He graduated from University of al-Azhar, Cairo with a B.A Hons from the Faculty of Islamic Jurisprudence and Law in 1979. He obtained his Master of Arts in Teaching from Mississippi State University (MSU), USA in 1982 and completed his Ph.D in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Faculty of Arts in University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1997.
Dr. Mohamad @ Md. Som began his career as a Lecturer at the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Universiti Malaya from 1983-1986. He was then migrated to Brunei Darussalam whereby he was part of the team who founded 3 institutions namely Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Islam Sultan Syarif Ali (UNISSA) and Kolej Universiti Perguruan Ugama Seri Begawan.
In Brunei Darussalam, he was an Associate Professor at the Faculty Shariah & Law, UNISSA as well as an Associate Professor at the UBD and Institute of Islamic Studies Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien (IPISHOAS). He also was an Associate Professor at International Islamic University Malaysia from 1999 – 2005. He published many papers and was a Senior Researcher at the International Shariah Research Academy (ISRA).
Recently in December 2013, he was appointed as the Chairman for the Shariah Board of Brisbane Islamic Investment Fund (BIIF), an Australian regulated Islamic investment fund and Islamic Finance business custodians which dealing with manufacturing and services, energy and resources, real estate, solar and clean energy and live stocks.
He has more than 25 years teaching experience at university level and more than 15 years in administration. He has been a Professor of Islamic law at the University of Malaya, Institute of Islamic Civilization and Thought, International Islamic University and Asia e-University. He is a Member of the Shariah Committee of OCBC Bank. He first became Professor in January 1998 at the Department of Islamic Studies at University of Malaya until his retirement in 2003 and was on contract as Professor until 2006. He has written 3 books and about forty papers.