Master of Syariah


Background of the Programme

This program is designed for those interested to pursue studies in syariah on a research basis. It provides opportunity for the candidates to build on the skills and knowledge in syariah 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 a Master of Syariah 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:

  1. Islamic Contitution (Fiqh Al-Dusturi Wal-Idari, As-Siyasah As-Syariah)
  2. Usul Fiqh (Al-Manahij Al-Usuliyah, Qias, Al-Furuq Al-Usuliyah)
  3. Al-Tamwil Al-Islamiy
  4. Al-Qadha’
  5. Qanun Duwali Al-Islamiy (Qanun Al-Alaqat
  6. Falsafah wa Al-Maqasid Syariah fi Jinayat
  7. Zakah

Objectives of the Programme

The course is designed to enable students:

  1. To apply advanced knowledge in specific areas of syariah;
  2. To develop an advanced level of comprehension,  analytical thinking and research skills in law;
  3. To utilise the advancement of ICT in 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.

Programme Components

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.


Total Credit Hours



Duration for Masters by Research

Type of Registration

Two Semester System

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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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