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Master of Comparative Law


Programme Code: L304
Medium of instructions: English
Programme Option: By Research

Background of the Programme

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

Objectives of the Programme

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.


Applicants are COMPULSORY to obtain a score of at least 510 in TOEFL (paper based) or 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*







(Paper Based Test)


(Computer Based Test)


(Internet Based Test)








Applicants who do not meet one of the above requirements are required to take an English Placement Test and must have at least Band 3 before registration.



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 bachelor degree with honours with a CGPA of 2.75 and above from USIM;
  2. A relevant bachelor degree with honours recognised by the Senate with achievements as follows:
    (a) Jayyid, or
    (b) CGPA of 2.75/4.00 and above, or
    (c) CGPA of 3.50/5.00 and above, or
    (d) overall marks of 60% and above;

  3. A relevant bachelor degree from USIM or any other institutions of higher learning recognised by the Senate with the following grades AND at least five (5) years of relevant work experience after the degree:
    (a) Makbul, or
    (b) CGPA less than 2.75/4.00 but more than 2.50/4.00, or
    (c) CGPA less than 3.50/5.00 but more than 3.00/5.00, or
    (d) overall marks less than 60% but more than 50%;

  4. Other qualifications equivalent to a bachelor degree with honours AND relevant professional work experience;
  5. A relevant advanced diploma with CGPA 2.75/4.00 and above from institutions of higher learning recognised by the Senate AND with at least five (5) years of relevant work experience;
  6. A relevant advanced diploma with CGPA 2.50/4.00 and above from institutions of higher learning recognised by the Senate AND with at least ten (10) years of  relevant work experience.


Faculty of Syariah & LawRM7,858.00RM8,572.00RM13,020.00
Faculty of Quran & SunnahRM7,858.00RM8,572.00RM13,020.00
Faculty of Leadership & ManagementRM7,858.00RM8,572.00RM13,020.00
Faculty of Economics & MuamalatRM8,258.00RM9,172.00RM13,820.00
Faculty of Science & TechnologyRM9,858.00RM10,672.00RM17,020.00

* USIM reserves the right to make any amendments without prior notice
** 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.

For information related to visa and student pass, please refer to

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