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 RM1,648 RM1,854 RM1,854 RM1,854
Total RM24,514

* 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: RM30

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
*This programme is not available for International intake

* The University reserves the right to revise the fees without prior notice.
**LATEST UPDATE: 25 February 2021

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 equivalentand 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 entry

  • Malaysian; and
  • Candidate must be 21 years old and above in the year of application being made; and
  • Have previous working experience/learning relevant to the field applied; and
  • Pass APEL Assessment for Bachelor Degree (conducted by OUM).
Program Educational Objectives (PEO)
This programme aims to produce graduates that are:

PEO1 To produce graduates who are able to demonstrate mastery of knowledge of psychology through the conduct of psychology research. (Cognitive)

PEO2 To produce graduates who are able to apply practical skills in psychology and to work collaboratively and cooperatively with peers and society though effective communication skills. (Psychomotor)

PEO3 To produce graduates who are able to demonstrate leadership, autonomy, and responsibilities at work and at conducting research including in the use of a wide range of technologies and software. (Affective)

PEO4 To produce graduates who are able to manage information for lifelong learning with the adherence to legal, ethical and professional codes of practice. (Affective)

Programme Learning Outcomes (PLO)
Upon completion of all courses in this programme, the graduates should be able to:

PLO1 Demonstrate originality and independence in undertaking analytical and critical evaluation and synthesis of complex information in the field of psychology as a basis for research. (Knowledge and Understanding)

PLO2 Adapt exemplifies capacity to conduct standard and specialised research methods/approaches which are informed by psychological knowledge as its forefront with the integration of the latest development in the psychology discipline. (Cognitive skill)

PLO3 Show capabilities to generate, design, implement and adopt the integral part of research processes in specialised areas in psychology in a scientific manner. (Practical Skill)

PLO4 Adjust suitable interpersonal skills to be able to work collaboratively and cooperatively with peers. (Interpersonal Skill)

PLO5 Communicate and convey information, ideas, problems and solutions effectively to the general public and professional community. (Communication)

PLO6 Demonstrate competent use of wide range of suitable digital technologies and appropriate software to enhance study and research in psychology. (Digital Skill)

PLO7 Adapt the appropriate applications and systems to measure and interpret numerical data from psychological research. (Numeracy Skill)

PLO8 Demonstrate significant, autonomy, independence leadership responsibilities through communicating and working effectively with peers and stakeholders. (Leadership)

PLO9 Apply psychological principles by explaining and suggesting solutions to personal, organisational and social issues including self-understanding and socio-cultural and international diversity. (Personal Skill)

PLO10 Initiate and/or lead entrepreneurial ventures or projects in psychology. (Entrepreneurial)

PLO11 Demonstrate confidence to give ethical advice and make decisions even in situations with limited information by considering ethics outlined by profession. (Ethical and Professionalism)

Compulsory Courses

Subject Name Credit Hours
Tamadun Islam dan Tamadun Asia 2
Hubungan Etnik 2
Entrepreneurship 2 3
Health and Wellness 2 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