Faculty of Education and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Education & Social Sciences comprises diverse disciplines of education and social sciences including Islamic Studies, Early Childhood Education, Teaching of English as a Second Language, Teaching, Psychology & Counselling, Instructional Design & Technology, Communication and English Studies.

The faculty seeks to inspire learners to embrace the challenges that face the Malaysian society in this age of rapid development and change.

Our programmes aim to produce graduates who possess qualities and skills that are valued by employers which includes the ability to communicate well, possess analytical thinking and problem-solving skills. With FESS, learners will enjoy a supportive and enriching learning environment, enabling them to reach their full potential.


Doctor of Philosophy (Arts)

The Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) programme is a generic Ph.D programme offered by the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences, Open University Malaysia (OUM). It is a programme that links a variety of disciplines in religion, languages, history and philosophy. This programme focuses on specialised areas where OUM has a…

Doctor of Philosophy (Education)

(R3/142/8/0004 (A6267) 08/27) The multifaceted challenges facing 21st-century education require researchers who can collect and analyse information from a number of academic disciplines — history, psychology, engineering, education, science, and more — and translate these findings into transformative ideas for education policy reform and practice. The PhD in Education at…

Doctor of Education

(R2-DL/142/8/0002 (MQA/FA0666) 08/28) The Doctor of Education (EdD) is a benchmark qualification in terms of researching professional policy and practice in the field of education. It is a doctoral degree for experienced professionals who would like to extend their professional understanding and develop skills in research. The programme will stimulate…

Master of Psychology

(R/311/7/0073 (MQA/FA5677) / 08/25 ) The Master of Psychology (MPSY) programme is offered by the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences (FESS) as another postgraduate programme in OUM. It is specially designed to expand your knowledge, sharpen your critical thinking skills and teach you how to evaluate problems and find…

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…

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary Education) (Hons)

(R3/144/6/0001 (A 6530) 02/26) In line with the government’s initiative to upgrade the quality of teachers in primary schools, the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary Education) is designed with the following objectives: To produce graduates who have wide education knowledge and skills to function as effective teachers, education officers or college…

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Honours

(R2/141/6/0049 (A10993) 10/25) The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Honours (BECHE) degree is designed to meet the needs of persons interested in pursuing careers in early childhood education who are currently employed in preschools, public schools, child care centres or other childhood care facilities. It is also aimed to…

Bachelor of Education (TESL) with Honours

(R2-DL/145/6/0024 (A8372) 09/22) The Bachelor of Education with Honours (TESL) comprises subjects from both the education and English language fields. Students are required to accumulate 120 credit hours in order to graduate. The curriculum focuses on three main components: development of the foundations of education and pedagogical knowledge; enhancement of…

Bachelor of Psychology with Honours

(R2-DL/311/6/0034 (A9361) 11/25) This is an open and distance learning programme with the aim of helping learners to have better understanding of human nature and behaviour. The programme covers a wide range of topics including introduction to psychology, social psychology, introduction to clinical psychology, test and measurement, developmental psychology, personality,…

Bachelor Of Political Science With Honours

(R2-DL/313/6/0001 (MQA/FA0179) 02/28) The Bachelor of Political Science (BPS) is designed to fulfill individuals’ needs who are interested to pursue careers in politics, public administration or corporate management. Nowadays, many individuals are interested to learn and to be involved in politics – either those serving in public and private sectors,…

Bachelor Of Liberal Studies With Honours

(R/310/6/0007 (MQA/FA2719) 10/25) Bachelor of Liberal Studies covers a wide range of humanities and social sciences disciplines that consists of communication, psychology, political science, management, education and general sciences. In addition, the programme also helps the graduates to obtain valuable knowledge in analysing and apply in solving societal issues in…

Bachelor of Islamic Studies (Islamic Management) with Honours

(R2-DL/221/6/0077 (A9122) 09/25) Bachelor of Islamic Studies (BIS) is an open and distance learning program the offered to those who want to pursue their studies in higher education in Islamic studies. It comprises subjects encompassing Islamic Law and Management. It is aimed to equip candidates with Islamic knowledge as well…

Diploma in Early Childhood Education

(R3-DL/143/4/0007 (A6959) 05/28) Children Learning and Development have been the focus of the Early Childhood Education (ECE). ECE provides the basic education and prepares children for primary school education. The ECE programme at OUM will contribute to the all-rounded development of ECE teachers by updating their knowledge, skills and attitude…

Diploma in Islamic Studies with Education

(R2-DL/221/4/0030 (MQA/FA 0324) 04/26) Islamic studies plays a main and vital role in molding dedicated, honest and dynamic Muslim. This is due to the fact that Islamic studies influences well-balanced life of a society in order to ensure peace and harmony in Malaysia. The Diploma in Islamic Studies with education…

Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching

(R2/141/7/0047 (A11464) 10/25) The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (PGDT) programme offered by Open University Malaysia (OUM) is a one year professional teaching qualification programme fully accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). It is designed to meet the needs of those who possess a tertiary qualification intending to pursue teaching…

Master of Islamic Studies

(R2/221/7/0172 (A11246) 07/25) The Master of Islamic Studies (MIS) degree is designed to meet the needs of those interested in pursuing their studies at higher level in this area. It is also aimed at developing specialisations in various areas of Islamic studies, such as Usuluddin (Theology), Shariah (Islamic Law and…

Master of Counselling

(R2-DL/762/7/0002 (MQA/FA0155) 01/26) The Master of Counselling (MC) degree is designed to meet the needs of those who interested in pursuing their studies at higher level in the area of counselling. MC programme is also aimed to produce graduates with professional skills and knowledge in counselling and to train more…

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…

Master of Education

(R2/141/7/0038 (A5740) 03/25) Due to the current shift towards knowledge-based economy, there is a growing demand for highly-educated teachers or educational leaders to manage schools and institutions more effectively. In line with this demand, the Master of Education is designed with the following objectives : To produce graduates who have…

Master of Instructional Design and Technology

(R2-DL/140/7/0008 (A9450) 11/23) The Master of Instructional Design Technology programme (MIDT) offered by the Open University Malaysia (OUM) aims to produce graduates who will be equipped with impactful theories, principles and practices of Instructional Design that could be applied in numerous engaging, attractive and appealing settings especially in an e-learning…

Master of Early Childhood Education

(R/143/7/0097 (MQA/FA 4916) 12/24) The MECHE programme has been designed to prepare working adults for higher level academic study in early childhood and to conduct research in the area of early childhood education. The research project conducted by students will enable them to learn basic research skills in early childhood…