BA (Hons) in Islamic Studies with Arabic (pathway)

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The BA Islamic Studies programme provides students with an in-depth and critical understanding of Islam in a contemporary context, based on both historical sources and contemporary theoretical perspectives and discourses of Islam. It examines the influence of religion on culture, history and tradition enabling exploration of the plurality of beliefs within the UK and Europe. This understanding will enable students to engage with and respond to contemporary issues and challenges facing Muslim communities arising from a multicultural and multi-faith society.

Students can opt for either the BA Islamic Studies programme or the BA Islamic Studies with Arabic pathway. The BA Islamic Studies with Arabic (pathway) programme offers an opportunity to develop a high level of competence in the Arabic language combined with an in-depth and critical understanding of Islam.

For those students graduating from recognised Islamic seminaries (Darul Ulum) may be awarded exemptions from Level 4 of the programme through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and can enter the programme at Level 5, shortening the degree duration to two years.

Students benefit from small class sizes, individual attention, personalised teaching support and access to an extensive range of both English and Arabic texts housed within our well-resourced Islamic library, which is one of the largest in Europe. The course employs a range of teaching and learning methods both in and outside the classroom. As students’ progress in their studies, they will be encouraged to specialise and pursue their own areas of interest.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 3 ‘A’ levels (or equivalent) are normally required plus a GCSE pass in English or equivalent. Qualifications from established Dar al-‘ulum (Islamic seminaries) are also acceptable.

The course opens a pathway for those with an Islamic Studies background, especially those graduating from Dar al-‘ulum, who may gain exemptions from year one of the programme through recognition of prior learning (RPL), thereby shortening the length of time spent on the degree programme from three to two years.

International applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK will need to ensure that they also have an IELTS test from a UKVI approved test centre. Applicants will need to have achieved an average score of 5.5 in their IELTS test (with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four sub-components of language learning (reading, writing, speaking and listening). For a list of UKVI approved test centres, please use the following link: UKVI approved test centre

Programme Structure

This is a three year full-time course which offers the options of completion at three levels:

  • 120 credits      Certificate in Higher Education
  • 240 credits      Diploma in Higher Education
  • 360 credits      BA (Hons) in Islamic Studies OR BA (Hons) in Islamic Studies with Arabic (pathway)

Level 4 (Year 1) Modules (Year 1 is common to both pathways):

Module Code

Title

Credits

Core /Option

Assessment

BISA 400

Classical Arabic

40

Core

80% examination

20% coursework

BISA 401

Introduction to the Qur’an and its Sciences

20

Core

100% coursework

BISA 402

Introduction to Hadith and its Sciences

20

Core

100% coursework

BISA 403

Introduction to Islamic Jurisprudence

20

Option

100% coursework

BISA 404

Islamic History: Life of the Prophet (Sirah)

20

Option

100% coursework

BIFA 400

Fiqh al Muamalat: Islamic Commercial Law 

20

Option

60% examination

40% coursework

 

Level 5 (Year 2) Modules (BA Islamic Studies):

Module Code

Title

Credits

Core /Option

Assessment

BISA 500

Research and Information Analysis Skills

20

Core

50% examination

50% coursework

BISA 501

Introduction to Religious Studies

20

Core

100% coursework

BISA 502

Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence

20

Core

100% coursework

BISA 503

Islamic Philosophy and Tasawuff

20

Option

100% coursework

BISA 504

Muslims in Contemporary Europe

20

Option

100% coursework

BISA 505

Islam in the Modern World

20

Option

100% coursework

BISA 506

Early Islamic History: 632 – 680CE

20

Option

100% coursework

BIFA 500

Principles of Islamic Economics and Finance

20

Option

100% coursework


Level 5 (Year 2) Modules (BA Islamic Studies with Arabic pathway):

Module Code

Title

Credits

Core /Option

Assessment

BISA 500

Research and Information Analysis Skills

20

Core

50% examination

50% coursework

BISA 501

Introduction to Religious Studies

20

Core

100% coursework

BISA 507

Arabic Grammar and Translation Skills

40

Core

80% examination

20% coursework

BISA 502

Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence

20

Option

100% coursework

BISA 503

Islamic Philosophy and Tasawuff

20

Option

100% coursework

BISA 504

Muslims in Contemporary Europe

20

Option

100% coursework

BISA 505

Islam in the Modern World

20

Option

100% coursework


Level 6 (Year 3) Modules (BA Islamic Studies):

Module Code

Title

Credits

Core /Option

Assessment

BISA 600

Dissertation

40

Core

100% coursework

BISA 601

Maqasid al-Shariah (Objectives of Islamic Law)

20

Core

100% coursework

BISA 603

The Muslim World in Literature and the Media

20

Option

100% coursework

BISA 604

Sufism

20

Option

100% coursework

BISA 605

Study of Islamic History

20

Option

100% coursework

BISA 606

Islam, Gender and Sexuality

20

Option

100% coursework

BISA 607

Islamic Revivalist Movement in the Modern Period

20

Option

100% coursework

 

Level 6 (Year 3) Modules (BA Islamic Studies with Arabic pathway):

Module Code

Title

Credits

Core /Option

Assessment

BISA 600

Dissertation

40

Core

100% coursework

BISA 601

Maqasid al-Shariah (Objectives of Islamic Law)

20

Core

100% coursework

BISA 602

Advanced Skills in Arabic (Exegesis)

20

Core

50% examination

50% coursework

BISA 603

The Muslim World in Literature and the Media

20

Option

100% coursework

BISA 604

Sufism

20

Option

100% coursework

BISA 605

Study of Islamic History

20

Option

100% coursework

BISA 606

Islam, Gender and Sexuality

20

Option

100% coursework

BISA 607

Islamic Revivalist Movement in in the Modern Period

20

Option

100% coursework

 

Contact Hours

For 20 credit module:

  • Scheduled: 48 hours
  • Independent: 152 hours
  • Total: 200 hours

For the normal route, each taught 20 credit module will have 4 hours/ per week scheduled contact time for one semester (12 weeks) which includes blended learning activities. The modules will be delivered by blended learning, which employs multiple methods to deliver learning by combining face-to-face interactions with online activities. Face-to-face interactions include lectures, seminars/tutorials, student presentations, and one-to-one support. In addition, students will be expected to engage in independent study to prepare for weekly classes, formative assessments, and examinations/coursework for each module.

Our staff

You are taught by a highly qualified, enthusiastic team of academics with wide-ranging research interests. Their research is used in lectures and seminars so you learn about the latest issues impacting on the subject area.

Career Paths

The BA in Islamic Studies and BA in Islamic Studies with Arabic programmes may be beneficial for policy-makers, imams/religious ministers, chaplains, plus lecturers/teachers who are aspiring to further advance their careers.

Graduates may proceed onto taking a PGCE course (if they wish to go into teaching) or an MA programme. Career choices include a wide range of areas such as policy-making roles at local and national governmental level, and advisory/consultative positions in Civil services or NGOs; or working with Arabic and Muslim specialised journalism and media; translation vocations; Islamic education; chaplaincy (pastoral care); charitable sectors; community service; international corporation, interfaith relations, Shariah advisors; the public sector - including the civil service; banking/finance; legal studies and post-graduate studies and research.

How to Apply

If you wish to join any of our programmes, please complete an online application from the website www.mihe.ac.uk, mentioning details of your academic qualifications and outlining your motivation for applying for your chosen course. You will also need to include two references.  Applications for the February intake should be received by mid-January, and for the September intake by the end of August.  If you need any further advice or assistance please email us at info@mihe.ac.uk.

Fees and Funding

The tuition fees for our BA courses for UK and EU students is £5,500/year and £7,500/year for overseas full-time students. What's included? The fee includes registration, tuition, examination/assessment marking and graduation. It excludes study materials, re-examination (re-takes), residential accommodation, meals, travel, graduation robes and photographs.

 

The Markfield Institute is great for the way it challenges me to perceive beyond my comfort zone and it may just be possible for the Markfield Institute to be the making of me” (Sameeha Rafiq, BA Islamic Studies student)