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Doctor of Philosophy (Generic)

Entry Requirements

1. A Master degree with honours in a relevant field from UTM or any other institutions of higher learning recognized by the UTM Senate; or
2. Other qualifications equivalent to a Master degree and experience in the relevant field recognized by the UTM Senate; or
3. Candidate who is currently registered in a Master degree programme at UTM, and approved by the Graduate Studies Committee of the respective faculty and the UTM Senate

Requirement for international students

Students must have a valid two-year TOEFL certificate with PBT score of 600 or above (IBT/CBT equivalent) or IELTS Band 7.


Areas of research

1. Islamic education

i. Islamic studies
ii. Arabic language
iii. Islamic Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy

2. Civilisation and Thought

i. History and Civilisation
ii. Beliefs and Thoughts
iii. Da’wah and Leadership

3. Applied Islamic Studies

i. Islamic Economics and Finance
ii. Shariah and Law


Program Structure

Students are required to perform research work leading to the writing of academic thesis. The thesis must be written either in Malay, English or Arabic. Students also required to register these following courses:

  • Research Methodology
  • Philosophy of Science and Civilisation or other University’s general course

Student must register the research methodology course in the first semester in order to equip themselves with the technical and methodological aspects doing a research.

Online application

Application for Master and PhD by research is open throughout the year. The registration will be on February, May, September and November. However, candidate may register at any time at the Student Recruitment and Admission Division (SRAD) office located at F54 UTM Johor Bahru Johor, or at the School of Graduate Studies, level 8, Menara Razak, UTM Kuala Lumpur.

For details on application, please refer to

Program fees

Please click these following links:

1. Programme Fees for International Students:

2. Programme Fees for Local Students:

UTM Scholarship and Financial Aid

1. Tan Sri Ainuddin Wahid Scholarship

2. UTM National Postgraduate Fund

3. UTM Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship

4. UTM Zamalah

5. International Doctoral Fellowship

6. Doctoral Research Grant

7. Industry Scholarships

8. Biasiswa Yang Di Pertuan Agong (BYDPA)

Contact Us

Academy of Islamic Civilisation
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
81310 UTM Johor Bahru
Johor, Malaysia
Academic Office: +607 5557690
Fax: +607 5557623

Student Recruitment & Admission Division (SRAD)
2nd Floor, Block F54
Bangunan Pusat Siswazah
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
81310 UTM Johor Bahru
Johor, Malaysia
Admission Office: +607 5537891/37900/37895
Fax: +607 5537546