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PhD in Education

(N/0111/8/0001) (05/29) (MQA/PA 15445)

Enhance specialised knowledge through academic study and research. The programme aims to enable students to gain a solid grounding in research methodology

Programme Educational Objectives (PEO)


To produce Education Practitioners who have state of the art knowledge with practical skills capable of using advanced numerical techniques and digital technologies in the educational settings.


To produce Education Practitioners who lead with autonomy, communicate and interact with internal and external stakeholders in constructing creative concepts/practices through research.


To produce Education Practitioners who advocate professional and ethical practices in all education settings and defend the integrity of the profession at all times


To produce Education Practitioners with positive attitude, entrepreneurial mind set and sustainable practices in progressing their career and the profession

Programme Learning Outcomes

(Knowledge and Understanding – MQF Domain 1)

Critically synthesise and evaluate current knowledge and those emerging from research that are related to teaching and learning in meeting the challenges of a dynamic curriculum.

(Cognitive Skills - MQF Domain 2)

Design and develop studies or research creatively to address educational issues demonstrating mastery of knowledge, incorporating state of the art analytical, numerical and digital techniques.

(Practical Skills - MQF Domain 3A and Digital Skills - MQF Domain 3D)

Organise and design outcomes-based research employing advanced techniques, including digital technology to enhance the body of knowledge and practices in teaching and learning.

(Leadership, Autonomy and Responsibility - MQF Domain 3F)

Adapt suitable leadership styles and balance autonomy with responsibility in emerging and dynamic educational settings.

(Interpersonal Skills - MQF Domain 3B and Communication Skills - MQF Domain 3C)

Adapt to situations when delivering task either individually or through multidisciplinary teams with good communication and interpersonal skills in educational, organisational and research settings.

(Ethics and Professionalism - MQF Domain 5)

Uphold and defend professionalism and ethics to fulfil professional teaching and research standards in ensuring the integrity of the profession at all times.

(Personal and Entrepreneurial Skills - MQF Domain 4)

Advocate positive attitude and commitment to life-long learning with entrepreneurial mind-set in response to the changing world of education and for professional advancement.


Minimum 3 years (6 semesters)

Maximum 6 years (12 semesters)

(Full Time)

First semester: 

  1. Compulsory Courses

    Academic Writing and Seminar (UMU1013)
    ii. Research Methodology (UMU1023)
    iii. Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1 (UMU1033) (Non-Malaysian student only)
    iv.  Educational Policy, Psychology, Curriculum and Teaching (EDF1213)

  2. Proposal stage and thesis writing


Second semester 

  1. Proposal stage and thesis writing
  2. Proposal defend should be approved maximum in one year.

Third – Sixth semester

  1. Research stage and thesis writing
  2. Viva-Voce of thesis defend examined by internal and external examiners.
  3. Prior to Viva Voce, at least two publications in SCOPUS indexed journal or conference proceedings.

i. A Master’s Degree, [Level 7, Malaysian  Qualification Framework (MQF)], as accepted by the Higher Educations Provider (HEP’s) Senate; OR
Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s Degree (Level 7, MQF), as accepted by the HEP Senate.
iii. Candidates without a related qualification in the fields or working experience in the relevant fields must undergo appropriate prerequisite courses determined by the HEP’s

Note for PhD by Research: 
i. There shall be no direct entry from Bachelor’s Degree (Level 6, MQF) level to PhD (Level 8, MQF) level.
ii. Candidates with Master’s Degree who are registered for programmes may apply to convert their candidacy to the PhD (Level 8, MQF)  programmes within one year after Master’s Degree (Level 7, MQF) registration, subject to: 
a. Having shown competency and capability in conducting research at PhD level;
b. Rigorous internal evaluation by HEP;
c. Approval by the HEP’s Senate.

Achieve a minimum Band 4 in Malaysian University English Test (MUET) OR any equivalent to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR (B2)

Master in relevant field, graduated from accredited university recognized by MQA, or should accredited by BAN-PT from Indonesia Universities

MYR 30,750
MYR 5,125/ Semester

Note : 

  1. Student pass fees for international students are subjected to a determination under the Malaysian Immigration Department.
  2. Student insurance fees are subjected to the statutory provisions of the University and local authorities.
  3. Student accommodation fees are determined by University rules and are available upon request.
  1. Researcher
  2. Academician
  3. Analyst in the related field
  4. Consultant in the related field

How to Apply

Follow our step-by-step guide through the process of preparing your application to maximise your chances of success.