Double Degree Programme


Double Degree Programme is a programme offered by School of Distance Education (SDE) for full-time students of Universiti Sains Malaysia in second year and above. The degree offered is the same level as degree programme in SDE and full-time degree in other schools in USM

Programme of education
These programmes are offered starting on 2016/2017 session which include:

Bachelor of Science (Honours):

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Biology)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Mathematics)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours):

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Literature)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (History)

Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) :

  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) (Anthropology and Sociology)
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) Political Science

Bachelor of Management (Honours):

  • Bachelor of Management (Honours) (Finance)
  • Bachelor of Management (Honours) (Organizational Management and Strategy)
  • Bachelor of Management (Honours) (Marketing)

Programme Structure

The system of study offered will follow the system of academic session as practiced in SDE now. Students will follow the existing of  School of Distance Education curriculum. For graduate requirement, students need a number of units for the following programme:

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)  = 122 units
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) = 124 units
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) =124 units
  • Bachelor of Management (Honour) = 126 units

However, through Double Degree Programme, students only need to complete the course of the selected core courses , while for Elective, Minor, and University Course, students are allowed to transfer the unit at maximum.

Benefits of Programme/ Programme Benefits

Double Degree Programme enables students to obtain two degrees while staying in USM campus. This will give the opportunity for the students to be more competitive, capable, and to have high level of marketability when entering the working field compared to the students who have only one degree.

Blended Learning

Double Degree Programme offered a unique learning experience with combination of face-to-face learning, online learning, and self-learning. Face-to-face learning includes lecture sessions, tutorial, and practical during the intensive courses while online learning is supported by video conferencing, WebEx (web conferencing), and various other digital materials which are uploaded in E-learn portal. Self-learning however uses a series of E-lectures/modules that are published by the lecturers. 


Location for video conferencing session (live) : Lecture Hall S, Main Campus USM.

Admission Requirements:

This programme is open to all students who have their first degree in USM*. The requirements includes are:

  • At least CGPA 2.75 for the first degree which is being followed by the candidate, after the candidate ends the second semester of the degree studies.
  • Students are only allowed to take the programmes that are not offered originally by PTJ.
  • Students are not allowed to withdraw from the original/first programme.
  • Active students need to register at least 10 units for every academic session according to the RPJJ rules.
  • Students need to maintain at least CGPA 2.75 in the first/original programme.
  • Students need to fulfil at least the minimum admission requirement upon applying for the RPJJ programme.

*Notes: For the time being, Double Degree Programme SDE only open for students of Main Campus USM Penang Malaysia.

How to Apply

Students who are interested may download the Application Form  from the SDE website. The form needs to be completed and students must obtain the certificate of their respective Dean of schools before the form is sent to :

Pusat Pengajian Pendidikan Jarak Jauh
Universiti Sains Malaysia
11800 USM, Pulau Pinang
Tel: 04-653 6197  

Any inquiries and further information, please contact:

Dr. Siti Masayu Rosliah Abdul Rashid
Double Degree Programme Coordinator
Pusat Pengajian Pendidikan Jarak Jauh 
Universiti Sains Malaysia 11800 USM, Pulau Pinang 
Tel: 04-653 2272  Faks: 04-657 6000 
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