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PhD in Islamic Governance

PhD in Islamic Governance

The PhD in Islamic Governance programme is an interdisciplinary research-based programme focusing on Islamic forms, systems and doctrines of governance, as well as issues pertaining to its research and methods, with the objective of developing profound understanding of governance from an Islamic perspective, its administration and management.

Entry Requirement
A Master’s Degree in Islamic Studies, Political Science, Sociology or any other disciplines that may bear relevance to the applicant’s proposed topic of research and deemed acceptable by the programme.

The PhD in Islamic Governance is an inter-disciplinary programme offered by the Institute of Policy Studies. It is a graduate programme focusing on Islamic forms, systems and doctrines of governance, as well as issues pertaining to its research and methods, with the objective of developing profound understanding of governance from an Islamic perspective, its administration and management.

The programme also takes the form of applied research, and does not exclude the application of knowledge in areas outside of Islamic Governance. The programme thus encourages cross-disciplinary research and joint supervision of students.

The objective of the programme is to produce scholars of the highest calibre to lead the field of Islamic Governance.

  • The student undertakes an approved research project and attends course modules, if so prescribed.
  • The student’s performance shall be monitored by means of the supervisors’ report, which is to be regularly produced every 6 months throughout the duration of the student’s research undertaking, and submitted to the IPSUBD Graduate Studies Committee.
  • After one year (for full-time students and two years for part-time) in the programme, the student shall present him/herself before an evaluation committee comprising of at least 3 members of the IPSUBD Graduate Studies Committee, to substantiate and/or defend his/her research thus far.
  • A simple majority of the 3-person Committee is required to bestow upon the student the status of Doctoral Candidate and thus allow the Candidate to proceed towards completion of his/her thesis.

On completing the research, the Doctoral Candidate shall submit a thesis that normally does not exceed 100,000 words.

  • Submit a thesis on an agreed topic under supervision, in which the thesis shall not normally exceed 100,000 words.
  • Undertake and successfully complete with a Pass, the following compulsory modules worth 16 modular credits:
    • KP-6101 Advanced Research Methodology;
    • KP-5117 The Madinian Polity: Visions of Islamic Governance;
    • KP-5104 Policy Analysis
    • LA-1403 Arabic 1.
  • Submit the thesis together with at least two (2) academic journal articles or book chapters, which must be from the candidate’s PhD research project (at least one of the academic journal articles and/or book chapters must be at the stage of accepted and the other(s) can be at the submitted stage). The candidate must be the first or sole author for all the academic journal articles and/or book chapters, and “Universiti Brunei Darussalam” must be mentioned as the student’s affiliation in all the publications.

Full Time : A minimum of 36 months, and not exceeding 60 months [3-5 years].

Part Time : A minimum 60 months, and not exceeding 84 months [5-7 years].

Intake : January and August.

*Entry requirements are subject to change from time to time, following approval from the relevant University committees. Changes will be notified accordingly.

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