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.

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

    *This programme is not available for International intake

    Associate Prof Dr David Lim
    Program Director

    Tel (Office) :
    603 7801 2192

    Email :

    Malaysian Learner Fees
    Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5
    Sem 1RM1,854RM1,854RM1,854RM1,854RM1,236
    Sem 2RM1,854RM1,854RM1,854RM1,854RM1,236
    Sem 3RM1,648RM1,854RM1,854RM1,854

    * 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); orJomPAY
    Education or Personal Loan from commercial banks; orInternet Banking
    HRDF (subject to employer’s eligibility); orDebit/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 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;


    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

    B2Independent userGrade CBand 4

    Good user


    Good user

    C1Proficient userGrade B

    Band 5

    Very good user


    Very good user

    C2Proficient userGrade A

    Band 6

    Excellent user


    Expert user

    C2Proficient userGrade 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 NameCredit Hours
    Tamadun Islam dan Tamadun Asia2
    Hubungan Etnik2
    Entrepreneurship 23
    Health and Wellness 23
    Community Service 2

    Core Courses

    Subject NameCredit Hours
    Learning Skills for 21st Century3
    English for Written Communication3
    English for Oral Communication3
    English for Science and Technical Purposes3
    Professional Ethics3
    Critical Reading3
    English Across Time & Space3
    Critical Writing 3
    English Grammar3
    Reading & Writing Across the Curriculum 3
    Professional Communication 3
    Language and the Digital Age3
    Advanced Writing: Argument & Persuasion3
    Introduction to Media and Culture3
    Language Policy and Planning3
    Language and Literature: Texts and Contexts3
    Advanced Writing: Elements of Style3
    Contemporary Asian Short Fiction3
    Southeast Asian Cultural Production3
    Critical and Cultural Theory3
    Contemporary Fiction and Film3
    Postcolonial Studies3
    Introduction to General Linguistics3
    Introduction to Drama and Poetry3
    Introduction to Novels and Short Stories3

    Core: Final Year Project

    Subject NameCredit Hours
    Final Year Project6

    Core: Industrial Training

    Subject NameCredit Hours
    Industrial Training6

    Open Electives (five only)

    Subject NameCredit Hours
    Editing For Print and Electronic Publications3
    Principles of Advertising3
    Copy Writing 3
    Principles of Management3
    Thinking Skills and Problem Solving 3
    Basic Concepts of Information Technology 3
    Introduction to Communication3