Project Description

Doctor of Education

(R-DL/142/8/0002 (MQA/FA0666) 08/21)

Programme Synopsis

The Doctor of Education (EDD) is designed to produce high quality academics in the area of education. This is in line with the nation aspiration in enhancing the human capital, which will be the pillar in achieving vision 2020. The following are the specific objectives of this programme.

  • To produce graduates who have wide education knowledge and skills to function as effective teachers, education officers or lecturers in educational institutions.
  • To produce education leaders who are capable of making decisions, planning dan carrying out duties that are entrusted on them effectively.
  • To produce academicians who are capable of conducting research in their related fields of specialisation.
  • To develop educational leaders who can translate theoretical knowledge into practical applications.

Programme Educational Objectives (PEO)
This programme aims to produce graduates that are:

 PEO 1: Knowledgeable and competent in educational management and leadership for 21st Century learning (Cognitive)

PEO 2: Skilled in effective in communication and demonstrate excellent leadership in leading educational organisation (Psychomotor)

PEO 3: Capable and ready to develop strategies in solving educational problems innovatively, creatively and ethically through sustainable approach (Cognitive)

PEO 4: Practise entrepreneurship skills in promoting lifelong professional learning for skill relevancy in the industry (Affective)

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

PLO1 Apply theoretical and empirical knowledge in educational management and leadership in solving problems related to education (Knowledge and Understanding)

PLO2 Apply analytical and critical thinking skills for decision making and problem-solving (Cognitive Skill)

PLO3 Demonstrate the skills and principles of management and best practice in their professional practice (Practical Skill)

PLO4 Demonstrate  refined formal relationship with all staff in workplace environment (Interpersonal Skill)

PLO5 Demonstrate effective communication and innovative ideas by utilising the available ICT (Communication)

PLO5 Demonstrate effective communication and innovative ideas by utilising the available ICT (Digital Skill)

PLO6 Readiness to incorporate digital technology in organisational leadership and management to support learning (Digital Skill)

PLO7 Maximise use of mathematics and statistics in education evaluation and decision-making in promoting learning experience (Numeracy Skill)

PLO8 Perform  exemplary professional leadership in managing education institutions (Leadership)

PLO9 Display excellent communication and listening skills in performing duties and continually developing positive working environment (Personal Skill)

PLO10 Practise innovative entrepreneurial skills in organisational leadership in enhancing learning experience among teachers and students (Entrepreneurial)

PLO11 Value and practise ethics and professionalism in all formal and private activities (Ethical and Professionalism)

Kemasukan Biasa
i. Ijazah Sarjana (Tahap 7, Kerangka Kelayakan Malaysia (KKM)) dalam bidang pendidikan; atau
ii. Ijazah Sarjana (Tahap 7, KKM) selain pendidikan dan memiliki ijazah Sarjana Muda dalam pendidikan; atau
iii. Ijazah Sarjana (Tahap 7, KKM) selain pendidikan dan memiliki Diploma/Sijil Perguruan; atau
iv. Ijazah Sarjana (Tahap 7, KKM) selain pendidikan dan sekurang-kurangnya dua (2) tahun pengalaman mengajar; atau
v. Ijazah Sarjana (Tahap 7, KKM) selain pendidikan dan lulus tiga (3) kursus bridging yang ditawarkan oleh universiti; atau
vi. Kelayakan-kelayakan lain yang diiktiraf setara dengannya oleh Kerajaan Malaysia.

Normal Entry
i. Master’s degree (MQF Level 7) in Education; or
ii. Master’s degree (MQF Level 7) other than Education and hold a Bachelor’s degree in Education; or
iii. Master’s degree (MQF Level 7) other than Education and has a Diploma/Certificate in Teaching; or
iv. Master’s degree (MQF Level 7) other than Education with at least two (2) year teaching experience; or
v. Master’s degree (MQF Level 7) other than Education and pass three (3) bridging courses offered by the university; or
vi. Other qualifications recognized as equivalent by the Malaysian Government.


  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.

Bridging Courses (*The bridging courses is only for learner that not fulfill the requirement.)

Semester Year 1
Sem 1 RM3,942
Total RM3,942
Semester Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Sem 1 RM3,468 RM3,468 RM2,160 RM2,160
Sem 2 RM3,468 RM3,468 RM2,160 RM2,160
Sem 3 RM3,468 RM3,468 RM2,160 RM2,160
Total RM33,768

* 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:

  • RM50 (Malaysian) & RM100 (International Students)

Re-registration fee of RM220 per semester is chargeable for extension of Masters Projects

Financial options:

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

Payment Mode:

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

Core Courses

Subject Name Credit Hours
Current Trends in Higher Education 3
Psychology of Education 3
Comparative Studies in Curriculum Change 3
Quantitative Research Methods 3
Qualitative Research Methods 3
Academic Writing for Postgraduates 3

Concentration Courses

Subject Name Credit Hours
Education Management
Educational Administration 3
Educational Change and Innovation 3
Educational Law and Governance 3
Human Resource Management in Education 3
Instructional Design 3
Instructional Tools and Applications 3
Instructional Technology
Instructional Design 3
Instructional Tools and Applications 3
Trends and Issues in Distance Education 3
Online Learning & Facilitation 3
Education Change and Innovation 3
Human Resources Management in Education 3


  • Doctoral Seminar: (Conceptual Paper): HPEF7094 (4 Credits)
  • Dissertation: HPDT7100-1 & HPDT7100-2 (40 Credits)

Doctor Of Education (EdD)  FAQs

  1. What is EdD? Is it equivalent to PhD?
    EdD stands for Doctor of Education, a professional doctoral qualification in education, an accredited programme under the National Accreditation Board of Malaysia issued by Malaysia Qualification Agency (MQA/FA0666).

    Unlike a PhD which basically focuses on research that produces excellent researchers, EdD studies that focus on specially chosen subjects stimulate, inspire and transforms students’ professional thinking and practice, whilst developing a profound understanding of how relevant supervised academic research can resolve real-life professional issues.

    Yes, EdD is equivalent to PhD. PhD is a research degree.
    EdD is a professional and research degree. It is designed to meet the needs of those who are interested in pursuing their doctoral studies in education after achieving a master degree, and possesses experience for at least two years in the field of education.
  2. Does the OUM EdD follow the US or UK version?
    Essentially there is not much difference between these two US and UK version, in terms of their structure.EdD was first awarded in 1920 by Harvard University. University of Bristol in the UK, was the first university in Europe that started the programme in 1993, essentially following Harvard’s structure. From there, EdD spread out all over the world.

    Almost all universities, including OUM, that offer EdD programmes have a common structure that is made up of courses to be taken by candidates before starting their research projects.

    Well, yes, there are certain variation in terms of the nature and subject areas, and the number of subjects in all EdD programmes, depending on the chosen concentrations, such as curriculum, management, ICT and policy.

  3. What is EdD entry requirement?

    • Master’s degree in Education, or 
    • Master’s degree other than Education and possess Bachelor’s degree in Education; or
    • Master’s degree other than Education and possess Diploma/Certificate in Teaching; or
    • Master’s degree other than Education and possess at least 2-year teaching experience; or
    • Master’s degree other than Education and pass three (3) bridging courses offered by the university; or
    • Any equivalent qualifications recognised by the Malaysian Government
  4. How long is the EdD study duration?
    EdD students spend the first two years of the program completing valuable coursework and the final two years working on their dissertation. However, candidates may take up to a maximum of eight years to complete their studies.

  5. When is EdD intake?
    All semesters, (January or May or September semesters).

  6. How much is EdD fees?
    Please refer to the OUM portal.

  7. What is the medium of instruction of the programme?
    English. However, students may write their assignments and Dissertation in English or Bahasa Melayu.
  8. OUM EdD structure
    Doctor of Education (EdD) is essentially a coursework–PLUS – research degree programme (Mixed Mode). The Programme consists of 3 parts with a total of 80 credit hours, as follows:

    • 36 credit hours of core concentration (12 subjects)
    • 4 credit hours of Doctoral Seminar: Presentation of a Concept Paper
    • 20 credit hours of Proposal and Dissertation.
  9. How many EdD credit hours for graduation?
    80 credit hours

  10. What about EdD course assessment?
    There is no final examination for all the taught courses. Students need to do coursework (100% weightage) and pass with a minimum of Grade B for each subject, including a concept paper, after which students will start writing research proposals that they need to defend successfully before they are allowed to proceed further.

  11. How are the courses in EdD conducted?
    It is a blended learning (face to face tutorials, online or e-tutorial learning support and self-managed learning).
    However, presently, all course tutorials at OUM are conducted via google-meet.
  12. What about job opportunities after completing the programme?
    • Lecturers in Higher Education
    • Managerial positions in Higher Education
    • Leadership positions in Higher Education
    • Principals of Private or International Schools
    • Trainers
    • Education Management Advisers
    • Educational Consultants
    • Management positions in education organisations
  13. Who may I contact to join EdD?
    You may contact:
    Any of the 34 OUM Learning Centres throughout Malaysia,
    OUM Marketing Department
    Programme Director
    Cluster of Education and Social Science
    01112575881 or  03 5520 5501We look forward to see you in OUM-EdD programme.
Tel (Office):
603 55205501

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