Doctor of Philosophy (Social Science)

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The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) by research degree programmes are designed to extend opportunities to mature working adults so that they can take on leadership roles in academic or industrial research. Students will learn how to investigate a selected research topic using reliable, scholarly resources. With guidance from their academic supervisor, they will learn how to search for, review, evaluate, analyse information, and draw new conclusions. Consistent with the mandate of the university, the programmes are conducted in English, via open and distance learning modes of education, but can also be carried out through full-time study.

The programmes enable students to research a topic of interest to considerable depth and write a thesis that is expected to contribute to new knowledge in a specific area. They also upgrade knowledge and skills in humanities, education and social science to aid in career advancement, as well as enable students to gain academic insight into the subject matter and communicate their research findings in peer-reviewed and refereed publications.

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Research Milestones Create Stalwart Leaders & Business Analysts

High Expertise Level

Related to Financial TechOf WOU professors Aims to Produce Graduates with Critical Thinking Skills nology & Risk Assessment

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Content by Industries Leaders

Peer Support

And Study Groups Through Diverse Backgrounds of PhD Alumni

“The expert in anything was once a beginner.”
Helen Hayes

Learning Path

Elementary skills in identifying and building the research topics.

Designing the research and defending your proposal.

Data collection, analytical representation of findings and thesis writing.

Completion of thesis writing and defending your work.

Graduates can become qualified scholars, researchers or professionals with the capability to undertake research projects in relevant areas of specialisation.

With relevant experience or professional certification, you can also specialise a career in:

  • Recruitment
  • Industrial Relations
  • Compensation
  • Occupational Safety 
  • Health
  • Training and development. 

Doctor of Philosophy

Candidates must possess at least one of the below to be eligible to be considered for admission:

  • A Master’s Degree; OR
  • A First Class Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent OR a Bachelor’s Degree with a CGPA of at least 3.67 or its equivalent from an academic programme or a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme

(Note: The student is not to be awarded a M.Phil qualification as an exit award if the student does not fulfill the PhD graduation requirements);


  • Any other equivalent qualification recognised by the Malaysian Government and approved by the Senate of the University

English Language Proficiency Requirements (For International Candidates)

Candidates wishing to enrol in the research programmes will need to have the following English Language proficiency qualification:

  • IELTS – minimum of a Band 5.5, or
  • TOEFL – minimum score of 550, or iBT of 80, or CBT of 213, or
  • Is a Native speaker, or graduated from an English-medium Higher Education Institution

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