Bachelor of English Studies with Honours (BEST)

Bachelor of English Studies with Honours (R/222/6/0009 (A9470) 03/19)

Programme Synopsis

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

Programme Director

Name : Associate Prof Dr David Lim
Tel (Office) : 603 2773 2723
Email :

Normal Entry

Passed STPM (or equivalent) with a minimum of grade C (NGMP 2.0) in 2 subjects; and passed English at the SPM or STPM level (or equivalent); or
Passed STAM (Jayyid); and English at the SPM level (or equivalent); or
Passed UEC with a minimum of grade B in 5 subjects; and passed English at the same level; or
Passed Matriculation / Foundation from any authorised IPTA / IPTS / Institution with a minimum CGPA of 2.00; and passed English at the SPM level (or equivalent); or
Possess a recognised Diploma with a minimum CGPA of 2.00; and passed English at the SPM level (or equivalent); or
Other recognized equivalent qualifications.


APEL Entry (Only for Malaysians)

21 years-old or above in the year of application; AND
Possess relevant work experience / prior experiential learning; AND
Passed OUM’s APEL Assessment for entry into Bachelor Degree programmes
  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.
  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
Sem 1 RM1,648 RM1,854 RM1,854 RM1,854 RM1,854
Sem 2 RM1,648 RM1,648 RM1,854 RM1,854 -
Sem 3 RM1,854 RM1,854 RM1,854 RM3,090 -
Total        RM24,720
* Fees applicable to Malaysians and Permanent Residents only.
* International students are required to pay registration fees of RM1,000 and an additional 20% for the tuition fees.
* 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:

  • Senior citizens aged 60 and above on registration date; and
  • Physically challenged learners – a valid Orang Kelainan Upaya (OKU) is required.

These discounts are for subject fees only and are not applicable for research and other fees. The discounts are also 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 (Malaysian) & RM100 (International)

♦ Financial options:

  • PTPTN; or
  • EPF (Account 2); or
  • Education or Personal Loan from commercial banks; or
  • HRDF (subject to employer’s eligibility); or
  • Flexible Payment Scheme.

♦ Payment Mode:

  • JomPAY; or
  • Internet Banking; or
  • Debit/Credit Card.

General Studies Courses

Subject Name Credit Hours
Tamadun Islam dan Tamadun Asia 2
Hubungan Etnik 2
Entrepreneurship 2 3
Health & Wellness 2 3
Community Service 2
Total 12

University Compulsory Courses

Subject Name Credit Hours
Learning Skills for Open Distance Learners 3
English for Written Communication 3
English for Oral Communication 3
English for Science and Technical Purposes 3
Professional Ethics 3
Total 15

Basic Compulsory Courses

Subject Name Credit Hours
Principles of Management for Non-Business Major 3
Thinking Skills & Problem Solving 3
Basic Concepts of Information Technology 3
Introduction to Communication 3
Total 12

Core Compulsory Courses

Subject Name Credit Hours
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 & the Digital Age 3
Advanced Writing: Argument & Persuasion 3
Introduction to Media And Culture 3
Language Policy & Planning 3
Language & Literature: Texts & Contexts 3
Advanced Writing: Elements of Style 3
Contemporary Asian Short Fiction 3
Southeast Asian Cultural Production 3
Professional Writing I: Core Competencies 3
Critical & Cultural Theory 3
Contemporary Fiction & Film 3
Professional Writing II: Writing Across Fields 3
Postcolonial Studies 3
Introduction to General Linguistics 3
Introduction to Drama & Poetry 3
Introduction to Novels & Short Stories 3
Editing For Print & Electronic Publications 3
Principles of Advertising 3
Copy Writing 3
Total 81

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