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Pursuit of Excellence in Postgraduate Studies




9 months/On-demand

About the Course

Doctorate: The Exciting Journey to Pursuing Excellence is a 9-month course for postgraduates and postgraduates-to-be to embark on their postgraduate journey with all the essential knowledge and skills towards achieving graduate-on-time (GOT). Guidelines, tips, techniques, and resources are delivered via a weekly Online Lecture (with a 10 MCQ quiz) or 1-on-1 Lecture Coaching (with a 10 MCQ quiz and a self-reflective Q&R session).

Besides, 1-on-1 personalised coaching is also offered on-demand and tailored to personal needs, such as mock Defence of Research Proposal (DRP) and mock VIVA. All types of 1-on-1 Coaching are conducted based on the applicant's preferred online, offline, or hybrid mode. This 9-month course contains 36 fundamental topics properly structured to be covered weekly based on the essential skills needed to progress smoothly and graduate successfully. Furthermore, participants can sign up for WeCWIIS Pro membership to access the exclusive Postgraduate Studies group and all modules (complete blog entries) with resourceful links.

This ongoing course aims to equip the postgraduates and postgraduates-to-be with the essential knowledge and skills in postgraduate studies completed within nine months to graduate-on-time (GOT).

At the end of the course, the participants should be able to master and apply the skills needed to embark on postgraduate research, communicate with the supervisor, improve academic reading and writing, write and defend the proposal, use the right research method, write the thesis chapters, defend in the viva voce, and submit the final thesis.

1. Postgraduates
2. Postgraduates-to-be

Phase 1 (3 months)
1.Choosing Postgraduate Instituition ・2.Finding the Right Supervisor ・3.Working with Your Supervisor ・4.Reporting Your Progress of Study ・5.Bridging the Gap from Theory to Practice ・6.Defining a Succinct Title ・7.Writing the Problem Statement ・8.Constructing Research Questions & Hypotheses ・9.Formulating a Conceptual and/or Research Framework ・10.Conducting a Pilot Test ・11.Writing a Research Proposal ・12.Defending the Research Proposal
Phase 2 (3 months)
1.Reporting Research ・2.Improving Academic Reading ・3.Improving Academic Writing ・4.Documenting Sources Using APA 7th ・5.Paraphrasing & Summarising ・6.Synthesising Ideas from Multiple Sources ・7.Doing Comprehensive & Systematic Literature Review ・8.Conducting Library & Internet Research ・9.Formulating a Theoretical Framework ・10.Applying Qualitative Research Design ・11.Applying Quantitative Research Design ・12.Publishing Research Articles
Phase 3 (3 months)
1.Applying Research Ethical Clearance ・2.Setting Population & Sampling ・3.Getting Instrumentation Ready ・4.Collecting Quantitative & Qualitative Data ・5.Analysing Quantitative Data ・6.Analysing Qualitative Data ・7.Reporting the Findings ・8.Discussing the Findings ・9.Concluding from the Discussions ・10.Recommending from the Conclusions ・11.Defending in the Viva Voce ・12.Revising, Editing & Proofreading the Thesis


1. Online Lecture (≥2 participants)
2. 1-on-1 Lecture Coaching (online/offline/hybrid)
3. 1-on-1 Personalised Coaching (online/offline/hybrid)

1. Online Lecture (≥2 participants)
a. 500 MYR/month (1-hour lesson/week x 4)
2. 1-on-1 Lecture Coaching (online/offline/hybrid)
a. 1200 MYR/month (1-hour lesson/week x 4)
3. 1-on-1 Personalised Coaching (online/offline/hybrid)
a. 300 MYR/lesson

1. Online Lecture and 1-on-1 Lecture Coaching
a. Pay 1 month's lesson fee as a deposit and rebate it for the last month's lesson fee.
b. Pay the following month's lesson fee by the 24th of each month.
2. 1-on-1 Personalised Coaching
a. Pay 1 lesson fee as a deposit and rebate it for the last lesson fee.
b. Pay the lesson fee 3 days in advance for one lesson.
3. Pay via DuitNow and e-wallets ( or WeChat Pay (


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Assoc. Prof. Ts. Dr Mah Boon Yih

Assoc. Prof. Ts. Dr Mah Boon Yih, a Professional Technologist, Microsoft Certified Educator, Microsoft Educator Trainer (2022-2023), Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer (2021-2022) and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (2021-2023), is an Associate Professor at the Academy of Language Studies, UiTM Penang Branch, Malaysia.

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