Doctor of Philosophy (Arts)

    (R/210/8/0017 (MQA/FA5488) 02/27)

    The Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) programme is a generic Ph.D programme offered by the Cluster of Education and Social Sciences, Open University Malaysia (OUM).It is a programme that links a variety of disciplines in social sciences, humanities, education and languages. This programme focuses on specialised areas where OUM has a wide range academic expertise that will add value to the learning experience of each candidate.

    The objectives of the Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) are:

    • To produce more graduates at Ph.D level in various fields of knowledge and expertise in tandem with the national development policy;
    • To produce more graduates who are able to come up with authentic researches, current, and self-contained at the higher level; and
    • To produce graduates who can integrate various theories and knowledge in contributing to the society and national development.

    Fields of Study:

    Field 1

    Narrow FieldDetailed Field
    220 Humanities (broad programme)
    • Religion
    • Languages
    • National Languages
    • Other Languages
    • History and Archaeology
    • Philosophy and Ethics
    • History, Philosophy and Related Subjects

    Field 2

    Narrow FieldDetailed Field
    310 Social and Behavioural Science (broad programme)
      • Psychology
      • Sociology and Cultural Studies
      • Political Science and Civics

    Application Requirements:

    • 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:

    • Practise 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 Ph.D 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 Ph.D 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 defence and viva voce. A learner also needs to know how to communicate clearly and effectively in the writing of the Ph.D 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.

    Programme Facts

    Language of instruction:English and Bahasa Melayu
    Mode of study : Part-time
    Mode of delivery:

    • 1. Self-Managed Learning
    • 2. Online Learning
    • 3. Face-to-face Sessions

    Method of delivery : Open and Distance Learning
    Supervisor : Provided by OUM
    MQA Accreditation : R/210/8/0017

    Prof. Datuk Dr Mohd Tajudin
    Bin Md Ninggal
    Program Director

    Tel (Office) :
    03 780 13911

    Email :

    Malaysian Learner Fees

    Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5
    Sem 1RM3,678RM2,200RM2,200RM2,200
    Sem 2RM2,200RM2,200RM2,200RM2,200
    Sem 3RM2,200RM2,200RM2,200RM2,200

    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

    Financial options:Payment Mode:
    EPF (Account 2); orJomPAY
    Education or Personal Loan from commercial banks; orInternet Banking
    HRDF (subject to employer’s eligibility); orDebit/Credit Card.
    International Learner Fees
    Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5
    Sem 1RM4,414RM2,200RM2,200RM2,200
    Sem 2RM2,200RM2,200RM2,200RM2,200
    Sem 3RM2,200RM2,200RM2,200RM2,200

    1 – Fees applicable to International applicants
    2 – Registration Fee: RM1,500 , Processing Fee: RM200 (first semester only-non refundable exclude semester fee)
    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: 25 February 2021

    Normal Entry
    a. Master degree (KKM Level 7) in related field; or
    b. Other qualifications recognized as equivalent by the Malaysian Government.

    NOTE: Intake is subject to the approval of the Post-Graduate Committee of the Cluster.



    1. The provisional offer of admission will be revoked if the candidate:
      1. Fails to submit evidence of qualification within the stipulated date; or
      2. Does not meet the entry requirements of the University.
    2. Entry requirements are subject to change as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.

    Part 1: Compulsory Core Courses

    Course titleCredit Hours
    APRM7104 Research Methodology4
    APDS7104 Doctoral Seminar: Literature review4

    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:

    • Islamic Studies
    • Akidah and Thought
    • Psychology (including Counselling)
    • Disability Studies
    • History
    • Malay Studies (Pengajian Melayu)
    • Social Work
    • Communication
    • Political Science
    • English Studies
    • Measurement and Testing

    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:
      • Islamic Studies
      • Akidah and Thought
      • Psychology (including Counselling)
      • Disability Studies
      • History
      • Malay Studies (Pengajian Melayu)
      • Social Work
      • Communication
      • Political Science
      • English Studies
      • Measurement and Testing
    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. APRM 7104 (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 a 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 MattersProf. Datuk Dr. Mohd Tajudin Md Ninggal
      (Programme Director)
      +6 03-7801 3911
      Research & Project Management UnitMr. Mohamed Fauzi Hassan+6 03-7801 1811
      Finance MattersMadam Haslinda Haron+6 03-7801 2076
      Marketing Department+6 03 7801 2000