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The Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) programme is a generic PhD programme offered by the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences (FASS), Open University Malaysia (OUM). It is a programme that links a variety of disciplines in social sciences, humanities, education and languages. This programme focuses on specialised areas where OUM has a wide range of academic expertise that will add value to the learning experience of each candidate.

The objectives of the Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) are:
  • To produce more graduates at PhD level in various fields of knowledge and expertise in tandem with the national development policy;
  • To produce more graduates who are able to come up with authentic researches, current, and self-contained at the higher level; and
  • To produce graduates who can integrate various theories and knowledge in contributing to society and national development.
Fields of Study:
  • Islamic Studies
  • Akidah and Thought
  • Psychology (including Counselling)
  • Disability Studies
  • History
  • Malay Studies (Pengajian Melayu)
  • Social Work
  • Communication
  • Political Science
  • English Studies
  • Measurement and Testing


Detailed entry requirements

Normal Entry

  • Master degree (KKM Level 7) in a related field; or
  • Bachelor degree (KKM Level 6) with First Class Honour in a related field from OUM or other higher education institutions as accepted by Senate; AND
    • Has demonstrated competence and ability to conduct research at the postgraduate level
    • A comprehensive internal assessment by OUM
    • Obtain approval from the OUM Senate
    • Application to change to a doctoral programme is submitted within 1 year after registering in a Master program.
  • Other qualifications recognized as equivalent by the Malaysian Government.

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