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Doctor of Philosophy in Shariah and Judiciary


Programme Code: L401
Medium of instructions: English
Programme Option: By Research

Background of the Programme

This PhD program is conducted only by research. Candidate who fulfilled the general and special requirement for the admission will conduct an original research under the supervision of an appointed faculty academic member. In cases where more than one supervisor is needed, a second academic member will be appointed to the supervision team.

Prior to the conducting of the research, the candidate must successfully undergo for two compulsory courses, i.e. Research Methodology and Data Analysis, designed to enhance the skills of research and to familiarize the candidate with the latest tools for analysing data.

Approval on the area and title of the research will be given after the candidate has successfully defended his research proposal before a special committee formed by the faculty. At the end of the programme, candidates are required to submit a thesis which meets the standard of a PhD degree and successfully go through a viva-voce.

Candidates are also expected to publish the finding of their research in any recognised reviewed journals

Areas of research include, but not limited to, the following:

1.    Administration of Islamic Law
2.    Contemporary Issues in Syariah and Judiciary
3.    Islamic Criminal Law
4.    Islamic Law of Evidence
5.    Theories in Islamic Law
6.    Islamic International Law
7.    Human Rights
8.    Islamic Banking and Takaful
9.    Islamic Capital Market
10.    Constitutional Law
11.    International Law
12.    Human Rights
13.    Law of Evidence
14.    Law of the Sea
15.    Criminal Law
16.    Law of Tort
17.    Cyber Law
18.    Aviation Law
19.    Law of Contract
20.    Company Law
21.    Banking and Finance Law
22.    Usul Fiqh
23.    Qawaid Fiqhiyyah
24.    Maqasid Shariah
25.    Islamic Constitutional Law
26.    Islamic Criminal Law
27.    Islamic Family Law


Objectives of the Programme

The course is designed to enable students:

  1. To apply advanced knowledge in specific areas of syariah and juduciary;
  2. To develop an advanced level of comprehension,  analytical thinking and research skills in law;
  3. To utilise the advancement of ICT in syariah legal research and the development of business opportunities in the field;
  4. To utilise effective communication and to lead and engage in academic discourses;
  5. To acquire interdisciplinary perspectives in addressing syariah legal issues;
  6. To synthesise and promote Islamic, ethical and professional values in syariah legal researches.


Applicants are COMPULSORY to obtain a score of at least 180 in TOEFL (computer based) or 64 in TOEFL (internet based) or Band 5 in IELTS or Band 3 in MUET as summarize in the following table:



Degree from Local Higher Institutions*







(Computer Based Test)


(Internet Based Test)







Applicants who do not meet one of the above requirements and was offered conditional intake are required to fulfil anyone the criteria above within 12 Month (Master’s Student) and 24 Month (PhD Student) *effective from intake A191*



Applicants are required to take an Arabic language course as a prerequisite of a postgraduate programme at USIM. The course, however, is not counted as part of the student's academic grade.

Applicants can be exempted from the Arabic language course if they can prove satisfactory Arabic language proficiency or submit proof of language proficiency together with the application form.

  1. A relevant Master’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.75/4.00 or equivalent from USIM or another institution of higher learning recognised by the Senate; or
  2. Other relevant qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree AND with relevant professional experience recognised by the Senate; or
  3. Incumbent Master’s degree Student who has fulfilled the requirement of the provisions for conversion and is approved by the JKPSU and the consent of the Senate to convert his/her study to Ph.D. degree.


Faculty of Syariah & LawRM13,832.00RM15,126.00RM23,975.00
Faculty of Quran & SunnahRM13,832.00RM15,126.00RM23,975.00
Faculty of Leadership & ManagementRM13,832.00RM15,126.00RM23,975.00
Faculty of Economics & MuamalatRM14,432.00RM15,926.00RM25,175.00
Faculty of Science & TechnologyRM17,432.00RM19,126.00RM31,175.00
Faculty of Major Language StudiesRM13,832.00RM15,126.00RM23,975.00

** Fees and charges above are based on the full study packages according to minimum period of study
*** Delayed registration: RM50.00
**** Certain amount will be charged for dissertation/thesis examination and re-examination

Health Requirement

The university has the right to withdraw this offer or to terminate you from your study if you are found to suffer from or to be a carrier of contagious/infectious diseases, or to suffer from a medical condition requiring continuous medical care that will adversely affect your study at USIM.

(1)   Communicable Disease


Type of Disease / Problem Example



  • Contagious
  • Difficult and require prolonged treatment
  • Expensive treatment
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C


  • Infectious
  • Treatable within certain period of time.
  • Tuberculosis



  • Infectious
  • Treatable within short period of time.
  • Malaria
  • Typhoid
  • Syphilis (VDRL)


  • Communicable Disease defined as epidemic by MOH
  • Japanese encephalitis,
  • SARS
  • Avian flu


(2)   Chronic Non-communicable Disease


Type of Disease / Problem



  • Condition that can endanger to himself or others.
  • Recurring repeatedly and affecting his study


  • Epilepsy
  • Schizophrenia



  • Expected to be prolonged.
  • Obvious and serious symptoms.
  • Prolong treatment schedule.
  • Dialysis
  • Cancer


  • Addiction or drug abuse as stated in AUKU or Malaysian Law.
  • Drugs
  • Drugs


  • Continuous medication.
  • No serious symptoms.
  • Treatment does not affect study.
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes Melitus

Applicants can apply via online at and fill the prescribed forms. Forms and supporting authenticated documents must then be submitted through online or mailed to the office.

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