Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Law

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Law



A PhD in laws programme is the most advanced form of postgraduate studies laws programme and exclusively thesis-based.

The candidates are required to prepare a viable ‘research proposal’ in accordance with the guidelines and format as prescribed by the faculty or known as kulliyyah in this university. The degree is awarded based on the successful completion of a supervised research and assessed by a thesis and viva voce examination.

AIKOL strives to promote research excellence among its entire academic staff. We recognize that high quality legal research may take many different forms, with a wide variety of legal research methods being employed in the numerous ongoing research projects. All PhD students are allocated with research supervisor (s) who will have the appropriate title and/or methodological expertise to support the research project being undertaken. We offer supervision in research degrees in most subject areas of law, and also for interdisciplinary project which have legal aspect to them. Throughout the duration of study student will develop a strong working relationship with concern supervisors and they will provide ample assistance and support needed to undertake the research.

Requirement for Writing Thesis

  • English language as entry requirement: Passed English band 6.0 or equivalent (TOEFL 500/IELTS/EPT)
  • Taking 1 compulsory courses for 1 semester
  • Research Areas :      

  • Law Research Methodology

Civil Law Department

  • Building Contract
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • Child’s Rights (International Law issues / Constitutional issues)
  • Commercial Law/ Sale of Goods/ Partnership Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Constitutional Law/Administrative Law
  • Consumer Protection
  • Contract Law
  • Company law, Corporate Governance, Securities Law 
  • Competition Law
  • Criminal Law, Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Cyber Law and Cyber Crimes/ E Commerce
  • Employment Law and Industrial Relations/ Labour Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Equity & Trust
  • Human Rights Law
  • Intellectual Property, Information Technology/Media and Communication Law
  • International Criminal Law/ International Criminal Court
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Humanitarian Law/   International Law of Armed Conflict
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Law of the Sea
  • International Trade Law (International Sale of Goods)
  • Jurisprudence
  • Land Law and Land Acquisition
  • Law of Banking and Negotiable Instruments
  • Law of International Institutions
  • Law of Property/ Conveyancing Practice
  • Law of Torts
  • Malaysian Legal System
  • Maritime Law/Shipping Law
  • Medical Law/ Medical Negligence
  • Private International Law/Conflict of Laws
  • Privacy Law
  • Public International Law
  • Taxation / Revenue Law
  • The Law of the World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Waqf Law/Waqf Administration
  • Women’s Rights

Islamic Law Department

  • Administration of Islamic Law in Malaysia
  • Family Law (non-Muslims)
  • Human Rights in Islam
  • Islamic Banking, Finance and Takaful
  • Islamic Commercial Law
  • Islamic Constitutional Law
  • Islamic Criminal Law
  • Islamic Law of Evidence and Procedure (Arabic)
  • Islamic Family Law /Children’s Rights
  • Islamic International Law
  • Islamic Judicial and Legal System
  • Islamic Law of Property
  • Islamic Law of Succession
  • Islamic Law of Transaction
  • Islamic Law of Zakat, Waqf
  • Islamic Legal Maxims & Islamic Legal Theory
  • Law of Will & Intestacy (non-Muslims)
  • Usul Al-Fiqh
    • Al-Siyasah al-Shari‛ah
    • Asbab Al-Ikhtilaf
    • Legal Text
    • Maqasid al-Shari‛ah

Legal Practice Department

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) / Arbitration / Mediation
  • Court Procedure & Practice in Malaysia
  • Evidence and Procedural Law
  • Islamic Law of Evidence and Shari‛ah Court Procedure

Programme Structure

Research Only

Compulsory Courses

Law Research Methodology


Research (Not more than 100,000 words)

Duration of Studies


4 Semesters


6 Semesters


12 Semesters

Student Affair

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