theories of Organisation and Leadership
  • Foundations, Principles and Theories of Curriculum
  • Psychology of Learning and Instruction
  • Trend and Issues In Educational Technology
  • Comparative Education
  • Measurement and Evaluation in Education
  • Practice and Ethics in Counseling

Upon completion of the required courses, learners will be required to attend TWO Seminars as follows:

(a) Seminar on Research in Education – 3 credits

(b) Seminar on Research in Proposal Writing – 3 credits

Learners can choose any of the following specialisation areas to pursue their research.

(a) Educational Administration

(b) Curriculum and Instructional Design

(c) Research and Evaluation

(d) Educational Technology

(e) Educational Sociology

(f) Educational Psychology

(g) Educational Philosophy

(h) Teaching Education

(i) Counseling

Learners must sit and pass the Qualifying Examination within a maximum of five (5) Semesters and obtain at least Grade S before registering for HPES 7033


When the learner has completed the thesis and is ready for examination, an examining committee consisting of THREE examiners will be appointed to assess the thesis. The learner will be examined in the Viva Voce session.

Seminar on Research Report 3 credits

The completed thesis will be sent to an External Examiner and Internal Examiner to be assessed and followed by a Viva Voce.


Core Courses:

HMEF 5014: Educational Research Methodology 4 credits

This course introduces learners to research, research problem, research design and data analysis. Learners would also learn the intricacies of carrying out academic research in the qualitative and quantitative modes up to the level of writing a research proposal that could help them in carrying out the actual research and data collection. Discussion on the problems that they might experience in the process of carrying out the research and writing out the dissertation would also be included.

HPEF 7014: Advanced Educational Research Methodology 3 credits

This course addresses how research methods apply to educational research. The course examines the scientific method of understanding behaviour, the recognition and posing of scientifically researchable questions (with emphasis on the relationship between theory and research); the examination of different research designs, considering dynamics, strengths and practical limitations of both the quantitative and qualitative approach. Lastly this course helps learners develop cogent research proposals.

Elective Courses:

HMEF 5023: Theories of Organization and Leadership 3 credits

The main objective of this course is to expose the learners to theories of leadership and organisation so that they would be able to understand and value the usefulness of the theories in their capacities as leaders in educational organisations. With this knowledge they would be able to lead others effectively in achieving the vision and mission of their organisations. They will also be exposed to theories in planned change, which are useful in the present post-modern era where changes occur regularly to meet the ever-changing organisational objectives. In order to ensure that change encounters less obstacles, leadership approaches and styles based on strong and appropriate ethics would be the main focus of the course.

HMEF 5033: Comparative Education 3 credits

This course provides the learners an in-depth understanding of the history, foundation factors and the implementation aspects of educational processes and systems of various countries of the world. Important elements such as diversity of language, ethnicity and culture; leadership models, sociopolitical factors and the roles of various parties in respective educational systems will also be discussed in this course.

HMEF 5043: Psychology of Learning & Instruction 3 credits

This course looks into the two families of learning theory that have significant impact upon teaching if adopted. It begins with the description of the origins of S-R learning, and gestalt-field psychology. The learning processes of both families of learning theory are explained to enable practicing teachers to re-look at their own schoolroom practice, and see if what they are doing have any bearing on the theories. The problem of transfer of learning is also discussed. Finally, the course outlines the important relationships between learning and teaching.

HMEF 5053: Measurement and Evaluation in Education 3 credits

This course introduces learners to basic principles of measurement and evaluation. The course also introduces statistical methods to determine item difficulty and discrimination indices and test reliability and validity coefficients. Finally, the course introduces factor analysis and Item Response Theory.

HMEF 5063: Practice and Ethics in Counseling 3 credits

This course introduces the scope of professional counseling in general, suitable as a preparation for a variety of counseling settings. Appropriate counseling skills in interviewing clients are explained to achieve the desired counseling goals. An overview of three counseling theories are explained to give the readers some ideas of how counselors view maladaptive behaviours. Finally a chapter on ethics and ethical behaviours is discussed as an important component of counselor training.

HMEF 5073: Foundations Principles and Theories of Curriculum 3 credits

This course provides the learners an in-depth understanding of the major foundations and principles of curriculum. Teachers, educators, school administrators and curriculum designers are often faced with the challenge of conceptualising, developing, and evaluating curriculum. They need to get clear understanding of the crucial elements related to the philosophical, historical, psychological, and social foundations of curriculum. Throughout this course, learners will be exposed to the understanding of the tension between postmodern thinking and modern thinking and how they are impacting curriculum deliberation, development, and implementation.

HMEF 5083: Trends and Issues in Educational Technology 3 credits

This course discusses from the point of views of development, problems and issues that are related to educational technology. The development of the course is related to the history of the involvement of educational technology in Malaysia and outside Malaysia. Problems and issues that exist are related to the use of teaching materials that are found in schools, the lack of materials, finance, management and current issues regarding the misunder-standing between the concept of educational technology and information technology. These issues in educational technology are related to the application of teaching materials in schools by teachers.

HPES 7013: Research in Education Seminar 3 credits

This course is designed to expose learners to explore past and current research in their area of specialisation. Under the guidance of a research supervisor, each learner is required to select at least three (3) past and current research articles in his/ her area of specialisation. Each learner has to make a critical analysis on these articles with respect to the importance of research, research methodology and findings; and strengths and weaknesses of each article. It is hoped that after analyzing the research articles, learners will have some ideas that will help them identify their research area and topic, specifically its theoretical framework.

HPES 7023: Research Proposal Seminar 3 credits

This course is designed to expose learners to the preparation of research proposal. Under the guidance of a research supervisor, each learner is required to select a research topic in his/ her area of specialisation. Each learner has to prepare and present the research proposal with respect to the research background, problem, questions, theoretical framework, importance and methodology, including research design, sample, instruments and data collection and analysis procedures.

HPES 7033: Research Report Seminar 3 credits

This course is designed to expose learners to the preparation of a research report. Under the guidance of a supervisor, each learner is required to write and present his/her research report with respect to data collection procedure, profile of respondents, data analysis procedure for each of the research questions, preliminary findings and brief discussion on the findings.

Last Updated on 2010-03-26 00:00:00