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PhD in Islamic Studies

(N/0224/8/0001) (05/29) (MQA/PA 15619)

Produce scholars and researchers who can serve the global Muslim community (ummah), especially in spreading Islamic knowledge, with the aim of addressing contemporary chall

Programme Educational Objectives (PEO)


Produce graduates with relevant knowledge and skills in Islamic Studies management and the necessary aptitude to meet job specifications.


Produce graduates who are able to utilize and apply current Islamic Studies principles and concepts to solve problems in contemporary field issues and challenges.


To produce graduates who are competent in decision making, human management and serving the industry based on contemporary principles and practical of Islamic Studies management in relevant areas.

Programme Learning Outcomes

(Knowledge and Understanding – MQF Domain 1)

Mastering knowledge on the concept and principles of Islamic Studies.

(Cognitive Skills - MQF Domain 2)

Familirizing rationale thinking at higher order and solve problems in organizational settings.

(Practical Skills – MQF Domain 3A)

Use tools of decision making in handling practical issues in the field of Islamic Studies.

(Interpersonal Skill – MQF Domain 3B & Communication Skills – MQF Domain 3C)

Exhibit socially wise and responsible behaviour for the progress of the nation and to communicate wisely in a social context especially among Islamic Studies management fraternity.

(Digital Skills – MQF Domain 3D & Numeracy Skills – MQF Domain 3E)

Possess digital & numeracy skills in collecting and managing related information and the distribution of information to users.

(Leadership, Autonomy & Responsibility – MQF Domain 3F)

Communicate effectively and to foster teamwork and leadership and cooperation.

(Personal & Entrepreneurial Skills – MQF Domain 4)

Demonstrate competencies tendency towards innovation, opportunity seeking, risk taking and responsibility for results of new inventions.

(Ethics & Professionalism – MQF Domain 5)

Exhibit social responsibility, ethical and professional behavior in organizational settings.


Minimum 3 years (6 semesters)

Maximum 6 years (12 semesters)

(Full Time)

First semester: 

  1. Compulsory Courses

    Academic Writing and Seminar (UMU1013)
    ii. Research Methodology (UMU1023)
    iii. Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1 (UMU1033) (Non-Malaysian student only)
    iv.  Islam and Contemporary Issues in Southeast Asia (ISF1213)

  2. Proposal stage and thesis writing


Second semester 

  1. Proposal stage and thesis writing
  2. Proposal defend should be approved maximum in one year.

Third – Sixth semester

  1. Research stage and thesis writing
  2. Viva-Voce of thesis defend examined by internal and external examiners.
  3. Prior to Viva Voce, at least two publications in SCOPUS indexed journal or conference proceedings.
  1. A recognised Master's Degree (Level 7 Malaysian Qualification Framework, MQF) in Islamic Studies or its equivalent.


    Candidates without formal background knowledge in Islamic Studies shall not in principle be admissible to a Doctoral programme (Level 8 MQF) in any branch of Islamic Studies. However, candidates with a Master’s Degree (Level 7 MQF) in other fields but have no formal paper qualification in Islamic Studies may be admitted subject to passing a qualifying examination that verifies the adequacy of their background knowledge. This examination should include both written and oral components (including interview), and by adequate level is meant being at par with the level of knowledge that is typical of a Master’s Degree (Level 7 MQF) holder in Islamic Studies. If the gap between the two is major, the candidate should not be accepted. If it is only minor, the candidate may still be considered, subject to passing a rigorous prerequisite requirement.


  2. Candidates without a related qualification in the field/s or working experience in the relevant fields must undergo appropriate prerequisite courses determined by the Higher Education Provider (HEP)

    a. A Bachelor’s Degree (Level 6 MQF) with the following conditions:
      • A Bachelor’s Degree (Level 6 MQF) in the field or related fields with first-class Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.67 or higher) or its equivalent from an academic or Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme;
      • Undergo internal assessment
      • Any other requirement of the HEP.

        Bachelor’s Degree (Level 6 MQF) candidates who are registered for Master’s Degree (Level 7 MQF) programmes may apply to convert to the Doctoral Degree (Level 8 MQF) programmes subjected to the following conditions:

        • Within 1 year for full time and within 2 years for part-time candidates;
        • Having shown competency and capability in conducting research at doctoral - level through rigorous internal evaluation by the HEP; and
        • Approval of the HEP Senate.

Achieve a minimum Band 4 in Malaysian University English Test (MUET) OR any equivalent to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR (B2)

Master in relevant field, graduated from accredited university recognized by MQA, or should accredited by BAN-PT from Indonesia Universities

MYR 30,750
MYR 5,125/ Semester


  1. Student pass fees for international students are subjected to a determination under the Malaysian Immigration Department.
  2. Student insurance fees are subjected to the statutory provisions of the University and local authorities.
  3. Student accommodation fees are determined by University rules and are available upon request.
  1. Researcher
  2. Academician
  3. Analyst in the related field
  4. Consultant in the related field