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Master of Usuluddin


The programmes offer a study related to the principles of Usuluddin in multidisciplinary areas including Aqidah and Islamic Thought, al-Quran and al-Hadith, Dakwah and Human Development, History and Islamic Civilization. The programmes uniquely represent an integration between Islamic and contemporary knowledge. This programme is designed in the following two modes:

  • Coursework and Research
  • Research
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. The objectives of this programme are; to produce scholars in Quran and Hadith who have outstanding credibility and expertise in these disciplines, to raise intellectuals who hold fast to the Quranic teachings and Prophetic traditions and set free from blind imitation of dogmatic practices that have invalid evidence, to contribute quality publications and research works that can give benefits to the Muslim ummah and nation at large, to produce graduates who embrace Islamic aqidah and possess integrated knowledge in order to meet the needs of contemporary society, to produce high quality researches and publications on ‘aqidah and Islamic thought as contributions at national and international levels, to promote intellectual networking and to provide consultation and to produce student who possess da’wah and human development knowledge in meeting the needs of today's society, to bring forth students who have knowledge and skills in developing da’wah programmes,to support students with the ability in providing appropriate services through various da’wah activities,to develop students’ character, behavior, self-esteem, ethics, moral and spiritual values so that they can be accountable for their work and knowledge, to produce graduates who are competent in knowledge and sources of Islamic History and Civilization as well as able to analyze an relate it to contemporary issues, to produce excellent graduate who are equipped with skill od leadership integration efficient in their career and socialiazible within community and to produce graduate who are able to apply long life learning thru conducting researches especially in field of Islamic History and Civilization.
  • Author
  • Educator
  • Lecturer
  • Philosopher
  • Researcher
  • Scholar
  • Teacher
  • Motivator
  • Archeologist
  • Management

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 Usuluddin (Al-Quran and Al-Hadith)- Mixed mode
Master of Usuluddin (Aqidah and Islamic Thought) - Mixed mode
Master of Usuluddin (Da’wah and Human Development) - Mixed mode
Master of Usuluddin (Islamic History and Civilization) - Mixed mode
Master of Usuluddin-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.

Core Courses

Methodology of Usuluddin Studies
Research Methodology

Department of Aqidah and Islamic Thought

Major Literatures in Aqidah and Islamic Thought
Epistemological Discourse in Islamic Thought
Issues in Aqidah and Islamic Thought

Department of Al-Qur’an and Al-Hadith

Classic and Modern Streams in Exegesis and Hadith Studies
Al-Quran and Al-Hadith Studies in Malay Archipelago
Contemporary Issues in the Study of Al-Quran and Al-Hadith

Department of Islamic History and Civilization

Historiography and Philosophy of Islamic History
Issues in History and Islamic Civilization
Contemporary Muslim World and Institutions

Department of Da’wah and Human Development

Fiqh Da’wah Issues
Issues in  Media of  Da’wah
Human Development in Malaysia

Before registering, international candidates who are writing their dissertation 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 degree was not obtained from a university that uses English Language as the medium of instruction.
A good bachelor’s degree in Usuluddin 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 Usuluddin 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