Doctor of Education

(R2-DL/142/8/0002 (MQA/FA0666) 08/28)

The Doctor of Education (EdD) is a benchmark qualification in terms of researching professional policy and practice in the field of education. It is a doctoral degree for experienced professionals who would like to extend their professional understanding and develop skills in research. The programme will stimulate and transform their professional thinking and practice, whilst developing a deep understanding on education as a whole.

The Program prepares education scholars and leaders for the 21st century as it provides rigorous teaching in various areas in education, and research training that equips graduates to have broad impact in the worlds of policy and practice.

As their academic knowledge and expertise grow and mature, graduates may assume roles such as university faculty, education consultants, senior-level educational leaders, policymakers and researchers.

Unlike PhD students who basically go straight into research, EdD students will take and complete thirteen modules before moving on into the research phase. The only difference between a PhD and an EdD research is the scope of study, not quality.

If you are a motivated person who love to engage in deep knowledge in various areas within education, and prepared to work hard to earn this prestigious qualification, you are welcome to join our EdD programme. We are here to support you in realising your aspiration.

Dr Roshafiza Binti Hassan
Programme Director

Tel (Office):
603 7801 3907

Email :

Malaysian Learner Fees
Bridging Courses (*The bridging courses is only for learner that not fulfill the requirement.)

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Sem 1 RM3,942
Sem 2
Sem 3
Total RM3,942


Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Sem 1 RM3,468 RM3,468 RM2,160 RM2,160
Sem 2 RM3,468 RM3,468 RM2,160 RM2,160
Sem 3 RM3,468 RM3,468 RM2,160 RM2,160
Total RM33,768

Discount for the Physically Challenged Learners (OKU) and Senior Citizens
* Fees applicable to Malaysians and Permanent Residents only.
* The University reserves the right to revise the fees without prior notice.

The University offers 50% discount for:
1. Senior citizens aged 60 and above on registration date; and
2. Physically challenged learners – a valid Orang Kelainan Upaya (OKU) is required.
The discounts are not valid for second time registration and repeating of subjects.
Learners who receive this discount are not entitled to other discounts and promotions.

Processing fee: RM50
Re-registration fee of RM220 per semester is chargeable for extension of the Research Thesis/Dissertation 

Financial options: Payment Mode:
EPF (Account 2); or JomPAY
Education or Personal Loan from commercial banks; or Internet Banking
HRDF (subject to employer’s eligibility); or Debit/Credit Card.
International Learner Fees
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Sem 1 RM4,162 RM4,162 RM2,160 RM2,160
Sem 2 RM4,162 RM4,162 RM2,160 RM2,160
Sem 3 RM4,162 RM4,162 RM2,160 RM2,160
Total RM37,932

1 – Fees applicable to International applicants
2 – The fee above excludes registration fee, processing fee and resource fee. Fee imposed first semester only-non refundable . (Diploma RM2,700; Bachelor RM3,200, Master RM3,700, PhD/Doctorate RM4,200).
3 – Financial method: Telegraphic Transfer , PayPal (Invoice will be prepared in MYR and will be added 6% to cover PayPal transaction fees.)
4 – The fees are for subject fees only and are not applicable for research, registration, repeating of subjects and other fees.
5 – 60% payment of the semester fees must be made before the semester starts, 40% payment before the examination week.

* The University reserves the right to revise the fees without prior notice.
**LATEST UPDATE: 30 August 2022

Normal Entry

  1. Master’s degree (MQF Level 7) in Education; or
  2. Master’s degree (MQF Level 7) other than Education and hold a Bachelor’s degree in Education; or
  3. Master’s degree (MQF Level 7) other than Education and has a Diploma/Certificate in Teaching; or
  4. Master’s degree (MQF Level 7) other than Education with at least two (2) year teaching experience; or
  5. Master’s degree (MQF Level 7) other than Education and pass three (3) bridging courses offered by the university; or
  6. Other qualifications recognized as equivalent by the Malaysian Government.
  7. English language competency requirements for international students: Minimum IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.
Program Educational Objectives (PEO)
This programme aims to produce graduates that are:

PEO 1: To produce Education Practitioners who have state of the art knowledge with practical skills capable of using advanced numerical techniques and digital technologies in the educational settings.

PEO 2: To produce Education Practitioners who lead with autonomy, communicate and interact with internal and external stakeholders in constructing creative concepts/practices through research.

PEO 3: To produce Education Practitioners who advocate professional and ethical practices in all education settings and defend the integrity of the profession at all times.

PEO 4: To produce Education Practitioners with positive attitude, entrepreneurial mind set and sustainable practices in progressing their career and the profession.

Programme Learning Outcomes (PLO)
Upon completion of the programme, graduates will be able to:

PLO 1: Critically synthesise and evaluate current knowledge and those emerging from research that are related to teaching and learning in meeting the challenges of a dynamic curriculum. 1. Knowledge and
PLO 2: Design and develop studies or research creatively to address educational issues demonstrating mastery of knowledge, incorporating state of the art analytical, numerical and digital techniques. 3. Practical Skills
6. Digital Skills
PLO 3: Organise and design outcomes-based research employing advanced techniques, including digital technology to enhance the body of knowledge and
practices in teaching and learning.
2. Cognitive Skills
7. Numeracy Skills
PLO 4: Adopt suitable leadership styles and balance autonomy with responsibility in emerging and dynamic educational settings. 8. Leadership,
Autonomy and
PLO 5: Adapt to situations when delivering task either individually or through multidisciplinary teams with good communication and interpersonal skills in educational, organisational and research settings. 4. Interpersonal Skills
5. Communication
PLO 6: Uphold and defend professionalism and ethics to fulfil professional teaching and research standards in ensuring the integrity of the profession at all times. 11. Ethics and
PLO 7: Advocate positive attitude and commitment to life-long learning with entrepreneurial mind-set in response to the changing world of education and for
professional advancement.
9. Personal Skills
10. Entrepreneurial

Core Courses

Subject Name Credit Hours
Current Trends in Higher Education 3
Psychology of Education 3
Comparative Studies in Curriculum Change 3
Quantitative Research Methods 3
Qualitative Research Methods 3
Academic Writing for Postgraduates 3

Concentration Courses

Subject Name Credit Hours
Education Management
Educational Administration 3
Educational Change and Innovation 3
Educational Law and Governance 3
Human Resource Management in Education 3
Instructional Design 3
Instructional Tools and Applications 3
Instructional Technology
Instructional Design 3
Instructional Tools and Applications 3
Trends and Issues in Distance Education 3
Online Learning & Facilitation 3
Education Change and Innovation 3
Human Resources Management in Education 3


  • Doctoral Seminar: (Conceptual Paper): HPEF7094 (4 Credits)
  • Dissertation: HPDT7100-1 & HPDT7100-2 (40 Credits)
  1. What is EdD? Is it equivalent to PhD?
    EdD stands for Doctor of Education, a professional doctoral qualification in education, an accredited programme under the National Accreditation Board of Malaysia issued by Malaysia Qualification Agency (MQA/FA0666).

    Unlike a PhD which basically focuses on research that produces excellent researchers, EdD studies that focus on specially chosen subjects stimulate, inspire and transforms students’ professional thinking and practice, whilst developing a profound understanding of how relevant supervised academic research can resolve real-life professional issues.

    Yes, EdD is equivalent to PhD. PhD is a research degree.
    EdD is a professional and research degree. It is designed to meet the needs of those who are interested in pursuing their doctoral studies in education after achieving a master degree, and possesses experience for at least two years in the field of education.
  2. Does the OUM EdD follow the US or UK version?
    Essentially there is not much difference between these two US and UK version, in terms of their structure.EdD was first awarded in 1920 by Harvard University. University of Bristol in the UK, was the first university in Europe that started the programme in 1993, essentially following Harvard’s structure. From there, EdD spread out all over the world.Almost all universities, including OUM, that offer EdD programmes have a common structure that is made up of courses to be taken by candidates before starting their research projects.Well, yes, there are certain variation in terms of the nature and subject areas, and the number of subjects in all EdD programmes, depending on the chosen concentrations, such as curriculum, management, ICT and policy.
  3. What is EdD entry requirement?

    • Master’s degree in Education, or
    • Master’s degree other than Education and possess Bachelor’s degree in Education; or
    • Master’s degree other than Education and possess Diploma/Certificate in Teaching; or
    • Master’s degree other than Education and possess at least 2-year teaching experience; or
    • Master’s degree other than Education and pass three (3) bridging courses offered by the university; or
    • Any equivalent qualifications recognised by the Malaysian Government
  4. How long is the EdD study duration?
    EdD students spend the first two years of the program completing valuable coursework and the final two years working on their dissertation. However, candidates may take up to a maximum of eight years to complete their studies.
  5. When is EdD intake?
    All semesters, (January or May or September semesters).
  6. How much is EdD fees?
    Please refer to the OUM portal.
  7. What is the medium of instruction of the programme?
    English. However, students may write their assignments and Dissertation in English or Bahasa Melayu.
  8. OUM EdD structure
    Doctor of Education (EdD) is essentially a coursework–PLUS – research degree programme (Mixed Mode). The Programme consists of 3 parts with a total of 80 credit hours, as follows:

    • 36 credit hours of core concentration (12 subjects)
    • 4 credit hours of Doctoral Seminar: Presentation of a Concept Paper
    • 40 credit hours of Proposal and Dissertation.
  9. How many EdD credit hours for graduation?
    80 credit hours
  10. What about EdD course assessment?
    There is no final examination for all the taught courses. Students need to do coursework (100% weightage) and pass with a minimum of Grade B for each subject, including a concept paper, after which students will start writing research proposals that they need to defend successfully before they are allowed to proceed further.
  11. How are the courses in EdD conducted?
    It is a blended learning (face to face tutorials, online or e-tutorial learning support and self-managed learning).
    However, presently, all course tutorials at OUM are conducted via google-meet.
  12. What about job opportunities after completing the programme?
    • Lecturers in Higher Education
    • Managerial positions in Higher Education
    • Leadership positions in Higher Education
    • Principals of Private or International Schools
    • Trainers
    • Education Management Advisers
    • Educational Consultants
    • Management positions in education organisations
  13. Who may I contact to join EdD?
    You may contact:
    Any of the 34 OUM Learning Centres throughout Malaysia,
    OUM Marketing Department
    Dr Rosinah Binti Mahmood
    Programme Director
    Faculty of Education and Social Science
    01112575881 or 03 5520 5501We look forward to see you in OUM-EdD programme.