The Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) programme is a generic Ph.D programme offered by the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences, Open University Malaysia (OUM). It is a programme that links a variety of disciplines in religion, languages, history and philosophy. This programme focuses on specialised areas where OUM has a wide range of academic expertise that will add value to the learning experience of each candidate.
|Fields of Study:||· Religion
· National Languages
· Other Languages
· History and Archaeology
· Philosophy and Ethics
· History, Philosophy and Related Subjects
|MOHE/MQA REFERENCE||(R/210/8/0017 (MQA/FA5488) 02/27)|
The Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) programme is a generic Ph.D programme offered by the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences, Open University Malaysia (OUM). It is a programme that links a variety of disciplines in psychology, sociology, cultural studies and political science. This programme focuses on specialised areas where OUM has a wide range of academic expertise that will add value to the learning experience of each candidate.
|Fields of Study:||· Psychology
· Sociology and Cultural Studies
· Political Science and Civics
|MOHE/MQA REFERENCE||(N-DL/310/8/0044 (MQA/PA14812) 08/28)|
|PEO & PLO||
|Entry Requirement||Normal Entry
a. Master degree (KKM Level 7) in related field; or
NOTE: Intake is subject to the approval of the Post-Graduate Committee of the faculty.
1. The provisional offer of admission will be revoked if the candidate:
2. Entry requirements are subject to change as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.
|PEO & PLO||
|Entry Requirement||Normal Entry
A Bachelor’s degree (Level 6, MQF) with the following conditions:
Bachelor’s degree candidates who are registered for master’s degree programmes may apply to convert to the doctoral degree programmes subjected to the following conditions;
Part 1: Compulsory Core Courses
|Course title||Credit Hours|
|APRM7104 Research Methodology||4|
|APDS7104 Doctoral Seminar: Literature Review||4|
Part 2: Thesis Writing
After completing the required courses (Part 1) learners will begin the research and thesis work (Part 2) 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:
- National Languages
- Other Languages
- History and Archaeology
- Philosophy and Ethics
- History, Philosophy and Related Subjects
- Sociology and Cultural Studies
- Political Science and Civics
Part 3: Thesis Examination
When the learner has completed the thesis and is ready for examination, an examining committee consisting of an internal examiner and an external examiner will be appointed to assess the thesis (Part 3). The learner will be examined in the Viva Voce session.
1. What is OUM PhD Arts?
OUM PhD Arts Programme is an extensive, independent research project on an agreed topic, supported by a minimum of two expert academic supervisors (internal and external) in the field of humanities and social sciences.
2. What is PhD Arts entry requirement?
Candidate should have a master’s degree in the related field of studies from an accredited university and recognized by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA).
3. How long is the PhD Arts study duration?
It is a four-year-programme of studies. PhD students spend the first two years of the programme completing valuable coursework, doing extensive reading and writing literature reviews, working closely with their supervisors in finalizing their proposals (Chapters 1,2 and 3), and sitting for their Proposal Defence. The final two years will be doing their data collection and reporting, and working on their Chapters 4 and 5. However, candidates may take up to a maximum of eight years to complete their doctoral studies.
4. What is the medium of instruction of the programme?
The medium of instruction is in English. However, students may write their assignments and theses in English or Bahasa Melayu (Malay language).
5. When is PhD Arts intake?
January or May or September intake.
6. How much are PhD Arts fees?
Kindly refer to the OUM portal. The fees will subject to OUM policy. You can make partial payment and need to settle the balance payment before the final examination in each semester.
7. What are the field of studies offered in the PhD Arts programme?
Here is the list of fields of studies offered:
c. National Languages
d. Other Languages
e. History and Archaeology
f. Philosophy and Ethics
g. History, Philosophy and Related Subjects
i. Sociology and Cultural Studies
j. Political Science and Civics
8. Can I apply as a student using my working experience?
Yes, your working experience would be an added value to be considered together with your master’s degree.
9. What is the assessment structure in this program?
Students need to register and pass these two mandatory courses offered in the first semester. APRM7104 (Research Methodology – 4 credit hours) and APDS7104 (Doctoral Seminar: Literature Review – 4 credit hours). The two courses offered in the first semester shall carry 100% grade. There are no final exams for those courses
10. How do the courses in PhD Arts conduct?
It is blended learning (face-to-face tutorials, online or e-tutorial learning support and self-managed learning). However, due to Covid-19, all course tutorials at OUM are conducted via google-meet.
11. Who can I contact for further enquiries regarding the PhD Arts programme?
|Academic Matters||Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd Tajudin Md Ninggal
|+6 03-7801 3911
|Research & Project Management Unit||Mr. Mohamed Fauzi Hassan||+6 03-7801 1811
|Finance Matters||Madam Haslinda Haron||+6 03-7801 2076
|Marketing Department||+6 03 7801 2000
- Every applicant must send a research proposal together with his/her application; OR
- Every applicant must send a research proposal 2 weeks after his/her application.
- Important Skills for Ph.D. Candidates
In order to successfully complete a Ph.D. programme, learners will need a diverse set of skills. A Ph.D. candidate needs to:
- Practice independence and self-reliance:
A Ph.D programme requires a learner to study and conduct research with the assistance of a supervisor. While the supervisor will provide support and guidance in all areas of the programme, a learner needs to be aware of all stipulated guidelines and expectations and determine what needs to be achieved in different stages of study and research.
- Have determination:
A learner must have the determination and commitment to keep going and not give up, as preparing a Ph.D research thesis will take up to four years.
- Know how to manage time:
This is especially crucial for candidates taking up a PhD programme in open and distance learning (ODL) as it is up to the learner to prioritise and manage study-related tasks with personal and professional commitments to ensure that each task can be completed.
- Know how to accommodate challenges and seek solutions:
A learner will face many obstacles and challenges throughout a PhD research project. Thus, each learner needs to be flexible enough to adapt to these challenges and find solutions to issues that may appear during the project.
- Have good verbal and written communication skills:
A learner needs to leverage on communication skills in all areas of research, not only for discussions with peers and supervisors but especially in research proposal defense and viva voce. A learner also needs to know how to communicate clearly and effectively in the writing of the PhD thesis.
- Pick up new skills along the way:
The PhD journey is long and challenging, and while the University will do its best to help, each learner must be open to learn new skills and develop new approaches and perspectives, such as in critical thinking, managing the research and ensuring personal effectiveness.
Language of instruction:English and Bahasa Melayu
Mode of study : Part-time
Mode of delivery:
- Self-Managed Learning
- Online Learning
- Face-to-face Sessions
Method of delivery : Open and Distance Learning
Supervisor : Provided by OUM