PhD in Islamic Studies

MS-6000 | PhD in Islamic Studies

The Doctor of Philosophy in Islamic Studies offered by the Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS) is an interdisciplinary doctoral programme pertaining to the study of Islam and Muslims. This doctoral programme is conducted in the English language although students are expected to gain at least a working proficiency in the Arabic language. The programme is also framed by an overarching Islamic worldview, composed of six core modules, to interface the participation of students from a wide range of disciplines into a robust and rigorous course of study, in particular, for researching the application of Islam within various disciplines. 


Full time: 3 – 5 years | Part time: 5 – 7 years

General University Entry Requirements (for PhD)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate:

• The minimum requirement to undergo a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme is normally a Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline from institutions recognised by the University Senate, unless otherwise stated.

• Applicants who do not possess a Second Class Honours Degree may be considered, provided they have relevant working experience and possess other academic or professional qualifications deemed appropriate and equivalent for the purpose of admission to the programme.

• Applicants must be able to demonstrate English language proficiency of at least grade C6 in English Language at GCE ‘O’ Level Examinations or a grade ‘B’ in IGCSE English (as a Second Language) or an IELTS score of 6.0 or TOEFL minimum overall score of at least 550, or Band B2 in UBD English Proficiency Test (UBD-EPT).

Specific Entry Requirements (SOASCIS)

• A relevant, Bachelor’s Degree second upper class (2:1) is expected.

• A minimum proficiency in English language at IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 600.

• A working-level proficiency in Arabic or/and Malay language is an advantage, subject to the field of research.

• A sound research proposal (3000-5000 words using Chicago/Harvard reference style) must contain:

   • Title
   • Abstract
   • Introduction
   • Research problems
   • Research objectives
   • Research questions
   • Methodology (including research method; target population; approval required, and analytical approach)
   • Resources required
   • Contribution to the research area
   • Significance to industry / public sector / society
   • Conclusion
   • References or bibliography

• An interview with a panel consisting of faculty members and potential supervisors.

• Acceptance is subject to the availability of experts as supervisors.

Full PhD Rules and Regulations

To Be Updated (PDF)

PhD Requirements

• Students are expected to submit an extended proposal within 18 months of registration.

• Students are to defend their extended proposal in a Qualifying Assessment. Upon a successful defence of their extended proposal, the student’s status will be changed to PhD Candidate.

• PhD Candidates are expected to complete and submit their thesis within 36 months of registration.

• In addition, PhD Candidates must publish one journal paper and one paper submitted and under review as part of the PhD requirement.

How to Apply

Online application is available here:

Graduate Studies Coordinator

Dr Nur Amali Aminnuddin