PhD in Education

PhD in Education

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 (PLO)    

(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.

First semester:

Compulsory Courses

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

Research proposal 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.
Programme Duration (Full Time)
  • Minimum 3 years (6 semesters)
  • Maximum 6 years (12 semesters)

Entry Requirements

  1. A Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) in related fields as accepted by the Senate; OR
  2. A Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) in non-related fields as accepted by the Senate, subject to having relevant working experience* and rigorous internal assessment**; OR
  3. A Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) in non-related fields as accepted by the Senate and without relevant working experience, subject to passing pre-requisite courses***; OR
  4. Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) recognised by the Malaysian Government.
  5. The University can take excellent Bachelor’s Degree (Level 6, MQF) graduates for direct admission to Doctoral Degree by Research (Level 8, MQF) programme with the following conditions:  
    1. Students have first class Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification; or 
    2. Students have obtained CGPA of at least 3.67 or equivalent from either an academic or Technical and
    3.  Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme; and 
    4. Evaluated through rigorous internal assessment by the HEP; and 
    5. Approved by the Senate and accepted as a candidate for the Doctoral Degree (Level 8, MQF) programme. Students must demonstrate appropriate progress during the candidature period.

* Experience can be cumulative experience even before acquiring required qualification for a particular level of study. However, the experience must be relevant to the level of study as well as the content. 
*** The pre-requisite courses must equip the students with necessary business knowledge (managing people, managing financial resources, understanding customers, understanding environments and strategic planning) of one level lower than the programme level. 
** Rigorous assessment to evaluate the suitability of an applicant for a programme through statement of purpose, interview and other methods may cover the following criteria: 

  1. Demonstration of strong business experience, and that you have held significant managerial responsibilities. 
  2. Evidence of any achievements in your professional life, for example, consistently performing at a high level, consistent career progression and any impact that you have had on your organisation. 
  3. Professional skills that you have developed, for example, team work, leadership, problem-solving, negotiating and analytical skills. 
  4. How you will contribute to your class and what experiences you can bring to the institution. (Lancaster University, 2021)

English Requirement

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

MYR 3,625/ Semester 
(Local Students)

MYR 5,125/ Semester 
(International Students)

Excluding immigration fees, insurance and dormitory.


  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.


Course Duration
3 Years
Last Date for Apply
21 Feb 2024