Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Law

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Law


The Kulliyyah offers the following postgraduate programmes :

  • Doctor of Philoshopy (Ph.D) in Law - by Research


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The Ph.D program is exclusively thesis-based. A candidate for the degree should come  equipped with a good Master’s degree in law. Other qualifications,including degrees in Shari’ah may be considered, but they must have substantial law contents.

The Kulliyyah may administer tests or conduct examinations, written or oral, to determine the suitability of candidates before they are allowed to embark on the doctoral programme.

Some candidates may be required to attend pre-requisite courses to prepare them for the programme. There is no specific number of credits required for graduation, but a student may be required to enroll in some courses and/or seminars to strengthen his knowledge on particular areas of the law.

Candidates may also be required to undergo an interim assessment conducted by the Ph.D Ad-hoc Committee, participate in academic discussion, attend and present papers in seminars and/or conferences.

In addition, each student must submit a proposal describing the areas of research he or she would embark on. The proposal will be assessed and evaluated by the respective members of the Kulliyyah.

The thesis must be written in English and candidates are required to submit evidence of their proficiency in English. The students may also apply to write a thesis in Arabic. The Kulliyyah encourages research in comparative Civil and Shari’ah law.

A Ph.D thesis must form a distinct contribution to the sum of knowledge on the subject and must afford evidence of originality, shown either by the discovery of new facts or by the exercise of independent critical thinking. Literary presentation and scholarship must be satisfactory.

As a general guide the thesis should not normally exceed 100,000 words, excluding foot notes, bibliography and appendices. The final thesis must be submitted with the supervisor’s recommendation, which will be assessed both internally and externally. The candidate will then be required to attend an oral examination (viva voce) to explain and defend his/her research findings.


  • Administration of Islamic Law in Malaysia

  • Building Contract

  • Carriage of Goods by Sea

  • Competition Law

  • Consumer Protection

  • Contract Law & Commercial Transaction

  • Corporate, Partnership & Securities Law

  • Court Procedure & Practice in Malaysia

  • Criminal Law & Procedure Justice

  • Dangerous Drugs Law

  • Employment Law and Industrial Relations

  • Environmental Law

  • Equity & Trust

  • Evidence and Procedural Law

  • Family Law and Social Welfare; Malaysia & Islamic

  • Human Rights and Constitutional Law

  • International Law

  • International Trade Law

  • International Criminal Justice

  • International Criminal Law

  • Islamic and Malaysian Agricultural Law

  • Islamic Banking, Finance and Takaful

  • Islamic Commercial Law

  • Islamic Law & Jurisprudence

  • Islamic Law of Transaction

  • Islamic Law of Zakat

  • Islamic Legal Maxims & Islamic Legal Theory

  • Islamic Medical Law

  • Land Law and Acquisition

  • Law & Society

  • Law of Banking and Negotiable Instruments

  • Law of International Institutions

  • Law of Property

  • Law of Torts

  • Malay Adat Laws & Malay Legal Texts

  • Malaysian Legal System

  • Maritime Law

  • Medical Law

  • Money Laundering

  • Oil and Gas Law 

  • Public International Law and Human Rights

  • Succession and Probate

  • Taxation

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