• Academy of Islamic Studies
  • apipp@um.edu.my


This is a pure research programme and there are no course modules for this programme. Candidates are required to attend and pass Research Methodology course within the first two semesters of candidature and all the graduation requirements before being conferred the Degree. The medium of thesis is in Malay or English,or Arabic, but under special circumstances, the Senate may approve the use of a language other than Malay, English or Arabic for the thesis concerned.

The candidates will carry out focused research in their area of specialization, which is of immediate relevance to local interest. They will be alert to the challenges faced in the international arena through the seminars, conferences and many more.

Students may also choose to undertake research in the one of the following areas of specialization:

  • Fiqh and Usul Fiqh
  • Shariah Law and Comparative Law
  • Islamic Economy and Comparative Economy
  • Islamic Management and Islamic Finance
  • Siasah Syar’iyyah and Islamic Governance
  • Aqidah and Islamic Thought
  • Al-Qur’an and al-Hadith
  • Islamic History and Islamic Civilization
  • Da’wah and Human Development


The programme offers its students a chance to explore the many facets of the Islamic Shariah by fusing it with a broad spectrum of other subjects such as Law, Economics, Management, Politics and even Astronomy. The dynamic and fast paced developing world calls for the need of more and more Islamic scholars. Needless to say, this programme is UM’s in response to that particular need. All-encompassing and in-depth, the programme offers a detailed look on the Islamic principles and thinking in order to produce analytical graduates who will undoubtedly heed the call for their religion and their nation.
  • Shariah Advisor
  • Religious Officer
  • Educators
  • Muslim scholar
  • Management/Administrator
  • Islamic Finance Officer
  • Islamic Banking Officer
  • Executive Author
  • Lecturer
  • Philosopher
  • Researcher
  • Motivator
  • Archeologist
  • Science Officer
  • Research Officer
  • Diplomatic and Administrative Officer
  • Entrepreneur

This PhD programme is purely based on individual supervised research. At the end of the candidate's study, a thesis must be submitted and upon successful defense of the paper, the candidate will be granted PhD status. All research proposals must be approved and supervised by the Faculty. PhD candidates’ thesis must not exceed 100,000 words. They are required to complete their studies within 12 semesters.

Before registering, international candidates who are writing their thesis in English are required to obtain at least a band 5.5 for IELTS or a score of 550 for the paper based total, a score of 213 for computer-based total or a score of 80 for internet-based total for TOEFL if their first and master's degrees were not obtained from a university that uses English Language as the medium of instruction.
A Master’s degree from recognized universities. Holder of bachelor degrees with CGPA of 3.7 and above can apply directly for the PhD programme, or other qualifications approved by the Senate from time to time.
  • Application and admission are open throughout the year.

Last Update: 22/05/2022