Programme Summary

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education, SHBIE became a Graduate School of Education in 2009. The institute’s main purpose is to prepare and provide on-going support of caring and dedicated education professionals. It is committed to shape the future by providing teacher education that reflects the latest theories and research in the field of education.


General Entry Requirements

PhD in Education

A Master degree and an appropriate proposal for a research project at doctoral level.


Master Programme (Master of Education, Master of Teaching & Master of Counselling)

  • A good honours degree (at least second class lower) or equivalent from a recognized university
  • Evidence of English proficiency at the level of at least an IELTS score of 6.0 or a TOEFL score of 550 or a credit in the GCE ‘O’ level English Language
  • Successful performance in an interview and any test required

* in addition to the general entry requirements, listed below are programme-specific requirements.

Master of Education by Research
Master of Education by Coursework
Master of Counselling
  • Applicants are advised to write a short research proposal
  • Evidence of Malay proficiency at the level of at least credit in GCE ‘O’ level Malay Language (Applicable for applicants applying for Malay Medium Master’s Degree Programme)
Master of Teaching
  • For Secondary; and Vocational and Technical Education specialist streams, the applicant’s undergraduate studies must be relevant to the choice of subject specialization(s)


Programmes Intake

Doctorate Programme

PhD in Education – January / August intake


Master Programmes

Master of Teaching (by coursework)

  • January intake

Master of Education (by coursework)

  • January intake

Master of Education (by research)

  • January / August intake

Master in Counselling (by coursework)

  • January intake (for those with Diploma in Counselling or equivalent) – 12 months
  • August intake (for those without Diploma in Counselling) – 18 months