Bachelor of English Studies with Honours

(R2-DL/222/6/0009 (A9470) 03/26)

OUM’s Bachelor of English Studies (Hons.), or BEST, is uniquely different from traditional offerings of English. BEST takes as grounding that ‘doing English’ need not be interpreted solely in the traditional sense as choosing to study one branch of English (e.g., linguistics) instead of the other branches (e.g., literature, applied communication). BEST demonstrates that ‘doing English’ could alternatively and productively mean learning the essentials from the major branches of English in order to acquire a rounded contemporary education.

In short, BEST’s curriculum provides learners with opportunities to acquire not only advanced language proficiency but also knowledge and competencies in linguistics, communication, including advanced and professional writing, as well as literary 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.

*This programme is not available for International intake

Associate Prof Dr David Lim
Programme Director

Tel (Office) :
603 7801 2192

Email :

Malaysian Learner Fees
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
Sem 1 RM1,854 RM1,854 RM1,854 RM1,854 RM1,236
Sem 2 RM1,854 RM1,854 RM1,854 RM1,854 RM1,236
Sem 3 RM1,854 RM1,854 RM1,854 RM1,854
Total RM24,720

* 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
Re-registration fee of RM220 per semester is chargeable for extension of Masters Projects.

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 Year 5
Sem 1 RM2,225 RM2,225 RM2,225 RM2,225 RM1,483
Sem 2 RM2,225 RM2,225 RM2,225 RM2,225 RM1,483
Sem 3 RM1,978 RM2,225 RM2,225 RM2,225
Total RM29,417

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: 17 April 2023

Normal Entry

1.     A Pass in Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with a minimum of grade C (GPA 2.00) in any two (2) subjects or its equivalent and credit in English at SPM or its equivalent; or 
2.     A pass in Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) with a minimum grade of Jayyid and a credit in English at SPM or its equivalent; or
3.     A Diploma (Level 4, MQF) with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 or its equivalent and a credit in English at SPM or its equivalent1; or
4.     Matriculation/Foundation with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 or its equivalent and a credit in English at SPM or its equivalent;  AND
5.     A minimum score of 6.0 in IELTS or its equivalent2.


1 The credit requirement of English at SPM level can be waived should the grade obtained at STPM/STAM level or equivalent is higher.
2 OUM accepts the following equivalencies:


Competent user

Independent user
Grade C

Band 4
Good user

Good user

Proficient user
Grade B Band 5
Very good user
Very good user
Proficient user
Grade A

Band 6
Excellent user

Expert user
Proficient user
Grade A

Band 6
Excellent user



APEL. A Entry

Program Educational Objectives (PEO)
The PEO are to produce graduates in the discipline of English who will be:


Knowledgeable and technically competent in the English language, advanced literacy, and problem-solving, and able to provide services of high standards to the relevant stakeholders


Effective in leveraging on their knowledge management and interpersonal skills to communicate and collaborate with others, as well as to lead where required, in problem-solving issues arising from the multiple domains of life


Ethically upright and compassionately nurturing of societal members


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)
By the successful completion of the programme, learners should be able to:

1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the underlying values, concepts, theories, and skills relevant to the broad field of English Studies;
MQF LEARNING OUTCOME DOMAIN: Knowledge & Understanding (C)
2 Critically apply knowledge and skills to analyse, problem-solve, and process new information to resolve arising issues in typical and novel situations within and beyond the discipline
3 Demonstrate practical competence including planning, organising, and implementing in fulfilling work, study, and life responsibilities
4 Apply interpersonal skills in managing and nurturing relationships with individuals and teams from wide-ranging backgrounds in work and social contexts
5 Communicate ideas and viewpoints cogently, professionally, and effectively in appropriate language and in various mediums to a range of audiences and situations
6 Demonstrate skills in using the appropriate information/digital technologies to support work and studies in an ethical, socially-responsible manner
7 Organise, interpret, analyse and present information in numerical and graphical form to make meaning of the past and present, and to predict the future
8 Collaborate and work effectively with individuals of varying backgrounds on a one-to-one or team basis, taking leadership role where appropriate, to fulfil collective ethical goals and objectives
MQF LEARNING OUTCOME DOMAIN: Leadership, Autonomy, & Responsibility (A)


Demonstrate progressive life skills leading to self-care and self-development, encompassing such characteristics as enthusiasm for independent learning, self-control, social etiquette, and professionalism


Value and cultivate the technical, management and personal skills, competencies and attributes recognised as entrepreneurial skills
MQF LEARNING OUTCOME DOMAIN: Entrepreneurial Skills (A)


Commit to ethical, professional, and compassionate behaviour in line with personal, organisational and occupational codes of conduct.
MQF LEARNING OUTCOME DOMAIN: Ethics & Professionalism (A)

Compulsory Courses

Subject Name Credit Hours
Falsafah Dan Isu Semasa 2 2
Penghayatan Etika Dan Peradaban 2 2
Entrepreneurship 2 3
Tamadun Islam dan Tamadun Asia 1 3
Community Service 2
Total 12

Core Courses

Subject Name Credit Hours
Learning Skills for 21st Century 3
English for Written Communication 3
English for Oral Communication 3
English for Science and Technical Purposes 3
Professional Ethics 3
Critical Reading 3
English Across Time & Space 3
Critical Writing 3
English Grammar 3
Sociolinguistics 3
Psycholinguistics 3
Reading & Writing Across the Curriculum 3
Professional Communication 3
Language and the Digital Age 3
Advanced Writing: Argument & Persuasion 3
Introduction to Media and Culture 3
Language Policy and Planning 3
Language and Literature: Texts and Contexts 3
Advanced Writing: Elements of Style 3
Contemporary Asian Short Fiction 3
Southeast Asian Cultural Production 3
Critical and Cultural Theory 3
Contemporary Fiction and Film 3
Postcolonial Studies 3
Introduction to General Linguistics 3
Introduction to Drama and Poetry 3
Introduction to Novels and Short Stories 3
Total 81

Core: Final Year Project

Subject Name Credit Hours
Final Year Project 6
Total 6

Core: Industrial Training

Subject Name Credit Hours
Industrial Training 6
Total 6

Open Electives (five only)

Subject Name Credit Hours
Editing For Print and Electronic Publications 3
Principles of Advertising 3
Copy Writing 3
Principles of Management 3
Thinking Skills and Problem Solving 3
Basic Concepts of Information Technology 3
Introduction to Communication 3
Total 15