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Master of Shariah


To introduce the main themes and topics in the study of Shari‘ah from a bird's eye view, making use of both traditional and modern perspectives while including western scholarship. Important topics covered and offered in this program include history and origins, sources and literature, methodologies and scope, institutions and popular movements, impact of society and politics, as well as modern development. At the end of the course, students are expected to explain and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in studies of the Shari‘ah at the advanced stage.This programme is designed in the following two modes:

  •  Coursework and Research
  •  Research

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

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.

Realizing the significance of education in Islam, the Academy of Islamic Studies has continuously aspired to produce graduates that are highly intelligent, equipping them with the knowledge to not only better themselves, but to further improve the Islamic society.

  • Shariah Advisor
  • Religious Officer
  • Educators
  • Muslim scholar
  • Management/Administrator
  • Islamic Finance Officer
  • Islamic Banking Officer
  • Executive

This programme is designed in the following two modes:

  • Coursework and Research (Mixed mode)
  • Research only
  • Students may also choose to undertake research in the one of the following programme of specialization:

Master of Shari’ah (Fiqh and Usul)- Mixed mode
Master of Shari’ah (Shariah Law) - Mixed mode
Master of Shari’ah (Islamic Economics) - Mixed mode
Master of Shari’ah (Islamic Management and Finance) - Mixed mode
Master of Shari’ah ( Islamic Politics and Administration) - Mixed mode
Master of Shariah-Full Research

Fresh graduates are highly recommended to select programs with coursework and research. In choosing a coursework programme, the candidate will gain depth of knowledge and be trained in the chosen field of study. A research programme offers the opportunity to hone their skills in both research and academic writing. Candidates are required to complete their studies in 8 semesters maximum.

For Full Research 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

For Mixed mode programme:

Candidates are required to complete the compulsory coursework prepared by the Faculty, and any electives chosen by the candidate. At the end of the period of study, a dissertation must be submitted. Upon successful defense of the dissertation, the candidate will be awarded a Master degree.

Faculty Core Courses

Methodology Of Shariah Studies
Research Methodology

Department of Fiqh and Usul
Objectives Of Shariah
Syafie Madhhab and Disagreements of Fiqh in Malaysia
Contemporary Islamic Jurisprudence

Department of Shariah and Law
Contemporary Islamic Law
Contemporary Islamic Criminal Law
Issues in Islamic Family Law

Department of Shariah and Economics

Advanced Islamic Economic Studies
Contemporary Issues in  Islamic Economics Transactions
Contemporary Ijtihad in Islamic Economics

Department of Shariah and Management

Advanced Islamic Financial System
Islamic Business Development
Advanced Islamic Management System

Department of Siasah Syar’iyyah

Advanced Siasah Syar‘iyyah
Islamic Contemporary Administration Management
Effective Governance in Islam

Before registering, international candidates who are writing their dissertation in English are required to obtain at least band 5.5 for IELTS or a score of 550 for the paper based total, a sore of 213 for computer- based total or a score of 80 for internet-based total for TOEFL in their first degree was not obtained from a university that uses English Language as the medium of instruction.
A good bachelor’s degree in Shariah with a minimum CGPA 3.0 or second class honours from recognized universities. Bachelor in general Islamic Studies or other certificates with Islamic majors can be considered as equivalent to Shariah bachelor degree, or other qualifications approved by the Senate from time to time
  • Coursework and Research (Mixed mode)

     Twice per academic year
    September for Semester I
    February for Semester II 

  • Research only
    Application and admission are open throughout the year.

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Last Updated: 27/06/2021