Master of English Studies

    (R2/224/7/0064 (A11501) 10/25)

    OUM’S Master of English Studies programme, or MEST, is an advanced degree that caters to learners seeking to deepen and widen their appreciation of English. Suitable for both English and non-English majors, and uniquely different from traditional offerings, the MEST curriculum is reflective of English as an evolving intellectual discipline offered in progressive universities across the globe. Providing learners with a thorough immersion in the discipline, MEST features exciting courses in writing, linguistics, literature, and cultural studies.

    Learners who successfully complete an English Studies programme at OUM can expect to be able to:

    • demonstrate advanced English language proficiency skills and knowledge
    • engage imaginatively in the advanced process of reading, analysing and/or producing complex and sophisticated literary and non-literary texts and discourse
    • demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of contextual approaches to the production and reception of texts and discourses across fields
    • reflect critically upon textual production and reception across time and space and in their own practice
    • apply a range of subject-specific and transferrable skills, including high-order conceptual, analytic and communication skills embark on further study in English or related disciplines at higher levels.

    Career Prospects

    English graduates have thrived in diverse careers. This is because they possess not only subject knowledge and subject specific skills, but also such transferable graduate skills as advanced literacy and communication skills, critical reasoning, and the capacity to critically analyse diverse forms of discourse.

    Interesting and diverse career paths await English graduates, including Teaching, Training, Journalism, Management, Professional Writing, Creative Writing, Research, Editorial, Advertising, Media, Public Relations, Academia, Theatre, Consultancy, and more.

    To know more about English Studies at OUM, download the FAQ here

    Associate Prof Dr David Lim
    Program Director

    Tel (Office) :
    603 7801 2192

    Email :

    Malaysian Learner Fees
    Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5
    Sem 1RM3,324RM3,324
    Sem 2RM3,324RM4,986
    Sem 3RM3,324RM4,986

    * Fees applicable to Malaysians and Permanent Residents only.
    * The University reserves the right to revise the fees without prior notice.

    Discount for the Physically Challenged Learners (OKU) and Senior Citizens

    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 1RM3,989RM3,989
    Sem 2RM3,989RM5,983
    Sem 3RM3,989RM5,983

    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

    1. A Bachelor’s degree (Level 6, MQF) in the field1 or related fields2 with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 or equivalent, as accepted by HEP Senate; or
    2. A Bachelor’s degree (Level 6, MQF) in the field or related fields or equivalent with minimum CGPA of 2.00 and not meeting CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment.
    3. Candidates without a qualification in the related fields or working experience in the relevant fields3 must;
    • meet the minimum CGPA based on (i) to (ii);
    • achieve at least IELTS Band 64 (or its equivalent); AND
    • undergo two prerequisite courses (Introduction to Linguistics; English Across Time and Space).

    For footnotes on the key terms, click here.


    APEL entry

    1. Malaysian; AND
    2. The candidate should be more than 30 years of age in the year of application; AND
    3. Relevant work experience / prior experiential learning; AND
    4. Pass the APEL Assessment (Aptitude Test, Portfolio & Interview) conducted by OUM; AND
    5. Possess the following qualification:
      • STPM / Recognised Diploma; Or
      • Matriculation / Foundation (credit score 50-52 credits; CGPA grade 2.00 and above; minimum study period of one year); Or
      • A-Level (minimum of 3 courses; minimum grade E; duration of study at least 18 months); Or
      • International Baccalaureate Diploma (minimum of 6 courses and 3 required elements; minimum grade of 24 points and above; duration of study at least 2 years).



    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.

    Program Educational Objectives (PEO)
    This programme aims to produce graduates that are:

    1. Highly knowledgeable and technically competent in the English language and advanced literacy skills, and driven to provide equitable solutions to the relevant stakeholders.
    2. Equipped with advanced interpersonal and communicative skills, able to collaborate well with others, and lead where required, in the multiple domains of life.
    3. Ethically upright and compassionate members of society.
    4. Creatively driven to continually acquire new knowledge and skills as a commitment to lifelong learning, as well as to create entrepreneurial opportunities for the advancement of self and society.
    Programme Learning Outcomes (PLO)

    Upon completion of all courses in this programme, the graduates should be able to:

    1. Demonstrate mastery of knowledge and understanding of the underlying values, concepts, theories, and skills relevant to English Studies.
      MQF LEARNING OUTCOME DOMAIN: Knowledge & Understanding (C)
    2. Employ advanced knowledge and skills to evaluate and process new information in order to creatively resolve arising issues in typical and novel situations within and beyond the discipline.
      MQF LEARNING OUTCOME DOMAIN: Cognitive Skills (C)
    3. Demonstrate practical competence such as planning, organising, and implementing in fulfilling work, study, and life responsibilities.
      MQF LEARNING OUTCOME DOMAIN: Practical Skills (P)
    4. Apply nuanced interpersonal skills in managing and cultivating relationships with individuals and teams from wide-ranging backgrounds in professional and social contexts.
      MQF LEARNING OUTCOME DOMAIN: Interpersonal Skills (P)
    5. Convey ideas and viewpoints cogently, professionally, and convincingly in appropriate language and across mediums and situations to diverse audiences.
      MQF LEARNING OUTCOME DOMAIN: Communication Skills (P)
    6. Demonstrate skills in selecting and using the appropriate information/digital technologies to enhance work and studies in an ethical, socially responsible manner.
    7. Textualise visual data presented in such forms as charts, graphs, and tables, and conversely visualise textual data by way of making meaning of the past and present, or anticipating future trends.
      MQF LEARNING OUTCOME DOMAIN: Numeracy Skills (A)
    8. Demonstrate significant autonomy, leadership, and responsibility in fulfilling ethical goals and objectives.
      MQF LEARNING OUTCOME DOMAIN: Leadership, Autonomy, & Responsibility (A)
    9. Demonstrate progressive life skills and attributes leading to self-care and self-development, encompassing such characteristics as enthusiasm for independent learning, self-control, social etiquette, and professionalism.
      MQF LEARNING OUTCOME DOMAIN: Personal Skills (A)
    10. Value and cultivate the technical, management and personal skills, competencies and attributes recognised as entrepreneurial skills.
      MQF LEARNING OUTCOME DOMAIN: Entrepreneurial Skills (A)
    11. Commit to ethical, professional, and compassionate behaviour in line with personal, organisational and occupational codes of conduct.
      MQF LEARNING OUTCOME DOMAIN: Ethics & Professionalism (A)


    Core Courses

    Subject NameCredit Hours
    Mapping English Studies3
    Academic Writing for Postgraduates3
    Reading Literature3
    Language, Power & Society3
    Research in English Studies I3
    Global Englishes3
    Creative Nonfiction3
    Sense of Style3
    World Literature3

    Elective Courses (three only)

    Subject NameCredit Hours
    Malaysian Fiction3
    Literary Theory3
    Cultural Studies3
    Film and Society in Contemporary Southeast Asia3
    Postcolonial Writings3


    Subject NameCredit Hours
    Research in English Studies II6