Project Description

Bachelor of English Studies with Honours

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

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


This programme aims to produce graduates that are:

PEO 1: 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. (Cognitive)

PEO 2: 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. (Psychomotor)

PEO 3: Ethically upright and compassionately nurturing of societal members. (Affective)

PEO 4: 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. (Affective)

Programme Learning Outcomes (PLO)

Upon completion of all courses in this programme, the graduates should be able to:

PLO 1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the underlying values, concepts, theories, and skills relevant to the broad field of English Studies. (Knowledge and Understanding)

PLO 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. (Cognitive Skill)

PLO 3: Demonstrate practical competence including planning, organising, and implementing in fulfilling work, study, and life responsibilities. (Practical Skill)

PLO 4: Apply interpersonal skills in managing and nurturing relationships with individuals and teams from wide-ranging backgrounds in work and social contexts. (Interpersonal Skill)

PLO 5: Communicate ideas and viewpoints cogently, professionally, and effectively in appropriate language and in various mediums to a range of audiences and situations. (Communication)

PLO 6: Demonstrate skills in using the appropriate information/digital technologies to support work and studies in an ethical, socially-responsible manner. (Digital Skill)

PLO 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. (Numeracy skill)

PLO 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. (Leadership)

PLO 9: 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. (Personal Skill)

PLO 10: Value and cultivate the technical, management and personal skills, competencies and attributes recognised as entrepreneurial skills. (Entrepreneurial)

PLO 11: Commit to ethical, professional, and compassionate behaviour in line with personal, organisational and occupational codes of conduct. (Ethical and Professionalism)

Kemasukan Biasa

1. Lulus Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) dengan mendapat sekurang-kurangnya gred C (NGMP 2.00) dalam mana-mana dua (2) mata pelajaran atau setara dan kredit dalam Bahasa Inggeris di peringkat SPM atau setara; atau

2. Lulus Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) dengan minimum pangkat Jayyid dan kredit dalam Bahasa Inggeris di peringkat SPM atau setara; atau

3. Diploma (Tahap 4, MQF) dengan mendapat sekurang-kurangnya PNGK 2.00 atau setara dan kredit Bahasa Inggeris di peringkat SPM atau setara; atau

4. Matrikulasi/Asasi dengan mendapat sekurang-kurangnya PNGK 2.00 atau setara dan kredit Bahasa Inggeris di peringkat SPM atau setara;


5. Skor minimum 6.0 dalam IELTS atau setara.

Nota: Syarat kredit Bahasa Inggeris, Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Arab, Bahasa Cina atau Bahasa Tamil di peringkat SPM boleh dikecualikan sekiranya gred yang diperoleh pada peringkat STPM/STAM atau setara adalah lebih tinggi.


Kemasukan APEL
• Warganegara Malaysia; dan
• Calon hendaklah berumur 21 tahun dan ke atas pada tahun permohonan dibuat; dan
• Mempunyai pengalaman kerja/pengalaman pembelajaran terdahulu yang berkaitan; dan
• Lulus Penilaian APEL bagi Sarjana Muda (yang dikendalikan oleh OUM).

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 equivalent; 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 equivalent.

Note: The credit requirement of English, Bahasa Melayu, Arabic, Chinese or Tamil at SPM level can be waived should the grade obtained at STPM/STAM level or its equivalent is higher.


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).


The provisional offer of admission will be revoked if the candidate:

Fails to submit evidence of qualification within the stipulated date; or
Does not meet the entry requirements of the University.
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 RM1,854 RM1,648 RM1,854 RM1,854 RM1,236
Sem 2 RM1,854 RM1,648 RM1,854 RM2,472 RM1,236
Sem 3 RM1,648 RM1,854 RM1,854 RM1,854
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.

Compulsory Courses

Subject Name Credit Hours
Tamadun Islam dan Tamadun Asia 1 3
Falsafah dan Isu Semasa 2 2
Entrepreneurship 2 3
Penghayatan Etika dan Peradaban 2 2
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

Associate Prof Dr David Lim
Associate Prof Dr David LimProgramme Director
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