The programme is designed to equip students with advanced knowledge in the field of Qur’an and Sunnah studies. It aims to develop their thinking and analytical approach towards various issues facing Muslim societies based on the principles derived from the Qur’an and Sunnah. In handling the programme, the department emphasizes the integration of knowledge by considering both the Islamic intellectual heritage and modern thoughts in related disciplines. Due attention is given to modern techniques and methods of research so that the graduates may be able to contribute toward societal development in a more effective and meaningful manner.
This is a full time and a part-time programme that requires a minimum of 3 years (6 semesters) and 5 years (10 semesters) respectively to complete. The maximum period allowed for the programme is 6 years (12 semesters) for the former and 8 years (16 semesters) for the latter.
Candidates are trained in research methods, Islamisation of human knowledge and a specialised area in Qur’an or Hadith studies to prepare them for the challenging task of producing original research in the form of a dissertation/thesis. The expected length of the dissertation/thesis is around 80,000 – 100,000 words and it can be written either in Arabic or English. Areas in which supervision is available include classical and modern tafsir, science of Hadith, Hadith commentary and interpretation and contemporary trends in the study of the Qur’an and Hadith.