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DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (POLITICAL SCIENCE)

OVERVIEW

The programme is designed to produce Political Science scholars and professionals who are committed to spiritual, moral, intellectual and creative excellence based on the concept of unity of knowledge as rooted in the cardinal principle of Islam, i.e, Tawhid. In handling the programme, the department approaches the discipline form an Islamic perspective and thus emphasizes infusion of Islamic values in conventional approaches to Political Science. Modern techniques and methods of political research receive special attention in the programme in order to prepare graduates who are able to face contemporary challenges.

Candidates are systematically trained to have an in-depth comprehension of complex theories, ideas and other scholarly contributions in the field of Political Science and produce original research that extends the boundary of knowledge in the discipline. They are required to produce original research in the form of a dissertation/thesis with an expected length of around 80,000 - 100,000 words. Areas of specialization include:

  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory and Philosophy
  • Public Administration

PROGRAMMES OFFERED

a. A relevant Bachelor's degree with good grade from IIUM or any other accredited institutions of higher learning.

b. A relevant Master's degree from the IIUM or any other accredited institution of higher learning with good grade; or

c. Any other certificate that is recognized as equivalent to Bachelor's and Master's degree or other relevant professional qualifications and experience that are recognized by the Senate of the University.

d. Language:

Applicants are required to obtain the following language requirements:

i. Thesis written in Arabic Language:

- Minimum Score of 425 TOEFL) or Band 3 for IELTS.

ii. Thesis written in English Language:

- Minimum Score of 550 (TOEFL) or Band 6 for IELTS.

WORKSHOPS / SEMINARS STRUCTURE

Qualified candidates are required to attend the following workshops / seminars:

Module

Description

Contact Hours

1

Advanced Research Methodology

12

2

English / Arabic for Academic Purposes

12

3

Issues in Maqasid al-Shari'ah

12

4

Globalization, Governance and Human Development

12

5

Issues in Islamisation of Human Knowledge

12

6

Quran and Sunnah as Sources of Knowledge

12

PROGRAMME DURATION

As per IIUM Postgraduate Regulations, for full-time students minimum duration of three (3) academic years with an extension of maximum six (6) academic years.

MODE OF PROGRAMME

These PhD programmes will be offered by research and non-residential mode only. However, six (6) workshops/seminars will be arranged on different issues/topics considering the needs of the candidates to facilitate their study and writing theses. Workshops/seminars will be conducted at International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).

CONFERMENT OF DEGREE

After the successful completion of writing and defend their thesis, candidates will be awarded Doctor of Philosophy in respective specialization subject under the KIRKHS e.g Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science.

MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION

Classes are to be conducted in English or Arabic.

To apply for admission into the academic programmes run by the Academy, please click HERE .