Students’ Perspectives of Postgraduate Supervision: Desirable and undesirable practices


  • Gurnam Kaur Sidhu Faculty of Education, SEGi University, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Peck Choo Lim Academy of Language Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Sian Hoon Teoh Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA Selangor, Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • Priyadarshini Muthukrishnan Department of Education, HELP University, Malaysia.



The current global completion rate for postgraduates stands at 60 per cent, and one of the main problems cited is poor supervisory practices among postgraduate supervisors. Therefore, this qualitative study presents the views of nine PhD scholars on postgraduate supervisory practices from four universities in Malaysia. The thematic qualitative analysis categorized the supervisory practices into three main aspects, namely desirable, undesirable, and appalling practices. The findings of this study though not conclusive do shed some light on current supervisory practices. The findings imply that training and perhaps the call for accreditation of postgraduate supervisors is in order. 

Keywords: postgraduate study; supervisory practices; feedback; learning community; Supervisor-student interaction.

eISSN: 2398-4287© 2020. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BYNC-ND license ( Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.





How to Cite

Sidhu, G. K. ., Lim , P. C., Teoh , S. H., & Muthukrishnan, P. . (2020). Students’ Perspectives of Postgraduate Supervision: Desirable and undesirable practices. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 5(SI3), 205–210.

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