Master of Comparative Laws



This is a unique programme designed to encourage comparative researches in law. Comparative method is essential as a legal methodology in research. It allows better understanding of the laws under comparison as well as instructional guidance and lessons that one jurisprudence could learn from the other. In line with this, Masters of Comparative Law (MCL) offered by the faculty encourages rigorous comparative research of different jurisprudences in specific research topics. Although the focus of the faculty is comparative researches between Shariah and law, other comparisons are welcomed subject to the availability of expertise in the faculty.

Similar to other masters program in the faculty, the candidates are expected to build on the skills and knowledge in law that they have developed during undergraduate degrees. The candidates will be supervised by an appointed faculty academic member(s) in the relevant field. The supervisors will guide the candidates on the skills needed in conducting independent research in order to produce sound research on the research subject.

The candidates will undergo a process of qualifying test (QT) before a special committee formed by the faculty to obtain approval on the area and title of the research. The acceptable languages for the submission of thesis is either English or Arabic, words being not exceeding 50,000 words. To be eligible for an MCL qualification, the candidates have to successfully go through a viva-voce, examined by at least two examiners, one of whom is an external examiner.

The faculty takes pride in the diversity of the faculty members’ area of interest in law.  Candidates of this programme may benefit from the research areas.

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

Constitutional Law

International Law

Human Rights

Law of Evidence

Law of the Sea

Criminal Law

Law of Tort

Cyber Law

Aviation Law

Law of Contract

Company Law

Banking and Finance Law

Usul Fiqh

Qawaid Fiqhiyyah

Maqasid Shariah

Islamic Constitutional Law

Islamic Evidence

Islamic Criminal Law

Islamic Family Law


The course is designed to enable students:

  1. To apply advanced comparative knowledge in specific areas of law;
  2. To develop an advanced level of comprehension,  analytical thinking, comparative methodology and research skills in law;
  3. To utilise the advancement of ICT in comparative 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 and comparative perspectives in addressing legal issues;
  6. To synthesise and promote Islamic, ethical and professional values in legal researches.


This programme provides appropriate trainings and requirements that the candidates must fulfil during candidature in order to ensure acceptable quality of the thesis.  Candidates must undergo the following components:


Classification of Courses

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Compulsory Module


  • Analysis and Decision Making (LAA8023)





This course covers both qualitative and quantitative approaches to data analysis. This course explores spesific area of data analysis that applicable to postgraduate students.In addition, students also will be exposed to various softwares applicable to their respective research.



  • Research Methodology (LAA8013)


This course offers a comprehensive introduction to research methodology focusing on research methods where knowledge is discovered and used to solve problems. The usefulness of research methodology lies through the application of scientific methods, using analytical and evaluative tools and techniques in employing data to explain phenomena in the process of answering the research problems or questions. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches are covered plus the mixed-methods approach that is getting popular in social science research. Students will be exposed to research philosophy, theory and concepts, research strategy, tools and techniques as background in designing their research proposal. Research ethics and professionalism are also included in this course.


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 Faculty of Syariah and Law
Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Bandar Baru Nilai, 71800, Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

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